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Kirk Harwood

Kirk Harwood plays traps with a passion, precision and creativity that only comes from training, experience, and inherent soul.  His early bands include Huey Lewis and Clover, Norton Buffalo and Roy Robgers and tours of major venues while opening for Steve Miller. Kirk is a veteran of West Coast blues, rock and soul and for 30 years accompanied Western Swing Hall of Famer Tommy Thomsen.

Kirk has backed the Queens of Boogie Woogie on west coast dates for the last year and is currently a full time member of Wendy DeWitt - The Queen of Boogie Woogie. The band often appears as a duo and are recent finalists in The Golden Gate Blues Society's International Blues Challenge competition to represent the San Francisco Bay Area in Memphis, Tennesee.

You can hear Kirk Harwood on Norton Buffalo's award winning albums "Loving in the Valley of the Moon" and "Desert Horizon". He's also recorded with Maria Muldaur and Tommy Thomsen and the Ambassadors of Western Swing. Kirk's style is inspired by Buddy Rich, Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck), and David Garibaldi. Study with San Francisco's legendary Johnny Markham insured that the finer points of musical expression and creativity are intergral parts of his musical language.