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Two Bits String Band / Bio

We're 2 musicians who comprise part of contradance bands Set Americain and Gigue-a-Bit as well as other bands like Tenpenny Bit and the Saratoga Pan Celtic Sessioneers. Vonnie Estes on keyboard (myself) and John Guay on hammered dulcimer (my husband) have been honored to play dances and concerts with fiddlers like David Kaynor, Pascal Gemme, Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Jill Newton, Laurie Indenbaum, Lausanne Allen, Barbara Lubell, Patty Rutins, Colin McCoy, Malcolm Sanders, Franklin Heyburn, Yannig Tanguy and Bernd Neumann plus multi-instrumentalists like Steve Fry, Maurice Mercier, Joel Rosenberger and Charles Fisher. With Steve and Betsy Fry, Barbara Lubell and Maurice Mercier we are known as Set Americain and play Quebecois tunes for dances. As Tenpenny Bit we are joined by fiddler Nancy Bakemeier and bodhranist Barbara Stewart-Naple. With Patty Rutins on fiddle we play as Gigue-a-Bit. We also usually session at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs, NY each Wednesday (Saratoga Pan-Celtic Open Session) and Thursday evening (a 5 piece combination of ourselves with Doug Rodriguez on bodhran, Joel Rosenberger on banjo/piano accordion, Nancy Bakemeier, Jeff Haas or Diane Jones on fiddle, Maurice Mercier on accordeons/Cajun tie/feet and/or Dave Jones on uilleann pipes/fiddle) except during flat track season. We join Steve Fry at the Schenectady, NY Greenmarket on 4th Sunday mornings during the October-April season for Quebecois tunes. John is also the organizer of the Parting Glass Contra Parties generally held each 2nd Sunday of the month from October-April (a DanceFlurry Organization Affiliated event). We'll session wherever else people let us play :-)

General Info

Band Members
2 - plus guests
Artist Name
Two Bits String Band
Home Page
Folk / Roots / Acoustic

Contact Info

Easton, NY