Lost Time

Smooth vocal harmonies and intricate bluegrass instrumentals from one of CNY's best homegrown bands
Lost Time had its beginnings in the summer of 2000, when four seasoned musicians and long-time friends started getting together to play just for fun. They had known each other for more than 20 years, and some had played in bands together, but never in this configuration. Right away, it was clear this would develop into something special; these were four mature musicians who know how to listen to each other. To represent the years that had passed before this discovery, they chose the name Lost Time and a bluegrass band was born.
Lost Time played its first gig in February of 2001 and since then they've been nominated for two Syracuse Area Music Awards, including a nomination for their first CD, Its About Time, which was released in November of 2002.
The members are all veterans of the Central New York bluegrass scene. Along the way, they've played in some of the region's most respected bluegrass bands, including The Down City Ramblers, Headin' South, Hard Times, Pleasant Valley, Chestnut Grove, and Rosewood.
Don Anderson sings lead and tenor vocals, and holds the band together on acoustic bass. Anderson is also the group's primary songwriter, contributing three originals to the band's CD.
John Burton plays banjo and sings baritone. He is also the default bass singer in the quartets. Burton's first professional job was as Tony Trischka's replacement with the legendary Down City Ramblers in the early '70's, and later was a founding member of Headin' South. Burton has also played in Rosewood and The Lost Boys.
The innovative playing of SAMMY Award winning mandolinist Perry Cleaveland keeps him in demand as a recording session player throughout New York State. For many years he has led the group Rosewood with his wife Caren and has recorded and performs with Chestnut Grove.
Ted Lambert plays rhythm and lead guitar, fiddle, and sings lead and harmony vocals. Lambert is a founding member of Creek Bend and a mainstay in the acoustic music field around the Buffalo, N.Y., area. He also plays banjo, mandolin, and bass.
Rounding out the Lost Time sound is their newest member, three-time Montana State Fiddle Champion Taylor Buckley, who has toured with and co-written tunes with April Verch. His inventive and accurate fiddling complements the versatility of the other musicians.
Lost Time will be performing as part of the Folkus Project concert series at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse. Doors open at 7:30 and refreshments will be available. Admission is $10. For reservations, email or call 440-7444.

"Lost Time is an incredibly talented group of veteran musicians who found
each other not a moment too soon!" Gary Van Riper, Camden Times and Beach
"Lost Time is a group of seasoned bluegrass musicians, each of whom have
aged like fine wine. These guys have been around in other groups, but this
mix seems to be the best fit by far." Ginger Parker, Kirkland Art Center
"All of these talented gentlemen paid their dues decades ago to bluegrass
music in these parts. Now, after a significant absence to devote needed time
to jobs and families, Lost Time is once again on the scene as musically
strong as ever!" Bill Knowlton, host of "Bluegrass Ramble," WCNY-FM

Rating: 2.6/5 (13 votes cast)

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