Roger Sorlien is a carpenter by chance and musician by choice. Roger plays a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin and mandola. He is self taught and is heavily influenced by bluegrass, old-time and traditional folk music. He started getting deeper into the music scene as his daughters became proficient on cello and fiddle. His daughter Rachel often accompanies his latest musical endeavors as guest fiddler for the “Starlight Honeys.” The Honeys is Roger’s collaboration with Katie O’Connell and Samantha “Sam” Tracy. Being part of this trio is a true labor of love and deeply rewarding. Roger has recently turned his hand to song writing and the early results are encouraging.
Katie O’Connell has been singing since her mother propped her up on the kitchen table at two years of age where she entertained her relatives with the song “Shine On Harvest Moon.” She sang throughout her school years and continued with the Boston College Chorale, as well as singing and playing guitar at open mics, coffee houses, and even in the pubs of Ireland during her junior year abroad. Katie was raised on folk music by her mom who played guitar and sang most every day. Having no formal lessons, Katie learned to play guitar by ear along with her favorite recordings, at jam sessions, and because her band mates in her previous band–Sweet Life Revue– told her she couldn’t just stand around and sing lead forever (although she would rather do just that!) A few penny whistles, Irish flute, and now a djembe and brushes complete the whimsical menagerie Katie carts to pubs, coffee houses, and festivals. Her biggest joy, though, is the singing. Her solo voice has been described as “smooth dark chocolate,” and that she must be “channeling Kate Wolf,” but she also has a talent for finding multiple layers of harmony and building something beautiful within and around her bandmates’ equally notable voices.
Samantha “Sam” Tracy graduated from Newfound (NH) Regional High School where she was a member of the chorus and select chorus. She was chosen as the schools musician of the year as a freshman and has been a regular participant in the NH All State Chorus. As a folk singer, guitarist, and banjo player, Sam has been performing on stage since she was 13. As a solo artist she has been chosen to perform for the Friends of the Arts showcase in Plymouth, the Gilford Strawberry Festival, and as a regular performer at the Corner House Inn (Sandwich NH.) Sam has performed at the Stone Mountain Arts Center where she was accompanied by the Gibson Brothers. Sam is a founding member of the “Starlight Honeys” along with Katie O’Connell and Roger Sorlien and finds equal pleasure in singing the high harmonies and taking the leads. She recently took up claw hammer style banjo which contributes greatly to the band’s traditional sound. Sam attends Plymouth State University.