Who are the Go Janes?

Arni Adler, Patrice O’Neill, and Kathleen Tracy (l-r)

The Go Janes feature ukulele, guitar, and generous doses of delicious harmony vocals.

The trio’s members have decades of experience as creative artists, community organizers, educators and inquisitive consumers of life. Arni and Patrice are members of the satirical trio Uncle Bonsai; Kathleen Tracy is an accomplished solo artist and community chorus director. Patrice has produced the Wintergrass Festival almost from its inception. Arni and Patrice are also visual artists. and Arni and Kathleen are both sought after educators and coaches working with children, adults and the differently-abled.

The trio’s members well-honed writing finds meaning in close observation of life, its small details and large arcs, that stand in for larger truths, the daily rituals that stop time and enlarge it, the shared moments that vanish in an instant. Add humor and a sense of amazement, and you’re close to the Go Janes spirit.

The Janes have performed at the Seattle Folklore Society, Dusty Strings (with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer), Traditions Cafe in Olympia, Black Dog Arts Cafe in Snoqualmie, Seattle Folklife Festival, the Moisture Festival, the Lavender Festival, Kenyon Hall and many other venues.

In addition, the trio has painted over two hundred pounds of rocks in order to raise money for creative endeavors. This was particularly important during the pandemic, when so many concerts were canceled, or not available for booking to begin with. Plus, the best things in life are often the little things. (Even little heavy things.)

The Go Janes present well-crafted songs, instrumental interplay, good stories, good friends, humor — things made with our hands and minds, kindness and community. The trio believes that most people need to create in some form, and they love being a spark that ignites creativity in others.

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Patrice O’Neill

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?

Kathleen Tracy

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 twelve 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

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.

August 2019