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Jane Rothfield


Jane started her teaching career at McCabe’s in Los Angeles where she began the first Old Time Fiddle Class with fiddler Tom Wentworth and has been an in demand teacher ever since! Her easy going teaching style and use of the best of the Suzuki method technique and ear training helps students play well quickly and have fun while they are learning!

While studying in Scotland, Jane met Scottish singer/guitarist (and now husband) Allan Carr, and they have been making music together ever since. Jane and Allan lived in Edinburgh Scotland in the 80’s during an incredibly creative time in the music scene there along side Silly Wizard, The Battlefield Band, The Easy Club and Jock Tamson’s Bairns. Jane and Allan melded their Old Time and Scottish musical roots, touring and recording throughout the UK and US as a duo and with the trio Hadden, Rothfield and Carr. Jane recorded 3 records in the 80’s (There and Back with Allan Carr, When These Shoes were New with Hadden Rothfield and Carr and Atlantic Bridge with Allan Carr and Martin Hadden. Jane was the featured fiddler for a project with Sampler Records (produced by Allan) of Scottish Melodies recorded with pianist Selma Kaplan, Flute and whistle player Sarah Bauhan, Allan Carr (guitar) and Chuck D’Aloia (guitar). She also found time to perform and session work with The Rude Girls and other musicians around the scene!

In between all of these musical journeys and tours, Jane also does a lot of teaching of individuals and group workshops for fiddle, banjo and guitar. She realized one day that what she wanted was to have her own music camps so she did just that and created Janie’s Jumpstart Weekend Music Camps- These are “home based” Music Camps that can and do happen “anywhere”! So far she has held them in Austin, TX, Atlanta Ga, Cleveland OH, Hanover NH, Winston Salem and Pittsboro NC, Oxford PA, Portland ORE, Seattle WA, Staunton Va, York PA, with plans for more around the world!

“Playing with Jane is always a blast. Her distinctive tone and rhythmic sensibilities are totally infectious.” Andrew VanNorstrand