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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 in Shelby.
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 Toledo, Ohio.
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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