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We can't get together in person but this is the next best thing - an online weekend of workshops and concerts!

We hope these online workshops, jams, and concerts will help you to deepen your playing, build your repertoire, make new friends, and pass the time. Register below! The Online Rollick is open to all folks, all ages, all orientations. Come join the Ashokan Online Rollick family! 

Debra Clifford • Becca Wintle • Emily Schaad • Jake Blount • Val Mindel • Rachel Eddy • Maggie Shar • Joseph DeJarnette • A’yen Tran • Jay Ungar • Molly Mason • Max Rainwater • Nicole Ball • Monica-Lisa Mills • Mike Merenda • Ruth Ungar • Karen Loving


 10 fun & informative classes (open to all participants via Zoom and live-streamed to Rollick registrants on our website)

6 jams (rollicking tunes played by the teachers with unlimited muted participants playing along live at home!)

1 Saturday concert and 1 Sunday gospel sing (unlimited viewers – sing along!)

Plus tech-talks, dining hall chats, and tea time! 

Thank you for supporting Ashokan’s first-ever online-only event. 


1) ♥️GIVE WHAT YOU CAN ♥️to support Ashokan and these amazing instructors! We suggest $50 PER HOUSEHOLD to register but are truly grateful for ANY AMOUNT.

2) FULL SCHEDULE WITH LINKS will be emailed to you when you register! 

3) PARTICIPATE OR JUST WATCH one or more of the live workshops, jams, concerts, and chats. 

4) A VIDEO ARCHIVE will be shared with all registrants afterwards so you can revisit your favorite tunes or catch anything you missed!

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All schedule times are in EDT Eastern Daylight Time, New York USA


(Debra, Rachel, Jake, Val, Joe)

Rollick teachers will talk about how they got involved in the music and what Old Time Music means to them.
If you have any questions - technical or otherwise - click into this Zoom room anytime during the hour and someone will help you!
Each Rollick teacher will present a snippet of what they will teach and talk about their upcoming classes.
7-8pm WELCOME JAM (Debra & Becca, Jay & Molly, Jake, Rachel)
Let's officially kick off the Online Rollick! Open to everyone - a very welcoming jam.
7-8pm TEEN TUNE SWAP (Emily)
Bring a tune to share, or just listen. All instruments welcome. Meet other young people playing old time music and hear what they are doing - maybe steal a few tunes! Bring your friends - this is a social/musical gathering.


Just like the Ashokan dining hall, let's all hang out and eat breakfast together! pass the bacon!
If you have any questions - technical or otherwise - click into this Zoom room anytime during the hour and someone will help you!
10-11am FIDDLE I (Max)
Learn how bow-hold and posture unlocks tone, rhythm, and fun. Plus, how to make sense of tunes. No one left behind.
10-11am FIDDLE II (Becca)
Becca will teach a spooky modal fiddle tune, with an emphasis on the pulse and bowing.
11:30am-12:30pm BANJO I (Maggie)
No experience needed. Learn the basic right hand technique, a few chords, and a simple tune or two.
11:30am-12:30pm BANJO II (Rachel)
Rachel will teach how to develop better technique with a discussion on drop-thumbing, well-timed pull offs and hammer-ons, slides, and body mechanics to maximize musical output!
12:30-1:30pm TEA TIME
Tea with Debra and Becca from Devon, England. Put that tea cozy on the teapot and let's settle in with a "cuppa."
If you have any questions - technical or otherwise - click into this Zoom room anytime during the hour and someone will help you!
2-3pm SLOW JAM (Rachel)
A slow jam for all instruments with Rachel Eddy from WV on fiddle (also our Banjo II teacher!) and Emily Hammond on bass.
2-3pm WOMEN IN OLD TIME MUSIC (A'yen, Alice)
A’yen will present images, audio and notes from Alice Gerrard’s historic archive of the contributions of women to old time music. Special amazing guest for Q & A: Alice Gerrard herself!
3:30-4:30pm OT RHYTHM (Debra, Becca & Joe)
For all old time instruments! Debra, Becca & Joe are gonna play some kickin' tunes with fiddle, guitar and string bass and talk all about rhythm and the beat - we'll make a rhythmhead out of you!
3:30-4:30pm WALTZ JAM
(Jay & Molly) Let’s all jam together! Listen or try a harmony on some familiar traditional and original waltzes.
5-6:30pm CONCERT (All Staff)
Each Rollick teacher or duo presents a piece at this online concert. Settle in on your couch, kick back, and enjoy!
6:45-8:00pm FIDDLE III (Emily)
Emily will teach a fiddle tune with bowings in cross tuning AEAE, with emphasis on rhythm in the bow.
6:45-7:45 GUITAR II (Joe)
Joe will be teaching an Intermediate/advanced old time guitar class with a focus on bass runs and ensemble groove live from Floyd, Virginia. It will help to have basic knowledge of these chords: A, E, D, G, C.
8:15-9:15pm FIDDLE REPERTOIRE SESSION (Emily, Jake)
Jake and Emily will share tunes they know, played slow and fast 1-2x thru. They will take requests if they know them and talk about Old Time sources.
8-9pm SATURDAY NIGHT JAM (Max & Nicole, Ruth & Mike)
A great line up for a fun Saturday night Rollicking Jam Session! Listen or play (or dance!) along.


