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OXFORD DEPOT (named after a small, quiet country town in New York State), is a bluegrass band consisting of 5 members singing and playing traditional instruments. The DEPOT has been pickin' and singing together for 10 years. Three of the original members are still with the band -- Co-founder Leon, Ed, and Carl, with newest members Roy and Kevin coming in from the now disbanded Code Blue (which also featured Leon on bass).


Oxford Depot Bluegrass Roy Roy Streever (guitar)
Roy grew up in western Sullivan County listening to the folk music of the sixties. He began playing guitar at age twelve and got bitten by the bluegrass bug around 1971. From the mid 70's until the late 80's Roy played mandolin in the bluegrass bands "Southwind" and "Probable Cause", the latter band name relating to his law enforcement career. Roy previously played guitar in the bluegrass band Code Blue.

Oxford Depot Bluegrass Kevin Kevin Monahan (mandolin)
Kevin spent more than 20 years playing electric guitar with various bands in the Hudson Valley. It wasn't until the mid-1990's that the long time love of bluegrass finally caught up with him. Starting on banjo, and eventually moving to mandolin, his main influences were Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, DAWG, and Ricky Scaggs. Kevin played mandolin in the bluegrass band Code Blue (with Roy and Leon) prior to joining Oxford Depot.

Oxford Depot Bluegrass Ed Ed Ackerly (banjo)
When Ed is not involved in his banjo playing duties with Oxford Depot he spends his spare time as a full-time, self-employed masonry contractor, full-time dad, husband, homeowner and maintenance specialist, along with other related responsibilities. If it weren’t for the banjo, Ed would not be a banjo player today.

Oxford Depot Bluegrass Carl Carl Kubie (fiddle)
Carl Kubie took his first violin lesson when he was about 12 years old. He studied classical for about two years and got the basic foundation of the instrument. He played drums after that and played in various bands into his early 30’s. Then in the late 80’s, a friend introduced him to fiddle music and to Steve Jacobi of Equinunk, PA. Steve taught him fiddle tunes in Irish, Canadian, Old Time and Bluegrass styles. Carl plays with Oxford Depot and also the Old Time Fiddlers of Wayne Co., PA. Carl has lived in Wantage, NJ most of his life and hopes to play the fiddle for the rest of it.

Oxford Depot Bluegrass Leon Leon Swyka (bass)
Leon Swyka was born in Middletown, NY in 1961. He has never lived more than ten miles from where he grew up, on Pufftown Road in Scotchtown. He enjoyed playing music at an early age starting with violin, then guitar and mandolin, also banjo, and finally the bass, all along fiddling with the piano.

cowbell Gene Frenkle (cowbell)
Gene needs no introduction....and he performs the hell out of that cowbell!

(hint: he's not really a band member folks)



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