Canote Brothers
THE CANOTE BROTHERS :: Greg and Jere Canote

The Canote Brothers

Welcome to the Canote Brothers website!  You either found us on purpose or you fell through the Magic Radio! While you are here, you can poke around and find out a bit about who we are and what we do. You'll find scrapbooks and access to our recordings. There are Jere's instruments and Greg's paintings and word on our classes and workshops. So, look through our site and have fun!

If you are looking for our Calendar, just scroll a little further down this page!


Years ago in a San Francisco Chinese restaurant, we received our favorite cookie fortune of all time. It was one word: TWINS!   Since twin babyhood, we have taken advantage of our matching genetics: as Christmas elves tap dancing our way around a wishing well in the first grade, to our thirteen year stint as the affable radio side-kicks on NPR's Sandy Bradley's Potluck.

We are proud to think of ourselves as links in the chain of musical brother duets like the Stanley Brothers, the Blue Sky boys, Sam and Kirk Magee or the Everlys. But we are always amazed by the possibilities of a fiddle and a guitar, (and those genetically matched voices). While we have one foot firmly planted in the traditions of American Roots music, we certainly have an ear tuned to the novel and the quirky - as one reviewer put it, "Their songs all have the ring of cock-eyed classics!"

Here's a recent quotable quote:

"Can I tell you how much I adore those wacky Canote Brothers? Can I? In ties that are nearly as wide as their smiles, you head on back in time to an era of high waisted trousers and crank start automobiles and never mind that you're in the basement of a rather swanky and expensive music store, it's all back porch when those boys swing. Golly gee whiz, did they bring the wholesome tunes and the big smiley times."

Pam -  from her blog, "nerd's eye view"

See the Guys in action at Centrum's 2009 Festival of American Fiddle Tunes-
"I'm Gettin' Ready to Go"

"Obama's March to the White House"

The Twins on stage at the Denver Uke Fest 2010-
"Only Missed it by Two" by Carl Jones

"Double Talk"

"Maybelle's Dance"



July 23rd thru 29th - Old Time Week at Swannanoa Gathering

August 13th thru 19th - Lady of the Lake Family Week

September 3th - Class Tunes Potluck on Vashon  - 1:30 pm - 11306 SW 238th Street

September 7th thru 10th - American Banjo Camp in Port Orchard

September 18th - Stringband Class Fall Quarter begins!!!!! - Fremont Baptist Church - 7:15pm

September 25th - Stringband Class - Class 2

October 2nd - Stringband Class - Class 3

October 9th - Stringband Class - Class 4

October 16th - No Stringband Class Tonight - Greg and Jere are in Alabama!

October 23rd - Stringband Class - Class 5

October 30th - Stringband Class - Class 6

November 6th - Stringband Class - Class 7

November 13th - Stringband Class - Class 8
October 12th thru 15th Alabama Folk School!!!!

November 25th - Sunnyvale Performing Arts Center

December -
Snow Train and Lights of Christmas - Dates TBA

December 26th thru 31st - John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown NC

Favorite Past Festivals and Venues -

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, Richmond, MN
Lights of Christmas - Stanwood, WA
Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp - Granby, CO
Swannanoa Gathering - Asheville, North Carolina
Centrum's Festival of American Fiddle Tunes - Port Townsend, WA
Augusta Heritage Workshop - Elkins, West Virginia
Prairie Home Companion - St. Paul,  MN
Carter Family Fold - Hiltons, VA
Pinewoods - Plymouth, Mass
Anchorage Folk Festival -  Anchorage, Alaska
Gurtenfest Music festival - Bern, Switzerland
NW Folklife Festival - Seattle, WA
Raincoast Ruckus - Vancouver, BC
Harvest Moon Festival - Santa Barbara, CA
Vancouver Folk Festival - Vancouver, BC
Freight and Salvage - Berkeley, CA
American Banjo Camp - Marrowstone Island, WA
Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Port Orchard, WA
Winnepeg Folk Festival - Winnepeg, Alberta, Canada
Wintergrass -  Tacoma, WA
Portland Old-Time Gathering - Portland, OR
Lady of the Lake - Cour D'Alene, Idaho
Bumbershoot - Seattle, WA
Eagle Tavern - New York, NY
First Night - Tacoma, WA
Camp Wannadance and Camp Wishy-Washy - Port Hadlock, WA
Folk and Heritage Festival - San Diego, CA
The Met - Spokane, WA