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Wattle & Daub BIO

 Wattle & Daub’s authentic acoustic voice is rooted in their passion for the power of the folk music tradition. From the heart of the midwest, in northern Illinois, husband and wife singer-songwriters, Tim and Susan Mocarski are dedicated to keeping folk culture alive and kicking through participation, social commentary, and entertainment. 

 In addition to appearing as official buskers at the Newport Folk Festival (2021), Tim and Susan have  been featured acts at the Tall Tales Music Festival, Woodstock Folk Festival, and the Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival. They are also regular performers at several folk music venues in the Midwest, such as Two Way Street Coffeehouse and Wild Hog in the Woods

Their debut album, Struggles and Love (2017) garnered immediate praise from folk radio hosts such as Nick Noble of the Folk Revival on WICN, FM who proclaimed it one of his “picks for top albums of 2017.”  Middle of the Road (2020) contains songs ranging from just plain fun to those focused on what it means to be human in these times, our loves and our experiences.

With Trees in the Breeze (2023) the duo continues offering their take on the world around them touching on personal experiences and encounters in their lives. Their simple vocals and sparse instrumentation reflect what they bring to a live performance and encourage participation. 

“Wattle & Daub… comes armed with a brace of bold, inventive, sometimes highly personal originals and choice covers that are equal part spirited and gritty, poignant and tender.” — Scott Engstrom, President of the Lake County Folk Club

Tim (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals) met Susan (guitar, mandolin, vocals) back in 2013 listening to live local music at a bar in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A year later they started writing and performing together. Three years later, they got married - twice. The first time because they had to, the second because they wanted to, but that’s a whole other long story. 

“I think that ‘Luckiest One’ is a perfect example of how things come out when you honor your own individuality. It’s really a special song that everyone in the world should get to hear.” — Corky Siegel 

  “Our songwriting heroes are people like John Prine, Steve Goodman, Dolly Parton, and Warren Zevon….  people who tell stories with underlying messages,” Susan relates. “Our songs use traditional harmonies that are immediately familiar with lyrics that tug at common heartstrings.”  Tim adds, “We don’t try to be fancy.  Paraphrasing Pete Seeger: We wrote some songs. Here they are. Hope you sing with us.