The haints


Old-Time Stringband

Welcome to The Haints Old-Time Stringband website! We’re glad you stopped by… set yourself down, have a warm drink and stay awhile.

The word “haint” is a southern expression for a spirit or ghost. These Haints are Erynn Marshall (Victoria, BC), on fiddle, Pharis Romero (Horsefly, BC) on vocals & guitar, and Jason Romero on vocals, banjo, guitar &uke (Arcata, CA). We play traditional old-time fiddle & banjo tunes (mostly from Kentucky, West Virginia or Mississippi and beyond), old-time vocal duets with stringband accompaniment, silver dagger ballads and more. We have a penchant for tunes old, quirky and twisted as well as great, archaic songs that have almost been forgotten.

While striving to play this music with care we also add a bit of ourselves to the music. These are tunes and songs that got under our skin and made our hearts ache, and we hope that some our music might conjure up feelings for you as well. Every note has meaning for us. Sometimes we have gleaned tunes from favorite archive recordings; othertimes, we have been fortunate to learn our music first-hand from old friends – fiddlers or singers who are no longer with us. The music lives on, adapting and breathing in a living tradition. Give us a listen and if you like what you hear come on down to a dance or a concert or sign up for our email list so we can let you know when we play in your town. Here’s hoping we’ll see you down the road…