Just like the Ashokan dining hall, let's all hang out and eat breakfast together! pass the bacon!
Keeping musicians healthy and pain free as they practice their passion! Improve posture, balance, and relieve tension. Karen will also meet one on one, just come to this session and talk to her about how to set that up.
10-11am GOSPEL SING (A'yen, Maggie, Becca, Debra, Val, Monica)
Sing along with some of our favorite gospel songs for a beautiful old fashioned Sunday morning sing.
10-11am MANDOLIN (Max)
Learn mando pick-grip and stroke, finger patterns, chord shapes & learn a fiddle tune. Max has nuggets for beginners to advanced mandolinners.
11:30am-12:30pm OT DUETS (Val )
We'll learn two or three lesser-known songs in the genre and see what makes duet singing so mesmerizing, lead and harmony options as well as strategies to practice by yourself or digitally with your socially distanced friends.
11:30am-12:30pm THE FIDDLING OF WILL ADAM (Jake)
Will Adam was a Black fiddler from Kensington, MD, and the sole source for many of the tunes he played. His deep-cut rhythms and rare melodies make him a treasure amongst the source musicians. We'll learn from recordings, with an emphasis on his rhythm.
Just a time to say goodbye, and send you on your way. Now go get practicing!


DEBRA CLIFFORD, Totnes, Devon, England : Guitar, Rhythm, Singing and more

2020 Old Time Rollick Camp Coordinator

This is Debra’s 5th year as an Old Time Rollick host. She plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and sings lead & harmony. Debra plays in The Farwells, a duo with Becca Wintle, and is a member of the Lonesome Sisters with Sarah Hawker. They have recorded 7 CDs and were voted best acoustic duo of 2006 by Gibson Guitars. She has toured extensively with Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz, as well as singing workshops with Val Mindel. She has recorded an Old Buck CD with Emily Schaad, Riley Baugus & Sabra Guzman. Debra has taught at Ashokan Southern Week for years, as well as US, Scotland and England camps. In Summer 2019, she placed 2nd with the Mother Cluckers (with Becca, Susie Goehring and Tricia Spencer) in the Trad Contest at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, her 4th Clifftop contest win. She and Becca also play in The Waggonhoppers, a UK band with Jock Tyldesley & Vera Van Heeringen.

Debra on guitar, Becca Wintle & Jake Blount, fiddles at
UK Friends of American Old Time Fest last January:

EMILY SCHAAD, Asheville NC: Intermediate & Advanced Fiddle

Emily Schaad is known for a complex and powerful fiddling style, and has taken first place in numerous stringband and fiddle contests, including the Appalachian Stringband Music Festival in Clifftop, WV. Emily came to the music of the southern Appalachians as a classical violist, teacher, and conductor, and once the archaic and driving sound of the fiddle and banjo found her, she never looked back.

Here’s Emily & Debra at the Clifftop Fiddle Contest 2012. PS Emily WON!

