Jonas Friddle and the Majority

Jonas Friddle and the Majority

Jonas Friddle & The Majority arrived on the scene simultaneously debuting two records on March 24th, 2012.  “Belle De Louisville” and “Synco Pony” showcase this 7 piece bands ability to pull from both the string band and blues traditions of American Roots music.

The Chicago-based “orchestral folk” group is comprised of a string section, brass, organ, banjo and drums.  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 passion for old-time style banjo from his native North Carolina leads to rhythmic and rolling compositions.  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.


Arielle Bess Luckmann has been playing the fiddle since she was a wee gal of 8 and can't imagine doing anything else. She recently moved to Chicago from the beautiful pacific northwest, and while she misses hiking in the mountains and canoeing, she finds great joy in many ways all over the big city. When not jammin' with The Majority, she can be found in various other musical projects including Mad Bread, The Greenleaf Band, Birds of a Feather, and The Prozac Mountain Boys.


Anna hails from the tiny town of Elk Mound, WI and is a freelance orchestral horn player.  She teaches fiddle, trumpet and horn at the Old Town School and around the Chicago area.  She also performs in the Barehand Jugband with fellow Majority-mates Jonas and Evan and is a founding member of the V3nto brass trio.  In her spare time, Anna enjoys running marathons, growing copious amounts of basil in the garden, and playing the kazoo.  She also has a crush on the trombone player in this band.


Maria McCullough has been playing her fiddle in Chicago for ten years!  Maria spends most of her time teaching people of all ages at the Old Town School of Folk Music and loves every moment! When she's not there, she loves playing with Sleepy Lou, The Fantastic Toe Trippers Orchestra, the Steve Rosen Orchestra, Yahví Pichardo and all of her friends!


Evan grew up in a musical family in Oak Park, IL, and studied trombone at the Lawrence University Conservatory.  While trombone is his primary performing instrument, you can see him playing around the city on guitar, keyboards, or percussion.  Catch him playing with Fatbook (, a reggae/funk band that won Downbeat Magazine's "College pop/rock/blues band of the year" award in 2009 and 2010.  In addition to performing, he teaches music in Oak Park elementary schools and at the Old Town School of Folk Music.


Jarod Facknitz is a Chicago voiceover artist and session drummer.  He teaches Wiggleworms classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, is a founding member of the psychedelic band, Beaten By Yuri, was a music critic for the Chicago Acoustic Underground, and has several short stories published online and in print.  His website,, will be available in March of 2012.


Bailey hails from Lansing, MI where she started playing cello at the age of six.  A love of country music at a young age led her to the deep rooted traditions of bluegrass and early blues guitar. She currently heads Chicago's Rockabilly sweethearts band "Pillow Talk" on lead guitar and vocals  and plays in a multitude of local bands playing a number of different instruments.

Their sound is at once huge and intimate in the way only old-timey, bluegrassy folk music can be. 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

Loved at first listen.  Both albums sent along for my listening pleasure were just…stunning. They felt like home and I love them for that.

- Folk Hive

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

Much like Chicago's alt-country king Robbie Fulks, Friddle is an anti-scenester whose scene you totally want a piece of..."

- Christopher Piatt, The Paper Machete