- Wild Dismay is a band specializing in the music of the Celtic cultures of the British
Isles - Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The band's name was taken from the song "Sweet
Dublin Bay" which involves a shipwreck. In this song crew's reaction to their
imminent demise was described as that of "wild dismay".
Our emphasis is on the wide variety of dance music in this tradition - reels, jigs,
hornpipes, strasthspey and waltzes - with the occasional lament, air and song thrown in
for good measure. The band chooses to retain their amateur status in the hope that
Murdering Innocent Celtic Tunes will become an Olympic event.
Former members of two local bands formed Wild Dismay in late 1995: The Steam Corners
Hornpipe and Reel Society (Lorraine and Tom) and Double Layer String Band (J.R. and Tom).
This marked the end of ten year hiatuses from music for Lorraine, J.R. and Tom.
J. R. Rhodebeck
- Our fiddler J.R. comes by his talent naturally. His father
is the locally well known Tenor Banjo player Robert Rhodebeck of Johnsville. His interest
in Celtic music is an extension of his American traditional music (Old Timey and
Bluegrass) background. J.R. works at Gebhart's Office Machines in Ontario, Ohio.
- Lorraine Moore
- Having played tenor drum in competition bagpipe bands in the
past, playing Irish and Scots music on hammered dulcimer comes naturally to Lorraine. She
also plays the tin whistle and a Celtic drum called a bodhran. Lorraine is a Quality
Assurance Inspector at Therm-O-Disk in Mansfield, Ohio and lives in Ontario, Ohio.
- Bea Randall
- Pianist Bea joined the band in 1996. Her newfound love of
Celtic music eased her transition from the classical and popluar piano styles in which she
was trained. With her synthesizer, Bea is in charge of bagpipes, accordian and strings as
well as piano. Bea is employed by Quality Plumbing and Heating in Shelby, Ohio and lives
- Roy King
- Guitarist Roy also has a background in American traditional
music. His grandfather's guitar playing sparked an interest that has made him a fixture at
Bluegrass festivals for years. Roy is the Quality Manager at Midwest Industries in Willard
Ohio. He lives in New Washington, Ohio with his wife, son and daughter.
- Donna Diekoff
- Donna is often our "Phantom" member. While she is
not always able to perform with the band, she is always with us. Most of our arrangements
have been crafted or transcribed by her. Much of the music that we play also comes from
the "old days" when Donna and Tom were collecting music from local musicians. An
accomplished classical pianist, Donna is also very capable on guitar and hammered
dulcimer. Her ear for harmony and subtle chord voicing account for the fact that most of
our arrangements come from her. Donna is a Junior High School teacher and resides in
- Tom deLombarde
- While in school in West Virginia, flutist Tom gained a rabid
interest in Old Timey banjo playing. Like other group members he followed the family ties
between American and Celtic music. Tom is the Owner/Janitor of FTM Development in Shelby,
Ohio and lives in suburban Steam Corners, Ohio.
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