The seeds of Lunarville were sown when social workers Dan Roth and Mac Ellsworth met around the turn of the century. They quickly learned that they shared similar musical interests. Jamming together, Mac on guitar and vocals, Dan on keyboards and harmonica, they discovered they each had a flair for delivering tasteful renditions of songs they loved, and a knack for performance. After several years, the duo set their sights on mastering tunes for a recording of eclectic songs called “Songs in My Life” in 2006. In 2011 they recorded and produced the CD, “Lunarville: Beyond The Moon,” and began performing publicly. Upright bassist Lew Williams joined the band in 2011. Vocalist Cindy Nelson joined the band in September 2015 and enjoys singing harmonies and lead. We are Lunarville! Enjoy.
Mac Ellsworth is originally from Detroit, Michigan. During his first two years at Spring Arbor College, he spent more time engrossed in his newfound hobby of playing guitar than studying. Singing always came naturally to Mac, as he developed his vocal skills in choirs all through high school and college. After finishing school at Florida State University with a Master’s in Social Work and working as a school counselor in the Sunshine state, Mac left Florida’s heat and came to cool California. Mac explored a number of musical ventures in the 1990s, including a stint with a San Francisco Beatles band, before meeting Dan and beginning the lift off to Lunarville in the early 2000s.
In addition to the Beatles, Mac’s strongest influences include Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Neil Young, John Gorka, Pierce Pettis, and of course, Frank Sinatra and his swinging friends! Mac is excited about the ever-evolving Lunarville experience, and as you listen, hopes you are too!
Lew William’s musical career began as child learning violin, which he played through middle school. Through the busy years of teaching and child raising, Lew listened to as much music as possible. When life cooled down, Lew pounced on a bigger instrument in the violin family, the standup bass. Lew passionately plays his bass as much as he can: bluegrass, jazz, blues and rock. He enjoys playing Lunarville’ set, with the special new found pleasure of swing.
Dan Roth, Keyboard and Harmonica
Dan’s been playing music since age 12—mainly the drums and then later the harmonica. He played professionally in a number of indie rock bands, mainly in New York City. Dan got more into the piano/keyboard years ago and that’s his main instrument right now. In addition to playing keyboard, he can be heard playing drums and harmonica on Lunarville’s CD. When Lunarville plays out Dan will double on the harmonica on some songs. Dan truly enjoys playing in Lunarville because the eclectic material keeps it fun and interesting.
Cindy Nelson, Vocals and Percussion
After a career in high-technology marketing, Cindy has been singing with rock and folk groups for the last several years at private events and local dinner clubs. She recently completed her AA degree in music. She also performed in a peninsula chorus for several years, and leads a monthly singing group with elders in Santa Cruz, California. She sings backup and harmony vocals, and occasionally lead with Lunarville.