By Margie Royal
“Last Chance” is the folk-roots fusion duo of Jack Scott (singer-songwriter, banjo and guitar) and Ingrid Rosenback (fiddle, harmonica and vocals). Both musicians, who make their home in Delaware County, recently released their second CD, “Endless Flight” on CD Baby. The songs on their new CD celebrate nature, love and the joys of simple moments and memories.
If you’re not familar with their music, we hope this interview will inspire you to go hear them perform, and to support them by buying their CDs.
Last Chance Duo with Ingrid Rosenback on fiddle and Jack Scott on 5 string banjo and guitar. Photo by Rick Prieur
How did you both meet and start playing music together?
Last Chance consists of Jack Scott and Ingrid Rosenback. Jack has been playing guitar and banjo and writing songs since his high school days, and since 2001 performed with a Wilmington based group of folk musicians named “Whirled Peas.” In 2011, after the group’s fiddler left town, Jack met Ingrid at an acoustic jam in Swarthmore, immediately recognized her talent and invited her to join Whirled Peas. Classically trained and busy as a violin teacher, Ingrid had started to expand her improvisational skills, and she instantly fit in beautifully with the Peas.
Where and when was your first concert as a duo?
In 2012, Jack had an opportunity to play his original songs at a singer-songwriter showcase. Rather than perform as a lonely, forgettable guy with a guitar, he asked Ingrid to join him on fiddle. They worked on arrangements, rehearsed, and they were thrilled with the show and the audience response. They both decided to work as a duo. Since formation, they’ve played many different venues, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Lansdowne Folk Club, Susanne Roberts Theater, Twisted Tail, Burlap & Bean among many others. They participate in Musicians On Call and play to patients and veterans at their bedsides.
How did the name Last Chance come about?
Jack and Ingrid emerged from vastly different musical backgrounds. Jack loved folk music and rock and roll, and Ingrid’s world was predominantly classical and chamber music. They had each played with many other musicians and other groups, and they envisioned this duo as their “last chance” to play music exactly the way they both wanted. They decided Last Chance would play only original music and their own arrangements of traditional songs, and not cover other artists. They found this formula to be successful with audiences and satisfying to them as performers.
How did the songs featured on the album evolve?
Jack writes the songs, but Ingrid writes the fiddle and harmonica arrangements and is involved in every step of the creative process. Typically, Jack brings material to rehearsal and as they work together on arrangements, Ingrid points out what needs to be fixed or polished, both lyrically and melodically. They include in their set only songs they both feel passionate about. “Endless Flight,” released in December 2016, is their second CD, having released “We Came to Play” in 2013, and two songs from the new recording (“Same Moon” and “Sacramento”) have been played on WXPN. They already have a working list of songs they play in concert and that they plan to record in the future.
What’s ahead for the spring and summer of 2017?
Their website, www.lastchanceband.org
, shows all upcoming events. Their spring and summer schedule is already busy with dates in Philadelphia, Swarthmore, Lansdowne, Media, Wallingford and Springfield.