KAUAI OLD TIME GATHERING

NOVEMBER 21-24, 2019

Old time music and culture festival in the heart of Kokee State Park

FEATURED ARTISTS

MAGNOLIA SISTERS

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We are so pleased to welcome back from Louisiana, Ann Savoy, this time with the Magnolia Sisters! The Magnolia Sisters are an all-woman band who play many styles of Cajun French music from southwest Louisiana. From dancehall Cajun to primitive Creole, from house music to front porch ballads, much of the body of the Magnolia Sisters' music has been gleaned from a long buried wealth of Cajun jewels found in their extensive personal music archives.

NICK CASTILLO

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Born and raised on the island of Kaua’i, Nick Castillo is well-known for his Hawaiian falsetto or better known as Leo Ki’eki’e.  Winning his first falsetto competition in 1996, he has continued to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and this art of singing by releasing two solo CDs. Nick has traveled extensively within the United States and abroad, sharing Aloha through his voice. He is truly an ambassador for the island of Kaua’i.

KUMU NAKANA WONG

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Kumu Nakana Wong is a longstanding pillar and resource in the Hawaiian and traditional music communities of Hawai’i. Fluent in the Hawaiian language and equally versed in the music of Hawai’i and traditional music styles of the continental United States, Nakana possesses the ability to bridge the gaps between these musical traditions in a supportive and educational manner. Beginning his professional music career as the bassist with legendary Hawaiian composers and virtuoso guitarists Dennis Kamakahi and George Kuo, Nakana went on to play with the seminal island bands Kahua, Kupa’aina, The Waimanalo Sunset Band, and The Bluegrass Barnstormers. Currently employed as a Mana Mele music teacher at Jarrett Middle School in Palolo Valley on the island of O'ahu by the Mana Maoli Public Charter School Program, Kumu Nakana draws on his many years as a veteran educator in Hawai'i sharing his deep passion and love of mele with students young and old. 

CAMERON DEWHITT

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Cameron DeWhitt is a clawhammer banjoist and Old Time musician living in Portland, Oregon. He hosts the weekly podcast Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends, which features conversations and musical collaborations with today’s most influential traditional musicians, like Jake Blount, Paul Brown, Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones, Gailanne Amundsen, John Reischman, Ken Perlman, Adam Hurt, and Spencer & Rains. As an interviewer, Cameron balances an effusive curiosity for the potential of traditional music with a dogged respect for its origins. Serving as audience surrogate, Cameron asks illuminating questions to Old Time's best and brightest while telling the larger story of the tradition's modern era. And with over 100 episodes released and no signs of slowing, Get Up in the Cool is quickly becoming one of the largest available archives of new Old Time recordings.

BELLES OF THE LEVEE

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“Voices as sweet as songbirds in a flowering tree” - Janine Volkmar Scene Mad River Union. One foggy day while wandering the muddy shores of Northern Californiaʻs Humboldt Bay, long lost sisters Beverly Twist and Nola Pierce at last reunite in sweet harmony. Ever since, these close harmony Sirens have been navigating the deep haunted waters of early jazz and Americana music. From slow, bluesy bends in the river to wild jazzy rapids, Belles of the Levee will take you on a musical cruise into the past on a swift, modern current to share tunes so old theyʻre new!

EVIE LADIN

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A prolific singer-songwriter, dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladinʻs clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

KEITH TERRY

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Keith Terry is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. A pioneer in contemporary Body Music with deep ties to traditional forms, Keith produces large-scale intercultural collaborations and educational outreach. Keith brings a cinematic ear to playing bass as tonal percussion, with bells, box, body and toys.

LITTLE MISSY

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Little Missy is a mother daughter duo featuring traditional and new old time music by Janie Rothfield and daughter, Shona Carr. These two powerhouse old time musicians meld traditional Appalachian style music with their own compositions and songs. The Little Missy sound celebrates their individuality and undeniable genetic connection!   With interesting instrumental combinations that include double fiddle, clawhammer banjo, tenor guitar and guitar, hot tunes, soulful ballads and great harmonies, Little Missy doesn't miss!  

JANE ROTHFIELD

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Janie Rothfield is an American Fiddler and American Old Time clawhammer banjo player who is widely recognized for her traditional and inventive style and her own award winning original tunes.  She has been performing, recording and teaching music that is rooted in Traditional American and Celtic Music since her teens when she started playing with older generation musicians from New England, North Carolina and Quebec.  Janie has traveled the world with her unique brand of traditional based music including the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Australia, Canada and throughout the USA.  She has over 15 recordings to her credit.

Janie currently performs as a solo artist and with HEN’S TEETH (with cellist Nathan Bontrager), with Scottish Singer/Guitarist ALLAN CARR (her husband), with CORACREE (Contra Dance and Folk Band), with Breton Fiddle star, YUNA LEON and with LITTLE MISSY (with her daughter SHONA CARR).

Janie has taught both fiddle and banjo at camps, festivals and workshops around the world and is the founder and director of Janie’s Jumpstart Weekend Music Camps.

