Old Time Fiddle Workshop with master American fiddler Jane RothfieldMonday November 27th from 7-9pm
This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the top old time musicians and teachers from the USA! The workshop is open to fiddlers who are easily able to play at a moderate speed, who want learn some new tunes and add more rhythm and musicality to their playing. Janie will teach several wonderful Old Time tunes by ear, with a focus on bowing and rhythm and how to get that “old-time sound”. In addition to learning several tunes from Kentucky, North Carolina and maybe a Janie Rothfield original, you will learn how to play by ear easier and pick up tunes more easily in a jam, back up chords, harmony techniques and have more fun with old time music! Bring a recording device, a notebook for notes, a smile and chocolate is always nice! Previous experience with old time music is not required. There will be an informal jam after the workshop.
Price for 2 hour workshop-£10 (cash)
About Janie Rothfield
Janie Rothfield is an award winning clawhammer banjo player and powerhouse fiddler who has been playing Old Time Music “forever”! Janie got her start playing with older generation fiddlers and banjo players from New England, North Carolina and Quebec and since high school has had bands that played music rooted in Traditional American and Celtic music styles. She is known for her melodic and rhythmic style on both fiddle AND clawhammer banjo and for her original tunes. Two of her tunes have won the Best Non-Traditional Tune at Clifftop Appalachian String band Festival! Janie’s newest solo CD, OUT OF THIN AIR, features all of her own compositions and songs, and in 2016 she released 2 CD recordings: PUFNSAW-Fiddle/Harmonica duets with Brendan Power, and OFF THE CUFF AND ON THE FLY with her duo Hen’s Teeth (With Nathan Bontrager)! Jane performs and teaches around the world with numerous bands, including Coracree, Hen’s Teeth,The Janie Rothfield Old Time Trio and with daughter Shona Carr as Little Missy. Janie is on tour in the UK from Nov 23-Dec 3 and for her Nov/Dec UK shows she is joined by backup guitarist extraordinaire, Paul Martin.
Janie has taught clawhammer banjo, fiddle and guitar for over 35 years, privately and at camps and festivals such as Banjo Camp North, Old Songs Summer Camps, Janie’s Jumpstart, Heart of the Alleghenies Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Folk College and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and even as far away as Australia! Her teaching method combines an easy to learn technique that combines strategies for learning to play by ear quickly with a focus on musicality and rhythm!
“Janie came highly recommended so I had high expectations. They were met and exceeded. I’ve been playing fiddle for years, trying to learn from books and the internet. After Janie showed me the proper way to hold the fiddle and bow, and proper bowing technique, all those tunes I know became so much easier to play. Then she showed me the most important thing about playing any instrument; the difference between playing notes and making music. And the whole time I never feel like I’m taking lessons. I feel like I’m just hanging out playing music and learning new things. Most importantly, I’m excited about learning because it has become fun again.” Jamie McCracken- Janie’s Fiddle student
“Janie has shown me how to pull the melody out of old time tunes on my banjo… to make them less busy and more musical. I had developed some poor habits throwing every banjo cliché I ever learned into each tune I played. Janie showed me how to strip out all of the unnecessary stuff… to concentrate on the melody and rhythm which ultimately “pops” the tunes and makes them more beautiful.” Tim Wade-clawhammer banjo (Doylestown, PA)
Listen to Janie’s CD with Hen’s Teeth
Video from Mt AIry Old Time Fiddlers Convention-Bull at the Wagon-Janie fiddling with banjo player Nancy Sluys