Crying Uncle BG Band FB: @cryinguncle IG: @cryingunclebg

Crying Uncle was founded by Quale brothers Miles (age 14, on fiddle and vocals) and Teo (age 11, on mandolin and vocals). The brothers, who are state fiddle and mandolin champions and national runners-up in fiddle, have been featured on KQED ’s The California Report, and have toured with sibling music duo and mentors, Tashina and Tristan Clarridge. They’ve performed on stage with bluegrass bands Sideline and Special Consensus and renowned guitarist George Cole; and with their former band, Rambling Minors opened for fiddler Michael Cleveland.

Originally, Crying Uncle invited guest musicians to collaborate with them. Now, Crying Uncle BG Band has realized the band members’ expansive take on bluegrass music. CUBG includes: Andrew Osborn (age 15, on bass and vocals) and John Gooding (age 16, on guitar and vocals). Known for his rock-solid rhythm and fiery bass solos, Andrew began studying music at age 4 and at age 11, fell in love with the string bass. He has had guest appearances with a number of Bay Area bluegrass bands and is a regular member of the band, Festival Speed. John’s only 16 but you’d never guess that from his superb flatpicking guitar work. John has been playing bluegrass for many years with his two brothers and dad, and was selected to represent the California Bluegrass Association at the prestigious IBMA conference in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He was CBA’s Teen Ambassador in 2016 and 2017. He regularly performs with his other band, The Blue J’s.

CUBG has opened for prestigious bands such as The Del McCoury Band and David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. As members of other bands and individually, they have played at venues such as IBMA ’s World of Bluegrass Festival, CBA’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival and the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.