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. Their debut album, “Struggles and Love,” was released in 2017, garnering 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.” Released in April of 2020, "Middle of the Road" is Wattle & Daub's second album, full of newly written songs that range from just plain fun to those focused on what it means to be human in these times, our loves and our experiences.
“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. Playing regularly in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, Tim and Susan have also toured the East Coast each of the last four years in the weeks leading up to the Newport Folk Festival where they are “Gold Star Open Stage Members,” according to curator, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, and in 2021 Wattle & Daub were thrilled to be official buskers at the Festival.
“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.