Joan started playing Harmonica at age 20. Although her musical career did not begin for another 15 years, she soon began playing rhythm guitar and singing. Then the banjo bug bit her! With influences from a diverse group of banjoists, her clawhammer style has developed into a cross between Old Time and Progressive and traditional Bluegrass. Joan's soft lead vocals and harmonies are one of the signature trademarks of the Lost Mill String Band.
Joan's songwriting abilities have fused gospel, patriotic and historical tunes into the total Lost Mill String Band experience.
Joan's instruments include, but are not limited to;
2001 Vega #2
1996 Martin D-16T
1999 Custom Knowles Open back Banjo
1890 Fairbanks Electric Open back Banjo
Hohner, Lee Oscar, Special 20 and other harps