The Music of Elton and Billy
Joe grew up in the quaint seaside village of Biddeford Maine on the New England coast. He is a singer and songwriter who, for eight years, fronted the power pop band Frotus Caper. They recorded and released four critically acclaimed albums while performing constantly. Throughout that time he worked regularly as a studio session musician, playing piano and arranging pop, rock and folk songs for many artists.
For ten seasons Joe has acted as the Concert Manager for The Portland Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that he spent seven years touring internationally as stage manager before meeting his future bride Barbara.
Joe and Barbara live in Portland, Maine with their seven year old son Henry, their two year old twins, George and Jane and a beagle named Bogey. Most summer nights they can be found sitting on the back porch listening to the Red Sox.
In August 2014, Joe released a CD of his own songs “Retrospectacle on Cornmeal Records. www.CornmealRecords.com
CHRISTOPHER EASTBURN - Orchestrator and Bass Guitar
Chris is an arranger, orchestrator and award-winning composer. His music has been performed to acclaim from New York's Carnegie Hall to the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Recent commissions include a ballet score for Island Moving Co. called Newport Stories, a string orchestra and chorus score for the theatre production Moses Brown and the Voyage of the Slave Ship Sally and a score for Caitlin Corbett Dance Co. called Tom's Wealth.
Chris's string quartet/vocal quartet score Consent to Gravity choreographed by Daniel McCusker was hailed as "one of the most successful new musical works for dance I've heard in ages" by Debra Cash, dance critic for NPR's Here and Now. His arrangement and orchestration of "Jazzy Old St. Nick, a hip swing version of a Christmas favorite" is now available from the Hal Leonard choral music catalog. As a choral director and song leader Chris enjoys working with people of all ages and walks of life.
For more about Chris, including contact information and details about his compositions and additional directing, see his website at eastburnmusic.com.
Gary has been playing for the last 20 years touring the country and in New England with his Award winning jam band JIGGLE THE HANDLE and as the GARY BACKSTROM BAND. He has opened for such acts as LITTLE FEAT, SPIN DOCTORS, RAT DOG, THE SAMPLES, SOUTH SIDE JOHNY, THE ALLMAN BROS, WARREN HAYNES, BLUES TRAVELER, and has shared the stage with DERICK TRUCKS, AOD, and recently members of TODD RUNDGREN'S Band. Check out more detials at www.garybackstrom.com
Steve grew up in Ellsworth Maine and currently resides in Freeport with his wife, Tawni and three young children Brielle, Gali and Bowden. During the nineties Steve had an active schedule as a working drummer in a variety of rock bands before making a switch to singer/songwriter in 2000 when he fronted Portland based original rock band “The Reedlings”. Steve returned to the drums in 2004 to perform and record with Joe Boucher in “Frotus Caper” and has been working with Joe ever since.