KPTZ partners with Trinity United Methodist Church’s Candlelight Concert series to present Bobbi Nickles and Jere Canote on the air May 26 from 7-8pm with no intermission. Nikles and Canote are a local fiddle and guitar duo. This concert is also being presented as an in-person event at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Port Townsend based fiddler Bobbi Nikles has performed in a wide array of bands: old-time, Irish, Jazz combos, and contradance bands. Her fiddling is luscious and rhythmic. She has contributed to Strings magazine with articles on bowing technique and instrument evaluation and she founded and directed the acclaimed day camp “Fiddlekids” in Berkeley CA. She teaches at camps, workshops, and in her private studio, and has been on staff at the PT elementary school YEA Music! program and at Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddletunes. Her playing incorporates a 30-year depth of knowledge and experience. Bobbi has appeared on KPTZ’s programs “Tossed Salad” and “Cats in our Laps,” where she performs the closing theme music.
It all started for Jere when he received a guitar for Christmas while in high school in California. He began singing and performing with his twin brother Greg as the Canote Brothers. They moved to the Puget Sound area in the early 1980s and played for nearly two decades with dance caller and musician Sandy Bradley, doing festivals and a weekly live radio show on KUOW. Along the way, Jere picked up the banjo, the ukulele, and the harmonica. The twins then forged a career performing and teaching their own brand of Americana. They have taught all over the country and have often been featured at Centrum’s Fiddle Tune Festival. Jere moved to Port Townsend in 2015 and found a kindred musical spirit in Bobbi Nikles! They specialize in lively fiddle tunes, antique swing & blues, and country songs old and new!