New Cut Road String Band

New Cut Road String Band is an old time string band that plays music from the southern Appalachian Mountains that became popular in this country from the mid-1920s through to the Great Depression. The band members bring their respective experience in Old Time and Bluegrass music to play the fiddle tunes and songs “you’ve all been callin’ for”, in the old-fashioned, hell-bent-for-leather style. With John Hoffmann on fiddle, Steve Arkin on banjo, Jim Reidy on tenor guitar, Randi Beckmann on guitar and Sally Freund on bass New Cut Road delivers fast and furious fiddle tunes for your dancing pleasure, as well as soulful and sappy ballads that caress the spirit and bring a tear to the eye.

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Photos of New Cut Road String Band

Atomic! Fingerpicking
Singing Concentration
Sally knows Evening time
Steaming Band portrait

New Cut Road String Band Band Members

Photo by Steve Gallow
  • John Hoffmann leader, fiddle, and vocals
John Hoffmann, is the fiddler for New Cut Road as well as UpSouth, and Long John & the Tights. John played banjo for The Tompkins County Horseflies in the early 1980’s before he segued to fiddling.  John has garnered a number of awards for his playing at the Mt. Airy,... more...

Photo by Jack Hirschorn
  • Steve Arkin banjos
Steve Arkin grew up in New York’s legendary Washington Square music scene, playing both old-time and bluegrass music in early bands with Jody Stecher, David Grisman, Maria Muldaur and other outstanding musicians. In 1964 Steve played banjo with Bill Monroe (who, in James Rooney’s book, Bossmen, was quoted as saying ”it takes backing... more...

Photo by Donna Levy
  • Randi Beckmann guitar and vocals
Randi Beckmann, is the guitar player for New Cut Road as well as UpSouth and Long John & the Tights. Randi began her musical career playing classical flute and attended music school at Ithaca College. Randi happily switched to the Irish flute in the 1990’s and after some arm-twisting began... more...

Photo by Janet Cotraccia
  • Sally Freund bass
Sally Freund, is the bass player for New Cut Road. Back in the 1980”s Sally danced her way into the hearts of old time musicians when she won 1st place in the dance competition at the Galax Fiddlers Convention. With her roots in dance, she has gone on to become... more...

Photo by Janet Cotraccia
  • James Reidy website, tenor guitar, and vocals
I started playing banjo uke with the Boston old time band The Chicken Chokers in 1989. On through the years with old time music: The Primitive Characters, Up South, Long John and the Tights, and now New Cut Road. Then there were the other genres: psychobilly with Twang, blues with... more...

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