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"



December 3rd - SNOW TRAIN!!!!

December 8th and 9th - The Lights of Christmas!, Tinhorn Town - Warm Springs Conference Center, Stanwood, WA

December 17 - SNOW TRAIN!!!!

January 12th- 15th -  Portland Old Time Gathering
G&J Concert, Jan 12th, 7pm

Jan 23rd - Stringband Workshop - Class 1, Fremont Baptist Church, 7:15pm

Jan 30th - Stringband Workshop - Class 2, Fremont Baptist Church, 7:15pm

Feb 6th - Stringband Workshop - Class 3,  CLASS CANCELED on account of SNOW!!!!

Feb 13th - Stringband Workshop - Class 3, Fremont Baptist Church, 7:15pm

Feb 15th - Greg and Jere's Birthday!  Happy 66th!!!!

Feb 17th - Oly Old Time Fest!! - G&J in Concert

Feb 20th - Stringband Workshop - Class 4, Fremont Baptist Church, 7:15pm

Feb 27th - Stringband Workshop - Class 5, Fremont Baptist Church, 7:15pm

March 6th - Stringband Workshop - No Class - out of town

March 13th - Stringband Workshop - Class 6, Fremont Baptist Church, 7:15pm

March 18th - Contra Dance in Port Townsend

March 20th - Stringband Workshop - Class 7

March 27th - Stringband Workshop - Class 8

March 30th - Santa Cruz Uke Club

April 1st - House Concert at Daniel's in Santa Cruz

April 2nd - Family Concert at Daniel's in Santa Cruz

April 7th thru 10th - Walker Creek Music Camp

April 17 - Stringband Class - Spring Quarter starts, class 1

April 24th - Stringband Class 2

April 28th - Port Angeles

May 1st - Stringband Class 3

May 8th - Stringband Class 4

May 12th and 13th - Denver Uke Fest

June 5th - Stringband Class - Summer Special, Class 1

June 12th - Stringband Class - Summer Special, Class2

June 18th thru 24th - Lady of the Lake June Week

July 2nd thru 9th - Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend!!!!

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

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

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

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