Larry Chung – Multi-instrumentalist Larry Chung has always loved playing music. Born and raised in rural Illinois, Larry played classical violin and piano and eventually moved to the Bay Area to attend college at Stanford University. Over the next several years, he taught himself the guitar, the banjo, the mandolin, the Dobro, pedal steel guitar and the double bass. He has lived, worked, and performed in Germany, South Korea, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Larry is also a talented music instructor, long-time arts administrator, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. He currently teaches all of the instruments he plays, and has over 60 students ranging in age from 3 to 75. When performing with Cabin Fever, Larry plays a 1937 Gibson Mastertone TB-7 and a 1941 Martin D-18.
Yvonne Walbroehl – Yvonne’s roots are firmly planted in bluegrass. Originally from the state of Virginia, she has been singing and playing guitar since she was 11 years old. A powerful vocalist with a traditional approach to singing, she was strongly influenced by the music of Hazel Dickens, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, and the Stanley Brothers. She is also one of the few women lead guitar players in bluegrass, and is most inspired by the playing of Doc Watson, Clarence White, and Tony Rice. She played for several years with Michigan’s Midland County Chicken String Band before relocating to the Bay Area in 1994. Yvonne performed with a few Bay Area bands, most notably The Warblers, before becoming a founding member of Cabin Fever. She has a small collection of vintage guitars – her primary axe is a 1958 Martin D-28 (a cannon!). Yvonne earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and took an early retirement from a career in the pharmaceutical industry. When she’s not playing music, Yvonne can usually be found training for and competing in bicycle races. Yvonne is a cat-lover and shares her home with Asterix, a Siamese mix, and Rascal, a grey tabby.
Bryan McClenahan – Bryan is a true, home grown Californian, in fact he’s lived his entire life on the SF/Bay Area peninsula, and if he can at all help it, he plans to stay here – The weather’s just too good! His parents started him off camping at a very young age (6 months!), and at that very campground he was blessed with the fiddle music of Neil Thompson around the campfires that Neil and Edith would often have for all their guests. This was Bryan’s inspiration – he wanted to play music like Grampa Neil. At age 10 he started taking classical lessons from his grade school band instructor and then went on to study fiddle with the Bay Area’s well known teacher, Jack Tuttle. Bryan’s playing evolved under Jack, and he went on to become the California State Junior and Men’s champion. He also finished 7th in the men’s division at the national contest in Weiser, Idaho. You may notice Bryan’s fiddle – it’s his most recent purchase, and it’s a beauty. It’s far from typical, in that the back is made out of quilted maple and is exquisite. If you get a chance to look at it, you might be able to see an owl or an angel in the extremely figured grain. Bryan’s had tons of hobbies over the years when not playing music, including mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, motorocycle riding, rock crawling (4-wheeling). His current passion, however, is golf. When he isn’t working as a network engineer or playing music, it’s a pretty safe bet he’s either practicing or playing golf.
Louise Mintun – Nailing it all to the floor on the dog house bass is Louise Mintun. A long-time player in the Northern California bluegrass scene, Louise adds a sweet tone to the vocal blend, while the thumping drive of her bass playing lays the groundwork for the band’s jump-out-of-your seat sound. Also a California native, Louise got her start in musical theater – she brought ’em to their feet in her fourth grade production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
Guests in the Cabin – Cabin Fever usually takes the stage with one or two of our good friends, including mandolinists Brian Judd, Phil Cornish, Hide Kawatsure, Butch Waller and Dave Smith as well as banjoists Larry Cohea, Dave Magram and Ryan Breen.