Mike and Roger
The String Cats (duo/trio & quartet)
Fine purveyors of Bluegrass & Western Swing!
Western Swing Hall of Fame member, Mike Faast and National Flatpicking Champion, Roger Ferguson have formed an exciting new acoustic ensemble, “the String Cats” featuring Roger on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, & vocals, and Mike on vocals & guitar.
Mike and Roger draw a great deal from Acoustic Americana/Roots music and over the years have performed together in the styles of Swing, Western Swing, Bluegrass, etc… In Concert, expect to hear iconic Western Swing gems such as Roly Poly, Ida Red and Ol’ Cowhand, a wide array of Bluegrass tunes influenced by Doc Watson and Bill Monroe, as well a smokin’ instrumentals and inspired originals.
The String Cats are doing their part to continue the legacy of great American String Bands. If you love Bluegrass, Western Swing, and Red Hot Pickin’ – then you don’t want to miss The String Cats!
When performing as a (trio/quartet) The String Cats are joined by some of the top violin and bass players in the Seattle area, including; Paul Anastasio, Paul Elliot, Mike Eytcheson, Mick Nicholson, Julian Smedley and Bryce Van Paris
Influences – Bob Wills, Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Django Reinhardt, Don Reno, and many others. The String Cats are doing their part to continue the legacy of great American String Bands.
Bluegrass and Western Swing music share similar roots in that they were both developed around the same time period (30’s and 40’s). Both styles and are firmly rooted in the family of American Country Music, both styles are upbeat, feature stringed instruments, and “Country flavored” lyrical themes.
Through their years of performance Mike and Roger noticed that the two styles of music also share the same fans. They observed that most all the folks who love Bluegrass also love String Swing and Western Swing, they just don’t often get a chance to hear it. Recognizing this tragedy, 🙂 they decided to put together a band that reflects both styles for the purpose sharing the music with the audiences they serve.
Sample of the String Cats’ music:
A Smooth One