YouTube videos

There are a bunch of new videos up on my YouTube channel, with more to come. Have a look around and feel free to comment.

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Lessons, lessons, lessons

School has started and the teaching season is about to go into overdrive. I will be doing an after school Ukulele class at the Union Elementary school in Montpelier, VT. Still room for you. Go here for more information.




The birds are here en masse.

Lots and lots of robins over the last couple of weeks, but today, the Phoebes arrived. Every year for the past 10 or so, there is one and sometime two nesting couples that come back to the same location every…


Boatman video contest.

Great guns! I won third place in the recent Banjo Hangout contest. Everyone had to do a video of the tune "Boatman". Of course I had to do two versions. Not bad for an old guy from Vermont.

"Side by Side" at Banjo Hangout


"Side by Side" my book of Banjo and Fiddle tunes released by Katie Trautz and me is now available from Elderly Instruments, as well as directly through this site. You can go here to see it there. Now you can…


The summer of wet!

Stuck in this pattern of wet, hot, wet, hot, buggy, hot, wet..... No end in sight and we are getting closer and closer to 40 days. Here's the start of a song in the works. Seems fitting.



Lots in the air.

Spring is definitely in the air. You can feel the change in the light, the temperature and the temperament of folks around you. Lots of exciting things for me. I get to play a Banjo player in a play being…


Just me talking.

Having a great time teaching beginner Banjo and beginner Ukulele. Makes me stop and remember how hard it was to get started, though that was long, long ago. I think one of the best ways to become a better musician…


Shady Rill on facebook

Shady Rill now has a facebook page where you can follow, lead or look in sideways.  Check us out and leave a comment or two here.  Although the page is new, we have been building our repertoire for a…


Big weekend for Old Time Music in Montpelier!

     Looking forward to the festivities this weekend in Montpelier, VT.  Lots of great Old Time workshops and performances by the likes of Dirk Powell, Riley Baugus, Ken Perlman, Pete Sutherland and more.  I plan to be up late all weekend


Book Release party

Come on down to Guitar Sam's  on main street in Montpelier, VT this Friday, the 16th around 6:30 pm.  Katie Trautz and I will be playing tunes from our newly released tune book "Side by Side".  We will