Peter Rowan is a bluegrass master. His musical roots go back to Bill Monroe. He didn’t just hear Bill Monroe’s recordings – he played guitar and sang lead with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1960s. After stints in Earth Opera, Muleskinner, and the Marin County rock group Seatrain, he co-founded Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Since then, he’s recorded more than 30 albums and earned six Grammy nominations and a Grammy. His classic originals include “Panama Red,” “Lonesome L.A. Cowboy,” and “Moonlight Midnight” – and he’s just released a new album, Twang An’ Groove Vol. 1, featuring high-energy live versions of traditional classics and some of Peter’s outstanding originals. “The entire band coalesces around a supple groove, suggesting a sound not unlike the Grateful Dead in full jam band motif,” says the website Country Standard Time, adding that the free form improvisation “all sounds in sync, a reflection of the band's competence and confidence.” Joining Peter tonight will be Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nina Gerber, Blaine Sprouse, Mike Witcher, and Jeff Keana'aina. Get your tickets early – this should be a glorious musical celebration, led by a true master! Visit Peter Rowan's website
db & THE BOLOS featuring: Bobby Black, steel guitar Mark Holzinger, takeoff guitar Blaine Sprouse, fiddle Sarah D. Burnham, vocals Paul Knight, bass, host Don Burnham. guitar, vocals
Janie's Jumpstart Fiddle Styles Weekend Camp Where: Bothell, Washington (nr. Seattle) at the home of Susan and John Burke When:October 31-November 2, 2014 INSTRUCTORS Janie Rothfield (Intermediate Old Time Fiddle) Blaine Sprouse (Intermediate Bluegrass Fiddle) Susan Burke (Intermediate Cape Breton/Scots/Irish Fiddle) This Janie's Jumpstart Weekend Camp is dedicated to three classic fiddles styles-Old Time, Bluegrass and Cape Breton/Scots/Irish. It’s a unique opportunity to learn from and spend quality time with 3 great musicians and experienced teachers who will help you get your playing to the next level in your playing! This camp is for the intermediate/experienced fiddler with 3-4 years experience who wants to add musicality, nuance and embellishments to their fiddling style! Janie's Jumpstart promises small class settings of a MAXIMUM of 8 students per instructor so there is alot of attention to the individual needs of each student. Plus over 12 hours of instruction and 6+ hours of jamming! This Jumpstart weekend will be held in a comfortable country home setting outside of Seattle, Washington. Campers and staff will share meals throughout the weekend (Lunches are bring your own/potluck and Dinners will be provided). Accomodations are NOT included-there are a number of local B&B's and hotels within 10-15 minutes of the camp. The goal of Janie's Jumpstart Camp is to help you get to the next level in your playing and, of course, to have a lot of fun! Special attention will be paid to sharing techniques to help you play better including rhythm, intonation, musicality that makes traditional fiddle music come to life! In addition to small group classes, there will be band/jam sessions to help you learn how to “play well with others”, and opportunities to have a mini class with the other teachers. Janie, Blaine and Susan love to teach and love to play so this weekend will be a whole lot of fun too! Questions you may have! Is this Janie's Jumpstart Weekend Camp for me? This camp is designed for intermediate/experienced fiddle (violine) players. Prior knowledge of the fiddling style is not required. The focus of Janie's Jumpstart is not just about learning tunes, but to also learn and use techniques and musical strategies to get you to the next level in your playing-regardless of ability or level! And of course, to have a lot of FUN! Within the small group and individual sessions with instructors, you will have a tremendous opportunity to work with and learn from your teacher for the weekend. In addition to the individual instrument classes, there will be opportunities to play and jam with our Jumpstart staff and assistants throughout the weekend. This is not a "learn as many tunes as possible" camp, although you will learn many tunes-it is more about playing the tunes better! How will I know what class to be in? We will make sure that you are in the right class by using information you provide in the registration form and by talking, listening and watching (via video or skype) with each student prior to camp. We want to make sure you are in the right class for your ability and to be successful in your goals for the weekend! Where is it? This camp is at the home of Susan and John Burke in Bothell, Washington outside of Seattle. The address will be provided after registration. Janie's Jumpstart begins at 5pm on Friday, October 31 and ends at 5pm, Sunday November 2, 2014.
