Furtado, Gina


  • From Winchester, Virginia.
  • Began playing piano as a child but switched to banjo at age 11. Took lessons from Murphy Henry and Mike Munford.
  • Was a finalist numerous times in the banjo competition at the Galax Old Tme Fiddler’s Convention.
  • Played in a family band for several years. Her sister Malia Furtado plays fiddle in the band Circa Blue; her brother Victor Furtado is a clawhammer banjo virtuoso. Her sister Lu Furtado also plays clawhammer banjo and bass.
  • 2013-2016, played banjo in the group Bud’s Collective.
  • 2016, joined Chris Jones and the Night Drivers.
  • 2017, released solo project True Colors (Mountain Home) under the name Gina Clowes (her married name at the time).
  • 2019, left Chris Jones and the Night Drivers to form her own group The Gina Furtado Project. Band members include Drew Matulich (guitar), Max Johnson (bass) and sister Malia Furtado (fiddle).
  • 2019, released I Hope You Have a Good Life album (Mountain Home).