Old Time String Band Ensemble

with Ruth Rappaport & Jon Anderson

Monday, March 4, 2024


Old Time String Band Ensemble

  • Americana
  • Country
  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • In-Person Classes
  • Instrumental
  • Old Time
  • Roots



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 and songs. Each week will feature new tunes and songs. We’ll explore the different aspects of the 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 6:30-7:45pm ET on Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 (makeup: April 8)

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 students 16 yrs of age or older; Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sale end 2 hours before the class begins. Tickets can be purchased at the door. before the class begins. 4 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.

Ruth Rappaport

  • Old Time

Ruth Rappaport plays traditional American, Irish, and British Isles music. An excellent rhythm guitarist and pianist, she lays down the beat behind some of the best fiddlers, old-time string bands, and other traditional instrumentalists active today. Ruth shines as a vocalist with a repertoire that ranges from mountain ballads and gutsy blues to honky-tonk hits and old folk songs. She has played with Bill Spence, John McCutcheon, Seamus Connolly, George Wilson, Ken Perlman, Joe Pete Wetherbee, and Alan Kaufman, among other artists. Since 1979 she has made Boston her home and has been involved in the old-time and Irish music scenes. For 15 years she traveled widely with the acclaimed eclectic string band, The Poodles. She currently performs with her son, fiddler Ben Wetherbee, and many string bands and combos. She leads sing-a-longs with children and seniors and plays in clubs, senior communities, for community events, and for contra and square dances.

Jon Anderson

  • Fiddle
  • Old Time

Jon Anderson started playing old-time music at 7, when his father taught him to play banjo on his “Pete Seeger” model Vega. Since then, he has been an active performer, teacher, and student of Old-Time music, winning awards for his fiddling, and producing an album of traditional Round Peak fiddle and banjo duets with Tom Collins, “Sinful to Flirt” in 2016. Jon has produced an occasional YouTube series, “Bowing Lights for Old-Time Fiddle” using innovative animations to demonstrate the unique motions in southern old-time fiddle bowing. In 2009, Jon was awarded a grant through the State of New Hampshire to study traditional New England fiddle styles with Rodney Miller, comprising old-time, Irish, and French and Anglo Canadian influences.

Old Time String Band Ensemble

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