Bios

  Shirley Stevens, group leader, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Diamond Someday, belted out her first song, "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," for a small gathering when she was four years old. She's been singing ever since. After learning to accompany herself on guitar during her college days, she's sung at various Churches and events across the North Country, both solo and with her family. In 1999, she attended a Jam Camp taught by Pete Wernick of "Hot Rize," and came home inspired to find people to pick and sing with. She has become a fixture at the Marcellus Friday night Jams, many other Central New York gatherings and now, is very happy to be performing with Diamond Someday. An accomplished musician, her style has been described as energetic and exciting, as well as moving and soulful; one of the finest vocalists out there.
  Ed VanCott, Diamond Someday's mandolin picker, was introduced a long time ago to playing and singing songs that stir the heart. He grew up in a strong gospel music tradition, singing hymns and songs most every day with family and friends. When he was a kid, he remembers nearly driving his folks crazy with his constant guitar playing and singing. Now, his kids sometimes worry that he will break out in song wherever he is. He has an infectious smile and enjoys playing so much that you can't help but enjoy it too!
Dick DeNeve, plays the resonator guitar with great style. Dick has been a fixture on the Central New York Bluegrass scene for thirty or more years, playing with Andy Pawlenko and the Smokey Hollow Boys and loving every minute of it. Dick not only plays the resonator guitar, he builds them. Over the years, Dick has crafted over 400 of these beautiful instruments that he proudly calls his children. They can be found in the hands of musicians all over the world. One of our instrumentals is called, "Richard's Children." It was written especially for Dick. Diamond Someday is truly blessed to have a musician of Dick's caliber.  
Tom Burr, one of Diamond Someday's founders, is our bass player. He used to play banjo with Diamond Someday. Tom fell in love with the banjo and bluegrass music the very first time he ever heard Flatt and Scruggs back when that music was just not played much in this area. He played in a folk group in the 60's out of Central City in Chicago and formed a bluegrass band in the late 60's and early 70's called The Salt Family and played for 2-3 years around the Chicago area. Tom put the banjo down for 23 years, then started jamming in 1995 at a weekly local bluegrass jamming session that renewed his interest in playing banjo once again. He started Diamond Someday in 2002. Now he playsa zesty bass with Diamond Someday.
 
  Liz Friedel, is one of CNYs favorite fiddlers, playing with many local groups. We grab her whenever we can. She fits so well with Diamond Someday's energetic style. Shirley jammed with Liz many years ago and was totally captured by her ability and joy in playing. We are so proud to have Liz with us. She adds great vocals and harmonies as well as outstanding fiddling.  
  Mark Allnatt is one of CNYs finest banjo pickers. He rounds out the Diamond Someday sound with his tasteful picking. Mark also plays with the SAMMY award winning Easy Ramblers, Eddie Z and the Otisco Valley Breakdown, and sometimes with his own, Mark Allnatt Band. How fortunate we are to have Mark with us!