Fourteen Strings were originally a duo with David Conlon on guitar and Matt Smith on mandolin. Hence, the band name. Jason Costa joined a short while later on bass making the band name a source of good-natured ribbing seemingly at every show. All three grew up in the coastal town of South Dartmouth , Massachusetts and have been performing together for over ten years. Fourteen Strings play a blend of country-folk-bluegrass-rock to create a unique sound that's all their own. This will be David's ninth year performing on the Southcoast Stage (four as a solo performer) and the fifth time with Fourteen Strings.