Traditional Arts Services (TAS) was formed in 1974 with the help of the Seattle Folklore Society. Our first client was Elizabeth Cotten, then 82 years old. She was about 11 when she wrote Freight Train, a classic of the folk revival of the 1960’s. She received a Grammy Award in 1985 for her Arhoolie album, Elizabeth Cotten Live.

Click here for the early history of the Seattle Folklore Society, 1966 to 1978.

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Elizabeth Cotten by Johsel Namkung ca 1975


The Current TAS Roster:

Ledward Kaapana and Mike Kaawa

Myrick “Freeze” Guillory and Nouveau Zydeco

Dr. Demento

Les Blank, Filmmaker

Phil and Vivian Williams


Christopher Ryan

Diane Ferlatte

Queen Ida  and her Zydeco Band
(Please note: Queen Ida is no longer performing with her band, but is available for interviews and video or film work.)

Previous Clients Include:

Mike Seeger

The Boys of the Lough

Memphis Slim

Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys

The Georgia Sea Island Singers

Bessie Jones

Brownie McGhee

Wade and Julia Mainer

Jackie Torrence

Flaco Jimenez

David Holt

Lydia Mendoza

Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl


Hazel and Alice

Bob Brozman

John Jackson

Robert Junior Lockwood

Johnny Shines

Othar Turner

Brenda Wong Aoki

Benny Thomasson

Dick Barrett

Clifton Chenier

Dewey and Rodney Balfa

Obo Addy



Jim and Jesse

Ralph Stanley

Rose Maddox

Jean Ritchie

Cephas and Wiggins