Mark and Chris Panfil are really brothers that play a variety of musical styles. From bluegrass to folk, country, Irish and acoustic jazz they move seamlessly from guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, harmonicas and accordion. They have released three CDs as the Panfil Brothers, six as Creek Bend and one as the Emerald Isle Irish band. Chris is a former studio musician from Nashville and Mark is an award winning harmonica player and nationally recognized dobro instructor.
In 2016, the Panfil Brothers were inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. They are working on their fourth CD as the Panfil Brothers.
Let the Panfil Brothers brighten up your next event!
Two very talented musicians that never disappoint. We had numerous guests at our event comment on how much they enjoyed the music. A huge thank you to Mark and Chris.
Response from The Panfil Brothers:
Thank you Judy. It was a pleasure to play for your daughter's wedding. It was a beautiful occasion. Thanks again. Mark and Chris.
I hired the Panfil Brothers to play at our family reunion in August 2017. The Brothers showed up and played an outstanding evening of music. They played before a large crowd of people from Hungary, Austria, and Germany as well as various parts of the United States and they represented the bluegrass/Americanna genre in the utmost professional manner. All that attended the Panfil Brother's performance we're not only in awe of their talent as great musicians but also in their professionalism throughout the entire evening. I absolutely recommend the Panfil Brothers for any event that you may have with live music.
Response from The Panfil Brothers:
Thanks Paul. It was great to experience the power of music to bridge generations and national boarders. What an awesome family you have.
Price Range: $250-$2000 depending on travel requirements
What to Expect
Reviews and Bios
CD- Thanksgiving- "This is highly recommend contemporary bluegrass" " Creek Bend excels at allowing the listener to have fun"
"Creek Bend is a very talented and entertaining band"
Album- Life's Highway- "At a time when bluegrass has to battle pop walls of sound to be heard, Creek Bend demonstrates the continuing vitality inherent to the style that in many ways bespeaks a bygone era. They're steeped in tradition and traverse the wide stretch of musical territory"
The song"Creek Bend" along with the other entries comprising Life's Highway come highly recommended for extended airplay"
"A first class bluegrass album may be the last thing you might expect to be produced in western New York but Creek Bend's Life's Highway, proves it can happen"
The Buffalo News
CD- That Home Far Away- "The entire project features musical excellence." "Creek Bend delivers style, imagination and variety.
"The grass always seems to be bluer on the Creek Bend side of the fence"
The Buffalo News
Chris Panfil 's interest in bluegrass music can be traced back to his early teens when his brother Mark needed a mandolin accompanist for his banjo habit. The boys played Flatt and Scruggs tunes on the porch for hours at a time, much to the consternation of their northeastern steel town neighbors.
Chris moved to Florida after high school to play fiddle with the sun coast bluegrass band "Bluegrass Southern Style" in the 1980's . This resulted in an album and several tours including Europe and the Caribbean. An old banjo player friend from Buffalo moved to Florida and they formed the infamous "Sleepless Nites". This group toured the southeast and recorded "Live at the Garden" in 1985.
The country music boom soon led him to move to Nashville Tenn. where he found ample work as a touring and recording multi-instrumentalist. He played with many Grand Old Opry stars such as Jeanne Sealy, Del Reeves and Sheb Wooley. He also recorded many demo sessions and performed in the house band at the "Stagecoach" lounge, a popular musicians hangout in Nashville.
He joined up with Creek Bend to perform and play the northeastern US bluegrass festival circuit and recorded with them on the band’s Thanksgiving CD. Chris plays guitar and sings tenor and lead with the band. He is equally adept at playing mandolin and fiddle and has written several songs for the band.
Mark has played with Creek Bend since 1983. Before that he played in several local bands including the Erie Lackawanna Railroad with his brother Chris and the Hill Brothers, a school performance group for Young Audiences inc. He has taught dobro at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins WV for over fifteen years and has an instructional dobro video out on the (link hidden) label. He is a member of the Bluegrass in our Schools Committee for the IBMA. He sings lead and baritone and plays dobro, banjo and harmonica. When he isn't playing with Creek Bend he is a music teacher at an elementary school in Western New York where he also directs a student fiddle group. Mark’s harmonica prowess has earned him Youtube notoriety for his “hands free” method of playing harmonica with out hands or a rack holding them. He is also a first place winner of the Bushman’s Harmonica World’s International video harmonica contest.
Additional Booking Notes
We bring our own sound system and lights if the engagement is within 1.5 hours driving distance from Buffalo NY. We require one AC outlet and shade if our playing is to be in the sun.
We would like to be appropriately dressed for your event. Tell us how you would like to see us dressed and if there is any special music you would like us to prepare to play for you or played using prerecorded music during our break time.
Past Booked Events
|August 25, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
song lists include these and many more...
A Pirate Looks At Forty- Jimmy Buffet
Ahead by a century -Tragically Hip
All my loving -The Beatles
American Pie – Don McLean
Amie- Pure Prairie League
Angeline Pony boy – Allman Brothers
Bloody Mary Morning – Willie Nelson
Breeze the -Lynard Skynard
Chicken Fried – Zac Brown
Coppeehead road – Steve Earle
dark hollow – Grateful Dead
Deep elem blues – Grateful Dead
Dixie Chicken – Little Feat
Dreamgirl – The Panfil Brothers
Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
Fire on the MT – Marshal Tucker Band
Fluxology – Jerry Douglas
Flyin clutchmen – The Panfil Brothers
folsom prison – Johnny Cash
Free Mexican Airforce – Peter Rowan
Friend Of The Devil – Grateful Dead
Galway girl- Steve Earle
Gentle on mind – Glen Campbell
God is great, beer is good – Billy Currington
gravel yard – Blue Highway
hickory wind – Gram Parsons/ Emmy Lou Harris
Hotel California – The Eagles
I know what means- Ricky Skaggs
I'm my own grandpa – Little Jimmy Dickens
I've Just Seen A Face- The Beatles
Irish Standards- Rambler, Gambler
Irish Standards-Loch lomand
Irish Standards-Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (An Irish Lullaby)
Irish Standards-Wild rover
Irish Standards- (and many more by request)
Jeruselem ridge- Bill Monroe
Johnny reb – The Panfil Brothers
Joker – Steve Miller
kids and grampas- The Panfil Brothers
Knee Deep- Zac Brown
Last Dance MaryJane
Love the one your with- CSNY
Mammas Don't Let Your babies- Waylon and Willie
Mexicali blues – Grateful Dead
Moondance- Van Morrison
One love – Bob Marley
Piano man Billy Joel
Sweet Melissa – Allman Brothers
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Take this hammer- Flatt and Scruggs
teach your children - CSNY
Thunder Rolls – Garth Brooks
Turn The Page – Bob Seeger
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
Influences & Inspiration
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, Jerry Douglas, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson.
The Panfil Brothers also play songs by Jimmy Buffet, Zac Brown, The Beatles, Van Morrison and Prince!
A minimum stage or playing area 8' by 16'
One AC power outlet
Shade tent or covering if it is an outdoor event
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