Lark fell in love with some of the old bluegrass gospel tunes, noticed that few groups sang them anymore, and wanted to share them for the joy they inspire (without needing to take the words literally!) Our repertoire includes a cappella and accompanied music that can broadly be called “Americana”, including bluegrass, old gospel, and country with a sprinkle of pirate songs and more. We are drawn to music that has heart and soul and joy and humor and look forward to sharing it with you soon!
Lark is the founder of the Larkdales and sings baritone and tenor (and yes, sometimes even bass). She has sung with Solstice, an award-winning women’s septet, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (now Pacific Edge Voices). With PME, she was a soloist on the Kent Nagano/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Grammy-nominated recording of Bernstein’s Mass, and performed with Dave Brubeck, Sufjan Stevens, Sweet Honey on the Rock, and Bobby McFerrin.
Mark Shepherd sings tenor and plays guitar. Mark has been singing acappella for 3 decades. Before the Larkdales, Mark co-founded and sang with One Night Stand, an acappella jazz quintet that performed around the bay area, including a 1st place finish at the annual Acappella competition at Silo’s Jazz club in Napa. Mark is also a founding member of the pop/jazz group Just Voices, in Marin county, and has performed with that group for several seasons. Mark has studied vocal technique with Jan Pedersen-Schiff, Kristen Womack, the Ali Akbar School of Indian music, and the Freight & Salvage. His latest project is teaching guitar and playing bluegrass music at Rootpile, one of the few Bluegrass camps at Burning Man.
Jim joined the Larkdales in Spring of 2019. He brings a wealth of experience performing in several classical choruses as well as in a’cappella jazz groups. He is excited to be exploring the Larkdales repertoire; watch out for our “man in black.”