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Ryan & Brennish Thomson

Updated September 16, 2021

poster for the 5th Annual Old Town Fiesta de la Primavera, in San Diego, California, 1974.
Chicken Cheek Tweakers old time string band, with Ryan Thomson, Pam Ostergren, and Dave Brown, perform on stage at Old Town State Park in San Diego mid May, in 1974.

The Chicken Cheek Tweakers performed every Sunday afternoon on the stage at Old Town State Park in San Diego. They busked throughout the city of San Diego and played for the old time contra and square dances at San Diego State University. Their repertoire included old time tunes and songs popular in the 1920’s and 30s, such as Old Mother Flanigan, The Baltimore Fire, and the Chinese Breakdown.

Chicken Cheek Tweakers old time string band, on stage in Old Town State Park, San Diego, California, Dave Brown on fiddle, Pam Ostergren and Ryan Thomson playing banjos, 1975.
The Chicken Cheek Tweakers old time string band pose on the porch of Pam Ostergren(banjo) and David Brown's(fiddle) cottage in La Mesa, California, Ryan Thomson with guitar, 1974
Ryan Thomson poses with a Guild guitar on Pam Ostergren and David Brown's porch in La Mesa, California, 1974. Ryan, Dave, and Pam are members of the Chicken Cheek Tweakers old time string band

Pam taught Ryan how to play backup guitar.

Newspaper article about Fiesta de la Primivera, in Old Town, San Diego, California, 1974. Chicken Cheek Tweakers band performed.

Chicken Cheek Tweakers, an old time string band from San Diego, California, 1974 - 1976

David Brown, Pam Ostergren, Ryan Thomson

Photo of Dave Brown, Pamela Ostergren, and Ryan Thomson, members of the Chicken Cheek Tweakers old time string band, in La Mesa, California, 1974.

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