Oxford PA Camp
Oct 9-12, 2020
Meet the Instructors
Earl White-Adv Fiddle
Fiddling Earl White
Fiddling Earl White has been a mainstay in the old-time, folk and dance community for more 45 years. An original and founding member of the famed Green Grass Cloggers, he is one of few Black Americans preserving and playing Appalachian old time string band music, which was once an intricate part of Black communities and formed the foundation of American music of today. He has delighted audiences from Common Ground On The Hill, to the Scotland National Folk Festival, and many other festivals and camps throughout the US. Earl White is well known for his extensive repertoire of tunes, and his heartfelt, syncopated, driving style.
His mentors have been Tommy Jarrell, Judy Hymen (Horseflies) and Andy Williams (Plank Road String band), to name a few. He has played in numerous old time string bands, and currently leads the "Earl White String Band", featuring Mark Olitsky (banjo), Adrienne Davis (guitar), and Stephanie Wolf (bass)Fiddling Earl White has been a mainstay in the old-time, folk and dance community for more 45 years. An original and founding member of the famed Green Grass Cloggers, he is one of few Black Americans preserving and playing Appalachian old time string band music, which was once an intricate part of Black communities and formed the foundation of American music of today. He has delighted audiences from Common Ground On The Hill, to the Scotland National Folk Festival, and many other festivals and camps throughout the US. Earl White is well known for his extensive repertoire of tunes, and his heartfelt, syncopated, driving style. https://www.facebook.com/earlwhitestringband
https://youtu.be/UKmhb2w40Ck Earl White Fiddles Hickory
Janie Rothfield-Int/Adv Fiddle
Janie Rothfield (from Virginia, USA) is an internationally known old time traditional fiddler, clawhammer banjo player, singer, tune composer, dance musician, band leader and teacher who has been playing traditional music since her teens! Her music has deep connections to the old fiddling styles from New England and the American South and from experience with the older musicians she played with early on in her career and other contemporary old time musicians from around the USA. She is known for her award winning (9th place at Galax out of 150 Fiddlers!) and authentic fiddle style as well as her creativity with old time music, bringing it into the present without losing the past!
Janie has fans from around the world for her lively, spirited and soulful playing and singing and she has performed throughout the USA, Canada, the UK, Europe and Australia! She plays from her heart and musical soul with great technique and expression and a whole lot of fun!
Janie is in demand as a teacher for fiddle, clawhammer banjo and guitar and has taught throughout the US at camps, festivals and workshops as well as throughout Europe (Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy), the UK and Australia! Since 2013 Janie has run numerous weekend camps called Janie’s Jumpstart. Her teaching using a combination of musicality, rhythm and technique to transform her students playing!
Janie performs as a solo artist as in duo, trio and quartet configurations including Hen's Teeth (with cellist Nathan Bontrager), Little Missy (with daughter Shona Carr), Janie Rothfield Old Time Trio (with Kellie Allen and Pete Peterson), with Scottish singer/guitarist (and husband) Allan Carr, Contra Dance band Coracree and The Idumea Quartet (progressive old time music with string quartet instrumentation).
Here are some video's of a sample of Janiie's music!
https://youtu.be/U9ulcx-bdJg Janie fiddles Briar Picker Brown with Cameron DeWhitt
https://youtu.be/l-qJo7ur0Oc Janie sings and plays clawhammer banjo on The Two Ravens (with Dan Eubanks on bass)
https://youtu.be/k-6Pvb4d0_k Janie fiddles Cumberland Gap with Shona Carr (Little Missy)
https://youtu.be/OIHvClIV16I Janie fiddles Bentons Dream (with Cameron DeWhitt and Michael Starkey)
https://youtu.be/BllDgHZ-BRM Janie fiddles Hell Broke Loose in Georgia
https://youtu.be/RHXnOsKywSU Janie fiddles Ducks on the Millpond (with Dan Rublee) from her recording iFiddle, theyBanjo.
https://youtu.be/9l3POdY0SMw Janie Rothfield fiddles with Brendan Power Cute Little Tune composed by Jane
Beverly Smith-Int Guitar/Songs
One of the most respected players in old time music today, Beverly Smith is in demand as a singer, song writer, fiddler and dance caller, as well as a banjo, mandolin and guitar player. Besides her highly praised recordings of early country duets with Carl Jones, Alice Gerrard and John Grimm, her guitar playing has been featured on recordings of fiddlers Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Tara Nevins and Matt Brown, and her singing with Mick Moloney, John Doyle, Laurie Lewis and others. Along with June Drucker, Rose Sinclair and Tara Nevins, she was a founding member of The Heartbeats Rhythm Quartet. She played for many years with Bruce Molsky and Rafe Stefanini as Big Hoedown, and with Rafe, John Herrmann and Meredith McIntosh as The Rockinghams. She is known as a thorough, humorous, kind and patient teacher and has taught guitar, fiddle, singing and dance at Ashokan Southern Week, Augusta Heritage, Swannanoa Gathering, Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and Summer Acoustic Music Week as well as Sore Fingers UK; Haapavesi, Finland; Nimble Fingers, British Columbia; and La Fuente del Musica in Spain. She has been a featured guest on A Prairie Home Companion, ETown, Mountain Stage and Voice of America, has toured extensively in both the US and the UK, and has played concert halls and festivals all over Europe, Canada and the US. Her guitar playing was featured in the October 2000 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. She co-directs the Roots of American Music Week in Mars Hill, N.C and is happy to call Marshall, NC home.
Anna Robert Gevalt
Adv Clawhammer Banjo
Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a multidisciplinary artist working in Brooklyn. For the last seven years, she toured across the US and in Europe with her band "Anna & Elizabeth," with Virginia ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, including the Newport Folk Festival, a Tiny Desk Concert, and Carnegie Hall. Smithsonian Folkways released their third record The Invisible Comes to Us, a collection of re-interpreted New England ballads, which was heralded by the New Yorker as “a radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do.”
She began learning old time music a dozen years ago (Jane was one of the first fiddlers she visited!), moved to East Kentucky then southwest Virginia, and has spent time learning from the Kentucky and West Virginia oldtime scenes, and elders Paul David Smith, John Harrod, Jimmy McCown, Lee Sexton, Bruce Greene, Bobby Taylor, and Violet Hensley. She has won blue ribbons for her fiddle and banjo playing at fiddlers conventions; and has been teaching at oldtime camps for the last eight years.
Anna is interested in exploring how to be a better listener, unpacking personal creativity within a tradition, and how to use music to connect, interests that have led her towards experimental music worlds, lately, with an exploratory residency at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, and is pursuing an MFA in Sculpture at Bard College
https://youtu.be/9U1uU5k4aCY Rock Andy