The Stay Tuned String Band

Stay Tuned String Band performs in Chicago's southwest suburbs and rural northern Illinois.  Concerts often include early English madrigals, traditional American folk songs, early and contemporary bluegrass, southern Gospel, and occasional country and western songs.  The common theme is harmony – that special hum in the solar plexus when a gorgeous chord is struck!  Vocalists at heart, we also collectively play guitar, Autoharp, hammered and lap dulcimers, harmonica, bowed psaltery, mandolin, banjo, lever harp and one-string bass for accompaniment.

Band members are:

Jenny Skul ("school"): In her career teaching elementary school, Jenny used music extensively in her classrooms.  She sings with a rich alto voice.  With a natural ear for harmony, Jenny has sung in numerous choirs and musical groups. She currently plays guitar and autoharp with the South Suburban Dulcimer and Folk Music Society based in Park Forest and the Joliet Dulcimer Club.

Dan Knutson's mellow baritone voice has earned him a large following of folks who want to hear more.  He performs, hosts and provides sound amplification for four bluegrass jams each winter month in northern Illinois.  Dan sings lead for the Stay Tuned String Band.  He founded the Bottom Line bluegrass band and was a member of the Just Us bluegrass band.  

Linda and Bob Nachtrieb ("knock-treeb")  Linda has sung in church and secular choirs and currently provides comfort music for patients in hospice and other medical settings.  She has performed for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and abroad for the U.S. Information Agency.  Bob's bass vocals provide a firm foundation for the band's music.  Acting as the band's emcee, his offbeat sense of humor keeps concerts lively. He and Linda shared American folk music with many foreign audiences during 12 years of overseas service for the U.S. government in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Stay Tuned String Band is honored to be performing at the 25th annual Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival!  We will present a stage performance, give a workshop on vocal harmony and sing for the Sunday morning worship service.  We hope you will stop by and introduce yourself.

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