Labor in Vain is a fairly lively Ipswich-based acoustic group playing a wide range of Americana: folk, blues, and bluegrass.
Labor in Vain often consists of:
- Ben Staples – guitar and vocals
- Nathaniel Brown – mandolin
- Billy Dylengoski – bass
- Tucker Lindquist – harmonica, vocals, and miscellaneous stringed instruments
- Andy Lindsay – Dobro, guitar, and vocals
- Chris Florio – guitar and vocals
- Walker Staples – accordion and vocals
- Sam Staples – drums
All from Ipswich, except Billy who lives next door in Hamilton.
Ben, Andy and Nathaniel first met at the Ipswich 375 ‘Community Building Community’ event in the summer of 2009. Bob Weatherall and Jay Esty invited them to play while the volunteer crew worked on the timber frame house being built on Memorial Green.
They seemed to like the same music, so summer sessions turned into fall and winter jams. Ben recruited long-time friend Bill, and Labor in Vain took shape. The Star is Born moment occurred when Umesh invited them to play at Zumi’s.
When schedules permit, Ben’s sons, Sam and Walker, join in. Chris and Tucker are the most recent members – Tucker floated in on his kayak, and Chris kept coming by with a different guitar.
Labor in Vain are frequently seen at Zumi’s Espresso and Appleton Farm, but can crop up on the North Shore where you least expect them.