Featuring 3-part harmony vocals and a combination of folk and bluegrass influences, Woodland Creatures performs a collection of songs that include traditional classics, modern covers, and original tunes.
Hannah McGovern, fiddle and vocals: Hannah grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh in a musical family. There was always music playing in the background with a preference for The Beatles, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and of course, The Little Mermaid soundtrack. She went to Penn State to study Viola Performance, and then to the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University where she received her Masters in Arts Management. Hannah currently lives in the East End of Pittsburgh with her husband (also a band member), their three-year-old son, and their dog, Sam.
Liz Thompson, guitar and vocals: Liz Thompson grew up in a large musical family in St. Louis, Missouri. She moved to Pittsburgh for graduate school in 2011, where she earned a Master of Music in French Horn Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. As a hornist, she is a member of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and Resonance Works Pittsburgh. Liz recently completed a teaching certification in K-12 music education, and currently teaches instrumental lessons and general music classes. Liz lives in the East End with two fat cats and several neighbors who may or may not appreciate her constant music-making.
Gail Hofbauer, percussion and vocals: Gail was born and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. She studied Theater Arts and Psychology at Duquesne University (where she met her marvelous husband), and received her Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. She works in downtown Pittsburgh in the behavioral health field. Gail also plays Scottish snare for North Coast Pipe Band, and is gearing up for competition season. She lives in Harmar with her husband and their rescue chihuahua mix, August. A woodland creature to the very core, she is an avid gardener currently expanding several beds, so if you have any perennials you'd like to rehome, get in touch.
Heather DiCicco, guitar, vocals, and percussion: Heather is a Music Therapist at several institutions in the Pittsburgh area including the BRiTE Wellness Program. As far as musicianship goes, Heather plays everything! She is the Swiss army knife of the band. She will sit down at the cajon, strum the guitar, sing lead or harmony, and even take a crack at the washboard.
Jon McGovern, bass: Jon kicks butt playing the bass. He is also known to break down some sweet rhymes if the occasion arises.
Ethan Tuxill, percussion: Ethan is a mental health therapist for young adults. He's been playing drums since hairs started sprouting on his chinny-chin-chin. He's an NY native, but has been living in Pittsburgh for six years, and isn't going anywhere. He also enjoys comedy, and performs at Unplanned Comedy on the house team Deep Eye Contact.