Old Time Rollick 2017

Best of The Old Time Rollick 2017 at Ashokan
Hover over the image above and use the arrows to advance slides.
Clicking on the image will take you to Stewart Dean’s flickr.com page

Bruce Molsky & Debra Clifford’s Old Time Rollick 2017

This camp took place April 2017

View information about the next Rollick


This Old Time Music weekend immersion camp featured beginner, intermediate and advanced fiddle, banjo, guitar, old time singing and ballads, a gospel sing, square dancing, jam sessions and an Old Time Music Concert with our instructors. See more information below about the staff, schedule, tuition, work-exchange positions, lodging, and more. Youth discounts and scholarships available.


2017 Performers and Teachers

Bruce Molsky

Intermediate and Advanced Fiddle

Photo: Jacob Blickenstaff

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

Bruce Molsky’s facebook page

Bruce Molsky’s website

Bruce Molsky on YouTube

Debra Clifford

Old Time Guitar, Mandolin, Gospel Sing & More

Debra is a member of The Farwells, a harmony & old time fiddle duo with Becca Wintle (see below). 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. She has also recorded with Old Buck, a 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 also taught numerous US workshops with Val Mindel at their Old Time Traveling Music School.

The Farwells website

Lonesome Sisters website

Old Time Traveling Music School website


2017 Teaching Staff

Becca Wintle • Beginning Fiddle, Slow Jams, Gospel Sing & More

Becca is a member of a The Farwells, an 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.

Allison de Groot • Clawhammer Banjo

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!

Val Mindel • Old-Time Singing, Ballad Singing

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. at 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. In addition Val has just finished a book on folk music, part of the “So You Want To Sing” series for Rowman & Littlefield and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The book, which shines a light on various forms of traditional American singing, is due out in March 2017. Val teaches classes across the country and abroad as well as regular workshops at Brooklyn’s growing old-time music school, Jalopy. She and Debra Clifford also teach together in the Old Time Music School. She lives in Marlboro, Vermont.


Will Mentor • Saturday Night Dance Caller Extraordinaire

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

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.

Maggie Shar

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.



2017 Classes & Workshops

Bruce Molsky: 
• Intermediate Fiddle
• Advanced Fiddle

Debra Clifford: 
• Old Time Rhythm (Acoustic Bass, Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin players welcome, we’ll focus on group rhythm)
• Mandolin

Allison de Groot:
• Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo
• Advanced Clawhammer Banjo

Val Mindel:
• Old Time Singing
• Ballad Singing

Will Mentor: 
Saturday Night Dance Caller with a Rollicking Staff Old Time band & Friends

Maggie Shar:
•  Beginning Banjo, Slow Jams

Becca Wintle:
•  Beginning Fiddle, Slow Jams

Stash Wyslouch:
•  Guitar Classes & etc.

Plus Wild Card Sessions!

2017 Schedule

click here to see the official schedule from the 2017 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
  • 2:00pm: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters & The Farwells in Concert


Keep in touch and share!

Would you like to receive important Old Time Rollick announcements?