Bert Lams and Fabio Mittino

A letter from Bert Lams and Fabio Mittino:

Our friendship goes back to 1998: Robert Fripp introduced us during a music convention in London. A few years later we found ourselves traveling back and forth between Milan and the US for rehearsals and concerts, and excited to work on our new music project: transcriptions and arrangements of music by Gurdjieff/De Hartman, arranged for two guitars.

Billy Goat Strut Revue

It’s been an unpredictable journey since our founding Billy Goat (Mark Hamilton) took a trip to New Orleans and quickly became intoxicated with the city's rich musical culture and tradition. He brought us together on a cold and rainy Kentucky autumn day in 2011 and shared his vision of forming an ensemble of all-star players for an old-time project.

Through our progression as a band, the moniker “Antique Jazz” started to float around. With the addition of tunes that contained hints of Kentucky flavor and an irresistible twang, we realized our strange version of jazz embodied the influences of a Kentuckian mode de vie.

Kentucky Wild Horse

Kentucky Wild Horse takes its name from an old eastern Kentucky fiddle tune played by Wolfe County fiddler Darley Fulks (1895-1990) who possessed a vast repertoire of pre-Civil War tunes. Kentucky music from the 19th century down to the present, especially its fiddle and banjo traditions, has been our love and our inspiration.

Drunk & Sailor

Phillip is usually the drunk, and Capt Amos is usually the sailor. Sometimes they're both drunk, and sometimes they're both sailors. Every once in a great while they are both drunk and both sailors.

Phillip McGuinness and Captain Amos met in 2005 as cast members of the Kentucky Renaissance Faire. After a couple years of doing improv acting together, they started appropriating unused stages with a guitar and a will to entertain.

Drunk & Sailor has been seen at renaissance festivals from the Gulf Coast to Lake Michigan, sci-fi/fan conventions (including the 2009 DragonCon Pirate Party), and more bars than they can remember (though that may have more to do with the alcohol than the number of bars).