Modal Tease, an old time string band, is servin’ up sizzling hot
slices of American Folk Tradition to music lovers in Southern
California and beyond.
We grew out of the Los Angeles old-time music scene, where folks meet
regularly to jam and share tunes “around the campfire.” Our penchant
for modal tunes brought us together, and our fascination with obscure
crooked tunes and other “jam busters” sealed the deal. Modal Tease the
band was born in 2009 and we’ve been playing Farmer’s Markets,
Concerts, Dances, and Living Rooms ever since.
Belinda Thom on the Devil’s Box (fiddle) and Cliff Latimer on mandolin
belt out tight unison melodies and vocal harmonies. With Jim Hamilton
on clawhammer banjo and Larry Ullman on standup bass, we play
hard-driving dance numbers, archaic fiddle and banjo tunes, songs and
ballads. We respect and protect the old time traditions but like to serve
them up in fresh new ways.
As life stampedes along, we delight in transporting folks back to an
earlier time, to a porch in Southern Appalachia, where fireflies buzz
and neighbors retire after a hard day’s work to commune with their
culture, making music by hand.