Singer-songwriter musicians Wyatt and Barbara Lema are a husband and wife duo from Rhode Island. Their lively and engagingly warm performances feature acoustic guitar, textured harmonies, and mountain dulcimer. Listeners can expect to experience beautiful ballads, traditional folk songs, raucous rock and roll and country blues - all with lots of heart and a splash of humor.
Wyatt and Barbara have played festivals, block parties, coffeehouses, community arts centers, listening rooms, pubs, cafes, historic sites and college chapels in every New England state and beyond. Notable venues include The Big E (Eastern States Exposition), The Mediator Stage, AS220 Providence Arts Center, Newport Trinity Church Festivals, Pawtucket Arts Festival, PVD Fest, Historic Tavern Hall, Delaware Friends of Folk Music Series at Wesley College Chapel, and their hometown Wakefield Rhode Island's Riverfire and Intention Festivals.
Wyatt has been part of the Rhode Island music scene for decades. His musical resume includes work with the bluegrass ensembles Banana Bunkhouse Boys and Neon Valley Boys, folk/country duo Wyatt and Sharp and the rock and roll band Snafu. The Neon Valley Boys were inducted into the Rhode Island Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2023. As a solo artist his original songs provide vignettes of everyday life and dreams – a little country blues, some rock and roll, and ballads from the heart. He has shared the stage with Leon Russell, The Turtles, Jack Ingram, Aztec Two-Step, Commander Cody, Nicolette Larson, The Pousette-Dart Band, Paul Geremia and Jaime Brockett, among others. Wyatt plays six and twelve string acoustic guitars, mountain dulcimer, six string banjo, and ukulele. In 2020 Wyatt released an album of twelve original songs titled “Destiny Road.” Destiny Road is available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services.
Barbara was born in the rhythm and blues city of St. Louis, so naturally she has been singing as long as she can remember. Barbara’s first solo performance was in high school, where she played guitar and sang the songs of Peter Paul and Mary and The Mamas and Papas. Her next solo performance was some time later, in 2012, with her dulcimer at the Mediator Stage in Providence, Rhode Island. Although Barbara and Wyatt started their love story in 1982, the songwriting duo wouldn’t begin until 2013.