Irish Traditional Music in the Heart of the Appalachian Mountains

Archives: Bios (page 2 of 3)

John Rushing

Alabama-born & bred, John Rushing contributes upright bass to Sigean’s signature sound.  Before being introduced to Irish Traditional Music and Sigean by his hunting buddy Frank Wing, John had already made a name for himself as a regular columnist for various online Bluegrass publications.  In addition to bass, John plays old-time clawhammer banjo, guitar, and sings from time to time.

John lives with his lovely wife Sherrye at the foot of Clinch Mountain in Southwestern Virginia, where they are raising three of their beautiful grandchildren– all budding musicians as well.

Frank Wing

Frank Wing, of Kingsport, Tennessee, has led an eclectic musical life.  Having come from a musical family, Frank played the piano first, following in his father’s footsteps, but became completely fascinated by the banjo at the age of 14 after hearing the Kingston Trio. During the 70s-80s, Frank played 5-string banjo in a number of popular Bluegrass bands such as The Virginia Mountain Boys, Country Comfort, and the Boys in the Band.

Frank first learned traditional Irish tunes out of his father’s old copy of Chief O’Neill’s famous tune collection.  In the 90’s, he began playing in local Irish sessions and was recruited into the band by former Sigean button accordionist Declan Fahy. Frank plays fiddle, tenor banjo & 5-string banjo, and has been known to contribute rhythm guitar and vocals on occasion

Frank has a B.A. in Biology from Emory and Henry, and a M.Ed from Georgia State University. He taught High School Biology for over 37 years, including 33 years at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee.  Frank currently teaches Bluegrass banjo and guitar to numerous students at East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Oldtime & Country Music program.

Frank lives with his wife, Kathy, in Elizabethton, TN.


Buz Lee

Byrdstown, Tennessee resident Buz Lee first sat in with Sigean in 2010, and later joined the band full-time in February of 2013.  Buz plays bodhran and bones, and sings a bit of harmony.  His favorite drummers are Randy Guss, Malcolm Holmes, Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh, Cathy Jordan, and Brian Fleming.

Buz loves synth music of the 80s (especially anything Vince Clarke had a hand in),cat shirts, and his dogs, Edna and  Aoife. His two cats Leon and “Miss B”.  In his spare time, Buz experiments with electronic music, and you can keep up with his projects at soundcloud.


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