Troy grew up in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park,
MN. He was raised on a steady diet of novelty songs, Alpine yodeling, train
sounds, old-time music, and rock'n'roll. At fifteen he learned
his first fingerpickin' guitar tune, Roy Buchanan's "Adventures of Brer
Rabbit and Tar Baby," and was hooked!
At 18, Troy's guitar education continued with a year at McNally Smith College of Music (called "The Guitar Center" back in 1987). Troy spent the next 10 years in a string of bands, usually as lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter.
In 1995, Troy went back to school and began working on a degree in music. He has studied with James Flegel, O. Nicholas Raths, and James McGuire on Classical guitar.
After surviving Y2K and having two babies, Troy's long dormant passion for Alpine music and yodeling came bubbling to the surface and quickly became a full blown obsession! Though his yodeling goals may be a little lofty (he plans to eventually take over the title of "Der JodelKönig" [Yodel King] from his hero, Franzl Lang!), he is determined, and you never know what ten or twenty years hard work might produce!!
These days Troy stays very busy. He performs several times a week both solo and with his family group, "The Flemming Fold," on the radio, in festivals, nightclubs, senior communities, restaurants, and at churches. Additionally, he teaches as many as 40 guitar students a week, arranges music and records whenever possible, practices yodeling, studies the German language, and raises his wonderful daughters with his amazing wife, Sandra.
So... it all began when I was a small child. I grew up in Excelsior, in a large, drafty old house with two parents, one cat, and four brothers and sisters. My mother sang constantly. She had a very soulful, raise the hair on your arms sort of voice. She had studied at McPhail and when she was only 16, Mr. McPhail wanted to send her to Europe, but my grandmother would not permit it. Her strong love for music continued and we listened regularly to her large record collection. Thus began my private passion for singing.In our living room we had a piano and every once in a while after dinner my father would sit down and bang out a lively rendition of "Dixie." I decided I wanted to play too, so I paid close attention to music class in the fifth grade when they taught about the staff. Using a chart I found in our piano bench I taught myself to read music and play from our piano books. I was about 10 years old. Piano playing became my passion for years and when I started college I began pursuing a music degree. It quickly became apparent that while I was good, I had some deficiencies from being self taught that would prevent me from giving concerts at Carnegie Hall!!! No matter, because while I was at Normandale Community College I met Troy!!! He was a rock band musician and after we married, built a nest and had kids, he confessed to me his very private and very large passion for YODELING!!! Who knew? Then he looked me deep in the eyes and informed me most sincerely that he needed an accordion player. I said, "No! I HATE accordions!" (My grandmother used to stand in her living room and play accordion to us and sing Swedish folk songs - it was wonderfully sweet but she wasn't headed for Carnegie Hall either!). So, like someone who is hard of hearing, he bought one for me from Ebay. After it sat in a closet in our basement for over a year I got it out one day... and liked it!! And the rest, as they say, is history.
Our 12 year-old daughter is our oldest child. She plays both the mandolin AND fiddle in the group and sings both lead vocals and harmony parts! It is rare that a child her age can hold a harmony part against a melody. While she plays and sings, the dancer in her comes to the surface, and the result is her very spirited stepping in time!
At just 10 years old, our youngest daughter amazes audiences with her virtuosic upright bass playing. Her bass is actually much bigger than she is!! In addition to the bass, she sings lead and back up vocals. One can see the intense concentration in her face as she provides the back beat for the band!
The girls never cease to amaze us as parents and as band-mates. They are so sweet, so bright and so much more musically talented than I would have thought possible. To top it off, they are perfectly comfortable on stage, which is something that takes most people, including myself, years to achieve.