Audiences and critics agree that the music in BOOTY! A Revolutionary Pirate Tale, currently at Cincinnati Fringe Festival, is exceptional.
From the exquisite original score, composed entirely by Serenity Fisher, to the quartet providing live music throughout, the music is “perfection,” according to Julie Erngenbrecht of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bart Bishop of CityBeat croons, “the music by The Cardboard Hearts is wonderful, equal parts jazzy nightclub sleaze, rowdy port pub, Fleetwood Mac Rock & Roll and Tori Amos Pop, their sound and Fisher’s lyrics are immediately catchy and hummable.”
The reason the music in BOOTY! is such high quality is because it is brought to the Fringe stage by remarkably talented and experienced musicians who are passionate about their craft. Meet the members of the phenomenal “BOOTY! Band” (aka The Cardboard Hearts)….
Bobby Fisher, Guitar & Piano
Bobby is a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, composer, and clinician. He is delighted to be making his Fringe debut as a musician for Serenity’s “Booty Band” with fellow Cardboard Hearts.
Bobby has served for over 25 years as program coordinator for the NPM Guitar Schools and Guitar/Ensemble Institutes.
In the 1980’s as a member of the band, “Whiskey Hill,” he shared the stage with Lee Greenwood, Sawyer Brown, and the Gatlin Brothers at nationwide events for Kroger. In the 1990‘s, while working with the Fountain Square Fools and later Inner Visions, his musical talents were called upon to co-facilitate team-building events at trustee meetings for the Mercy, Holy Cross, and Sisters of Charity healthcare systems. Currently, Bobby is Director of Music Ministries at St. Agnes Church in Ft. Wright, KY.
Bobby has recorded and produced a number of his own music collections for various publishers, and has worked as producer and guest musician on countless others. One of his most recent releases is “Ancient and Unending,” a recording he released last year with fellow Booty bandmate Michael Ronstadt.
Bobby is much in demand as a studio musician. His guitar work has appeared on commercials for Ford, Kroger, P&G, Chevrolet, Kings Island, Skyline Chili, and Coca Cola as well as television shows, including Life Styles of the Rich and Famous, All My Children, General Hospital, As the World Turns, Passions, and One Life to Live. His playing featured throughout “The Greatest Race” at the Kentucky Derby Museum. As a guest musician, he has performed in venues ranging in size from small clubs to concert halls, arenas, and stadiums, most recently at Carnegie Hall and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Bobby currently lives in Cincinnati, OH with his wife and family.
Michael Gilbert Ronstadt, Cello
For two decades, Michael has entertained audiences throughout North America on cello, guitar and voice. Dan Buckley, writer for The Tucson Citizen noted Michael’s “amazing command of the typical and exotic sounds of the cello, a true virtuoso and a man of instinctive musicality.” Michael holds his Master of Music in Cello Performance (208) from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Rose Reidmiller Gowda, Violin
Rose received her Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. An active and versatile freelance musician, Rose can be seen performing a wide range of styles with groups all around Cincinnati. Rose is also Director of the Suzuki String and Orchestra programs at Wyoming Fine Arts Center and CCM Prep Department where she teaches a full studio of Suzuki violin and viola students, ages 4 and up.
Matt Halvorson, Percussion
Matt has a B.A. from Indiana University in Ethnomusicology, the study of International Music and Culture. He incorporates an innovative blend of percussion instruments from Peru, Brazil, Morocco, Egypt and Ghana; backing incredibly talented songwriters, Serenity Fisher, Noah Smith, Carrie Newcomer, Krista Detor and many more over his 21 year career.