Joe Steiner has been performing, playing and teaching stringed instruments for over 30 years. He has performed professionally in bands such as Old Peculiar String Band, County Line Power Company, Uncle Buster's, and Cheyenne, among others, and teaches at many workshops and festivals yearly.
Chris (Cooperrider) Steiner is one-half (the better half, she says!) of the Chris and Joe - Old Time Duo. Chris’ instrument of choice is the hammered dulcimer, but she can also be found playing upright bass for the Old Peculiar String Band. She says that in her ‘next lifetime’ she is going to play something much more portable…. like a kazoo.

In addition to private lessons, workshops, and jams, Chris conducts workshops and performs at several festivals and venues yearly. Along with assisting with in-school music clubs and programs, she conducts workshops for school teachers for Bluegrass in the Schools in conjunction with the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville. This program promotes old time and bluegrass music as part of a standardized school curriculum.

Chris’s goal in life is to learn every “stupid banjo” joke that exists so that she can keep Joe in line…and she has a pretty good start.


Chris and Joe are excited about being able to share their music with you. Be prepared for high-energy musical performances, innovative instruction, and plenty of good-natured humor… Chris is considered the local “expert” on banjo jokes....and Joe a banjo player.

Joe Steiner, from Findlay, Ohio, is a well-respected and innovative instructor on several instruments, and has many recordings to his credit with various bluegrass and old-time groups. Joe is nationally recognized for his banjo knowledge and skills, both in bluegrass and clawhammer style, but is just as comfortable with a guitar, harmonica, mandolin, bass, or mountain dulcimer.

Joe has become a sought-after instructor and jam leader, and is involved with workshops at many festivals. Joe also coordinates many in-school music programs, workshops, clubs, and performances for children and adolescents in conjunction with Nashville’s Bluegrass in the Schools program. Joe is also the host and programmer of Blue Ridge Breakdown, an old-time/bluegrass program on WLFC, University of Findlay, radio.
Chris (Cooperrider) Steiner fell in love with the hammered dulcimer in 1997 and has been performing and teaching since.

Chris and Joe have both been regularly scheduled workshop leaders at festivals such as Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, Chestnut Ridge Dulcimer Festival, Harmony Harvest, Tri-State Bluegrass Festival, Evart Dulcimer Festival, in addition to many other festivals and workshops