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Queen City String Band
John
Bealle
Cincinnati
513-515-7473
old-time music, fiddle music

QCSB has been playing quality old-time music in the Cincinnati area since the 1980s. They play instrumental music for dancing.

John Bealle, fiddle. John grew up in Alabama where he listened to contest fiddling and bluegrass in the 1970s. But traditional old-time music, especially the north Georgia style, became a lifelong passion. In 1976 he moved to Bloomington, Indiana, and met Jim through the well-known dance community there.

Jim Johnson, guitar. As a youth Jim roamed the wilds of undeveloped forests near his home in Mooresville, Indiana. He attended Indiana University to study music and stringed instrument technology, and while a student there established an organic farm south of Bloomington. He has also repaired heavy equipment, built his own house, and repaired pianos. In 1989 he moved to Cincinnati and with his partner Judy Doyle opened a violin rental shop, Strings N’ Things.

Eloise Clark, banjo. Eloise grew up in Denver and was nurtured through a musical childhood by her West Virginian mom. At Oberlin College she was introduced to old-time music and took up banjo. In the 1980s she moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where she enjoyed the music scene there and began playing with John and Jim.

Chris Haas, bass. Born in Cleveland in a musical family, Chris and his siblings formed a family old-time band, the Maple Hill Rounders. Chris studied medicine and established his first practice in Whitesburg, Kentucky, where he delivered 243 babies. He now lives in Georgetown, Ohio, and works in a family practice group there.