Eric and Polly Rapp are a husband-wife duo who have been making music together since 1997, when they met in a church choir. Eric didn't even attend the church at the time, but a fellow apartment-dweller suggested he join the choir, he chose the seat next to where Polly always sat, and the rest, as they say, is history.
To the partnership Eric brought fine flatpicking, an affinity for old-time country and bluegrass, and a knack for songwriting--influenced by artists as diverse as the Beatles, Norman Blake, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Nirvana, Tom Russell, Paul Simon, Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Smith, and Gillian Welch. Polly's musical background includes a lifetime of choral experience as well as solo voice training, interest in a variety of folk instruments, and a passion for performing. Her influences are mostly in the folk and rock veins. A honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains clinched their now-signature sound, when they got their hands on their first mountain dulcimer. Since then they have established a varied repertoire featuring old-time country, country gospel, and folk tunes as well as a growing collection of original songs--wryly humorous or thoughtful takes on life, love, work, and faith.
The Rapps have appeared at a variety of midwestern events and venues. Highlights include:
* Greater Rochester Heritage Days, 2010
* MAMA's Coffeehouse, 2006
* Trinity House Theatre, 2006
* FaithFest, 2005 and 2006
* Malabar Farm Ohio Heritage Days festival, 2004
* the first annual "Who's at First" Folk Festival in Royal Oak, Mich., 2003 (a concert that featured Michael Smith, Claudia Schmidt, and Matt Watroba)
* the 30th "Tin Whistle Coffeehouse" concert in Rochester Hills, Mich., in 2001, on a bill headed by Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen.
Their first CD, I'll Remember You, Love, in My Prayers, was released in 2003; in 2004 one of Eric's songs, "Don't Forget about Me (When You Get to Heaven)," was included in the CD anthology Music in Lawnridge Hall, and their second CD, More Than Enough, was released in the summer of 2006. In 2009 their original song "Surprised by Joy" was included on a CD benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As Long As I'm Here also includes contributions by Pamela Campau, Annie & Rod Capps, Tom Chapin, Foxfire, Stewart Francke, Anne Hills, John McCutcheon, David Mosher, Siusan O'Rourke & Zig Zeitler, Peter, Paul & Mary, Ann & Will Rowland, Matt Watroba, and Josh White, Jr. (Click here for more details about all the CDs!)
The Rapps' music has received airplay on "The Folk Sampler" (syndicated), "Issues, Etc.," WXOU-FM's "Local Folks" and "The Old Front Porch," WDET-FM, and eclectic station KJGT-FM as well as JustRadio.net.
Eric and Polly are happy to play for groups large and small--private parties, worship services, corporate events, community organizations, senior residences, coffeehouses, festivals, fund-raisers, and concerts. Please contact us to discuss scheduling and terms!