Rosie Newton

Old Time Fiddle

Rosie Newton grew up immersed in the rich folk music scene of Woodstock, NY, and began playing the fiddle when she was eight. Newton attended college in Ithaca, NY, where she studied Viola Performance.  While in Ithaca, she found herself swept up by the area’s music scene, which infused her with a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of roots music. Newton’s interests now span a wide range of musical styles, from Irish and old time to country and pop. She recently toured the Northeast playing zydeco fiddle with Louisiana legend Preston Frank. Newton currently performs in a duo with Richie Stearns, and plays with The Duhks, Red Dog Run, the Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy and occasionally The Pearly Snaps. She has recorded two CD's with her duo projects: The Pearly Snaps, self titled, in 2010, and Tractor Beam, Richie and Rosie, in 2013; and recently released a CD with Red Dog Run. Her fiddling can also be found on the new Duhks record, Beyond the Blue. Newton has taught fiddle at Sunshine Coast School of Celtic music, the Taylor Music Festival and the Black Pot Camp. She has appeared at major US music festivals (Rhythm & Roots, Newport Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, MerleFest, DelFest) and has performed with Natalie Merchant, Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), and Jefferson Hamer (Anaïs Mitchell/Child Ballads). She hopes to continue traveling the world, meeting musicians of all kinds, and exchanging with them her own musical perspective.


Old Time Fiddle (Advanced Beginner/Intermediate): How to learn tunes by ear;  learn some basic fiddle rhythms and bowings found in Old Time music and learn a tune. 

Old Time Fiddle (Intermediate/Advanced): There are many different fiddle tunings in Old Time music. We will explore a few different tunings in this class, I will play some for you, and I will teach you at least one tune in an unusual tuning.

Old Time Fiddle Master Class (All Levels): Fiddlers Judy Hyman and Rosie will coach students on their technique, style, and answer student questions.

Old-Time Fiddle and Banjo (All Levels): Richie Stearns and Rosie will talk about the relationship between the fiddle and banjo. We will teach a tune and talk about the different ways the banjo and fiddle can play around with the tune in a conversation between the two instruments. 

Cajun Fiddle: In the cajun fiddle class we will briefly discuss some basic back up bowing and rhythms which make up the chore of this music, and learn a simple tune. 

Cajun Double Fiddle: Guest Fiddler Steve Selin and Rosie will discuss the tradition of double fiddling in Cajun music, will play some tunes and teach a tune and some different back up techniques that go along with it.