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Ian Parker

We dedicate this album to our dear friend and musician Ian Parker. I.P. passed from this world a week after our recording session.  Ian, we honor your life by bringing your legacy of music to the world.  We are proud to call you "friend" and miss your beautiful smile and tender spirit. V&T

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Tunes Through the Genres

University Of Maine Augusta, 46 University Dr, Augusta, ME

Val & Tess will be performing on the stage at Jewett Hall at the University of Maine Augusta (sponsored by the Senior College of UMA). Throughout their performance, Val and Tess will be playing tunes from a variety of genres as they weave their magical harmonies into the music of The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt and many others.  Listen carefully as they explain their inspirations for music and writing - taking you through their journey of singing through genres. Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free. Tickets are available at Pat’s Pizza in Augusta, Dave’s Appliance in Winthrop, and at the door.  Call 207-621-3551, or email for more information or mail order tickets This is a concert you won't want to miss!

$10 / students $5 / 12 & under free


Holiday Show

The Gin Mill, 300 Water Street, Augusta, Maine


Smooth Tunes

The Gin Mill, 300 Water Street, Augusta, Maine


Tess Zardus - Lead Vocals, Support Vocals, Bass Guitar


Tess Zardus had a musical interest from a very young age writing poetry and lyrics as early as grade school and starting with her first instrument, the violin when she was 8 years old.  After her family relocated, she had the opportunity to learn a new instrument and began taking clarinet lessons. She then worked with her band instructor to learn another instrument - the trumpet.  Throughout her schooling, Tess included many forms of music in her everyday activities; she performed in school musicals, private singing groups, local town venues, and during high school she added her next instrument, the baritone.  


She went on to study music performance with an emphasis in vocal performance at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska and played with the NECC Jazz Band tour in the Midwest, where she worked on trumpet improvisation, keyboard, and vocals. She continued to perform in the Midwest until relocating to South Florida at which time she took a 10-year hiatus from her musical career. 


In 2004, she relocated to Maine, where she fell in love with a beautiful historic river town called Hallowell.  She grew fond of the local music and art scene, frequenting the local venues and listening to the many talented musicians in the area.  It wasn't until 2007, when a local musician said, "Hey, you're a musician aren't you?" and then later, was asked to sing during local open mic nights, inspiring a wave of rekindled musicality that was left behind for more than 10 years.  In 2009, Tess joined Val Bennett as a member of The Over EZ Band - an all-girl band performing throughout Maine in such venues as The Center Theater of Dover-Foxcroft, Festivals, and local clubs.  She also took up bass playing with teachings from a local Maine musician, Dave Thibodeau.  As a member of The Plaid Dragonflies Duo, Tess has co-written and co-produced their first CD titled The Plaid Dragonflies.  With her diverse vocal range and creative imagination, Tess adds a harmonious layer to the duo's original music.