RACHEL EDDY, Washington DC: Intermediate & Advanced Banjo, Singing with the Banjo and more 

Rachel Eddy is a native of West Virginia growing up in a musical family steeped in the traditions of Appalachian music and dance. Now based in Washington DC, she is a dynamic, emotionally powerful performer and an engaging, thoughtful teacher. Rachel’s singing and fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin work may be heard on many recordings, as well as at dances and jam sessions. She is dedicated to fostering community and sharing a love of music with others. She has played in the Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet, the Early Mays, and a European tour with Uncle Earl. She has taught at the Alabama Folk School, Augusta Heritage Center, Common Ground, Kauffman Kamp, Nashville Fiddle and Banjo Camp, Sore Fingers and more. She lived in Sweden 2008-14, inspiring many to take up the music. She has four full-length albums: The Morgantown Rounders; Hand on the Plough; Chilly Winds; and Nothin’ But Corn.

Here’s Rachel Eddy singing and on banjo

at Grenna Bluegrass Festival, Sweden, August 2019:

VAL MINDEL, Elkins WV: Old Time Singing, Harmony, Gospel Sing & more

Val Mindel is a longtime musician, teacher and workshop leader, known for helping singers achieve that close, buzzy harmony that is a pillar of American old-time and early country harmony. Val also addresses such indefinables as tone (that high lonesome sound), ornamentation, lead singing and more. She has taught at numerous music camps in the U.S. and abroad, including: the Ashokan Center (Southern Week and the Old-Time Rollick), the Augusta Heritage Center (Vocal and Old-Time weeks), Centrum (Voice Works and Fiddle Tunes), Allegheny Echoes and more. She is a founding member of the California-based Any Old Time string band (check out the band’s compilation album, I Bid You Goodnight on Arhoolie), and has two CDs with daughter and old-time country musician Emily Miller (In the Valley and Close to Home).

Here’s our wonderful Rollick singing teacher Val 

tearing it up at Ashokan Southern week!

JOSEPH “JOEBASS” DEJARNETTE, Floyd VA: String Bass, Sound & Recording classes

Bassist and audio engineer Joseph “joebass” DeJarnette was raised in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains on a hodgepodge of strange 78 rpm records, local rock bands, static filled folk and world music from the distant public radio station and a smattering of community concerts.  He later made his way north and spent many years living in Brooklyn, NY touring the world with The WIYOS and making occasional appearances with Curtis Eller, New York’s angriest yodeling acrobatic banjo player.   After 29 dates with Bob Dylan and WIllie Nelson in 2009, he returned to Virginia and founded STudio808A in historic Floyd, Virginia, a “band and breakfast” recording studio where he has worked with the top names in Old Time and acoustic music.

Here’s Joebass kickin’ it with the mules!

JAKE BLOUNT, Washington DC: Banjo, fiddle, talks, presentations, Jams

Jake Blount is an award-winning old-time banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Washington, DC. Blount specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York.  His teachers include Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky and Judy Hyman. He has claimed first place in both the Banjo and the Traditional Band categories at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV. He has shared his music and research at the Smithsonian Institution, the Old Songs Folk Festival, and Berklee School of Music, as well as numerous other venues and institutions. Blount tours domestically and internationally as a solo performer, with his duo Tui, and with his band The Moose Whisperers.

Here’s Jake Blount winning the 2019 Clifftop Banjo Contest! Go Jake!

BECCA WINTLE, Totnes, Devon, England: Fiddle, Rhythm, Jams, Gospel Sing & more

Becca plays fiddle, guitar and sings lead in The Farwells with Debra Clifford. From the UK, she has been playing fiddle since a young age, first learning classical and then folk fiddle, playing in an English Country dance band for many years. She later became interested in bluegrass and ultimately old time music. She lived for 3 years in the US with Debra, and has gained a reputation for her patient and clear teaching style and her emphasis on bowing technique and pulse. She sings and plays lead fiddle with The Waggonhoppers, a UK band, and with the Mother Cluckers in the US, a pop-up clifftop band with Debra Clifford, Susie Goehring and Tricia Spencer who together placed 2nd in the Traditional Band Contest at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival 2019. She and Debra now live in Totnes, Devon, England.

Becca tearing it up with the Mother Cluckers

(w/ Debra Clifford, Tricia Spencer & Susie Goehring)

at Clifftop Trad Contest WV 2019, 2nd place winners!


