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About Spare Change

Peter Boice and Chip Booth met in Idaho's Wood River Valley near the resort of Sun Valley in 2002 and they have been playing music together ever since.  The band was formed from a desire to perform Peter's original songs, and originally included Robin Eisenman on guitar.  Robin left the Valley years ago but Chip and Peter continue to perform as the core duo, and also play with instrument builder Lawrence Smart on fiddle and mandolin.  With Peter's folk sound and style as the foundation, the group plays a wide variety of music including instrumental applachian fiddle tunes, songs by modern songer/songwriters, pop hits by the Beatles and Neil Young, as well as classic jazz and swing.  With such a diverse musical range the group can fit into most any situation.  

Lawrence Smart mandocelloPeter and Chip perform with a variety of acoustic instruments including the guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, 10 string mandola, clawhammer and tenor banjos.  Lawrence also adds his fiddle to the mix on a regular basis, and they occasionaly perform with an upright bass player as well.  Audiences commonly become intrigued by tonalities they do not hear often.  The unique combination of sounds makes even familiar songs sound fresh and new.



Spare Change 2012