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November 13-14, 2015

Janie's Jumpstart   Sheldon, VT

Meet the Instructors


Shona Carr

Old Time Clawhammer Banjo


Janie Rothfield

Appalachian Fiddle


Andrea Beaton

Cape Breton Fiddle and Dance

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. 

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Shona Carr  is an award winning singer and song writer who was born into a musical family rich in traditional Old Time and Celtic Music.  She grew up surrounded by fiddle and banjo music from her mother Janie Rothfield, and Scottish traditional singing and Celtic music from her father, Allan Carr who is from Aberdeen, Scotland. Shona’s music and singing reflects the fusion of these musical styles and she is known for her unique voice, song and tune writing.  Shona plays fiddle, banjo, tenor guitar and guitar and performs with her band THE BUCK STOPS HERE (with Gailanne Amundsen), LOST INDIAN and with Jane Rothfield as LITTLE MISSY.


Shona’s original tune “Fly Bird” won the 2014 Best Original Tune at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival and her band, The Buck Stops Here took home 2nd place for Neo-Traditional band!  In 2015, Shona’s band, Buffalo Gap won FIRST PLACE TRADITIONAL BAND at Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival! She has performed throughout the East Coast of the U.S. in concerts and festivals such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Old Songs Festival, the Music Fest at Sugar N’ Grove, Merle Fest, New Bedford Folk Festival and the Portsoy Traditional Music Festival in Portsoy, Scotland!   Shona teaches in Staunton VA and has taught fiddle, banjo and singing at numerous Janie’s Jumpstart Weekend Camps!



Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of Cape Breton traditional musicians, composers and dancers.  She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist who is known for her powerful bow and driving style. She tours and teaches internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops.

She has released 5 solo albums, one duo album with her father, Kinnon Beaton a great traditional fiddler in his own right, and a book of her original tunes. In 2007, her family recorded an album for the Smithsonian Institute, “The Beaton family of Mabou”.  She has been nominated for multiple Canadian music awards and in 2010, her cd “Branches” won the Canadian East Coast Music Awards instrumental recording of the year!

Andrea travels the globe, sharing her culture as well as exploring and writing contemporary tunes. Her music, dance and comical stories delight audiences everywhere she goes!

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Rachel Eddy

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