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Bonnie Zahnow
W.B. Reid

Bonnie Zahnow

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...Likes To Play For Weddings, Parties, Dances, Restaurants, and Concerts in venues from living rooms to grand halls.

Bonnie Zahnow began playing violin in the fourth grade but became an old-time fiddler after meeting up with the Seattle music community in the mid 1980s. For nearly 10 years she played with the legendary open band for square and contra dances at the G-Note and New Melody Taverns, and also for family dances and with the Mexican music ensemble "Los Chalados."

For the past 20 years, she has participated in the annual Festival of American Fiddle Tunes where she has met and learned from tradition bearers including Melvin Wine, Joe Thompson, Charlie Acuff, Bob Holt, Don Pedro Dimas, and many others.

She performs as a duo With her husband WB Reid, and in several other groups. She is an accomplished fiddler, guitar accompanist, and singer, specializing in old-time country music, jugband and blues, and Mexican and hispanic music, especially the twin fiddle traditions of Michoacan and the Tohono O’odham people of Arizona.

Until his death in April, 2009, Bonnie also played with Alabama fiddler Lee Stripling as The Lee Stripling Trio.

Bonnie Zahnow has performed and/or taught at Fiddle Tunes, Merlefest, Lark in the Morning Camp, San Diego Roots Festival, The Caspar World Music Festival, and numerous other events. She plays regularly in Seattle at restaurants, concerts, and nursing homes, and has toured throughout the west coast and in Alabama and Alaska.