The Rhythmia / Bio

The Rhythmia is an old-time acoustic string band that performs a mix of authentic ragtime (primarily written and published in Kansas City where the band is based), old-time fiddle tunes, and Caribbean music, along with original compositions, to form a variety of old-time folk dance music.

Over a hundred years ago, ragtime was America’s original popular music. While considered primarily as piano solo music today, ragtime was often played during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by string bands consisting of violins, guitars, banjos and mandolins. The Rhythmia is keeping this ragtime string band tradition alive. They also explore the Creole and Latin music of the Caribbean and Louisiana from the same time period, because of the many similarities to ragtime.

The Rhythmia’s concerts include brief historical information on the tunes and biographical information on the composers. The individual members of The Rhythmia have over 35 years experience performing at many ragtime and folk music festivals across the country.


Kevin Sanders – Guitar
Kevin’s interest in music research has led to published articles in the Rag - Times and the Kansas City Rag - Time Revelry. He has given symposiums on ragtime music and was interviewed for Uniquely Kansas City, a television documentary on the history of the arts in Kansas City, produced by the local PBS station KCPT-TV. Kevin was also featured in a National Public Radio special report on the famous Kansas City dancer “Doc” Brown, as well as two PBS-TV specials, The Cradle of Ragtime, and In Ragged-Time, a concert at Mississippi State University. With Pat Ireland, he has performed at the Festival of American Folklife in Washington D.C. by invitation of the Smithsonian. In addition to performing, Kevin has written several songs and instrumental pieces. A folio titled, Pound That Melody! , contains seven of his pieces for piano. Kevin is currently writing a musical titled Armourdale, based on a true story.

Pat Ireland – Violin.
Although classically trained, Pat developed an early affinity for earthier forms of music and was a frequent competitor in old-time fiddle contests, of which he has won many. Pat is a music teacher and a prolific composer who has written in many musical genres. His CD releases include Fiddling Legacy, a CD of traditional old-time fiddle tunes and The Original, a CD of his original fiddle tunes. Pat has experimented and explored Jazz-Rock fusion and contemporary Free Jazz, resulting in two bands, Sextant, in the late 1970s (no commercial releases), and The Unbound (Jazz Recidivists, Tapestry 76001-2) in the 1990s. More of his original compositions, including a Latin style of contemporary Jazz have been released on two solo CDs: The Business of Pleasure (no label) and I’ll Give You Paradise (Enneagram). These recordings include the use of the electric violin.

General Info

Band Members
Kevin Sanders - guitar; Pat Ireland - fiddle; Clarke Buehling - banjo, mandolin
Artist Name
The Rhythmia
Profile Page
Active Since
Folk / Ragtime / Old-Time Fiddle/Ragtime/Caribbean

Contact Info

Basehor, KS

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