MARMO consists of three Connecticut singer-songwriters with a folk/Americana/roots feel employing a variety of instrumentation and strong vocal harmonies. Starting fresh in 2017, MARMO has performed at festivals, markets, and other venues, as well as on TV, providing audiences with thoughtful, witty, and soulful songs about life, love, and beverages. MARMO features Bill Ludwig (Current Official Troubadour of Manchester CT), Dan Thompson (Troubadour Emeritus), and Christian Loftus (Music Educator). Contact us via email, or on facebook.

Dan Thompson has been playing professionally since 2006. As one of the founding members of The Guinea Pigs he's played at farmer's markets, coffee shops, restaurants, and parties throughout central Connecticut. Now joining Bill and Christian in MARMO he gets to express his roots side and play more bass and other instruments. Dan served as Official Town Troubadour of Manchester CT from 2013 to 2018 where he wrote songs about the town and performed at many town functions including a Manchester Road Race fundraiser, veteran's events, and concerts in Center Park, to name a few. Dan welcomes Chuckles the Official State Groundhog with song each February 2nd. He also runs a monthly coffeehouse / open mic at Manchester's Unitarian Universalist East Meetinghouse. Dan was admitted into the Manchester Arts Commission Hall of Fame in 2017 for his work promoting the arts.

Bill Ludwig is a prolific singer/songwriter living in Manchester CT. He's been writing songs as far back as he can remember (the earliest he recalls the melody to ‘composed’ during a family car trip at the age of 7) and played in bands throughout high school. In 2013 he wrote and produced, “The Elephant”, a highly praised album of family friendly acoustic tunes. 2015’s Americana/folk/blues themed “Motivator”, showed his increasing breadth as a songwriter. In 2016, Bill recruited fellow musicians to perform on the first MARMO album, “A Week Of Mondays”, which was a departure from the solo performances of his earlier albums.

In 2016, Bill began performing more live shows, trying out new material on audiences for what would ultimately become his “One Hundred Miles Of Bad Road” album (partially a tribute to his father, who had recently sought help to deal with his experiences while serving in Vietnam), released in 2017.

In Summer 2017, Bill and Dan began their collaboration and became staples at Manchester's Spruce Street Market, and played at town venues like Silk City Coffee and the 2017 Silk City Music Festival.

Bill won Special Judge's Prize at the 2017 Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival for his song “Single Point (Another Shot) - a reaction to the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Christian Loftus is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Vernon, CT. He teaches elementary general music in Somers, CT, where he sings, plays, and dances with his 600 students. Christian also runs the Friday night live music at Silk City Coffee in Manchester, CT, which is where he met Bill and Dan. In fall of 2017 he joined MARMO as their third, and most bearded member.

Christian holds his Bachelor's in Music Education from Asbury University and Master's in Music Education from The Hartt School.


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