Keith Cary is a musician, instrument builder and
repairman living in Winters, California. He builds both traditional
stringed instruments, like mandolins and minstrel-age banjos, and more
experimental instruments, like resonator mandolins made from bedpans,
tin can fiddles and roasting pan lutes. He repairs a wide variety of
instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, violin family
instruments and bows, steel guitars, and strange antique constructions.
He specializes in string bass repairs. Lately he's been dabbling with
Hammond organs and Leslie speakers.
As a musician he appreciates and plays a wide
variety of music and instruments. From a young age he has listened to
both jazz and folk music. He regularly plays string bass, mandolin,
clawhammer banjo, cello, guitar, fiddle, harmonica, Hammond organ and
various eccentric instruments of his own making. He's played classical
music, old and new jazz, old-time string bands, Hawaiian, rock and roll,
free-form improvization, and lately, Hank Williams karaoke.
He has recorded or performed with John Tchicai,
Jolie Holland, Robert Crumb, Robert Armstrong (and the other Cheap Suit
Serenaders), John Vanderslice, Barry Melton, Vatrina King, Linda Book,
The Joy Buzzards (with Bill Scholer and Bob Armstrong), and The Alkali
Flats, among others.
He and some of his instruments can be heard on The
Joy Buzzards, available at CDBaby,http://www.cdbaby.com/joybuzzards
and on Jolie Holland's Escondida.
He has built oddball custom instruments for Joe
Craven, Elaine Buckholtz, Bob Armstrong, Jimmy Bordsdorf, and a lot of
other people who he's forgetting right now.
Keith also does instrument building workshops for
children and families at such venues as The Crocker Museum, in
Sacramento, The Lodi Public Library, The Winters Joint Unified School
District, The Davis Joint Unified School System, The Davis Waldorf
School, Lakeshore Elementary School in SF, and the UC Davis Arboretum,
among many others. His favorite instrument to build with kids, 2nd grade
and older, is a flower pot banjo, made from black plastic flower pots.
It takes two to three hours to build and is fully playable. He has
taught music to kindergarteners at John Clayton Kinder School in
Winters for many years.
He can be reached at 530-795-3173 or at
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org