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Sinner Friends perform: 'Sweet Mama, Hurry Home'

Cellar Sessions: Bill and The Belles - Combination Rag August 31st, 2018 City Winery New York


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Playing Since: 2001
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: Banjos/Ukuleles for Sinner Friends

Gender: Female
My Instruments:
5-String Banjo
Banjo Ukulele
Baritone Ukulele
Chaplain's Organ

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Jimmie Rodgers, Louvin Brothers, Boswell Sisters, Stanley Brothers, Charlie Poole, King Oliver, Willie Nelson, Malcom Holcombe, the Cactus Blossoms, Don Reno...

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Created 1/13/2019
Last Visit 4/24/2019

Western Michigan’s Grace van’t Hof discovered the banjo in high school when she built a five-string prototype that won second place in a statewide science olympiad. Inspired by her classical background and artists from Charlie Poole to Puccini, her banjo and banjo ukulele playing proffer equal parts rhythm and ornamentation to projects of varied musical genres, though she has never strayed far from the blood harmonies of groups like the Louvin Brothers and the Boswell Sisters. A founding member of both the Grammy-nominated group Della Mae, and the internationally known old-time group Bill and the Belles, van’t Hof’s career has taken her around the world. Now allied with fellow country-duet fanatic Conner Steven Vlietstra in the Old-time Country Duet, Sinner Friends, Grace seeks to explore, map, and poke holes in the varied and complicated roles of men and women in early country, bluegrass gospel and old-time music. Of her time with Bill and the Belles, Rolling Stone Magazine said, “[the band] is committed to helping early country music remain appreciated - not just replicated.”

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