The Whiskey Deaf "Duet"

Annie Staninec & John Kael

Annie Staninec and John Kael are a Portland duo with a passion for finding lesser-known traditional bluegrass and old-time songs, and crafting them to their particular style. They both play and teach multiple instruments, have toured nationally and internationally, and have each received awards and recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association and others. 

Annie is a uniquely gifted fiddle player, bringing driving rhythm, musicality and joyful exuberance to every performance. She has toured the world with artists spanning from Peter Rowan to Rod Stewart, and is on countless recordings in a variety of musical styles. 

John plays guitar, banjo and mandolin equally deftly, has a repertoire of literally hundreds of traditional songs, and is an award-winning songwriter himself. 

John and Annie both share a deep knowledge of traditional American musical styles – they  provide a highly entertaining and even educational performance, and Annie’s fiddling is 100% guaranteed to put a smile on your face! 

We perform at house concerts, private events, and festivals, and we can also provide workshops on a variety of bluegrass-related topics. Write us an email or give us a call 831 239 7742 if you want to discuss booking