Tater Patch has been playing together in one form or another since the 1980's. Fiddle player Judy Hough-Goldstein and banjo player Shel Sandler met when Judy, an Entomology Professor at The University of Delaware, attended a concert sponsored by the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music, which Shel had co-founded with Carl Goldstein and Mike Hudak. Shel introduced Judy to Carl and she became both Carl's wife and Shel and Carl's bandmate.
By the spring of 1998, Carl had stopped performing on guitar, so when asked to play for the third grade at Sanford School, Judy played a medley of "Soldier's Joy" and "Bay of Fundy" with Newport, DE, guitarist Richard Gordon. Shortly after that, Richard, Shel and Judy began performing as Tater Patch, a name chosen because Tater Patch is a great old fiddle tune and because of Judy's professional interest in potato bugs.
In 2001, Marge and Tony Sume, two excellent singers and musicians from nearby West Chester, PA, joined Tater Patch, and Richard moved to bass. Tater Patch's twin fiddles, banjo, and solid rhythm section make the band in demand for both square and contra dances. By adding Tony and Marge's repertoire of traditional country songs, Tater Patch presents music that appeals to a wide audience at festivals, concerts, and parties.