Old-Time Week

Old-Time Week

July 22 - 27, 2018

This year we are excited to introduce another team of outstanding workshop leaders that have both a deep connection to old-time music and a passion for sharing it. Participants will begin each day with a single morning workshop from 9 a.m. – noon with their primary workshop leader. These in-depth sessions create an intimate learning environment to develop new skills, awareness and repertoire. Each afternoon will feature a presentation from workshop leaders and elder master musicians and an array of elective workshops. Evenings are packed with lively jams, slow jams, song swaps, square dances and performances. This week is a nurturing, friendly environment that encourages new musicians as well as seasoned players. Wherever you start, you can be sure that by the end of the week your musicianship will have new life and depth, and you will have new friends from around the globe.

Old-Time Week runs concurrently with Blues & Swing Week; Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops; Folk Arts for Kids; and Evening Mini-Courses. This is the first year Old-Time Week has been paired with Blues & Swing Week, and we are excited for the new possibilities with this pairing. Participants can take advantage of both weeks by attending special events, swapping tunes and songs in jam sessions, and sharing in the fun!

Coming soon a greeting from – Joe “Joebass” Dejarnette, Old-Time Week Coordinator

Tuition Guide:
$490/week if paid before June 1. $5
30/week if paid after June 1. 

(+ Room & Board or other available options.)

Registration will open on March 1, 2018.

2018 Workshop Leaders and Classes. Click any name below to open more details. Click again to close.

Joe “Joebass” Dejarnette, Coordinator

Joe “Joebass” Dejarnette

Originally from Madison, Virginia, Joebass discovered old-time music through 78 rpm records which he began collecting at age 6. Eventually he traveled to Brooklyn, NY, and spent a decade playing music fulltime throughout the US and internationally, concluding with over two dozen shows on the 2009 Bob Dylan/Willie Nelson tour. He now lives back in Virginia where he runs Studio 808A, a “band and breakfast” recording studio that specializes in traditional music. He has taught in the JAM program (Junior Appalachian Musicians), Music Lab, the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood concert series as well as festivals around the world. He currently plays with the Bucking Mules, who won first prize in the string band competition at Clifftop in 2012 and 2014.

Alice Gerrard, Master Artist

Alice Gerrard

Alice Gerrard is a singer and songwriter who has performed and advocated for old-time and bluegrass music for over 50 years. She plays old-time fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Her recordings with Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s influenced a generation of women musicians from Laurie Lewis to the Judds. Alice’s song, “Agate Hill,” was an inspiration for Lee Smith’s latest novel, On Agate Hill. Her most recent recording, Follow the Music, was a finalist for a 2015 Grammy in the Folk category. She is founder of the Old-Time Herald magazine and makes her home in Durham, NC. http://www.alicegerrard.com/

Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, & Mandolin (Beginning) with Rachel Eddy

Rachel Eddy

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Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, & Mandolin (Beginning)

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Banjo (Beginning) with Workshop Leader TBD

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Banjo (Beginning)

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Banjo (Intermediate) with Gordy Hinners

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Gordy Hinners

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Banjo (Intermediate)

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Banjo (Advanced) with Workshop Leader TBD

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Banjo (Advanced)

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Fiddle (Beginning) with Workshop Leader TBD

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Fiddle (Beginning)

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Fiddle (Intermediate) with Nokosee Fields

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Nokosee Fields

Nokosee Fields was born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma. From a young age, Nokosee has been playing orchestral music. Throughout school, Nokosee attended a variety of camps, workshops, and master classes, as well as having a number of knowledgeable mentors to guide him through his musical development. His musical endeavors include Renaissance choral music, operatic solo repertoire, historical Baroque performance, honky-tonk, country, bluegrass, and old-time. Nokosee has toured nationally and internationally as well as on NPR’s Mountain Stage. He has worked at many youth camps and recently has been teaching fiddle music throughout Indigenous villages in the interior of Alaska through a youth and community program called Dancing with the Spirit. Nokosee’s diverse experience in music gives him a unique approach to listening and creating music. He loves dancing, cooking for friends and family, and playing music all night long.

Fiddle (Intermediate)

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Fiddle (Advanced) with Emily Schaad

Emily Schaad

Emily Schaad has been playing and teaching music for nearly her whole life. With a background in classical music and public school music education, she went to North Carolina to earn an MA in Appalachian studies, learning from well-known fiddle masters. She is known for a complex and powerful fiddling style and has taken first place in numerous stringband and fiddle contests, including the Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, WV. Emily currently performs with old-time stringband Old Buck, conducts youth orchestras, teaches fiddle and violin, and is working toward a doctorate in music education. www.oldbuckmusic.com

Fiddle (Advanced)

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Guitar (Intermediate) with Jesse Milnes

Jesse Milnes

Jesse Milnes grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music (his father is fiddler and folklorist Gerry Milnes). Although he is widely known as a fiddle player, Jesse’s first instrument was a guitar, and he has developed a personal style of finger-picking, drawing on influences from blues to bluegrass to country. He has played fiddle and guitar with many country, old-time, and bluegrass bands over the years, including the Sweetback Sisters, a country band for which he was also a main songwriter. Jesse has won many local and regional fiddle contests, including the WV State Folk Festival in Glenville, WV, and the Ed Haley Fiddle Contest in Ashland, KY. Jesse and his wife, Emily Miller, recently toured in Australia and California and recorded their first album as a duo. They live in Valley Bend, WV.

