Spencer & Rains

Spencer & Rains
Celebrate Kansas Day with Old-Time Music

7 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

$15 and Under

Individual Tickets

(not eligible for faculty/staff or student discount)


With dancing bows and soaring harmonies, this multi-instrumentalist duo showcases a lifelong dedication to the preservation, performance and teaching of old-time music.


Funded in part by the JCCC Kansas Studies Institute and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission


Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old-time music from her grandparents. Howard Rains is a native Texas artist and the fourth generation to play his fiddle. Now married, this multi-instrumentalist duo is known for twin fiddle harmony, a product of the influence of Midwestern Scandinavian fiddlers Tricia heard as a child, as well as Howard’s distinct repertoire of Texas fiddling. You’ll hear that same distinctive harmony in their vocals.

Spencer & Rains are steeped in American folk tradition and dedicated to the preservation, performance and teaching of old-time music. Their recordings can be found on the Old-Time Tiki Parlour label, where Howard also works as chief graphic designer and Tricia does hand lettering.

Discussion by Spencer and Rains

Wed., Jan. 29
Noon-12:50 p.m.
Free and open to the public!

CoLab (OCB 100) at JCCC see OCB building map and campus map

Spencer and Rains will present a 45-minute mini-performance and Q&A about their passion – preservation of Kansas folk music.