The old-timey tradition is brought to modern standards by the Horse Flies. While their sound retains elements of turn of the century string band music, the Horse Flies have taken things much further by adding Caribbean rhythms, avant-garde jazz improvisation, classical minimalism, and punk rock dissonance to create what they've dubbed "neo-primitive bug music." Fiddler Judy Hyman and banjo ukulele/guitar player Jeff Claus launched the Horse Flies shortly after moving from Bloomington, IN, to Ithaca, NY, and running into guitar/banjo player Richie Stearns. They had previously met Stearns, who played with the rowdy, old timey string band Bubba George, three years earlier at a party in Lexington, VA. Recruiting bassist John Hayward (then playing with the Correctones), the Horse Flies were born. The group later added drummer Bill Usher and keyboardist Brent Barkman.