Outrageous Fortune is a Boston-based acoustic vintage jazz and blues trio. Their repertoire features innovative arrangements of early jazz, blues and jug band music with smooth vocal harmonies and a swinging groove.
The trio is Chris Welles on guitar; Rod Thomas on harmonica; and Dan Dick on upright bass, washboard, dobro and jug. Audiences are wowed by their instrumental virtuosity, and are delighted by their smooth three-part vocal harmonies, their strong groove, and the abundant joy that infuses every performance. Outrageous Fortune has been bringing smiles to New England audiences since 1998 at coffeehouses, festivals, clubs, public libraries, and private events.
“We still think about the wonderful time we had at our party and what a great contribution Outrageous Fortune made to it. Everyone we've spoken with about the party really loved your music and remarked about how much it added to their enjoyment.”
-J. Perkell, party organizer
“Outrageous Fortune's richly-melodic vocal harmonies, coupled with their unique sound using bass, guitar, harmonica and washboard (as well as other instruments), transport you back to the early jazz and blues of the 1930s. The audience raved about the concert, and many asked us to invite them back!”
- Michelle LeMonde-McIntyre, Librarian, Framingham Public Library.
“Outrageous Fortune not only revive the rich repertoire of the classic jug bands, but this expert outfit also revel in the wit, theatricality and pure fun of the genre. They are a jubilation.” - Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald music and theater critic
Christopher Welles (guitar, vocals),
Rod Thomas (harmonica, vocals),
Dan Dick (jug, bass, washboard, dobro)