Jonas Friddle is a singer, songwriter and Old-Time banjo player. His compositions have received The John Lennon Songwriting Award, First Place in the Great American Song Contest and a nomination for Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards. 

Friddle was raised in the mountains of North Carolina and learned to play guitar on a yard sale Harmony six string. He picked up mandolin, fiddle and banjo while at Berea College in Kentucky.  While on tour with the college bluegrass band he got a taste for travel and spent the year after graduation traveling around the world playing music in pubs and living rooms.  In 2007 Friddle landed in Chicago, started The Barehand Jugband and began teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  In four studio albums he has established a unique Americana sound with songwriting that is full of imagery, honesty and humor. 

“[Friddle] deftly explores just about every nook and cranny of modern folk, from revivalist antique appropriation to protest songs to modern love songs. The immaculate arrangements would sell it, if his lithe voice hadn’t already given it away. Amazing stuff.”

-Independent Clauses



Jonas Friddle & The Majority is the name of Jonas' group when he is joined by a full line up of  banjo, horns, strings, drums, keys, bass and guitar.  In addition to performing some of Jonas' original compositions, the band arranges traditional music in a high energy style for modern audiences.

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Their sound is at once huge and intimate...Their enthusiasm is infectious. I was grinning like an idiot and bouncing along before I realized what was happening to me.
- Erica Elam, The Chicago Reader


The electricity from the band took the crowd by force. I couldn’t help but smile and clap along at the songs. Not only did the band play well – but they all looked ecstatic doing so.
- Pete Kosmal, Midwest Action


just…stunning. They felt like home and I love them for that.
- Samantha, Folk Hive


 ...good music with an inventive and creative twist...

-M.V. Casey, Banjo Hangout



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