Old-Time Music Week May 6-May 13, 2017

Old-Time American Music Week with host teacher Dave Bing.

Dave has been a master teacher at this week since its inception over twelve years ago.  He is a master of old-time and bluegrass fiddle, as well as banjo and guitar, and is widely considered to be the most accomplished and knowledgeable living practitioner of old-time music in West Virginia.

Dave will be joined by a group of our great regular teachers, Kate Lissauer, Rose Ardron, Johnny Whelan, Sibs Riesen and Sue Clare, and this year we have a new guest teacher, Alan Green, a wonderful old-time and Irish style fiddler.

The singing programme for this week will include two wonderful musicians and educators, Suzanne Jaroszinski and Jim Hale.  Suzanne and Jim will be teaching and leading our community duet singing class each afternoon. The workshop at La Fuente will focus on songs recorded by the Carter Family and the early recordings of Ralph and Carter Stanley.

The week will be offering classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, duet singing and percussive step-dance.  In addition, our guest teacher may offer classes on their favourite topics, such as various banjo styles, beginners’ instrumental, ukulele, or singing with your instrument.  In fact, you can request tuition in any topic related to old-time country music, and we will  do our best to accommodate you.

The price is £595 for everything apart from travel and transfers.  This includes accommodation and meals, tuition, and use of all facilities.  We will arrange your transfers at the lowest possible prices.

A £50 discount is available to those who chose to camp on site.  We provide tents, mattresses and bedding, and you chose your site on (or off) the grounds.  Many people prefer this option, as it allows for greater privacy and enjoyment of nature.

Download and return an enrolment form to secure a place.

Dave-Bing-on-fiddle-72dpi-150x200-0231oc13dsDave Bing is the recognised master of West Virginia’s old-time musical styles.  He is an expert on fiddle, banjo and guitar.






Suzanne Jaroszinski and Jim Hale have been living on the road full time since 1992, playing and teaching old-time country music.




_2RJ0180Sibs Riesen, of Buffalo Gals, is widely recognised here and abroad as a top class percussive step-dancer.






johnnyJohnny Whelan offers his special brand of banjo class, catering to those interested in various picking styles, clawhammer basics, and help for the pure beginner.





alan-green-1Alan Green is an accomplished Old-Time Country and Irish fiddler, often seen twinning with Dave Bing.  (And we’re waiting for a better picture of him!)