Cavu revolves around the nucleus of founders Peggie and Ken Balcom, a married couple who first met in California during the 1980s. Their acquaintance resulted in an almost instant musical connection and they started to collaborate on the crafting of new songs before a week had passed. Their band went through several different lineups before eventually settling on a stable crew. Peggie Balcom, a former teacher, plays percussion, harmonica, and keyboards. Ken Balcom plays guitar, and they both contribute vocals. Cavu is rounded out by bass player Gerry Cassidy and drummer Mark Ciminello. The group put out the cassette Infinite Swirling Acoustic Joy as an independent release in the early '90s. One of the cassette's tracks was featured on the Metro One Records compilation Hi. The Balcoms relocated to Arizona the following year, where they started recording for Hayden's Ferry Records. The label issued Cavu's debut CD, A Little Conversation. Hayden's Ferry also issued Infinite Swirling Acoustic Joy in CD format in 1997. The band's name is an acronym for a weather term, "ceiling and visibility unlimited."
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