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About Filpate

Seffner, FL

I've been a musician for over 21 years and have jammed with many, many great players all over the southeast and Appalachia. I have several projects and bands I currently work in. I have also sat in on many occasions with bands like Moonshine Still, Shak Nasti, Troubadours of Divine Bliss, Uncle John's Band, Granpa's Cough Medicine, The High Point Ramblers, Ancient Harmony, the Mosier Brothers with David Blackmon, The Codetalkers, Applebutter Express, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Yonder Mountain String Band and Donna the Buffalo! Sit-in's in my bands include members of the Duhks, plus Bobby Lee Rodgers, Larry Keel, Josh Pinkham, and more. I've played a bunch with Gove Scrivenor, Rev. Jeff Mosier and many other awesome musicians! I play guitars, mandolins, octave mandolins, banjos, hand drums, didgeridoos, basses and jaw harps. I have 6 projects going now including acoustic rock with a splash of mountain funk on guitar and mandolin with Shane Meade, plus electric guitar in Shane Meade & the Sound, my own band Friends of Fil which is all original instrumental rock fusion leaning toward the dance, along with my Jazz Trio by the same name playing standards our way, lead mandolin in the Rich Whiteley Band with originals and choice covers, and always working on my Solo act with my loop station and sometimes an upright bassist plus regularly sitting in with Applebutter Express! I'm into virtuosic music with a lean toward jazz fusion, southern rock, Latin jazz, Bluegrass and good old funk, as well as world music including Indian Classical, Celtic, Reggae, French Gypsy or anything that is inventive and full of energy and soul within any genre. I love all sorts of vocal tunes in many styles and enjoy a good melody! I live in Tampa, Florida right now and travel all over the place to play. Good times, good times.

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