OLD-TIME MUSIC WEEK

Extended for 2023! Led by Sandol Astrausky, Rory MacLeod, Bill Burke; plus Artists in Residence Rebekah & Matt Rolland | RISO

JANUARY 2 – 15, 2023

ENTHUSIASTS OF ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN – BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT! SMALL GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL LESSONS TAKE PLACE MOST AFTERNOONS. THE JAM SESSION AFTER SUPPER WILL BE REPLACED WITH SMALL GROUP ENSEMBLES SHARING TUNES.

Since 2016 the Elkhorn Ranch has hosted a week in January inspired by the tradition of old time music where friends gather with their fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, spoons for rhythm and the like around the fire, on the porch, or in the long house to make music together.

Our goal at the Elkhorn is to create a welcoming and relaxed space where you can enjoy a common interest or passion (for when you’re not riding or hiking). If you’ve ever dreamed of playing music with other people, this is a low-key friendly opportunity to give it a whirl!

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we hope everyone will appreciate the camaraderie and friendship that are the heart and soul of playing music and being together here at Elkhorn!

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Sandol Astrausky is an old time fiddler from Rhode Island who teaches fiddle music, plays for dances, attends festivals, and is active in the old time music community. In addition to giving afternoon lessons, she leads the evening jam sessions at the Elkhorn by shuffling us in and driving the tunes with her melodies.

Rory MacLeod teaches and plays many stringed instruments including the double bass, guitar, and banjo and is active in the old time music community. Rory adds his joyful singing to many of our tunes and gets all of us involved in enjoying the moment together.

Bill Burke is a luthier in Flagstaff Arizona who builds exquisite instruments – many of them being traditional old time instruments. He also plays the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and mandola which he gives lessons on here at the Elkhorn. To see some of his instruments and hear him play, follow this link to his website old timey music.