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Wooden Nickel

Manistee/Grand Rapids – Jay Fortier (Bass, guitar, pedal steel, vocals) Al Swanson (Keyboard, guitar, banjo, vocals) Monte Klein (Guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals) Larry Foster (Drums)

Wooden Nickel – Manistee/Grand Rapids (1976 – present)

Wooden Nickel began as a loosely (un)organized reunion of three “Band X” members and a couple of other friends to play a few events in Manistee in the mid 70’s. It took on a life of its own, and through many personnel and location changes, it is still going!

A Wooden Nickel gig is, and has always been, a good-time event. Musical influences range all over the place…classic rock, country & country rock, 50’s & rockabilly, electric bluegrass, folk songs, polkas, party songs and standards from several decades…there are truly no boundaries, and no rehearsals! It is a blank slate, spontaneous and incredibly fun for players and listeners alike.

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New Year's Eve 1976 (L - R) Jay Fortier, Larry Foster, Al Swanson, Dan Hansen (RIP)
New Year's Eve 1976 (L - R) Jay Fortier, Larry Foster, Al Swanson, Dan Hansen (RIP)
Jay Fortier, O.B. Fearnow, Larry Foster, Al Swanson, Ed Gilbert (1977)
Jay Fortier, O.B. Fearnow, Larry Foster, Al Swanson, Ed Gilbert (1977)
(L - R) Roger Harcourt, Jay Fortier, Bob Doleys, Jim Aiken (sitting in) (RIP) Wooden Nickel 1979
(L - R) Roger Harcourt, Jay Fortier, Bob Doleys, Jim Aiken (sitting in) (RIP) Wooden Nickel 1979
(L - R) Wayne Ferrari, Bob Doleys, Jay Fortier, Roger Tarczon (hidden), Tom Jagmin Wooden Nickel 1980
(L - R) Wayne Ferrari, Bob Doleys, Jay Fortier, Roger Tarczon (hidden), Tom Jagmin Wooden Nickel 1980
Wooden Nickel at Muzzleloaders June '04 Al (L - R) Swanson, Howard Wilson, Larry Foster, Jay Fortier
Wooden Nickel at Muzzleloaders June '04 Al (L - R) Swanson, Howard Wilson, Larry Foster, Jay Fortier
Wooden Nickel '11 (L- R) Al Swanson, Monte Klein, Larry Foster, Jay Fortier
Wooden Nickel '11 (L- R) Al Swanson, Monte Klein, Larry Foster, Jay Fortier
Jay and Ronnie Beugelink    (a.k.a. Ronnie B) 2010
Jay and Ronnie Beugelink (a.k.a. Ronnie B) 2010

 

Members along the way have included (in no particular order):

  • Ed Gilbert – (Bass, guitar, vocals)
  • O.B. Fearnow – Guitar, vocals)
  • Steve Libby – (Drums)
  • Bob Doleys – (Drums)
  • Dan Hansen (RIP) – Guitar, cornet, flute, vocals)
  • Roger Tarczon – Drums)
  • Tom Jagmin – Guitar, vocals)
  • Wayne Ferrari – (Organ, bass pedals, keyboard, vocals)
  • Roger Harcourt – (Guitar, vocals)
  • Howard Wilson – (Guitar, vocals)

 

2 Responses to Wooden Nickel

  1. Chris K. says:

    Interesting information, thanks. Danny Hansen was a friend of mine long ago in MI–I think fondly of him and his talent. O.B. was a friend too, as was Tommy Jagmin. I hope those latter two pals are feeling fine and doing well out there somewhere! Rock On, THANKS, Chris K.

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