Bruce Molsky & Debra Clifford: Old Time Rollick
Friday, March 31-Sunday, April 2, 2017
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Bruce Molsky & Debra Clifford of our Southern Week staff once again host this Old Time Music weekend immersion camp. Beginner, intermediate and advanced fiddle, banjo, guitar, old time singing and ballads, a gospel sing, square dancing, jam sessions and more! See more information below about the staff, schedule, tuition, work-exchange positions, lodging, and more. Youth discounts and scholarships available.
Performers and Teachers
Intermediate and Advanced Fiddle
To play traditional music, you’ve got to be something of a folklorist, hand-selecting songs learned from field recordings, festivals, and old-timers. Bruce Molsky goes above and beyond: the world’s premier old-time fiddler walks around with a library’s worth of lyrics and music humming in his head.
“Molsky is easily one of the nation’s most talented fiddlers…the most rewarding thing about this record, and really about any of Molsky’s solo work, is the way he transports you from one place to the next, throwing in surprises along the way—it’s a bit of a road trip, geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally.” – Mike Mechanic, Mother Jones
“When Molsky plays, you can practically hear the floorboards and rocking chair creak on the back porch.” – Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine
“America’s reigning old time fiddler.” – Matt Glaser, fiddler-educator
“There’s an incredible power of history and tradition in his vocals.” – Linda Ronstadt, singer
Old Time Guitar, Rhythm Workshop, Mando Workshop, Gospel Sing
Debra is a member of The Farwells, a new harmony & old time fiddle duo with Becca Wintle (see below), releasing a new CD summer of 2015. She is also is an award-winning Lonesome Sister with Sarah Hawker, recording 7 CDs and voted best acoustic duo of 2006 by Gibson Guitars. She plays mandolin, guitar, banjo and sings lead and harmony, and is also a member of Old Buck String Band with Emily Schaad, Riley Baugus & Sabra Guzman. She has taught mandolin and guitar at Ashokan Southern Week for years, as well as Wheatland Music Camp, Pine Bluff Gathering, and many more. She has taught numerous workshops with Val Mindel at their Old Time Traveling Music School, in the United States, England and Scotland.
Becca is a member of a The Farwells, a new harmony & old time fiddle duo with Debra Clifford. She has been playing fiddle since young, learning classical from her mother. Raised in Totnes, Devon UK, Becca played fiddle in an English Country dance band for many years and later found herself interested in bluegrass. Debra & Becca met at the Friends of American Old Time Music Festival in Gainsborough, England. Becca plays fiddle, guitar and sings lead and harmony in The Farwells. She now lives in the US permanently, in Western Massachusetts, where the Farwells reside. The Farwells website
Allison de Groot combines love and joyful passion for old-time music with strong technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo – unique and full of personality. She tours all over, playing at venues like Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Tønder Festival in Denmark. Currently she performs with Bruce Molsky, The Goodbye Girls, and is always involved in music projects of all kinds. Allison brings great teaching skills and a fresh approach to The Rollick! Allison’s website
Val is a longtime musician, teacher and workshop leader, known for bringing out the best in singers, whatever their level. Her specialty is the close, buzzy harmony that makes American old-time, bluegrass and country harmony so compelling. She has taught at numerous music camps – here in the U.S. at Ashokan Southern Week, Augusta Vocal Week, Allegheny Echoes and others and in the U.K. Sore Fingers fall and spring camps and Laurieston Harmony Week. In addition to teaching, she performs in various combinations, including with California-based Any Old Time and with daughter and old-time country musician Emily Miller and her husband Jesse Milnes. They have two CDs: “In the Valley,” released in 2007, and “Close to Home,” released in 2013. As well as a busy workshop schedule across the country and abroad, Val teaches regularly in New York City at Brooklyn’s growing old-time music school, Jalopy. She lives in Marlboro, Vermont. Val’s Old Time Music School website | Val & Emmy website
Will Mentor is a square and contra dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He calls and teaches square dance calling all over the country including at Augusta Heritage Old Time Week and Dare To Be Square events. All the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: “It’s about the dancers!”
