Little Ugly is an acoustic quartet based in Hartford, CT. The members, all private music teachers and local musicians, first formed in 2007 as a duo (Michael Day and Casey Cormier). In 2008, the third member (Sarah Larsen) joined, followed by Nick Dickinson in 2009, and Little Ugly came to be.
The group draws from the different educations of it’s members for a unique, eclectic sound.
Michael Day (vocals, guitar, and composition) attended the Hartt School of Music majoring in classical guitar. He has played with many different groups since high school, and draws on his vast experience of playing everything from classical guitar music to heavy metal. His love of simplicity versus intricacy, combined with powerful, original lyrics, shape each song into a unique sound.
Casey Cormier (bass) recently graduated from the Hartt School of Music with a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree. He listened to all types of music during his development as a bassist, and has prior experience playing with different genres. Casey’s instrumental focus in college was jazz bass, which allows him to write intricate and supportive bass lines. He is a focused music theorist, and this develops the group sound and harmonic structure.
Sarah Larsen (violin and vocals) is a double major at the Hartt School of Music in violin performance and music history. She has been playing music her whole life. Her classical focus has given her the technique and ears to fit into Michael and Casey’s vision. She brings a structured view of the song genre to the group.
Nick Dickinson (persussion) is also a music major at Central Connecticut State University where he studies classical percussion. Nick grew up playing rock and draws from his experience with past bands to help create a balance in Little Ugly. Michael and Nick share very similar musical tastes, making Nick the perfect addition to the band. With Nick now keeping the beat, Little Ugly finally had the last element it needed to reach the sound they had been striving to achieve.