Mame Wells grew up in a family of music lovers, singing in the car on road
trips, doodling with various instruments strewn about the house,
and listening to everything from classical, to folk, standards to broadway musicals, and country to jazz.
Weaned on Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan,
Judy Collins and the Kingston Trio,
among many others, it wasn't surprising that Mame would pick up the beat. She taught herself the basics
of playing the guitar, but found that her best instrument was her voice.
From the age of 14, Mame was playing in coffee houses and other venues,
then graduated to pubs in the late sixties and early 70's. By the
early 1980's, she was regularly playing with various duo's and trio's,
then really spread her wings playing rock and roll in the late 1980's.
In 1989, Mame and long-time friend and bass player John Moisuk, formed
the duo Two For The Show. John lent his talents to many different
bands during this time, but the duo played together for over 20 years
before making the mutual decision to pursue other projects. It was a
Mame and Steve Vergati were both looking for a new duo situation when
they met in September of 2009. One practice was all it took and the
The VW Express was born! Mame says, "Steve is an extremely talented
player and really fun to work with! We had a great time playing
together from the start and it just gets better and better!".
Mame Wells lives with her husband Bill O'Connor in Branford, CT.
SteveVergati began his musical journey when he was 8 years old, playing
drums in the Connecticut Classics Drum and Bugle Corps. It gave
him the opportunity to travel Connecticut and also compete in Florida in
the Orange Bowl in the summer of 1969 and the following year in
New Orleans. He decided to leave the "Classics" in 1973. "Rock & Roll"
came calling and the rest... well you know the saying.
Steve studied guitar with New Haven's one and only Frank D'Amato and music
theory at the Neighborhood School of Music, all the while
playing in the New Haven club circuit from 1977 to well... right now! Steve
also played the tri-state area from '84-'86 with a band out of
Danbury, CT. plus a few original bands. In the 1990's, Steve picked the drums back
up and added piano to his list of musical accomplishments.
Fast forward to the fall of 2009 and Craigs List, where he answered a
post about a singer/guitarist looking for a guitar player and it turns
be none other than Mame Wells. "And the rest is..." well again, you know how that goes, too.
Steve currently teaches guitar, bass, drums, piano and keyboards, and plays in various local bands.
Steve Vergati lives in East Haven, CT.