With 10 instruments between them and 53 strings to tune Otter Creek burst onto the national Folk scene in 2012 with back to back hit albums on the Folk Charts. Since that time they've seen a TV placement on the season 6 finale of TLC's Sister Wives, and the top single of their current album "The Fiddle Preacher debuted at #10 on the Folk DJ charts. Otter Creek has won multiple awards for their virtuosic instrumentals, adept songwriting, and visionary arrangements of traditional and original tunes. They have drawn praise from around the country leading one critic to describe them as “a duo that is both a technical marvel and tastefully perfect.” They use their “superb musicianship underpinned by stunning technique” to perform “songs that appeal to the heart and mind as well as the ear.” (Greg Harness, Rootsworld Magazine).
Often compared to Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Pete and Anne Sibley, or Tim O’Brien, Otter Creek’s classical training, combined with Peter’s deep roots in the folk tradition enable them to cross boundaries among musical genres. They have performed with the Salt Lake Choral Artists and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society in the Utah and Nevada premieres of Carol Barnett’s Bluegrass Mass, and performed with the Utopia Early Music Ensemble in programs that blend classical and folk traditions. They are also sought after session musicians. They have opened for acts such as Claire Lynch and The Shook Twins.
In addition to their polished sound as a duo, Peter and Mary’s daughters, (The Three Muses) often appear on stage with them. Drawing frequent comparisons to the Peasall Sisters their three part harmony and infectious charm never fail to put a smile on every face in the room.
Recent and upcoming performances include: The Liberty Theater (Astoria, OR), Tom May's nationally syndicated "River City Folk", The Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS), Utah Arts Festival (Salt Lake City, UT), The Florence Folk Festival, (Florence, OR), SLCC TV "Brewin' Bistro", The Tucson Folk Festival (Tucson, AZ), Groovefest (Cedar City, UT), and the IAMA/Gallivan Folk and Bluegrass Festival.
~Folk Music Charts:
The Fiddle Preacher #10
Shady Grove #25
Bidder 70 #30
Shiver Into Spark #34
The Fiddle Preacher #16
Hunter's Moon #27
Shiver into Spark #31
~2013 Utah State Fiddle Champion (Peter)
~2013 IAMA People's Choice Awards
Favorite Old-Time Band
Favorite Fiddle Player
Favorite Mandolin Player
~Old Front Porch Radio: Best albums of 2012
#15 Otter Creek, Shiver Into Spark
~2012 Utah State Banjo Champion
~1st Place, 2011 Susanne Millsaps Performing Songwriter Showcase
~2nd Place 2011 National Mandolin Championship, Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS
~2011 Utah State Fiddle Champion (Mary)
~2011 Utah State Mandolin Champion
~2011 Official Showcase FAR West Folk Alliance
~2011 Finalist Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition
~2011 Favorite Folk Band, IAMA People's Choice Awards
~2011 Favorite Mandolin Player, IAMA People's Choice Awards
~2011 Alternate, NewSongs Showcase Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS
~2010 Winner, NewSongs Showcase Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS