Jonas Friddle and the Majority is a new Chicago-based “orchestral folk” group with a big sound. The seven-piece band is comprised of a string section, brass, organ, banjo and drums, and combines a full orchestral sound with driving rhythms for a powerful result. Each member of the Majority boasts a strong personal music career with close ties to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, where the band formed.
Jonas Friddle’s arrangements and songwriting are heavily rooted in traditional American music. His passion for old-time style banjo from his native North Carolina leads to rhythmic and rolling compositions. At the same time the founder of The Barehand Jugband pulls from the raucous sounds of 1920’s blues and string bands. Following the example of new folk groups like Crooked Still, Abigail Washburn and Old Crow Medicine Show, Jonas looks for a new take on an old sound.