The Stringrays

The Stringrays with their instruments: individual photos of Rodney Miller, Owen Morrison and Stuart Kenney.

The Stringrays is an inimitable trio of musicians with a shared interest in exploring great fiddle tunes. Their playing is fueled by a love of the living tradition of New England fiddle music and its cousins. Expect dynamic, lyrical improvisation and fresh, dance-inspired interplay.

Featuring Rodney Miller

Central to the group is Rodney Miller (top right), a fiddler who is considered the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling. Rodney‘s fiddling commands the stage and the eardrums. He is well-known as both a traditionalist and innovator, with a playful style and soulful tone. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded numerous albums, among them the acclaimed New England Chestnuts, Airplang, and Airdance albums. He has served as New Hampshire's Artist Laureate and has been nominated for a National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

with Owen Morrison

Owen (bottom right) plays traditional music with virtuosic flat-picking, driving rhythm, and lyrical grace. Currently based in Washington, D.C., he performs guitar, mandolin, and foot percussion across the United States and abroad. His musical projects include the traditional dance bands Elixir, The Figments, The Morrison Brothers, Night Watch, and House Red. He has performed on the Susquehanna Folk Music Society stage with the Dovetail Ensemble, which brings together artists from disparate traditions for collaborative performances. Owen’s playing is featured on numerous recordings, and he has performed at the National Folk Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and dozens of other festivals and venues.

and Stuart Kenney

Stuart (left) is the go-to player for bass thump and a distinctive banjo thunk at any contra dance. His long career in several traditional music genres includes cutting his teeth with the legendary Dewey Balfa. He followed that with prodigious output with numerous groups and contra dance bands, including Airdance with Rodney and Undertoe with Karen Tweed.

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