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Bio: Tom and Mary Kay Aufrance Music

Now performing regularly for "Dinner and Music at Foodies Bystro," the husband-and-wife singing duo Tom and Mary Kay Aufrance have traveled a long way together in a variety of musical genres. "Today we're singing the wide variety of music at Foodies Bystro, to appeal to discerning palates as well as lovers of vocal harmony," says Mary Kay, Foodies Bystro is located in the same building as the local cultural center Brewery Art Center. It's as if all our past influences brought us together with Foodies for these dinner music shows on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

This musical couple simply loves singing in any setting from intimate coffee shop settings to festival stages. They play popular-to-old music on unlikely instruments: accordion, mandolin, banjo and guitar (well not so unliely) but what's unique is the vocal harmonies that blend just as their hearts.

- our contra dance band Local Honey
Here we are having a fabulous fun time making music as the Local Honey Band with Vicki Hass, Norris Schultz and George Grover caller at River School Farm Urban Farm Fest in Reno, Nevada
Thanks to ©2013 RiverSchoolFarm.org

"In our beginnings, we experienced the delight of choral singing together, and then we got a foot hold in instrumentation, and creativity just kept blossoming in both of us," says Mary Kay, who with Tom has recorded five albums, published two music books, and has music licensed by film and radio.

"We grow together in music, just as we do in other areas of our lives together," says Mary Kay. "But, no matter what we explore next, we carry on with past influences" which accounts for their unique vocal sound.

Lately, Tom and Mary Kay have added a wide variety of popular favorites, from Motown: The Temptations, to California Sound, The Beach Boys, to country western, Bob Wills through The Eagles and even some out of this world David Bowie! But, you will still find Tom and Mary Kay performing at county fairs as Slim and Minnie, at contra dances as The Local Honey Band and on St. Patrick's Day at Red's 395 Restaurant as Gairin Celtic Music. They're not satisfied to slice and dice musical genres or stick to just one, and they keep getting compliments and requests for more popular and new music done with their own distinctive vocal harmonies. No matter what or where they're playing, the Aufrances always blend their voices and instrumentals as they do their hearts.

But, they also like to play! And fast! Local Honey Band plays traditional American and Celtic dance music for contra dances in Northern Nevada and California.

Tom and Mary Kay's first musical venture was a Renaissance Fair act called The Motley Madrigals, a 12-member a cappella singing group that became popular at events in Lake Tahoe and Northern California. The Motlies mixed slapstick humor with seriously beautiful 4-part vocal harmonies, and audiences found themselves alternately rolling in the aisles and then swooning and swaying with joy to their polyphonic sounds.

We also did a lot of choral work, singing as Amahl (Mary Kay) and Caspar the King (Tom) for Tahoe Choir, in a performance reviewed as "the best Amahl ever," no kidding! "At the time my voice was quite boyish, and we had an unbelievable cast, even though it was just a community production at the local Catholic Church and the Tahoe Community College," notes Mary Kay. They have also sung with University of Nevada Reno Choir and Carson Chamber Singers, an elite group that is part of the Carson Symphony.

This musical duo credits traditional music lessons and also two unlikely performers who have had a great influence on their success. "I was fortunate that Katharine DeBoer, world class classical vocalist and head of the University of Nevada Reno Vocal Department taught me how to find my voice," says Mary Kay. Tom also likes to note that veteran performers Bill the Magician and Spike the Fire Juggler, "They reminded us that any 'act' is ultimately all about connecting with people. "We have always been serious about making beautiful music; however, going on stage as "characters" sometimes allows us to connect better with more audiences." Wherever they perform, the Aufrances find a way to engage the audience and select musical moods that connect and entertain.

Tom and Mary Kay have done a little teaching. In 2014 they started the Tuneville Session players at the request of the Brewery Arts Center Chairman of the Board in Carson City, Nevada. From 2006 - 2011 they were instructors for the Carson City Symphony Strings in the Schools program, working with about 60 music students of all ages from grade school through retirement age. Mary Kay developed a workshop that got the students to form their own Celtic bands and perform as the grand finale. 10 new Celtic bands debuted that day. Each band was featured during a crowd-pleasing performance for friends and family. Also, Mary Kay is particularly proud of her most recent 80-year old accordion student, who reached his ambitious goal of learning to play Lady of Spain at the Cotati Accordion Festival!

Tom and Mary Kay live out on the edge of town in Carson City, Nevada. They perform in local restaurants, on regional festival stages and also in more private settings: weddings and old folks homes.

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listen to our music

Cowboy Boots and Golden Slippers CD
Old Time Music
Ramblin Irishman CD
Musical Dreams CD
Childs Play CD
In the Moon of Wintertime CD
Musical Dreams Book and CD
Ramblin Irishman Book and CD 23 Songs and Tunes

We have performed at:

Tahoe-Tallac Valhalla Grand Hall - Boathouse Theatre - Plumas-Sierra County Fair - Urban Farm Fest - RSVP Carnival - Sacramento Contra Dance Society - Hawthorne Armed Forces Days - Sierra Philharmonic 4th of July with Reno Philharmonic - Wingfield Park - Nevada Governors Mansion - Virginia City Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry - El Dorado Library Music on the Lawn - Portola Railroad Days - Sierra Contra Dance Society - Carson City Rendezvous - Nevada State Railroad Museum - Nevada Society of Scottish Clans Burns Celebration - Circus Circus Reno - Nevada Wild West Fair - Nevada State Fair - Gold Canyon Steakhouse - Sons and Daughters of Erin St. Patrick's Day - Reno Irish Dance Co. - Reno Artown - Ceol Irish Pub - Foodies Bystro - Brewery Arts Center - Artisans Store - Reno Celtic Celebration - Marriott Hotels Reno & Tahoe - John Ascuaga's Nugget - Channel 10 TV

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