Sun 03 Dec 2017
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Jane and her siblings were introduced to folk music at an early age in the form of Pete Seeger and Jean Ritchie! Aged 5 she began to play as one of the original Suzuki violin “kids” in New York. She soon discovered traditional fiddling and as a young teen in Connecticut was immersing herself in Old-time, Bluegrass, New England, Irish and French Canadian music.
As a college student in California Jane won several fiddle and banjo contests and began performing and touring with various string bands as well as teaching at McCabe’s Music Shop.
While studying in Scotland, Jane met Scottish singer/guitarist Allan Carr, they married and have been making music together ever since.
After many years touring in the UK and the US Jane (and Allan) settled in the Albany NY area where their children were born. Eventually they formed Red Hen Stringband in 2004 and played at venues and festivals through out the East Coast and recording two albums featuring many of Jane and Allan’s original tunes and songs. Jane also formed a hot contra dance band, Great Big Taters
Upon moving to Philadelphia in 2009, Jane and Allan formed Coracree playing hot Contra Dance music featuring many of their own original tunes. Since then, Coracree has lept to the national contra dance stage, playing at contra dances and concerts from Toronto to Florida. In 2012 Jane formed the All Woman Old Time Music super group, SUGAR PIE and joined the new All Woman Super fiddle group PANACHE QUARTET
In 2015, Jane began performing with her daughter, SHONA CARR, a talented multi-instrumentalist/fantastic singer/songwriter. The combined talent of mother/daughter voices and many instruments (fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar, tenor guitar) proved a winning formula.
In March 2016, Jane had the opportunity to perform in Europe and teamed up with Nathan Bontrager, a spectacular musician who in addition to fiddle, banjo and guitar, is a world class cellist. They call themselves, HEN’S TEETH and with almost unlimited combinations of instruments, deep roots in traditional old time and folk music as well as contemporary improvisational flair, and tight harmony singing, Janie and Nathan have developed a unique sound in American Old Time Roots music. She has also recently performed and recorded with master harmonica player, Brendan Power, whom she met and jammed with at a festival in Montreal in 2014 and bonded over a shared love for Irish and American Old Time Music.
As you see, Jane is a very busy lady with many musical associations and partnerships. At TwickFolk she hopes to bring along a young British based musician…watch out for updates on FB when this is confirmed.