Abby the Spoon Lady
percussionist & storyteller
Famous Spoon Players
Famous Spoon Players
Here is a list of famous spoon players from around the world… and ones that are just really awesome! Spoon playing is found in many different cultures, and the styles of playing can be very different from one country to another. Every spoon player is unique, and there are many interesting videos of spoon playing scattered throughout the internet. In this nice and tidy list, you will find some very interesting, influential, and fun spoon players and some video all in one awesome place. If you have a favorite spoon player that is not on this list, let me know about it in the comments. I have to admit, this is not a complete list.
Artis the Spoonman
Artis the Spoonman is by far one of, if not the most, famous spoon players of all time. He has been an active street performer in the Seattle and surrounding areas since the 1970s, and has played all over the United States and the world. He has played with such acts as Frank Zappa, Sound Garden, Jimmy Page, and even the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra.
find more information: http://www.artisthespoonman.net/
This video shows Artis the Spoonman performing the overture to Rossini’s “L’Italienne à Alger” with the Seattle Philharmonic in 1994.
Tran Quang Hai
Tran Quang Hai is a music ethnologist and traditional Vietnamese musician and is also a virtuoso spoon player. A very talented man, you can find visit his youtube channel and find videos on all sorts of topics, from spoon playing to throat singing, to Vietnamese mouth harps.
You can find more about Tran Quang Hai at http://tranquanghai.info/c23-bio.html
Bert Draycott is an English musician and spoon player who won the World Spoons Championship several times. He is entertaining to watch and can keep a whole room entertained with his enthusiasm.
Deb “Spoons” Perry
Deb “Spoons” Perry is an amazing character, Below is a video of her act from Australia’s Got Talent in 2008. She has continued to play spoons since her Australian television debut, even making several trips to the United States.
You can find more information on Deb Perry by visiting http://spoonsperry.com.au/
Joe May is a great spoons player based out of the UK, who has gained some serious fame in her neck of the woods and for good reason. She is incredibly talented and has amazing rhythm. She focuses on teaching and workshops and does a lot to bring her community together. This is definitely a woman who uses her powers for good.
Jim Krzewski, known as Spoon Man Jim Cruise, is an entertainer, spoon player, philanthropist, and key-note speaker from Michigan. He has been entertaining audiences for decades and has created a very interactive show. He plays off of people’s heads and arms, dances, and even lights his spoons on fire!
You can find more about Jim Cruise by visiting http://www.getspooned.com/
Sam Spoons is a member of the musical group Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and a very proficient spoon player. He’s got a lot of off the body tricks and jumping around, which keeps you on your toes.
Here’s some video of world-class spoons player Wayne “Rhythm Chef” Jones, who currently hold a world record for spoon playing. He’s got some neat tricks up his sleeve! Perhaps one day I will attempt to break his record.
You can find out about his record by going to https://recordsetter.com/user/WayneRhythmChefJones
Johnny Bongos Horgan
Johnny Bongos Horgan is an Irish spoon player with incredible timing and rhythm. He’s sure to entertain, and once and a while makes it to the states.
You can find more about Johnny Bongos Horgan by reading this article: https://www.nycstpatricksparade.org/2016/03/13/hand-me-a-spoon-johnny-bongos-horgan/
David Holt is an American folk musician, well known for his work with Doc Watson. He has many instructional videos on spoon playing and has interviewed numerous old time and folk musicians over the years. I consider him to be an incredibly talented and smart man who possesses a vast knowledge of roots music.
You can find more about David Holt at https://www.davidholt.com/
Abby the Spoon Lady
I figure I’d better plop myself on this list. I’m Abby the Spoon Lady and I live in Asheville, NC. I’ve been playing spoons for a bit over a decade. Here’s myself with the Fly By Night Rounders. You can find more videos on our videos page on this website, or you can read all about me right on this website, and find out where I am by visiting our EVENTS page.
Thanks for reading!
Do you know any famous spoon players?
Let me know in the comments!