Greenwood Tree is the duo of Bill Cagley (guitar, mandolin, bodhran, and limberjack) and Stu Janis (hammered dulcimer and bowed psaltery). Musical partners since 1985, Greenwood Tree's unique sound is a blend of lively traditional Celtic-flavored jigs and reels, sweet waltzes, and American folk songs with melodies deftly traded between instruments. The combination of Stu’s sprightly dulcimer with Bill’s driving flat-picked Martin guitar provides energy for quick dance tunes, while slower selections are enhanced by dulcimer arpeggios and a finger-picked guitar. You may also see bowed psaltery, mandolin, concertina, bodhran, and limberjack in a Greenwood Tree performance.
Greenwood Tree performs at weddings, festivals, parties, corporate events, folk dances, concerts, and just about anything else. We can provide soothing background music or put on an entertaining and educational stage show.
Unique music for your special occasion. Music of the British Isles (and a few other places) performed on hammered dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, bowed psaltery, concertina, and bodhran. We can also include classical favorites such as Pachelbel's "Canon in D," Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and Handel's "Alla Hornpipe." Lovely at ceremonies; quietly atmospheric for cocktail hours and dinners. If you'd like a contra or square dance at the reception we can add a caller to the mix.
You were fantastic! I cannot tell you how many times I hear compliments from our guests on the wonderful music you played. They said that the music really fit the atmosphere and made the reception relaxing. They were able to talk with their friends or just sit back and enjoy the music. Thank you for making our wedding reception so memorable! - Heather and Jim B
We had nothing but compliments on the ceremony and your music which was so much an integral part of the occasion. Thanks again for making our day one that will be always remembered with a smile on our face and a warm feeling in our heart. - Bruce and Patty A
I just wanted to say how wonderful you were. Everyone who attended the ceremony said that the music was beautiful and so different from most music they hear at weddings. - Michele B
The day was beyond perfect and reviewing our video footage of the ceremony I am reminded of how beautiful and fitting your music was for our wedding day. We received much positive feedback about our lovely and unique ceremony music. It was perfect for the ambience. - Gretchen and Asitha J
Lively music, good humor, and unusual instruments make for an entertaining and educational show for all ages. A Greenwood Tree performance includes toe-tapping traditional music, singalongs that everyone knows or can learn, and music that appeals to young, old, and everyone in between. Greenwood Tree is equally comfortable outdoors or inside, acoustic or amplified.
As we looked out over the mixed audience, we saw parents with little children, teenagers, middle aged persons and senior citizens captivated by the music of Greenwood Tree. The two of them really know how to communicate with their audiences. While in turn their audiences display their affection with enthusiastic applause. - Vern P
My mom and I have sure enjoyed your visits to the New Ulm Folk Club Gatherings. It has been difficult to find such talent and enthusiasm as you have brought to the group. - Brenda G
What you do is unique….and it seems to me that your music is exactly what we all are longing for at this point in time. - Caroline L
We wanted to thank you both for the absolutely wonderful evening of music last night! To be with our friends around the table, enjoying your music while eating delicious food.....well, it was as close to perfection as one can find outside of Ireland. - Dan R
Greenwood Tree can get a crowd’s attention during a stage performance with hard-driving jigs and reels, have everyone involved in a singalong, and follow it with a soothing waltz or Pachelbel’s Canon in D. We can also play the part of strolling musicians, setting up in various locations around the grounds.
The music that you two played was so beautiful! It was such a nice accent to the day’s focus on images of boats in the museum’s permanent collection. I also wanted to thank you for your enthusiasm with the crowd. The interaction was wonderful and you really had everyone’s attention! I received wonderful feedback on how much people enjoyed your performance. - Rebecca G, Family Day Coordinator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The festive music you shared with our guests was a wonderful addition to our spring celebration. Your beautiful instrumental and vocal sounds seemed to fill our festival with activity and liveliness. - Sondra R, Dodge Nature Center
Whether it's a corporate event or a private party Greenwood Tree provides perfect music for mood enhancement. It's delightful for listening but stays in the background and does not overpower conversations.
Just wanted to make sure you guys know how much we all enjoyed your music at our Winter Social! Have only heard positive comments (which is unheard of!) from staff. Our administrator said it was the best "social" he'd been at in 25 years - and you guys played a big part in making it the best! Thanks much. - Jennifer P
Thank you so much for your uplifting entertainment last evening at our Doctor’s Day appreciation. It was wonderful to have such merriment going on indoors while it was so fierce outdoors!… You are both very talented, and you added so much to the evening through your music. – Steve R
Hammered dulcimers are often found at New England contra dances because the dulcimer's percussive nature adds such drive to the music. Greenwood Tree has performed for contra dances in Minnesota since our beginning in 1985. We can provide a caller or add additional musicians if desired.
I love dancing to Greenwood Tree's contra dance music! It's so lively and bright, it adds a vibrancy to the dance that encourages folks to get up and move. Your music keeps a good beat going and adds a charming tone to the dancing. I also love the waltz tunes you play at break, especially The Shepherd's Wife Waltz, which you play with such feeling. So romantic! - Karen S
Whenever I see Greenwood Tree on the Tapestry contra dance schedule, I make a point to go. Your music is always so energetic and irresistible. Dancers can't help but want to dance to it! Even folks who sit out a dance are still tapping their feet and getting into the music. - Jeff M
It was a pleasure to call contra dances to the music of Greenwood Tree recently. Your wonderful music brought energy and enthusiam to the night, as reflected in the broad smiles on the dancer's faces and the many compliments received throughout the evening. Thanks for an excellent gig. I look forward to working with you again anytime. - Beau F
Holiday music is especially enchanting on the hammered dulcimer. We can perform as background music for holiday parties, shopping malls, or office building entrances. We can also do stage show with singing for seniors or people of all ages.
Your music was a true gem of the season, and it was a real treat for us. - Michael L
I have enjoyed your Christmas CD every holiday for at least the past five years. - Heather S