Read about each of the band members.
A born Kansan, I’ve settled into life in Mineral Point, WI as a family doctor, husband, father, and last, but not least, a rhythm guitarist. This band is the most musical fun I’ve ever had (aside from singing the ABC’s with my girls!).
Andy is our artisan cheesemaker by day, mandolin aficionado by night. We love Andy's calm steadiness, and he serves us well as our musical conscience.
My partner, Richard, and I moved to Wisconsin from Chinatown, Manhattan, New York City in the winter of 2000. My life here is thrillingly filled with creative pursuits! We have an art gallery — Green Lantern Studios. I make sculpture. (Do you believe in nature or nurture? My parents were artists/musicians!)
Meghan Dudle started classical violin when she was five years old in the Chicagoland area. After experiencing The Freighthoppers one hot August MBOTMA festival, she put down her classical violin and started to study Appalachian, blues, honky-tonk and hillbilly swing fiddle in 2000. Before joining Kari Larson and Lisa Schultz of The DitchLilies in 2003, she played country blues fiddle with Lonesome Dan Kase as well as with the old-time duo, The Phonola Winders, with New Bad Habit’s Tim Foss. Somewhere in between the years, she learned rhythm guitar and harmony singing. Playing fiddle with The Ditchlilies from 2003-2008, she has shared festival stages with Pete Seeger, The Dirk Powell Band, The Everybodyfields, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Hunger Mountain Boys, Dale Ann Bradley, and Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike. Her new album puts together a wide variety of classic American fiddle tunes alongside original compositions and songs. She continues to break many a horse hair playing for square dances and other performances around the Midwest and dances and choreographs with the internationally known clogging group, The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers.
I’m a stay-at-home mom working with Libby, Josie, and Colette. The hours are long but very rewarding. I also teach private voice lessons. In my past life I was a music editor and did some recording for GIA Publications in Chicago.
My life is so much richer from sharing the joy and obsession of music with friends. I love old-time fiddle music, have played for square and contra-dances over the years, and have chased ephemeral moments of complete rapture around many campfires. Jazz, country and western swing call to me. We grow out of many traditions and bring it all along. Being in this band has expanded my musical horizons. I listen to something new and get excited. Point Five creates magic in relationship, vocal harmony, wistful longing, love and loss, some driving bluegrass, some lament. I lose myself in the moment.