Josie Toney has been a fixture of the folk music community since a young age, growing up in the contra dance community of Olympia, Washington. Starting violin lessons at the age of 5, she quickly gravitated towards the fiddle tunes her father began teaching her as soon as she could hold the fiddle off of the floor. At 15 she helped form The Retrospectacles, along with fiddler Andrew Foster, pianist Scotty Leach, and Bassist Ethan Jodzeiwicz, who went on to energize contra dance communities around the country.
Between 2013 and 2017 Josie resided in Denver, Colorado, where she formed the Josie Toney Fiddle Studio, teaching private lessons to over 25 students in the Denver area, and performed with various bands around the front range, including the Cowboy Dave Band, Swing Je-Taime, Turkeyfoot, Colin Hotz and Co, and the Lunch Ladies.
In Fall of 2017 Josie moved to Boston, MA to continue her studies at the Berklee School of Music. She performs in Boston venues such as Club Passim, the Sinclair, and the Burren, and teaches at the Club Passim School of Music. Josie currently performs with the Jobi Riccio Country band, duo partner Reed Stutz, and Western Swing Wednesdays at Atwood Tavern, among others. She also works for Matt Glaser in the American Roots Program at Berklee, and you can catch her performing or teaching this summer at festivals and workshops such as Grey Fox, Fiddle Tunes, Green Mountain Bluegrass and Roots, Country LakeShake, and FreshGrass.