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Modern Music
Contact Person:Susan Mayo
Email:[email protected]


From jazz to folk, originals to pop, and Americana to world music, MHM roams over an adventurous musical landscape. They can be seen at festivals, concerts, clubs, and more. Led by the stunning vocals of Nikki Moddelmog, Dennis Hardin on mandolin and Susan Mayo on cello create a unique blend of string backup and interludes.

All are consummate and experienced musicians in their own right and create a magical combination when mixed together. Nikki Moddelmog’s (vocals) distinctive musical style puts her in good company on the folk-pop spectrum, somewhere between Ani DiFranco and Pattiy Grifin. Her songs are at once deeply personal and profoundly universal, and her onstage manner is a delightful blend of supreme confidence and awkward self-consciousness.

One reviewer called her “a charming and disarming mélange of contradictions.” Dennis Hardin (mandolin and guitar) has been a fixture in the Wichita acoustic music world for the last couple decades. Playing with a number of local and regional performers over that time, he’s collected a variety of songs and a trunkful of instruments on which to perform them. He has gathered up tunes from all over the musical spectrum and arranged them for guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, tenor tele and the occasional uke.

Susan Mayo (cello) is active in the classical world, playing with the Wichita Symphony, but also with the Switchgrass String Quartet, one of the only improvising string quartets in town, the folk-jazz group Multifarious, and other alternative ensembles. She runs Flint Hills Counterpoint an ecology/arts non-profit.

Primary Program Description

MHM will delight a plethora of audiences, from young to old, with their blend of captivating tunes. Featuring originals and covers they sparkle with energy and enthusiasm. Sample Program: 1st Set:

  • Ain’t Misbehavin Fats Waller
  • Here We Go Again Orignal
  • Angel from Montgomery John Prine
  • Moonlight on the Mountain Dustin Arbuckle
  • Bury Me Beneath the Willow Traditional Nose on the Grindstone Tyler Childers
  • Make You Feel My Love Bob Dylan
  • Wayfaring Stranger Traditional
  • Domino Édith Piaf
  • If it Hadn’t Been for Love SteelDrivers
  • The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra
  • Time for A walk Original
  • I Can’t Give You Anything But Love McHugh/Fields
  • You are my Sunshine Traditional
  • Manhole Ani D’franco 2nd set: Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby Jordan/Austin I Will Follow You Into the Dark Death Cab For Cutie
  • That’s What I Like About You Kevin Welch
  • Pardon Me Original
  • El Choclo Rodriguez
  • Crazy Love Van Morrison
  • You and Me Original
  • Tennessee Waltz Traditional
  • Amazing Grace Traditional
  • A Good Woman’s Love Cy Coben
  • Eye of the Hurricane Jerry Fuller
  • Exactly Like You McHugh/Fields
Program Fee

$800-$1,650 depending on mileage, sound requirements, services provided, and lodging provisions. Additional $300-$400 for single same-day community or educational activity depending on sound requirements.

Educational Activity Information

The trio offers artists talks and lecture demonstrations that cover instrumental/vocal techniques and music styles. In addition, the individual musicians have experience in songwriting, history of traditional music styles, as well as composition and arranging. Presentations can be tailored to different settings, from college to late-elementary school, as well as public presentations.

Additional Activity Fee

Additional $300 -$400 for single same-day community or educational activity depending on sound requirements.

Community Activity Information

The trio is available for special activities tailored to the community, such as lecture-demonstrations, jam sessions, continuing education, etc.

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