Seattle Veteran Musicians: The Go Janes collectively represent many decades of experience in Seattle’s rich musical landscape. Members of former groups (Modern Fabric, the Mel Cooleys, fasten with pins, and various solo projects) and the current folk-pop harmony trio Uncle Bonsai, make up the membership of this vocal harmony, uke-and-guitar-based trio.
Allegiance to the Song: The Janes combine a love for beautiful melodies with a lifetime of singing harmony. Combining elements from a variety of traditions, including Americana, musical theater, throat singing, contemporary classical and art song — the trio works collaboratively to fully realize the inclinations of each song, without allegiance to a strict category or style.
Stand and Sing: The Go Janes are driven equally by a dedication to the spirit of creative innovation and imagination to transform lives, as well as on-the-ground social justice. The Janes seek to support causes that promote humanitarian values, through workshops, song-leading, and site-specific musical response.
Wearer of many hats Patrice O’Neill is a touring musician, festival producer, sometime audio book narrator, full-time mother/grandmother to a couple of generations and curious inhabitant of Earth. She has performed as a solo artist, releasing two projects of original music, Only Mercy Knows and Elusive. Her award-winning, multi-lingual collaborations with classical guitarist, Hilary Field, Siente and Cantelina, feature night songs from around the world. In her early years she lived in South Africa, and spent significant time in both Ecuador and Guatemala, gaining perspective and gratitude. She’s worked with genius songwriter, Andrew Ratshin in The Mel Cooley’s and currently performs with the iconic trio, Uncle Bonsai. Patrice is the founder and director of the annual Wintergrass festival in Bellevue WA and was an integral part of the team producing the Mandolin Symposium working with Mike Marshall and David Grisman. An avid early-morning runner and long-distance cyclist, she has 4 amazing children and 5 exceptional grandchildren. For fun, she reads books about physics, bakes bread and makes pathways in her garden. Got wood chips?
Musician/Mom/Artivist Kathleen Tracy is a composer, arranger, singer, choral director, teacher, workshop presenter and multi-instrumentalist. She performs solo and with others, releasing five projects of original music, Speaking Stones, So Bodaciously (with Linda Severt), Calling the Dragons Home, Like the Stars That Made You, and Thursday Morning Alleleu. She also composes and arranges for theater and dance, most recently for Robin and Marion, Ellen Cooper’s modern day re-write of the Robin Hood story, performed by Anything is Possible Theatre. Kathleen is the founder and director of the Columbia City Community & Family Chorus, a ten year old living laboratory where the metaphor of mycelium, human connection, and the power of community singing gets put into joyful practice every week. She writes songs about the beauty and mystery of the world, and wanders into the mountains on a regular basis to find inspiration and commune with deep time, bringing home waaaay too many rocks.
Arni Adler crosses arts disciplines regularly. As a long-ago graduate of Bennington College (known for its “institutionalized creativity”), Arni has worked in theater, music, film, visual art, multi-media, and creative writing. As a stalwart fan of the trio format, she is a founding and current member of the super-harmony trios Uncle Bonsai and her ninth trio, the uke-based Go Janes. Her song cycle for voice, viola, bass, and piano based on poems by Charles Bukowski premiered at Seattle’s Royal Room. Arni exhibits her paintings and collages, and teaches visual art and writing to all ages, with a special love for working with kids with disabilities.