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 and recorded 3 CDs 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 recorded several CDs and 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 in the Rock, and Bobby McFerrin.
Mark Shepherd (tenor vocals and guitar) has been singing acappella for decades. He met Lark and Dale (the original Larkdales) through an online ad for gospel/country acappella singers. Before the Larkdales, Mark co-founded the bay area acappella jazz quintet One Night Stand, and was also a founding member of the pop/jazz group Just Voices, in Marin county. Mark has studied singing with bay area teachers Jan Pedersen-Schiff, Kristen Womack, the Ali Akbar School of Indian music, and the Freight & Salvage. You can occasionally find Mark at the Thursday night bluegrass Jam in Corte Madera, or teaching guitar and playing bluegrass music at Burning Man’s premier bluegrass camp “Rootpile.”
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.”