SHONA CARR

Shona Carr is an award winning singer and song writer who was born into a musical family rich in traditional Old Time and Celtic Music.  She grew up surrounded by fiddle and banjo music from her mother Janie Rothfield, and Scottish traditional singing and Celtic music from her father, Allan Carr who is from Aberdeen, Scotland. Shona’s music and singing reflects the fusion of these musical styles and she is known for her unique voice, song and tune writing.  Her original tune “Fly Bird” won the 2014 Best Original Tune at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival and she has performed at festivals such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Old Songs Festival, Merle Fest, New Bedford Folk Festival and Freshgrass. She has toured with bands The Buck Stops Here and Lost Indian, and is currently in a collective called Cartoon Graveyard that last year learned all of Paul Simon’s Graceland; they have yet to figure out what to do next but it will both be a challenge and a way bring joy to others, which is something Shona is very passionate about. She lives in Staunton, VA and she is also working on a solo release full of originals, which will be out very soon.

ED PUNUA

VANESSA PUNUA

KARA CHOW

WALT KEALE

ADAM SMITH

GABE LUCK

More to be announced!

WORKSHOPS

INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVAL AND NATIVE PLANTS with KRCP

We are partnering again with the Kōkeʻe Resource Conservation Program to offer gathering attendees a special and unique opportunity to learn about Kauaiʻs native ecosystems and help eradicate invasive species. We will start the workshop off with a short orientation of Kauai ecology and the activities of the KRCP. After that we then head out to the worksite to do invasive weed removal and outplanting of native plants from our nursery. This is a very special opportunity to give back to our gracious host, one of the most unique environments in the world, Kōkee State Park. 

ʻULU COOKOFF - SATURDAY 11/23 @ NOON at CCC Camp

Free admission to the Kauai Old Time Gathering if you bring an ʻulu dish to be judged.

Judging is open to all

Different categories of prizes - Best Savory, Best Sweet, Most Original, Most Beautiful

DANCING WITH OTHERS/DANCING WITH RYHTHM with EVIE LADIN

Open to all levels, especially those who “can’t dance,” Evie will explore basic partnering and weight sharing, feeling the beat, understanding rhythms, calls and patterns in traditional dance, and easy clogging steps you can use to add rhythm to the music.

We'll work through square dance figures, and learn moves like "grand right & left", "box the gnat", "ladies chain" and more. An experienced and patient teacher, Evie is adept at both breaking down movements to their basic components, and building complex patterns. Her primary goal is for every level of dancer to enjoy dancing, gaining fluidity as well as understanding a dancer's role in the music.


RHYTHM STUDIO with Keith Terry

We’ll explore a variety of rhythmic systems from around the world, including polyrhythms and phasing.

STRINGBANG with JANIE ROTHFIELD

Let’s learn all the parts of a stringband! This class is for all instruments and abilities as we use our voices to emulate the fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass in a stringband. This will help you be more aware of the role of all the instruments at a jam or in a band, and how they all work together to make that Old Time sound!

PITCHFORK BANJO with Cameron DeWhitt

Cameron DeWhitt is the innovator behind pitchfork banjo, a three-finger clawhammer technique that allows the player unprecedented access to melody, harmony, and rhythms typically roped off from clawhammer players. In his workshop, Cameron will demonstrate some advanced applications of pitchfork, lead an exercise to develop the right hand technique, and teach some basic pitchfork applications using a well-known tune.


PAKINI BASS with ADAM SMITH and GABE LUCK

Did you know pakini bass (washtub bass) has been a popular instrument in Hawaii for over 100 years? Come to learn to build one and play one and then start your own Hawaiian string band!

LEO KIʻEKIʻE and HULA with NICK CASTILLO and KARA CHOW

Introduction to Leo Kiʻekiʻe - Hawaiian falsetto singing - including a history lesson, vocal exercises and mele, followed by introduction and history of hula and the learning of mele and motions to go with.

CHORDAL BACKUP with JANIE ROTHFIELD

Demystifying Chordal Backup for tunes and songs- We will learn the chords for the keys of C,D,G, A to help you play in jams, and pick up tunes on the fly! For Adv Beginners-Novice Clawhammer banjo/fiddle

HEEBIE JEEBIES SCAT HARMONIES and DANCE with BELLES of the LEVEE

Heebie Jeebies, first recorded in 1925 by Louis Armstrong Hot Five is rumored to be the first recorded scat solo because supposedly Louis forgot the lyrics. The song accompanied a dance craze. It was later arranged by the Boswell Sisters with lots of harmonized scats. Learn the scats and the dance!

SINGING WITH FIDDLE

We’ll take some well known old time tunes with words and work on playing and singing at the same time!

CAJUN DANCE and CAJUN COOKING with the MAGNOLIA SISTERS

HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR with ED PUNUA

HULA with VANESSA PUNUA

PANIOLO SONGS with WALT KEALE

GUITAR FINGERPICKING AND SINGING with SHONA CARR

HARMONY SINGING with EVIE LADIN

HAWAIIAN ʻOLELO with KUMU NAKANA WONG

BASIC UKULELE STRUMMING with KUMU NAKANA WONG

LEI MAKING

LAUHALA WEAVING

HAWAIIAN WOODCRAFT

+++ MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!

Workshop and performance schedule as well as tickets and accommodations will be announced Summer 2019.