Stash Wyslouch plays guitar in Molsky’s Mountain Drifters along with Allison and Bruce. A solid old-time flat picker and accompanist, he is also is is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. Stash got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in the structures of roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. A 2010 Graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he has travelled twice as a US State Department sponsored musical ambassador to countries such as Laos, Timor-Leste, Estonia, Romania and Korea. Stash also leads his own group of original music, The Stash! Band, and is constantly in demand for band and studio recordings.
Trained as an educator, and in love with the power of music to generate joy and community, Maggie is known as an accessible and intuitive teacher. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Maggie has a particular passion for clawhammer banjo, and brings this passion into her teaching. She is a faculty member at The Community Music School of Springfield, MA where she teaches private and group banjo, guitar, and ukulele lessons. She is also a member of The Ephemeral Stringband, and is co-creator of Little Roots, an early childhood music program. Maggie has five self-released albums between the two bands.
***Tentative*** Classes & Workshops
• Intermediate Fiddle
• Advanced Fiddle
• Intermediate Old Time Guitar (Acoustic Bass & Mandolin players also welcome, we’ll focus on group rhythm)
Allison de Groot:
• Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo
• Advanced Clawhammer Banjo
• Old Time Singing
• Ballad Singing
• Saturday Night Dance Caller with a Rollicking Staff Old Time band & Friends
• Beginning Banjo, Slow Jams
• Beginning Fiddle, Slow Jams
• Guitar Classes & etc TBA
Plus Wild Card Sessions TBA!
***Tentative*** Schedule (click here to see the official schedule from the 2016 Rollick)
- 3:00-5:00pm: Arrival and check in.
Follow signs to check-in. If you must drive down, please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for disability or health reasons, youʼll need a special parking permit from the Ashokan office on site.
- 5:00pm: Open Jam
- 6:00pm: Dinner
- 8:00pm: Welcome Gathering/Concert, Jam Session
- 11:00pm: Snack
- 8:30am: Breakfast
- 9:30–10:45am: Workshops
- 11:00am-12:15pm: Workshops
- 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch
- 1:45-3:00pm: Workshops
- 3:15-4:30pm: Workshops
- 4:30-6:00pm: Specials
- 6:00-7:00pm: Dinner
- A Rollicking Staff Square Dance
- 11:00pm: Snack
- 8:30am: Breakfast
- 9:30-10:45am: Workshops/Gospel Sing
- 11:00am-12:15pm: Workshops
- 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch and Farewells
Tuition & Meals
Tuition includes all classes, dances, workshops, and meals. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available.
$280 Youth 25 and under
Children under 5 are free
*Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a special Parent/Guardian rate which includes meals, dance and concert, but no classes (lodging is additional).
Lodging is additional.
You may select regular, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.
You may hold your place with a deposit of $150. Full payment is due no later than six weeks before camp begins.
Partial refunds are available until two weeks before camp begins. To cancel, please log into the account you created when registering on Regonline and select the option to cancel. Cancellation fees apply.
Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging as part of the registration process. More information and costs here.
What to Bring
- If you are staying onsite: Sleeping bag or sheets, blanket, pillowcases, towels, soap, toiletries. There are light quilts in each private room and a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best.
- Flashlight, camera.
- Clothes and shoes for wet and dry weather.
- Public consumption of alcohol is discouraged.
See this What To Bring/Camp Summary for more details about what to bring, the schedule for camp, directions to Ashokan and other important information.
Youth Pricing and Scholarship Fund
We’re excited about the growing interest in traditional music and dancing among young people–the future is in their hands. To help young people take part in Ashokan Music & Dance Camps, we offer major discounts for children and young adults and have established a Youth Scholarship Fund. Anyone age 25 or younger can apply by filling out our Youth Scholarship Application.
A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp. A list of available positions can be found here.
Indicate your first three choices of positions during online registration and make a deposit of $150 or more to hold your registration.
Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Will sell out early. We encourage you to register now, early bird prices are in effect till Dec 1. Please do not call to register or send in payment before registering online.
If you prefer to pay by check, or with a credit card by phone, you may select that option when you register.
You may hold your registration with a deposit of $150 for each attendee until six weeks before camp begins, when full payment is due.
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