Todd Breck


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Todd Breck

co-creator of the pod

Piano lessons at 6 didn’t take but finding a harmonica on the floor in his high school dorm did. In college he started playing guitar as part of a duet performing spanish folk songs and was one of the founders of the Tranquilligers, a men’s a capella group. Upon graduating from the University of the South with a BS in Physics, Todd started the first coffee house, The Attic, in Wilmington where now stands a high rise building on Orange Street. “Four of us collaborated in creating The Attic which featured singers and hootenannies Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Working full-time and juggling the bookings and performing at the coffee house, which was now in his sole hands, Todd eventually relinquished it but only after bringing many notable folk singers of the time. He is still practicing as an architect and structural engineer and trying to make it perfect. He has pursued his musical interests by writing lyrics and composing music which he has performed at numerous venues throughout his life. He expanded his musical repertoire to include skills on the flute, the banjo and mandolin while continuing to play his harmonica and guitar. He and his wife, Debor, have 2 children: Tanya, mother to his grandson, Gavin, and son, Shawnee. His hobbies have run the gambit from photography and fine arts to flying, parachuting, scuba diving, motorcycles and rugby. I wonder what’s next.

Frank Baker


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Frank Baker

co-planter of the whirled peas

The 12-string guitarist has been playing over 40 years and claims that every gig the Peas have performed is his favorite. “I love making music with good friends,” he said while clutching his big Gibson, “a big man needs to play a big instrument.”He took up the guitar while a student at Kent State University. Both he and his guitar have been down many roads: as director of drama for Lyndon State College in Vermont; radio personality and program director for a Philly station; acting in community theatre troupes in the area; founder and president emeritus of Teleduction, and you’ll find him on the BIG SCREEN in The Perfect Storm. But his love is music. “The Kingston Trio, Seegar, Bob Gibson and even Patti Page influenced me early on in my musical journey. I really, really consider my favorite, Bob Gibson,” Franks explains, “he’s a great instrumentalist as well as vocalist.He and his wife, Sharon, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. When not writing and performing music including his own songs: The Bottom Has Fallen Out of Everything But You or Run to the Roundhouse, Nellie, the Brakeman Can’t Corner You There, Frank pitches horseshoes, fishes saltwater sportfish and he’s pretty deft at pole dancing.

Ingrid Rosenback


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Ingrid Rosenback

Ingrid Rosenback raised her hand when her fourth grade teacher asked who wanted to take violin lessons, and the rest is history. When Banjoboy Jack Scott invited her to bring her violin and come and hear Whirled Peas play at Catherine Rooneyʼs, she found a chair and microphone waiting for her and her relationship as fiddler with the Peas began. For years Ingridʼs musical career took a back seat to her career in the sciences. She holds a degree in biology and worked with rats, mice and bugs for a while. Then she washed her hands and got a degree in pharmacy. Supervising one store after another got old, so at long last she returned to college to study with Helen Kwalwasser and receive a degree in violin performance at Temple University. Classically trained, Ingrid became a violin teacher. She has taught at the Suburban Music School in Media, and now teaches at Temple Music Prep, The Music School of Delaware, and in her home studio. Also musical are her daughter Miranda, violinist, son Eric, pianist and trumpeter and husband John, amateur harpsichord maker. Ingrid plays gigs with “Heartstrings Entertainment”, girl group “Just Roses”, is a founding member of the “Di Romani String Quartet” and jams in Swarthmore regularly. For years, she and John have hosted her “Candlelight Concert” series in their home, spotlighting talented musicians. Having been an orchestra and chamber music musician, she rarely did anything without reading the music. Then her friend Emil asked her to improvise on a bluesy rocking recording he was making and an unsuspected inner musician emerged. She presently fiddles every Wednesday night at Rooneys and exclaims “I donʼt know what I would do without the Peas!”

Gary Estes


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Gary Estes

the lover of music

“John Gallagher introduced me to the Peas around 2001. They perform the type of music I love – folk. Folk music tells such wonderful tales,” said Gary Estes “I was very much influenced by the Chad Mitchell Trio, The Kingston Trio and of course, Peter, Paul and Mary. But, I also have a keen interest in maritime and Celtic music.” According to his fellow Peas, “Gary keeps us grounded to the traditional.” A retired DuPont chemical engineer, whose job relocated him innumerable times including Ireland, Gary always managed to find a venue where his beloved folk music was being performed. He plays a 6-string and 12-string guitar as well as the banjo. His guitar of choice is a Martin. The love of this instrument is so encompassing that on his honeymoon in January 2002, he scheduled a visit to the Martin factory. “I thoroughly enjoy playing our weekly gig not only for the music but for the love of the audience.” Gary is married to Jane and enjoys history, “specifically the Civil War.”

Jack Scott


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Jack Scott

found his thrill up the creek

There was no shortage of popular music influences while growing up in Philadelphia in the years of early rock and roll; Bandstand, Jerry Blavat, and the rise of folk music – all before the Beatles changed the landscape for keeps. In those years Jack Scott learned to play acoustic guitar and banjo and ventured into songwriting. His musical influences range from Johnny Horton and The Kingston Trio to Doc Watson, Bobby Darin, Bela Fleck and great songwriters such as Bob Dylan, John Stewart and Tom Waits. In 2001, he discovered Whirled Peas and serves as self appointed “banjo-boy” for the group. His original songs, which number almost 200, have been recorded by Whirled Peas on each of the group’s four CDs, by band-mate John Frink (on John’s solo CD, “Cabin Fever” on Crocodile Tunes), and by Jack on his own 5 demo CDs. He occasionally teaches a beginning banjo course and often finds inspirations and settings for songs in travel opportunities. He lives in Wallingford, is married with two grown daughters and a grand-dog.

