$cratch Daddy has been playing around the Skagit Valley for many years. Some of the venues include: The Mount Baker Blues Festival, Skagit Valley Woodstock, plus many local clubs, wineries and local benefit programs in the area. Some of the players may have changed but not the idea of doing something different and more than the traditional covers … we do “the blues and beyond …”
Mary Ellen Lykins aka “Swan” ~ Lead Vocals
Mary Ellen (friends call her Swan) is a recent import to the Pacific Northwest. She moved here from Ogden, Utah, which--she tells us---has a surprisingly vibrant blues family. Exploring the Blues scene in Washington could be the most fun she's had in a long, long time; and she's thrilled to bring her full-on style of singing the blues to a new audience and a new band.
Mitch Faris ~ Lead Guitar, Slide, Harmonica and Vocals
All the men in Mitch's family played an instrument. He started at a young age on the harmonica and picked up the guitar as a teenager.
With influences like ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers, Mitch then began trying his hand at slide.
His first professional gig was with a country-western band that toured the Midwest in the early 1980's.
After settling down in the Olympia area, he played in local bands, 'Blazin Blue Hotrods' and 'Hoss and the Hit Kickers'.
With a move to Whatcom County ten years ago, Mitch has continued his love of the Blues, and has performed with local bands and with numerous jams.
His new interest is building 'cigar box guitars', similar to the instruments fashioned and played by slaves on plantations.
Whether it's electric guitar riffs or down-home slide, Mitch is having fun.
Mark Edick ~ Drums and Vocals
Mark, a lifelong native of Washington State, grew up in a family of musicians in the Puyallup area. Family reunions consisted of his dad, uncles, aunts, cousins etc .. (a dozen or so) in a big circle playing Country and Blue Grass music for hours on end. At first opportunity (grade school) he took up percussion in school band and stuck with it through college. In 1976 he moved to Skagit County and quickly made connections with local musicians and has been playing in local bands ever since.
Mark is a groove oriented drummer with his heart in Blues and Funk and has recently put his passion for drumming and vocals to work with "$cratch Daddy".
Dan Hewitt ~ Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Dan grew up in Mount Vernon and lives there still. His first band was “The Catch” at Washington State University in 1979, trying to convert everyone back to rock when disco was all the rage. In the late 1990's he helped form “One Way Ticket”, playing classic rock. That band morphed into Smoke & Mirrors, which dis-banded in the mid 2000's. In 2011 he helped form “Buffalohead” until it dis-banded in early 2012. Joining $cratch Daddy has taken Dan on a new direction in music and style from the former classic rock bands.
Jeff Morgan ~ Hammond Organ
Jeff’s talent on the Hammond has him in high demand with many bands through out Skagit County and beyond. His style and sound adds an extra dimension to $cratch Daddy, and we are fortunate to have him.
Barry Brovan ~ Bass and Guitar
Barry started a band in Anchorage High school just so he could learn the guitar. Nobody knew how to play music so it was quite an adventure.
He was the only one that stuck with it and moved to California after graduation only to find surfing music going on. That didn’t suit his musical desires so he started the original 6 piece group called the “Ver Gents” back in the late 70’s doing Motown, R & B, with some Blues thrown in for good measure. They toured about 3 years and took a break to rest, but never regrouped. He continued to play with various groups in California before coming to Washington about 20 years ago. He recently moved to Concrete, Washington and began looking for a Blues Group. He came across $cratch Daddy and liked what they were about and has been with them 5 years. He has played lead guitar throughout most of his musical career but about seven years ago his son gave him a bass for his birthday and he hasn’t put it down since. Blues, R & B, Motown … is the only way to go!