"Time Machine"... ancient & modern instruments, melodies & cultures
David Abernethy, M.D. is the founder and producer of Puddingstone. He received his early music training as a percussionist with the award winning Lenoir High School Band. As a student of Science at Elon College, he simultaneously held a full music scholarship, and traveled with the school stage band. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Elon College and an M.D. degree at Bowman Grey School of Medicine. He plays the hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, penny whistle, gemshorn, krumhorn, recorder, rackett, electronic wind-controller, and many percussion instruments. When not directing Puddingstone, David practices medicine in Lenoir, N.C. He also enjoys sailing, sawmilling, farming, and caring for the many animals who live on the Abernethy farm.
Mike Willis discovered an early interest in a musical career as a percussionist with the award winning Lenoir High School Band. He studied at Brevard and at ASU in Boone, NC. He has extensive experience playing professionally with a variety of musical groups. He played percussion with the New York Quartet and with the Jerry Lambert Trio in Charlotte, Raleigh and Atlanta. His unique style of jazz piano developed while working with Milton Clapp with the New York Quartet. He studied harp with Jean Morehead in Raleigh and Lorraine Little in Charlotte. He played harp and piano at the Esseola Lodge in Linville from 1982-87. He played harp and piano at the Tower Club in Charlotte from 1989-96, and does freelance work with several musical groups in the area. Mike has a lifelong interest in fitness and sports and is a fair weather motorcyclist.
Denise Baxter-Yoder began singing in church choirs at the age of five. Born to Air Force parents, she has lived and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. She holds a degree in music from Montevallo University, AL, and a Master's degree in Education from ASU, NC. She is a former public school sixth grade teacherwith Catawba County Schools, is a singer/songwriter, has performed in musical theater with her husband, Chuck Yoder, and likes to paint, create jewelry and hand-knit items. She maintains two small store booths where she sells handpainted furniture, pictures and handknit items. Her newest passion is the Celtic harp, which she performs with Tapestry, a harp, flute and cello ensemble.
Paul Holt has been playing guitar since age 15. He had his first group experience with a rock and roll band in high school. He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Guitar from ASU in Boone, NC. Paul has two daughters and one son. Both of his daughters plays piano and one daughter plays guitar and his son also plays guitar. Paul teaches at the Suzuki School of the Arts in Hickory, NC. He has about 60 students from age 4 to adult. In addition to playing guitar with Puddingstone, Paul also plays electric guitar in church with the praise and worship band.
Suzanne Williams is the manager for Puddingstone. She started playing the flute at age 12 in her sixth grade band. She studied music at Stetson University where she became a student of Geoffrey Gilbert. In 1989 she moved to Hickory, NC with her husband Todd and children Jay, Laurie and Jack. She has taught Suzuki flute for 21 years and is also a Realtor with Coldwell Banker. Suzanne enjoys performing as a member of Silver Lining, a professional flute duo, Tapestry, a harp, cello and flute ensemble, has performed with the Western Piedmont Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and freelances for weddings, parties, churches and community events. Silver flute, Irish flute, recorder, whistle, gemshorn and fife are among the instruments she plays in the group. In addition to music she enjoys traveling, reading and collecting vintage clothing.
Patrick Crouch grew up in the foothills of North Carolina where he studied music formally throughout his elementary and high school years. During these years he learned string music informally from his family and neighbors. Patrick attended Appalachian State University from 1974-1978 and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He served on the adjunct faculty at Appalachian State University teaching guitar classes during his time there and continued to teach guitar and banjo classes at Catawba Valley Technical Institute and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute until 1988. Patrick served as a music educator in the Caldwell County School System from 1980-2009. He taught middle school band, chorus, and general music at Granite Falls Middle School. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, bass, and pedal steel. He is known for his bluegrass, country, Celtic, old time, and jazz music with acoustic trio Strictly Clean and Decent as well as being the owner of Ticknock Recording Studio. Patrick, along with Strictly Clean and Decent musicians Kay Crouch and Ron Shuffler, has hosted the annual Caldwell County Traditional Musicians Showcase since 1998. Strictly Clean and Decent has produced a ten CD series documenting the Caldwell County Musicians Showcase and one hundred twenty eight featured artists. Patrick produced, engineered, and mixed those recordings in Ticknock Recording Studio. He continues to record bluegrass, old time, jazz, country, Celtic, and classical music. Patrick currently teaches acoustic music and performs professionally with regional bands. He plays fiddle, mandolin, and banjo in Puddingstone, and he plays mandolin for contra dances with the Euphoria String Band. Patrick is married to Kay Crouch and they share a home with three critters; Ruby Rakes, Lester Flatt Catt, and Pearly Blue.