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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Seattle Washington

Meet the Instructors

Janie Rothfield and WB Reid


Janie Rothfield

 Fiddle/Clawhammer Banjo


WB Reid

Fiddle/Clawhammer Banjo, Guitar

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 banjo, and original tunes.  She just released her 11th recording, OUT OF THIN AIR, that features all of her own compositions and songs.  


Janie has taught banjo and fiddle privately and at camps and festivals such as Banjo Camp North, Old Songs Summer Camps, Folk College and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.  Her teaching method combines her easy to learn technique that combines strategies for learning to play by ear quickly with a focus on musicality and rhythm!  Her tunes have won the Best Non-Traditional Tune at Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival TWICE!  Jane performs with numerous bands, including Coracree, Great Big Taters, Sugar Pie, with Allan CarrPanache Quartet and with daughter Shona Carr as Little Missy, NathanJane and with Blaine Sprouse. 

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WB Reid is known for his accomplished playing on several instruments in a variety of styles.  He was the fiddler for the premier Seattle band, The Tallboys, for four years, playing regular square dances twice a month and scores of parties and weddings. At the same time, he played guitar-banjo and fiddle in the traditional New England contra dance band, The Rhythm Rollers, with the legendary Bob McQuillen at the piano. All while frequently playing jugband music and fiddle rags with The Todalo Shakers with Eric & Suzy Thompson, and just about everything in a duo with his wife, Bonnie Zahnow. He has taught for four decades at music camp and in private lessons in the Seattle area.


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