Zubot and Dawson

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Zubot and Dawson were folk duo from Vancouver, Canada, that consisted of Jesse Zubot on fiddle and Steve Dawson on guitar. They played largely folk-inspired acoustic music and released three albums. They toured both North America and Europe.[1] In 2003 they won a Juno award for the album Chicken Scratch.[2]


Both Zubot and Dawson attended Berklee School of Music and began to work together as the Spirit Merchants, which involved had a constantly changing rhythm section.[1] With a changing focus, Zubot and Dawson reduced the project to a duo, using their own names, with a more acoustic focus. In order to have their material released, Dawson set up his own label, Black Hen.[1] Their first album, Strang was a reference to a self-proclaimed genre,[3] while their album Tractor Parts: Further Adventures In Strang (2000), was nominated for a Juno Award in 2001.[2] They released their final album Chicken Scratch in 2002, which received the 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for a Group.[2] The duo ceased to function as Dawson preferred to focus on his production work and reduce his travel commitments.[1]


Zubot plays fiddle and mandolin as well as electric mandolin while Dawson plays acoustic, tremolo acoustic, National tricone and Weissenborn Hawaiian guitar. While the group started as a duo, other players were added over the years. Andrew Downing joined Zubot and Dawson as a double bass player.[3] Elliot Polsky joined the group as percussion player. The group also occasionally features musical friends such as Bob Brozman and Kelly Joe Phelps.[4]

Dawson and Zubot both participate in the project Great Uncles of the Revolution.[2]


  • 1998: Strang (Black Hen Music)
  • 2000: Tractor Parts: Further Adventures in Strang (Black Hen Music)
  • 2002: Chicken Scratch (True North)


  1. ^ a b c d Heselgrave, Doug (March 1, 2010). "“…because I had a post office box” – The Black Hen Story Part II - an interview with Steve Dawson". nodepression.com. Freshgrass LLC. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Zubot and Dawson". The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Zubot and Dawson Biography". MapleMusic Ltd. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "About Black Hen Music". Black Hen Music. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 

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