Ozark Traditions is a Traditional
American All-Star Old Time String Band
This premier old time dance band has quickly gained a reputation for
their incredibly high spirited
and provocative square and contra dance medleys. Their music is
captivating and hart hitting, yet
rhythmically sophisticated. This trio, specializing in indigenous
Missouri fiddle tunes will keep your
feet tapping with their infectious syncopated rhythms and spontaneous
interpretations of the old tunes.
Billy Mathews -Fiddle- Billy has been performing as a
professional musician for the past 30 years and has recorded 9 different
albums. He toured with the internationally acclaimed band,
Skirtlifters, for a decade and has shared the stage with
many noteworthy musicians, and has preformed at some of the most
prestigious festivals in the country.
Barbara Weathers- Guitar- A native of Springfield,
Missouri, she is know for her feisty and exuberant style. Having
conducted her musical apprenticeship with musicians ranging from Ava
jig-dance fiddler Bob Holt to Kentucky fiddle and banjo player, Clyde
has drawn from a diverse range of styles to create a unique sound which
is as listenable as it is danceable. She studied under Art
Galbraith in the Missouri Folk Arts Traditional Arts Apprenticeship
Program and has played with many of the "greats."
Tom Hall-Claw Hammer Banjo- Tom's solid rhythm
roots transfer easily to the 5 string banjo, which results in an
electrifying effect when combined with Billy's creativity on the fiddle.
He is known in his hometown of St. Louis for his finger style guitar
playing on his National Steel that has brought him acclaim, from
appearances on National Public Radio's "Good Evening, America" to the
stages he's shared with the Neville Brothers, Count Basie, Lightnin'
Hopkins, Albert King and others.◊