Two Bits String Band / Bio

Two Bits are 2 musicians who comprise parts of contra/community dance bands Set Americain, Gigue-a-Bit and the Capital District Megaband as well as other bands Tenpenny Bit, The Wayside Session 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, Yvon Cuillerier, Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, George Wilson, Jill Newton, Laurie Indenbaum, Lausanne Allen, Barbara Lubell, Dave Roberts, Patty Rutins, Colin McCoy, Malcolm Sanders, Franklin Heyburn, Yannig Tanguy Nancy Bakemeier, Kate Ritter and Bernd Neumann, multi-instrumentalists like Steve Fry, John Kirk, Trish Miller, Maurice Mercier, Joel Rosenberger and Charles Fisher, and pipers like Iain MacHarg, Tim Cummings, Mike MacNintch and Ben Post. With Steve and Betsy Fry, Barbara Lubell and Maurice Mercier we are known as Set Americain and play mainly Quebecois tunes for dances. We join a multitude of players along with TradOrchestra leaders George Wilson and David Kaynor as part of the Megaband. As Tenpenny Bit we are joined by fiddler Nancy Bakemeier and bodhranist Barbara Naple on Celtic tunes. With Patty Rutins playing fiddle we appear as Gigue-a-Bit. Patty also joins us along with Paula Shulman, Chris Barlow and Melinda Durller at the Wayside Country Store in West Arlington, VT on various Friday evenings each month to play trad tunes for whomever shows up (donations all go to the Arlington Food Shelf). We also usually session at the Parting Glass Pub in Saratoga Springs, NY each Wednesday (Saratoga Pan-Celtic Open Session) and 3 out of 4 Thursday evenings each month (a 5 piece combination of ourselves with either Joel Rosenberger on banjo/piano accordion, Jeff Haas and/or Nancy Bakemeier on fiddle and Maurice Mercier on accordeons/Cajun tie/feet) and others except during flat track horse racing season.Vonnie also serves as the primary pianist for the Heartsease English country dance band based in Troy, NY. We'll both also session wherever else people will let us play ~

General Info

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

Contact Info

Easton, NY