Lynn "Chirps" Smith and Dot Kent|
Traditional Old Time Music and Dance
Who we are, what we do, and what we sound like! (sound clips below!)|
Old Time Fiddle Music has
been played in dance halls, barns, kitchens, weddings and every other kind of event, for hundreds of
years. The music is American, but influenced by every culture that came here, haunting and beautiful
Irish, Scottish, French, Swedish melodies travelled with the settlers in the early days of America and
changed and grew as people met hardship and joy, melded with the rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean
and the influence of other cultures gave each regions music it's own sound and rhythm.
Smith is one of the foremost musicians, collectors and historians of the many different fiddle styles
of North America as well as the origins, with a particular focus on the Midwest where he grew up. He
is well known in the world of Old Time Fiddle Music as a powerful fiddler and mandolin player and has
played dances, concerts, festivals and other events for over 30 years, around the country and the world.
Dorothy "Dot" Kent embraces the same world from a different angle, by teaching and leading the traditional
square, round, contra and partner dances that go with the music, involving everyone in whirling, joyous
dances that have been handed down by families and communities for years. She is also an accomplished
dancer and teacher of the art of "Clogging", or "Flatfooting", the rhythmic step dance that compliments
the fiddle music.
Steve Rosen is a driving, tasteful accompaniment for Chirps, on banjo and guitar,
complimenting the fluid drive of the fiddle with rock solid rhythms.
Our community of old-time stringband
musicians is thick with talent, fiddlers, banjo, mandolin, guitar, ukelele, and have been playing together
for years for events here and abroad.
If you're looking for the sound of traditional fiddle and
stringband music for a dance, party, wedding, concert, library program, community gathering or any event,
we can put together a great band for you. The ideal setting for a dance is fiddle, banjo and guitar,
with a caller who can lead any group, from beginners to seasoned barn dancers, as well as teaching clogging.
It's great fun for all.
Any combination of musicians with the fiddle leading the way are available
to suit your event.
Here's an short MP3 clip of the tune "Old Voile", with Chirps and Fred
Campeau on fiddles, Steve Rosen on banjo, Paul Tyler on guitar and Tony Scarimbolo on bass. I will soon
have more samples up to listen to.
Please contact us at Rosenbanjo @ Yahoo.com to
talk about your event.