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Traditional acoustic stringband music

Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Bass

About the Band
Kate's a classically trained musician with a degree in music from Colorado State University. She played with the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Arlington Symphony. As part of the Beethoven Night Cappers, she played Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the QEII. Kate's classical career veered dramatically toward traditional music when she started hanging out with the band's banjo hacker. Kate's got a big mellow sound and plays way-faster than the rest of us can keep up with (Stevy, the wicked bass player, excepted).
Kate McCracken on fiddle


Pat's your typical modern clawhammer banjo player - he can't decide whether he's playing a melody instrument or a percussion instrument. Pat grew up in Pueblo and learned to play banjo during college in Boulder. He's played banjo in many dance bands while living in the Washington DC area. His music and dance credits include:

  • 10 years with the Hambone Sweets Stringband
  • Toured east-coast dances with the C&O Drifters Stringband featuring Ruthie Dornfeld on fiddle, Bridget Edwards calling, Richie Schumann on guitar, and Pat on banjo.
  • Organized the Washington DC Sunday Night dance for years
  • Co-founder of the Chesapeake Dance Weekend
 Pat McCracken on banjo


Eugene plays guitar and mandolin with equal skill and taste. At the age of 10 Eugene picked up the guitar and gravitated toward Rock & Roll, R&B and Blues. He was lead guiter for the Chicago based Uncle Jon's Band.

As a day job, Eugene makes his living crafting unique sculptured jewelry boxes. You can see and purchase his work on his website at www.watsonwoodworks.com

Eugene Watson on guitar and mandolin

r Stevy is one of those sought-after musicians who is busy all the time, playing a wide variety of music genres including jazz, bluegrass and classical. She lays down a terrific bass line - sometimes we just stop and listen.
Stevy Whited on bass

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