Meet the Band
ACME’s powerhouse lineup includes the voice of Mary Beth Revak (and sometimes her body’s there, too) and Carmel Clavin, notorious Teacup Cabaret maven, heavenly Haywood Giles on saxophones, Bob “Bluesman” Driver on guitar, and Jackson "Cookie" Boylan on uke and vocals, Steve "The Animal" Brecker on trumpet, Dan "Cadillac" Sebring on bass and everything else, and, last but not least, Davey Jacobs on percussion.
Read all about the jivin' band members below.
Mary Beth Revak, Vocals
Mary Beth just can't help singing every song like it's really important! And looking for songs with great lyrics, telling a musical story. On the other hand, she'd like to import lyrics and melodies from Slovakia into the swing music of the 30's and 40's. She would also like to get ACME Swing Mfg Co booked into a European tour. Any help with these things would be appreciated.
Jackson Boylan, Uke & Vocals
Jackson Boylan has been playing music in one form or another since the Folk Scare of the early 1960's. He is a native New Yorker who has been living in Virginia since 1991. Jack's current obsession is with the Ukulele and is costing him a bundle. He is frequently heard to remark "It's a pestilence...a veritable plague....but I can't stop!" The upside to this is that the Uke adds a soft high end which brightens our sound, and we all agree it's money well spent.
Haywood Giles, Saxophone
Haywood Giles earned his Music degree from UVa in 1997 and has worked and played with ACME since 2007. In addition to playing swing, he plays modern jazz, soul, funk, rock, country, and pop. When he's not playing, he enjoys teaching, cooking, and tinkering with old cars.
Carmel Clavin, Vocals & Accordion
A performer & spectacle-maker from the North, I have made my home in Staunton, VA. With roots firmly in street theater and bellydance I have branched out to create Vaudeville, Shakespearean theatre, costume voodoo, & jam like its 1799 on the button accordion. I love to sing too loud, sling henna, and wear grand hats.
Steve Brecker, Trumpet
Steve first learned to play Dixieland jazz trumpet as a teenager when a friend told him that to play jazz music you don't need to read music like in the school band - you just make up your part! He's been making things up ever since in all types of jazz bands and has even played for a President…. as well as lots of empty rooms. In middle school Steve was considered weird because most kids his age were listening to Led Zeppelin or The Who and he was listening to Louie Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. When not playing trumpet Steve works in TV advertising sales. He thanks his family for putting up with decades of strange noises coming from the basement.
Bob Driver, Guitar
Guitarist Bobby Driver has been a blues performer/instructor for forty-two years. His music education began in the 1970’s when he discovered he’s a “bluesman in a redneck’s body.” He’s been privileged to play informally with traditional bluesmen such as John Jackson, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Buddy Moss in their homes or at festivals. He’s opened for, or performed with, artists such as Jorma Kaukonen, Roy Bookbinder, Duck Baker, John Hartford, Mike Seeger, Reverend Billy Wirtz, Catfish Hodge, MSG Acoustic Blues Trio and many others. Now he bangs Swing chords with pride as a member of ACME Swing Mfg. Co.
Davey Jacobs, Percussion
"Drummer from another mother." Successfully made enemies with just about everybody in Charlottesville.