Tim Dickey and Julie Charland have been singing together since the 1980's. In 2007 we decided to make an effort to develop a new repertoire, and we started performing as Toast & Jam, with bassist/vocalist Laird Boles, in 2008. We met fiddler Alice Malone in March of 2013, and immediately asked her to join! Toast and jam is now a quartet, featuring two and three part vocal harmonies and various combinations of these instruments: fiddle, guitars, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, banjo (old-time and Scruggs style), upright bass, ukelele, flute, and Dobro.
We released "Ten Slices" in July of '09. That season saw several awards for songwriting, and our first appearance at a bluegrass festival. One song from the CD, "Echoes of War" was invited into "Acoustic Rainbow #35", and released to 1300 radio stations in 2010. The song wound up getting documented airplay in 8 countries, and we received positive feedback from DJ's in Europe, Canada, as well as the US.
Tim will be familiar to those that remember the Provincetown Jug Band, which played summers, 7 nights a week, at the foot of Macmillan Wharf from 1967 through 1991 (he joined in 1977). He still appears with The Jug Band there annually, in late June.
Julie's former bands included Fiddlesticks and Red Limousine, on Cape Cod; she also spent 4 years in Nashville, writing and performing.