Peggy Coyle has been singing blues and jazz in top Akron area bands
for 20 years. At home fronting big bands or duos, she makes any crowd
feel like family. She developed her effusive style while singing with long-
time employer and Las Vegas showmaster Phil Palumbo. She can be
found singing at weddings, finer night clubs, festivals, and more –
including the National Anthem for the Akron Racers women's fastpitch
team. Peggy performed weekly at Benito’s with the Mostly Blues Band.
She currently sings with Mike Lenz, the Don Turoso orchestra, and other
musicians in Northeast Ohio.
Brad Bolton is a guitarist and bassist of many hats. He’s enjoyed playing
the blues with Wanda Hunt, swing with The Swing Machine, jazz in
Cleveland and Akron jazz clubs, and shows with Helen Welch. He’s been
on stage with the Diamonds, the Drifters, and The Ink Spots, as well as in
orchestras at the Carousel, Coliseum and Front Row Theater. Top
Cleveland private party bands Special Request and The Art Company
have also benefited from Brad’s guitar for many years, as has the area’s
best Zydeco band, Zydeco Jones. Recently he has been accompanying
Helen Welch at her shows.
For many years, Peggy and Brad played only one job a year - Kent's
annual Art in the Park outdoor art show. We didn't think people would
want to listen to just the two of us in regular music venues - we were
used to working in full bands. After hearing "So where can we hear you
two play?" enough, we played a couple tunes at a Viking Vineyard jam
session. The rest, as they say, is history. Or herstory. Whatever.
Together, Peggy and Brad are more than the sum of their parts - at least
the parts that are still working. They entertain with blues, jazz, a little
country, and pop tunes long forgotten. They throw in some nostalgic TV
theme songs, an old radio jingle, and of course, the turkey baster.
“I was the first to put a tip in their tip jar here”
Bill Bakan, owner, Maize Valley Winery
“We liked them so much that I recommended Peggy and Brad to two
Dana, Viking Vineyard
“Peggy and Brad were such a treat at the Viking Winery that I had to
have them on our cable TV show.”
Kara Popsichel, Kent State School of Journalism
“ . . . . fearless”
Ron Iafornaro, previous Sales Manager, Motown Records
“You two are by far the best group we’ve had here. You’re so much
Jenna, Maize Valley Winery
“You guys are crazy!”
Waitress at Maize Valley Winery
|Who are Peggy and Brad ?
And why should I care?
We left that night with smiles on our faces and a new
appreciation for turkey basters. Every time we come we bring
somebody new. You and Peggy are truly a delight.
Brandon, a fan