Trillium has now been performing together for
over a decade, so it’s definitely time to do a little updating on our
“History” which was originally written when we formed the band back in
the summer of 2005.
From our very first rehearsal, it was pretty
obvious to the four original musicians -- Mim Eichmann, Ed Hall, Paul
Russell and Doug Lofstrom -- that we had the potential for a wonderful
music journey together. And as Ed would so often say, “we were livin’
the dream” getting to play music we truly loved. Our eclectic playing
backgrounds somehow worked together and our repertoire began to evolve,
including Celtic, bluegrass, folk, ragtime, swing … even a hint of Gypsy
jazz and a few Country tunes in the last few years … representing the
synthesis of a lot of fun and creative energy. We’ve played many varied
venues throughout the Midwest, including over six dozen libraries,
coffee houses, house concerts, festivals, pubs, clubs, weddings,
parties, apple orchards, wineries, fundraisers, and much more. Music
from our four cds has been featured on radio stations throughout the
U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia.
Sadly, our original guitarist, Ed Hall, passed
away after a lengthy battle with cancer in March 2016. Ed’s
extraordinary fingerstyle guitar playing, (he was the Winfield KS
Fingerstyle Guitar Champion in 1991), energy, and quick wit will always
be missed. We feel most fortunate that much of his groundwork remains in
our repertoire and that we’ve captured so much of his ability in our
Also, for six years, we were most fortunate to
have Canadian violinist Jonathan DeSouza performing with us, followed by
a two-year return of our original violinist, Paul Russell.
We’ve now brought on two new musicians --
Scott Sedlacek on guitar, banjo and vocals and Jordi Kleiner on violin
and mandolin – and look forward to continuing our music journey,
wherever it may take us.
Why the name Trillium? If you’ve ever seen a
Grandiflora trillium, which is a midwest wildflower or herb, I’m sure
that you’ll agree that it’s a very unique wildflower – quite
different from the rest of the wildflowers dotting the woodlands -- and
it has always seemed to be a good fit for us.