John Gallager


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John Gallager

son of an erin pea

For forty years, John has been performing, either playing his guitar and/or singing folk music. He teamed up with his wife, June, to perform in a group called Pleasant Street. This very popular folk trio headlined at various restaurants, clubs, fair and colleges in the surrounding four state areas. Upon the break-up of the group, John and June returned to their Irish roots and began their Celtic musical journey. As such artists, they were selected to open for some pretty prestigious acts: Tom Paxton, Steve Gillette, Bob Gibson, Garnet Rogers, Bill Staines, David Mallett, Andy M. Stewart, John Flynn and Iain Matthews to name a few. “June and I founded Wilmington’s Folk Survivors organization,” John explains Additionally, John has a sound engineering company that has provided services to many nationally known folk musicians. “This expertise has proved invaluable when Peter VonGlahn is not available to set up the sound for the Peas,” Todd Breck interjected.

Dave Kelly


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Dave Kelly

green pea

“Frank Baker introduced me to the POD, and I’m happy to say that ever since then I have become GREEN,” laughs Dave Kelly, the Whirled Peas bass and guitar player. Dave became an official member playing for years at the former venue Up the Creek. An Army buddy coerced Dave into buying a guitar. He played that instrument during his 2 year stint in an Army bunk. Dave Kelly..happy to hop into the POD His musical range is perhaps the most eclectic of all the Peas…just to mention a few R&R, folk, doo wop, classical, jazz, pop…as Dave says, “from Ringo to Django.” “Our recent gig at Lewes was memorable,” Dave explains. “What more could one want than a good audience and good accommodations at the ‘tres exclusive’ Baker enclave.” A scientist, who was schooled by nuns, priests, the US Army, Widener and DuPont, Dave has a large Kelly family – one son, Bonnie Frawley and Family. In his free time his hobbies are as eclectic as his music – traveling from the slopes to the beach.

John Frink


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John Frink

The still looking for free beer pea

“A poster in Francine’s window caught my attention,” John Frink explains, “it said ‘Free Beer and Friends’. Well, I haven’t seen the free beer but I sure made the friends by ‘hooking’ up with Free Beer and Friends, now known as the Whirled Peas” An alum of Penn State, with a BS in Math, John started playing the guitar when one was given to him on his 10th birthday. He has since expanded his musical expertise by mastering the 6-string acoustic guitar. “I’ve been influenced by a wide range of guitarists–people like Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Norman Blake, Etta Baker, Elizabeth Cotten, and many more,” John says of his appreciation for a variety of musical styles. He has composed songs, including “Gatherin’ Eggs”, “Sidney’s Rag”, and “Newton’s Rag”. John has two current CDs in print, “Bed of Roses” and “Cabin Fever”; his home page is www.CrocodileTunes.com. Married to Erica Miller, John enjoys, what else–playing and singing ñ but he bicycles and bird-watches, among other hobbies. If you want John to sing your favorite tune, here’s a tip–buy him a nice pizza to go with his dark beer.

Charlie McCloskey


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Charlie McCloskey

the rebel pea

A long time Pea, Charlie McCloskey found himself a part of the group as far back as when Todd Breck and Frank Baker played at Francine’s under the duo’s name Free Beer and Friends. “Excellence finds its own,” Charlie chuckled. He is the Peas sole kazoo player “but I think the group would prefer if I leave my kazoo home.” In the midsixies, Charlie took up the guitar. “Back then, playing the guitar was a sign of being a rebel. Girls like outlaws and I liked girls. I’ve been playing ever since.” Every gig holds a special place for Charlie but the one that stands out the most was the gig in Delaware City. “The mosquitoes were outrageous. They blanketed our bodies but then again, I have a thing for mosquitoes.” His taste in music is far-flung. “My favorite musician is Mozart followed very closely by Randy Newman. Acting is his vocation; playing the guitar is avocation. Charlie lives with love of his life, his wife, Cathy.

Peter VonGlahn


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Peter VonGlahn

soundman extraordinaire

If you have ever set up a stereo system, you know that there can be a level of frustration in plugging in the wires – what goes to the in receptacle; to the out and so on. Hooking up a group of musicians to a sound system is a bit trickier. Making sense out of the “spaghetti” wires is Peter VonGlahn. Peter makes sense out of the wires. I started out as an audience member,” Peter explains, “my wife, Clara, and I enjoyed the music. And, before you know it, I was plugging in AMPS and switching dials to make the sound of the Peas even better.” Peter is owner and founder of Brandywine Renovation Services, Inc. which was established in 1996. Housed in Wilmington, the firm is involved in commercial and industrial building construction. Peter and his wife, Clara Zahradnek, live in Cool Springs. And, in 2008, they garnered 1st place in the Delaware Center for Horticulture’s City Garden contest – category vegetable garden. He has also established 3rd Floor Enterprises, providing line sound, audio recording, conference services.