Blaine Sprouse and Janie Rothfield Bluegrass meets Old Time Fiddling! Wednesday October 29th at 7:30 PM in Bellingham The Old Parish Hall opposite St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM, doors open at 7:00 Old Parish Hall, Opposite St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2117 Walnut St. Admission is $15. A portion of the proceeds benefits Maple Alley Inn To reserve a seat or for more information please call 360-733-5960. This is a rare opportunity to hear two powerhouse musicians from the Bluegrass and Old Time/Celtic traditions come together and set the musical sparks on fire! Legendary Bluegrass Fiddler, Blaine Sprouse and Award winning Old Time Fiddler and Clawhammer banjo player, Janie Rothfield met at the 2014 Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and when they got together to play, they found a musical connection that was so strongly tethered to their shared traditional fiddling roots and at the same time celebrated their individual styles and compositions! From Old Time to Bluegrass and back again-Blaine and Janie’s music will take you on a musical journey like no other you’ve heard before! Plus they are really funny! Blaine Sprouse Bio Blaine Sprouse is regarded as one of the finest traditional bluegrass fiddlers, having spent most of his life performing and recording with 1st Generation bluegrass artists such as Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, The Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jess, and the legendary country artist, Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers!! Blaine’s fiddling has that rare combination of deep and pure soulfulness plus amazing musical technique and knowledge that brings the listener to another place and time-when you hear Blaine play…you know it’s Blaine! Blaine grew up in Berkeley County, West Virginia surrounded by traditional music and started playing guitar at age 6 with his father who played clawhammer style banjo. At 9, Blaine took up fiddling and studied with legendary Bluegrass Fiddler Kenny Baker. His extra ordinary fiddling style was heavily influenced by the greats in bluegrass fiddling-Kenny Baker, Vassar Clements, Chubby Wise, Howdy Forester and Benny Martin. At 17, he left home for Nashville, TN where performed regularly at the Grand Ole Opry, toured extensively with country artists as Alabama, Randy Travis, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Glen Campbell and roots artists Hazel Dickens and Robin and Linda Williams. Blaine is no stranger to contemporary bluegrass, and has played and recorded with Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Roland White, Mark Hembree and Pat Enright as the Dreadful Snakes and was a co-founding member of The Bluegrass Band! Blaine is currently a member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band but also makes special guest appearances with other bands such as The Roland White Band, James Reams and the Barnstormers, as well as his own ensembles and solo appearances. In addition to his busy touring schedule, Blaine teaches bluegrass fiddle at many music festivals and camps throughout the United States including Festival of American Fiddle Tunes-Port Townsend WA, Lark Camp-Mendocino CA, California Bluegrass Association Grass Valley Music Camp, Texas JAAM Camp-Austin TX, and Stringfest-Ft. Bragg CA. Blaine has four solo recordings on the Rounder Records and Cumberland Record labels. www.BlaineSprouseMusic.com Janie Rothfield Bio Janie Rothfield is an internationally known fiddler, clawhammer banjo player, tune composer, dance musician, band leader who has been playing music since “forever.” Whether it be traditional Old Time Stringband and fiddle music, traditional Scottish songs and tunes, music for Contra Dances or tight harmony singing, Janie plays from her heart and musical soul with her signature energy, technique, expression and ever present smile! Her motto…”Let’s Play!” As a young teen in Connecticut, Janie was exposed to traditional fiddling and started going to fiddle contests, and participated in the Bristol CT Old Time Fiddlers Club where she met and played with French Canadian Traditional fiddler, Leo Beaudoin. Along the way, Janie has played with and learned from many older generation musicians such as Kentucky fiddlers Paul David Smith and Jimmy McCown and North Carolina native, Eddie Lowe. In addition to her old time music influences, she lived in Scotland for many years, and toured throughout the UK and USA with her contemporary Scottish/Old Time trio, Hadden, Rothfield and Carr. Janie is well known for her original tunes, (2x winner of Best Non-traditional Tune at Clifftop Appalachian Music Festival) and has nine recordings featuring her lively, spirited and soulful playing. She has also played on albums by The Rude GIrls, , Hadden, Rothfield and Carr, Gil Burns, Cathy Fink, Steve Parks, Jim Gaudet, Donna Hebert and Allan Carr. She has performed at festivals, concerts, workshops and music camps including Old Songs Festival, Falcon Ridge Festival, Edinburgh Folk Festival, Pontardawe Festival (Wales), New Bedford Summer Fest, Dance Flurry Festival, Golden LInk Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Common Ground on the Hill, Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival, Banjo Camp North, Chesapeake Dance Weeknd, Picolo Spileto and the Bermuda Folk Club! Janie is in great demand these days playing in numerous musical entities: CORACREE ( Hot Contra Dance and Concert Band with Allan Carr, Sarah Gowan and Bill Quern) ,GREAT BIG TATERS (Contra Dance band with Hilarie Burhans and Bernie Nau), JANE ROTHFIELD AND ALLAN CARR (With Scottish singer and husband and Allan Carr), PANACHE QUARTET (New All Women Fiddling Super Group with Andrea Beaton, Donna Hebert and Veronique Plasse) and SUGAR PIE (All Women Old Time Stringband with Hilarie Burhans, Lori LIchtenwalner and Kellie Allen). www.janerothfield.com
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014 At Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows), Lindley & Marx Meadows in Golden Gate Park When: Fri Oct 3 (full schedule below) Where: Golden Gate Park Time: all day Tags: City, Music, Bluegrass, City Events, Music Festivals Description: "San Francisco’s annual folk freakout Hardly Strictly Bluegrass returns Friday with three days of free music that typically draws more than half a million people to Golden Gate Park.
Sounds Like: Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, The Grascals, Laurie Lewis, Lonesome River Band
Label: Rounder Records, Cumberland Records, House of Sprouse Music
Manager: House of Sprouse Music; BluegrassWest.Com
Bio: Blaine Sprouse - Fiddler
"If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” proclaims the 1984 Billboard Hot Country Single #1 song. So who did supergroup Alabama call upon to fiddle the memorable chart topper and the entire Roll On album? Blaine Sprouse.
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“This tender recollection of fiddle great Kenny Baker is a contribution from Blaine Sprouse, himself a noted fiddler with wide experience in the bluegrass world. When I was about eight years old, I had been playing guitar for a couple of years, and was even sitting in at dances, playing at the Moose Lodge, the VFW Club and the American Legion in Martinsburg, West Virginia. It was about this time that I heard Kenny Baker play fiddle with Bill Monroe at a show in Salem, Virginia, at Lakeside Amusement Park. From the moment I heard the sweet huge, round dark warm tone that Kenny made whenever he played, I was bitten; no more guitar for this kid, it was going to be the fiddle, make it sound like Kenny, or not play at all”
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Q: Love September Waltz and Dogwood Winter!!!! But I'm a waltz lover so any waltz played by Blaine will do :-) You must come to Canada next summer-Nimble Fingers Old Time and Bluegrass Workshop !
A: Thanks, I am glad to hear you enjoy my waltz music, I love playing waltzes! I have had several people suggest that I should come to Nimble Fingers to play and teach. I would thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to teach there, so please let them know that if they contact me I will do my best to be there next year!
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