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Monroe Street Band
The Monroe Street Band L to R Drew, Gordon, Jane, Mike

Band information is included for the Monroe Street Band, the Greasy String Band, Irish sessions, contra dances, and the musical performances that involve the Scott family. Pictures and links to videos of performances on YouTube are listed along with listings for local venues where the Scotts play on a regular basis. Information on local and statewide festivals such as the Southern Music Rising Festival, Florida Fiddlers Association, and Florida Folk Festival are included.

 

 

MONROE STREET BAND

The multi-instrumentalists Jane and Gordon Scott form the nucleus of the Bluegrass band the Monroe Street Band. The band is an outgrowth of their music business Gordon’s String Music and has always had students or music associates as a part of the band. Jane is a former public school music teacher who found the traditional fiddling styles of Irish, old-time, and Bluegrass compelling. She formerly taught the Irish Ensemble at FSU for seven years and currently teaches private fiddle, viola, piano, mandolin, and guitar lessons through the music store in Tallahassee. Gordon began playing Bluegrass music in Kentucky playing with J.D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys in Lexington, KY. When Gordon came to Tallahassee in the ‘70’s he formed a band with friends called the Big Bend Ramblers that played local festivals in Florida and Georgia for over twenty-five years. He teaches about anything with strings at Gordon’s String Music and plays harmonica and the Irish button accordion as well.

Drew Leslie, a former student of Gordon’s, has been playing guitar with the Monroe Street Band for the past six years.  Mike Snelling has played bass with the Monroe Street Band since its inception as well as playing other musical engagements with Jane and Gordon over the years. Jane Scott plays fiddle and sings back-up vocals with Gordon Scott singing the lead and playing mandolin with the band. The couple hosts an Irish session at Finnegan’s Wake on 5th Avenue the fourth Sunday of each month. Devon Wiseman, originally from North Carolina, played banjo with the band while in Tallahassee to attend FSU and graduated in 2010.

Greasy String Band

The Scotts also play with Drew Leslie in an old-time band called the Greasy String Band that plays for contra dances around the state. Jane and Gordon won the band contest as the Backdoor Lost Band at the Florida Fiddlers Convention in 2010 with Roger Eudy on guitar. Gordon Scott won 2nd place in the Florida Banjo contest for 2011 & 2012. Jane Scott won 2nd place in the Old-time Division of the Florida State Fiddle Contest in 2012. The Greasy String Band plays for contra dances several times a year at the Senior Citizens Center on North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. The GSB's next contra dance will be in March of 2015 at the Senior Citizens Center.