About The Lucky Trikes

The Lucky Trikes is a storytelling chamber band that performs for groups of all ages anywhere there is a gathering space and a few pairs of open ears.  We grew out of a chamber band, The Lucky Bikes, in 2014 while performing Stories Wrapped in String at the William Harris Lee & Co. luthier shops in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building and Wilmette, where they still perform monthly.  Each story time is curated around a theme and includes well-known and award-winning books, new publications, improvised and classical music, original stories  and songs.  Musicians from Chicago’s thriving new music and free jazz scenes join storyteller-musicians Deirdre and Kyle for each performance.

In 2017 The Lucky Trikes rounded out a two-year monthly residency at CityLit Books in Logan Square and moved down the road to Jimmy Beans Coffee for first Saturdays, The Trikes performed every Tuesday evening June-August in a Chicago Park District park as part of the 2017 Night Out in the Parks initiative, at the second annual Thirsty Ears Classical Music Street Festival  and for hundreds of children and adults over 12 hours from Loyal to McKinley Parks for Make Music Chicago.

Funded in part by the Chicago Community Trusts’ Free for All Fund, The Trikes developed and presented a new series of music story times featuring children’s books from the collection at the The Newberry Library on second Saturday mornings in the fall of 2017. They are participating in Navy Pier’s new Stroller Grooves series in 2018 and planning a summer full of outdoor evening and festival events.

The Trikes have collected toys for Toys for Tots for four years in a partnership with Timeless Toys and books for their favorite new initiative, Aunt Mary’s Storybook, which links incarcerated parents and their children through storytelling.

The Lucky Trikes

Storytime jam

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Deirdre Harrison: storyteller, songwriter, ukulele, objects, voice

Kyle Price: storyteller,songwriter, foley, percussion, toy piano, trumpet, voice

Our Fabulous Third Wheels

Nora Barton: cello

Dorothea Boyle: German blonde double bass

Sam Bradshaw: double bass

Hannah Brock: viola and looping pedals

Nathalie Colas: voice, storyteller

Kayla Comerford: violin

Alex Ellsworth: cello, ukulele, looping pedals, voice, songs

Rami Gabriel: oud

Zach Good: clarinet, bass clarinet, recorder

Anton Hatwich: double bass

Eric Heidbreder: bassoon, voice, songs

Jen Hill: cello

Billie Jean Howard: violin

Alex Ingelzian: audio engineer

Reid Karris: prepared guitar

Jeff Kimmel: clarinet

Lia Kohl: cello

Mabel Kwan: piano, accordian, toy piano

Ben LaMar: trumpet, melodica, voice

Eric Leonardson: springboard

Peter Maunu: guitar, mandolin

Heather Mc Shane and Ryan Dunn: wild and crazy readers

Nick Meryhew: trombone, storyteller

Zach Moore: double bass

Eli Namay: double bass

Curt Oren: saxophone

Christophe Preissing: flute

Avreeayl Ra: percussion and wooden flute

William Jason Raynovich: cello

Laurie Roberts: wild and crazy reader

James Sanders: violin

Caitlin Savage: wild and crazy librarian

Sam Scranton: drums

Joshua Siegal: piano

Angela Young Smucker: voice

Jessica Speer: wild and crazy librarian

Peter Speer: guitar

Kimberley Sutton: cello

Jason Wayne Sneed: double bass

Albert Wildeman: double bass

Jamison Williams: saxophone

Katherine Young: bassoon

Ryan Zerna: flute, voice

Lila Zofia: cello


Logo designed by Parvati Zhang Zige (check out her animated film King of the House featuring music with The Lucky Bikes, our BIG kids band!)