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While Gans and Inglis have differing backgrounds as musicians, their keen love of the music of the Grateful Dead has proven to not only be a common link, but the key ingredient to the formation of their duo, Fragile Thunder.
Based in Oakland, Calif., Gans, a guitarist who is also an author, syndicated radio host and recording artist, joins Honolulu-based slack key guitarist Inglis for a series of rare, East Coast appearances where they will play some of their favorite Grateful Dead material.
They appear Nov. 13 at Tellus360 in Lancaster, Penn.; Nov. 15 at The Acoustic, in Bridgeport and Nov. 16 at the Bahr Gallery in Oyster Bay, N.Y. Gans will also do a pair of performances with the Barton Hills Choir — an Austin-based elementary school group that has worked Dead material into their repertoire — at The Brooklyn Bowl on Nov. 11.
The appearance at the Bahr Gallery coincides with an exhibition of Grateful Dead poster art through Dec. 23. The posters featured are from 1966-87 with an emphasis on rare, pre-1971 works.
Inglis appeared on WRTC earlier in the year to discuss his most recent album, Cut The Dead Some Slack (Rhythm & Roots). Gans, who has hosted the syndicated Grateful Dead Hour since 1985 and with co-host Gary Lambert, the weekly Tales From The Golden Road on satellite radio for the past decade. He’s written or co-written five books and released 11 albums, his most recent, Drop The Bone (Perfectible Recordings) came out last year.