Syco Billy’s String Band


When Glen’s son Brian was diagnosed with ALS, Glen wanted Brian to see him play music with Brian’s sons Branden and Brad. They started hosting a weekly BBQ and Jams dinner night which continued to grow as more family and friends attended and joined the jam. With many thanks to Brian and his love of music, the Syco Billy’s string band was formed in 2015 with the original members; Glen Damewood (Banjo, Dojo) Kenny Peters (Guitar) Don Baker (Mandolin) and Beningo Chavez (Bass) Shortly after Luc Dauvin joined adding the fun touch of the fiddle. The Syco Billy’s have been playing at local festivals, pubs, and private parties ever since. In 2016 Benny decided to take other opportunities and Bruce Carnine took his place on the Bass.
Tristin Thomas – Mandolin
While he was given piano and guitar lessons when he was 7, Tristin’s real musical endeavor began at age 13, when he began playing guitar. He has played a variety of instruments, and most recently picked up mandolin to play with the Syco Billy’s. Tristin grew up in the Roseburg area. He moved to Silverton in 2016 where he was introduced to Glen and his talent was soon discovered. He joined into jam sessions and occasional sub ins with the band and is now an official member. Tristin is currently working towards his Bachelors in Music and Theatre at Western Oregon University where he is involved in multiple college ensembles. “While college is certainly a great experience, there’s an extra element of creativity that exists when playing with the Syco Billy’s, and it’s an element you don’t find on campus.”
Kenny Peters – Guitar & Mandolin
Kenny Peters, better known as Deke, started playing in 1970 at the age of 21. He can play both the guitar and the mandolin. Kenny states that joining the Syco Billy’s “just simply seemed like the right thing to do,” and describes their music as “wormy, electric, chaotic and beautiful.”
Bruce carnine – Bass & Guitar
Bruce Carnine, known better as well… just Bruce, started playing music with his grandparents and family at the age of 8. He can play both the Bass and the Guitar. Before filling in for the Syco Billy’s and getting “hooked” he played with West Coast Wanted, Showdown, and Triple Creek. He loves the music that the Syco Billy’s Play and had been looking for an opportunity to play with a band that could bring it to life. “Syco music is FUN! I have always liked creating music from other songs, Syco music brings out the creativity in the music.”
Luc Dauvin – Fiddle
Luc has been playing the fiddle since he was 7 years old. He has been a part of many different bands including; Fold Lizards, Burke Ingrafia Group, Cowan Ensemble, and Danger Hill. He Gladly accepted the Syco Billy’s invitation to join the band in 2005. He considers their music to be an “electric” type of Folk and Bluegrass.
Glen Damewood – Banjo, Dojo & Cigar Box Guitar
Glen, also known as Sisco to many, started playing the Banjo when he was 22 years old. At the time he decided he wanted to learn how to play an instrument he couldn’t decide between the fiddle or the banjo. Ultimately a simple coin toss chose the Banjo for him. He also plays the Dojo in the band. Prior to Syco Bill’s and a 20-year break, Glen played with Kenny Peters in a band called Troll Hollow for 13 years as well as with the Pine Street All-stars, Crazy Fingers Band, and a few other collaborations such as the All Meat All-starts, where he was the smallest member at 240 pounds. Glen describes the Syco Billy’s music as “a little bit blue grass, Americana, New Grass, and Syco as Hell, Syco Billy’s is one more thing I need to thank my son Brian for.”
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