Monday, June 12, 2006

Four Teachers

The fact that one of the best fiddlers playing old time music is Italian born Rafe Stefanini is a testament to the style's worldwide appeal. Stefanini started playing with his brothers Bruno and Gianni as the Moonshine Brothers in Italy. In the 1970s, driven by his appreciation for old-time music, he moved to the U.S. He has toured and recorded with some of the finest Old Time bands of the past few decades. Rafe Stefanini plays and teaches Old Time fiddle and banjo. He currently lives in the hills of Pennsylvania.

Asheville, North Carolina is home to veteran old time banjo player John Hermann. John has been playing Old Time banjo for over thirty years. He has toured Europe several times and recorded with Bruce Molsky, Dirk Powell, Big Hoedown, Critton Hollow, and One-Eyed Dog, to name but a few. John Hermann teaches banjo at some of the best workshops and Old Time festivals.

Beverly Smith is one of the most respected guitar players in Old Time music today. She plays guitar, fiddle, and autoharp and has worked with Bruce Molsky, Laurie Lewis, John Doyle, and Mick Moloney. She tours and records as a duet with Carl Jones. Based out of Pennsylvania, she teaches guitar workshops when not touring.

Meredith McIntosh of Asheville, North Carolina plays fiddle, guitar, bass, flute and piano. She has a degree in music education and is known as a patient and enthusiastic teacher. Over the years she has performed with Ida Red, the Heartbeats, Balfa Toujours, and the New Southern Ramblers.

These four stars of the old time music scene have much in common. They all have become recognised masters of their trade and they each pass their love of the music along as teachers. Over the years their paths have crossed many times. After years of playing together at festival campsites, they finally recorded a CD together in 2003 as the Rockinghams. The CD, "Shout Lulu", is a delight to listen to and a wonderful statement of where Old Time music is today, and where it is headed.

The Rockinghams - Red Steer.mp3

The Rockinghams - Sugar Hill.mp3

Buy this CD at County Sales.

Another shout out to Walt for sharing his musical finds and keeping me up on the good stuff at the Williamsburg Library.


Anonymous Lucy said...

This is a great CD. Walt won’t lead you astray; he brought it around for me to give a listen to, too. I told him if he keeps going to the Bills'burg library, I'll learn something yet ;)

June 13, 2006 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed once again great choice's I need this to easy back into being back in the office again


June 13, 2006 11:18 AM  
Anonymous G-Dub said...

I really enjoy Old Time music. Thanks for this. Are you familiar with the CD "Songs From the Mountain"? It's by Dirk Powell, Tim Obrien, John Herrmann and Andrea Zonn. Song are all from or inspired by the novel Cold Mountain. If you're not already familiar with it, I'll email you a sample if you'd like, just let me know. I'd send you one anyway, but I can't find your email.

June 14, 2006 10:52 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Hi g-dub, I am familliar with "Songs from the Mountain", a wonderful CD.

My email is available in the right column under "About These Files".

Old Time music is enjoying a bit of a resurgance lately, something we are very happy to see.

June 15, 2006 12:42 PM  

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