Michael Spear Duo is a Philadelphia-based duo and new Philadelphia Music-Coop member, featuring multi-instrumentalist Smiling Ed and guitar player / singer Michael Spear. Michael is a prolific songwriter, having written over 1800 songs. He is a long time Philadelphia Folksong Society member and Spring Thing attendee, and a former Philly Folk Fest ticket committee volunteer and Friend of The Festival. In his spare time he enjoys writing songs, jamming with friends, and performing at local venues. Smiling Ed is a wizard of the strings including banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar and bouzouki, and has studied with banjo legend Pete Wernick. In his spare time, he builds model boats. The Michael Spear Duo is poised to go into the studio to record their first CD later this year.