About the Teachers
Alan Jabbour brings an in-depth expertise on Appalachian fiddle styles to the weekend. A classically trained violinist, he re-taught himself while doing research for a doctorate in Folklore while documenting the fiddle styles of such fiddle greats as Tommy Jarrell and Henry Reed. After receiving his PhD, he taught folklore and ethnomusicology at UCLA, followed by a 25 year career at the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Arts. He spends his retirement pursuing his love of the fiddle… teaching, performing and lecturing on Appalachian music.
Alexander Mitchell For more than 25 years, Alex, an acoustic multiinstrumentalist and Berklee graduate has been cultivating such diverse styles as Appalachian, Bluegrass, Celtic, Klezmer, Ballroom, Hot Swing, and Jazz. He has toured with repertory theater companies, performed in movies, plays for numerous dances, and appeared in many local music venues. His first CD, "Chameleon", was released to critical acclaim. Alexander continues to share his musical passion by teaching fiddle and mandolin.
Andrea Hoag (Scandinavian, English Fiddle) is a passionate, lyrical player known for her range and versatility. Recognized internationally as a master of Swedish fiddling, she teaches and performs at camps, concerts and festivals both here and abroad. She performs with Cabaret Sauvignon, Dovetail Ensemble, Maggie Sansone, and the Scandinavian trio Hoag Kelley Pilzer, with whom she garnered a Grammy nomination. Her latest CD/DVD is "Old Doors/New Worlds", a unique project focusing on the process of collaboration between traditions.
Fourth generation fiddler Graham DeZarn grew up surrounded by the contradance, Irish and Old-time music in the Shenandoah Valley of Virgina. First inspired by the music of his father Joe DeZarn, Graham studied with Andrea Hoag and Jesse Winch and many other great players and soon began performing with other Washington D.C./Baltimore youths as The Next Generation and with the fiddle band Childsplay. After taking an interest in old-time fiddle playing, Graham joined the Richmond-based stringband The Hot Seats, with whom he has toured from the Rocky Mountains to the Shetland Islands.
Katie McNally has grown up steeped in fiddle music. She is a former New England Scottish Fiddle Champion and a two time runner up for the National title. Katie is quickly becoming a renowned instructor at the Boston Scottish Fiddle School and at camps across the country as well as Scottish weekends and dances. She performs with the fiddle supergroup, Childsplay, and other groups, has toured with Carlos Nuñez and has a recently released recording called "The Boston States" which focuses on works of midcentury Cape Breton fiddlers.
Elke Baker, 1995 U.S. National Scottish fiddle champion, plays Scottish, Celtic, and American music for concerts, festivals, and dances across America and abroad. She teaches Scottish music, music history and dance at numerous festivals and workshops, at the Washington Conservatory of Music and the Potomac Scottish Fiddle Club. She has five fine recordings, including her newest release, "Out of the Wood" with Ken Kolodner.
In 1976, Karen Ashbrook built her first hammered dulcimer as a high school project. That began a life of music that included being instrumental in the developing dulcimer scenes in the US, Japan and Belgium. She is the author of the highly acclaimed "Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition" on Oak Publications and has numerous recordings on the Maggie’s Music label. In 2014 she released "KA/PO in Concert" a live concert recording with her multi-instrumentalist husband Paul Oorts, featuring their engaging and diverse duet arrangements of traditional music from Europe. Karen is also a Certified Music Practitioner, providing music at the bedside for the ill and dying. Karen is a popular dulcimer teacher around the world.
Paul Oorts a native of Belgium, is adept at musette accordion and many things with strings. His instrumental versatility and knowledge of many different styles of music have made Paul the accompanist of choice for many hammered dulcimer players and a value member of several dance ensembles. He plays English and contra dance music with Goldcrest and Cabaret Sauvignon, and traditional French music with Ensemble Tympanon. As a member of the Rigatoni Brothers he researches and performs Italian- American mandolin in trio music.
Dave Wiesler has built a national reputation for his rhythmic and innovative piano playing. At home in a huge range of styles, Dave plays for concerts and dances of many sorts: contra, swing, vintage, couple dance, English and Scottish country dance, Viennese waltz. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Folk-Life Festival, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Smithsonian Museum, and he has played at festivals and dance camps across the country as well as in Canada, Scotland, and England. Dave has played on over a dozen recordings, many featuring tunes and songs he wrote, and he is also a capable guitarist and singer. Some of his other bands include Laura and the Lava Lamps, Cabaret Sauvignon, The Avant Gardeners, The Gigmeisters, Green Light Karma, and Thistle House.
Multi-instrumentalist, Rachel Eddy has had a life steeped the old-time music of Appalachia. Recently returned from a 5 year stint in Sweden, she is now travelling between Pittsburgh, Morgantown, and the Washington, DC area to teach and perform with a variety of artists. She has numerous recordings to her credit Including solo recording, "Nothin’ but Corn". A favorite of jam sessions wherever she goes, she is sure to keep our jam scene hopping!