MAGGIE SHAR, Easthampton MA: Beginner Clawhammer Banjo, Gospel Sing, Jams & more

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 Moon Shells, The Ephemeral Stringband,  and is co-creator of Little Roots, an early childhood music program.  Maggie has seven albums between the three bands.

Here’s our amazing Maggie groovin’ out on banjo on Old Bunch of Keys.

MONICA-LISA MILLS, Brooklyn NY: Singing, Admin & Jambassador 

Monica-Lisa Mills sings traditional songs from Ireland and the American south -including Appalachian, early country, old time, sacred harp, primitive Baptist, and related styles. She has taught singing at the Jalopy Theater and School of Music, in Brooklyn, NY and regularly hosts singing gatherings and old time jams.


A’YEN TRAN, Brooklyn NY: Presentations, Jambassador & much more

Guitarist and vocalist A’yen Tran is a lover of the old-time string band music. She sings and plays guitar in the group Ginny’s Kitchen. A’yen finds inspiration in the vibrant tradition of women in American string band and traditional music. Alice Gerrard, Hazel Dickens, The Coon Creek Girls, Ginny Hawker, and Val Mindel are among her greatest inspirations. A’yen was raised in New York where she grew into an artist and community organizer. She spent years building boats with the artist Swoon and brought singers together on her ‘Boat for Singing Together’ project in New York City. Her background in activism and intersectional feminism permeate her mission in the old time community: to honor the roots of old time music while helping the community become more inclusive. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Jalopy Theatre in NY and the Youth Traditional Song Weekend board.

Here’s A’yen singing harmony and playing guitar

with her NYC band Ginny’s Kitchen!

MAX RAINWATER, Saugerties NY: Mandolin, Fiddle Jambassador & More

Max Rainwater grew up coming to Ashokan since the early 2000s. Over the years, he has taken Ashokan fiddle classes from Paul Anastasio, Junior Daugherty, Matt Glaser, Kevin Wimmer, Bruce Molsky, Jay & Molly, and so many others. Max emulates the styles of Ralph Blizard and Kenny Baker, and enjoys transcribing their recordings. He has studied Alexander Technique and can help fiddlers bolster their sound and play pain-free. Max is a past New England Fiddle Champion and most recently won the contest at the 5th Annual Oldtone Festival and finished twelfth at the National OldTime Fiddler’s Contest in Wieser, Idaho. He performs with his partner Nicole Ball (teaching flatfoot at Rollick) in The Rolling OldTime Band.

Here’s Max and Nicole, whooo! (and see Nicole’s Bio below too)

NICOLE BALL, Saugerties, NY: Flatfoot Dancing, Jambassador & more 

Originally from the west coast, Nicole has spent the last ten years living in Brooklyn NY. She has been an integral member of the City Stompers clogging troupe, performing around New York City and beyond. She has studied with dance masters such as Megan Downes, Nic Gareiss, Ira Bernstein and Thomas Maupin. She believes that everyone can learn to flatfoot in some capacity, and enjoys working with people to discover low impact steps that work for their bodies, and helping musicians to flatfoot while playing. Nicole also plays guitar with her partner Max Rainwater as the Rolling Oldtime Band.

…Watch Nicole tear it up with some fine flatfoot dancing here! 

KAREN LOVING, Culpeper VA: Alexander Technique for Musicians

Musicians, are you playing with shoulder, neck and back pain? Karen Loving has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1998, and believes that we all have a choice to change and play without pain. The Alexander Technique is an approach to movement that helps you reduce or eliminate tension, nervousness or pain. It is taught in many institutions such as the Juilliard School, and in major orchestras, and has helped millions of musicians and singers worldwide. Karen teaches both privately, and at music festivals. She is well known and well loved at Ashokan as the Alexander Technique teacher for many years.

Here’s our wonderful Karen Loving’s Alexander Technique FB page:

JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON  are best known for their soulful renditions of traditional and original music drawn from a variety of roots music styles. Millions were entranced by the music they did for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War and the series’ signature tune, Jay’s haunting composition, Ashokan Farewell. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy. This simple, but powerful melody was originally inspired by Jay’s experiences at the Music & Dance Camps that he founded at Ashokan in 1980. Together, Jay & Molly have headed the camps for nearly forty years and continue to enjoy teaching, jamming and sharing good times with visitors of all ages.

Here they are performing their original tune “Monastir”

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