Guitar (Intermediate)

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Mandolin (Intermediate / Advanced) with Adam Tanner

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Adam Tanner

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Mandolin (Intermediate / Advanced)

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Traditions & Transformation: The Genres Speak (All Levels) with Dena Jennings & Greg Adams

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Dena Jennings

Greg Adams

Greg C. Adams is an archivist (MLS), ethnomusicologist (MA), and musician. For over twenty years, Greg has been collaborating with scholars, collectors, musicians, and instrument builders to foreground the banjo’s multicultural history. Grounded in critical heritage research and programming, Greg’s efforts include fieldwork in West Africa (2006, 2008), developing a work plan for maintaining data about banjo-related material culture through an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (2009) and serving as an apprentice to noted Malian ngoni player and griot Cheick Hamala Diabate. In 2014, Greg worked with banjo scholars Bob Winans and Pete Ross as guest curators for the Baltimore Museum of Industry exhibit “Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond” and was also interviewed by Stephen Wade for the November 2014 issue of Banjo Newsletter. Greg currently works as an archivist in Washington, DC, and regularly lectures about banjo history at universities, museums, festivals and historical sites.

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Traditions & Transformation: The Genres Speak (All Levels)

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Workshop Title TBD (All Levels) with Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson is from Clendenin, West Virginia, and has been playing banjo since about 1978. During that time, she has played at countless music festivals throughout the Appalachian region and has performed and recorded with several of West Virginia’s older generation of master fiddlers.

Kim performed extensively with renowned Clay County, West Virginia, fiddler Wilson Douglas from 1981 until his death in 1999. She recorded a CD and three cassettes with Wilson, whose soulful, mountain style of fiddling is still sought after today. Kim was also fortunate to be able to play with Calhoun County fiddler Lester McCumbers. In 2002, Kim and Lester recorded a CD with Lester’s wife Linda, a lifelong traditional West Virginia mountain singer. In 2004, she accompanied Lester when he entered the fiddle contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop. Lester won the blue ribbon that year, taking first place among 95 fiddlers of all ages.

Since Lester’s passing, Kim has been playing music with a younger generation of musicians, and was invited by Jesse Pearson and Cody Jordan to join their band, the Modock Rounders. The band has performed at several festivals and events during the last few years, including the Vandalia Gathering, Clifftop, the WV Folk Festival, the Jewel City Jamboree, and Augusta’s Fiddlers’ Reunion. The Modock Rounders released Old Tunes & New Blood: Legacy of Wilson Douglas in 2015 and Home Music in 2016.

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Workshop Title TBD (Intermediate / Advanced) with Anna Roberts-Gevalt

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Anna Roberts-Gevalt

Anna Roberts-Gevalt, 29, is a performer and multi-instrumentalist. Classically trained on the violin in Vermont, she fell in love with the sound of banjo in college, moved to the mountains, and learned with master musicians in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina, among them Paul David Smith, John Harrod, Lee Sexton, and Bruce Greene. She is a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player (WV State Folk Festival, Kentucky Fiddle Contest), was awarded the Berea Archive Fellowship for a series of biographies of female fiddlers, served three years as artistic director of Kentucky’s Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, and was a 2014 fellow in the State Department sponsored international music residency OneBeat.

She collaborates primarily with ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, developing music and multimedia shows based in their archival research about ballads and old songs. They have released two albums and toured extensively for the past five years — including the Newport and Cambridge folk festivals — and have received fellowships to develop their work at Centrum in Port Townsend, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. They illustrate ballads together on long scrolls called “crankies,” and for four years hosted an annual festival of the form in Baltimore. For the last five years they were the hosts of a live monthly variety show in Floyd, Virginia, called The Floyd Radio Show.

Anna is currently inspired finding connections between experimental and traditional musics through compositions, collaborations, and multi-media.

Workshop Title TBD (Intermediate / Advanced)

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Old-Time Harmony Singing (From Scratch) with Val Mindel / Evening Mini-Course

Valerie Mindel

Val Mindel

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Old-Time Harmony Singing (From Scratch) / Evening Mini-Course

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Jake Blount, Musician

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Jake Blount

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