Mixed Blessings consists of Mary Moore on rhythm acoustic guitar and vocals, Allan Temple on lead acoustic guitar, and Barry Cooper on mandolin. For this performance, however, we have invited Ryszard Cimek to play bass, as Barry is travelling. All of us musicians have explored many musical genres over the years in separate ventures. On coming together through other musical connections, we have discovered a unique sound combining our love of all that is musical, and our unique skills. The name refers to the variety of music we perform, from celtic and folk, through bluegrass and jazz. Mary provides her brand of warm vocals and rhythm guitar, punctuated by the quick-fingered mandolin artistry of Barry, and the solid rhythmic and lyrical expressions of Allan on guitar. Ryszard has played bass in jazz and blues settings, and enjoys adding his own expressive improvisations to the mix.