Raised in rural, southwestern Ohio on a steady diet of Celtic and Appalachian music, Pat DeSimio decided in childhood that he wanted more traditional music in the world—and if none was forthcoming, well, then he’d just have to write it. For all that this isn’t how “traditional” music works, he seems to be pulling it off: drawing on history, folklore, and a dash of Jungian psychology, Pat writes songs that, in the words of Folking.com reviewer Bill Golembeski, sound like they should be attributed “traditional/arranged by.”
In his day job, Pat works as a grant writer and project manager for Cruces Creatives, a non-profit makerspace that he and the artist Lea Wise-Surguy (to whom he’s married) co-founded.
Abby Nayra, an inveterate explorer of instruments, met Pat through the Las Cruces music scene, and the two quickly bonded over a shared love of Celtic music. The two started playing music together in 2016 as an opening act for their friend Hana Zara when she toured Las Cruces, and the Old-Time Pharmaceuticals took off from there.
When not performing as a folk jazz singer-songwriter, with the Old-Time Pharmaceuticals, or with any buskers who stand still for too long, Abby works as a senior program specialist for Aggies Go Global—a New Mexico State University program that connects students with international (and now remote) learning experiences. She also coordinates the Community Partners in Education project, which connects teachers and students to subject matter experts from the community.