John Price – Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin, Percussion

Better known as jp, John grew up in the South, singing Southern Baptist hymns and playing classical piano and folk guitar.  Between an arts focused school, music lessons and church life, music was a large part of his daily experience (still is). After touring with a USO dance troupe and with the performance group Up With People through Europe, the US and Japan, jp settled in Boston. 

He has sung with Alice Gerrard and has plyed with the Flexible Flyers and Gamelan Galak Tika. JP credits Tim Rowell, Tim O’Brien, Todd Rundgren, Hank Foster, Prince, The Allman Brothers, Herbie Hancock and Frank Zappa as his musical influences. As a day gig, he works for Perkins the School for the Blind. 

Tim Rowell – Banjo, Vocals  

Tim Rowell has been playing banjo for more that 30 years.  Having been heavily influenced as a young lad by Pete Seeger and a whole raft of wonderful musicians from the Hudson River Valley, Tim eventually discovered a deep affection for southern Appalachian string band music.  During college Tim was taken under the wing of a fine banjo player from the Ozarks by the name of Steve Mote.  

In  addition to playing, Tim developed a love of teaching.  Winner of several awards from the Lowell Banjo and Fiddle Contest (including first place in the Old-Time Banjo category in 2008) Tim also has a BA in music compositions as well as having survived a bunch of theory classes from the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. 

Tim has also been known to give beginning lessons in piano, voice, mandolin, dulcimer and ukulele. You can find him most days at The Real School of Music or check into his website at BostonBanjoTeacher.com.

Tim Baldanzi – Mandolin, Vocals

Tim has been making music in the Boston area since 1992... initially with the rock bands the Cowpokes, i ginkgo, and willie bernstein. In 2001, he simultaneously got tired of lugging amplifiers around, got bitten by the old time music bug, and got laid off from his day-job. He spent his severance pay on a mandolin, began learning to play fiddle tunes on it. Before joining up with Jubilee Mule, he played with the old time band Little Rabbit. Tim currently resides in Littleton, MA. He works at home as a freelance graphic designer and enjoys torturing his wife and young son with his so-called fiddle playing. 

Julie Metcalf – Fiddle

Fiddler Julie Metcalf began as a classical violinist in Worcester, MA. Coming from a family of musicians, she was encouraged to make music from an early age; Julie picked up the violin for the first time when she was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. When she was twelve, Julie discovered fiddle music and jazz through PBS and country radio, and began learning Celtic tunes on her own. 

Julie studied classical violin at Boston University's College of Fine Arts. Recently, she has immersed herself in the study of both traditional folk and contemporary styles of music, including Celtic, Appalachian, bluegrass, jazz, and Latin music. She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Violin Performance. 

Bethany Weiman – Cello

Bethany Weiman grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa and started cello through the Suzuki Method at age seven. She got her first taste of country music during college, opening for Montgomery Gentry and Lonestar at a county fair. 

Bethany earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music while studying classical music, jazz improvisation, composition, arrangement, and Latin hand percussion at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

In 2004 Bethany moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. Since then she has performed with a variety of area orchestras (including LowellWellesley and Newton), chamber groups, singer-songwriters (including Rebecca Muir), and old time groups. She enjoys teaching private cello students and developing her vocal/cello solo project.

Bethany discovered Old Time music after wandering into Sandy's Music jam in Cambridge a few years ago. Recently she has also been seen playing and singing with the Dixie Buttercups, Planet Banjo, and the Hi-Tone Ramblers.

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drop Tim a line — tim@bostonbanjoteacher.com or call him at 781-632-5990