IN-PERSON: Old Time Ensemble

with Sophie Wellington & Joel Wennerstrom

Monday, November 1, 2021


IN-PERSON: Old Time Ensemble

  • Americana
  • Country
  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Instrumental
  • Old Time
  • Roots
  • School of Music class


Come and explore the groovy world of the old time jam! This is a chance to play and learn with other like-minded individuals in a collaborative musical environment. Over the six weeks in class, we will build a broad repertoire of fiddle tunes with one to two new tunes per week. We’ll explore the different aspects of these tunes: melody, harmony, and their variations; historical and regional origins. We will also discuss the roles of different instruments and musical elements within the ensemble. All instruments are welcome!

This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm ET on Mondays, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13

Please note:The class will be held at The Passim School of Music which is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. 

Limited to 12 students (16 yrs of age or older);  Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sale ends 1 hour before the class begins. Tickets can be purchased at the door. before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

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Sophie Wellington

  • Fiddle
  • Old Time
  • Trad

Sophie Wellington is an old time and bluegrass fiddler and percussive dancer. She is currently finishing her final semester at Berklee College of Music with a degree in Pro Music, concentrating in Performance in vocal jazz performance and American Roots Music. She is grateful to study with some of her musical heroes including Bruce
Molsky and Darol Anger. In addition to co-leading a weekly Sunday old time jam at the Bebop since 2019, she grew up and still frequents fiddlers conventions and festivals in Southern Appalachia. At the 2021 Hoppin’ John Music Festival, Sophie took home first place in the old time fiddle contest, band contest, and flatfooting contest. She is also a founding member of Dumpster Debbie, a hard driving New England- based stringband.

Sophie is grateful to her parents for raising her in a musical home, and for bringing her into traditional music communities of southwestern Virginia. The generosity of her mentors in these communities is invaluable to her. She is dedicated to paying it forward through collaboration and sharing musical perspectives.

IN-PERSON: Old Time Ensemble

Joel Wennerstrom

  • Banjo
  • Old Time

Joel plays clawhammer banjo and guitar for contra and square dances in the New England area. Before moving to Boston in 2013, Joel lived in NYC, where he taught design and drawing at Pratt Institute. His playing is featured on various recordings, including Hammer & String’s “The Girl Who Broke My Heart” with Rhys Jones and Cleek Shrey, “Wooden Nickels” with Laura Feddersen and Owen Marshal, “The Pleasure of Your Company” with Harry Bolick, and “All in Good Time”, with Alan Kaufman and Don Stratton.

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