Zigzag Old Time Music Campout

Labor Day Weekend ~ September 1 – 4, 2017

Fiddles! Banjos! Guitars! Mandolins! Basses! Voices! Fun! Food! Campfires! Mountains! Community! Join us for this 3-day weekend of an exciting annual old time music camp in Oregon!

Come one, come all, musicians, singers, music lovers. Bring your instruments and your tent, van/small RV (or reserve a yurt) and take an easy hour drive from Portland to the beautiful Zigzag Mountain Farm on Mount Hood. Camping is in your choice of wooded sites or open meadows.

Our visiting featured artists this year, sponsored by Bubbaville, is Hen’s Teeth (Jane Rothfield & Nathan Bontrager). We’ll have a local instructors Leela Grace, Steph Noll and Sophie Enloe with us to offer workshops as well, including kid and family friendly activities. These fabulously talented folks will be offering several workshops over the weekend, and they’ll be around to jam and to play in a concert.

Hen’s Teeth is a unique American Roots and Old Time Music duo featuring the unusual combination of Fiddles, Clawhammer banjo and Cello.  Janie and Nathan are powerhouse and highly inventive American roots musicians who specialize in traditional and original American traditional style music including sprightly reels and sweet waltzes, with fine traditional style singing and the occasional wild impromptu foray into improv and jazz!

Hen’s Teeth music is firmly rooted in the American Old Time tradition but also takes on a completely unique sound that is a result of their own inventive, soulful, wild and improvisational approach to their music.  This is American roots music at its most dynamic, full of power, soul, creativity and whimsy.
Janie Rothfield (from Philadelphia) and Nathan Bontrager (an American who currently lives in Cologne, Germany) formed Hen’s Teeth in 2016 after playing non-stop at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival-it was there they discovered the sympatico connection between Janie’s Fiddling and Nathan’s Cello playing,  their double fiddle and clawhammer banjo combo’s and a sweet melding of their two voices.   Since then, they have done two tours in Europe performing at venues and teaching music workshops in England, Scotland, Belgium, Holland and Germany.  In Spring 2016, they fit in time enough, mid-tour, to record their first CD, titled OFF THE CUFF AND ON THE FLY, which features traditional and original tunes and songs (many written by Janie Rothfield) that pay homage to the old time traditional music they love, while stretching the sounds, rhythms, harmonies and texture of that music that is deep and unique!   Listen to the Hen’s Teeth CD OFF THE CUFF AND ON THE FLY https://hensteethduo.bandcamp.com/releases

Hen’s Teeth Spring 2017 European tour takes them to Scotland, England, Germany and Holland for concerts and teaching workshop and weekends.  They will be recording a new CD of Old Time Music with a brand new ensemble with Fiddles, Viola and Cello-The Appalachian String Quartet.  Summer 2017 adventures include Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival, ZigZag Music Weekend and shows in the NW (Late Aug-early Sept), and another tour to the NW in January-February 2018 with an appearance at the Bellingham Folk Festival!

Listen to the Hen’s Teeth CD OFF THE CUFF AND ON THE FLY https://hensteethduo.bandcamp.com/releases
Hen’s Teeth Video

About Janie Rothfield
Master Fiddler and clawhammer banjo player, Janie Rothfield (Pennsylvania, USA), has been playing old time music since her early teens. Over her 30+ year career, she has played at concerts, festivals, workshops and music camps throughout the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia. In addition to performing with Hen’s Teeth, she performs with numerous other musical projects and bands, including contra dance supergroup Coracree, with Scottish singer Allan Carr, Panache Quartet (Four Fiery Female Fiddlers), Little Missy with her daughter Shona Carr and The Janie Rothfield Old Time Trio. A talented and experienced music teacher, Jane is also the creator and director of the unique and popular music camp, Janie’s Jumpstart.  Janie has made over a dozen recordings of her award winning brand of old time and original music over the years and her latest CD, Out of Thin Air, features 13 of her own original tunes and songs. Find out more www.janerothfield.com

About Nathan Bontrager
Nathan Bontrager (Lancaster PA/Cologne Germany) is a unique and versatile musician with musical chops rooted firmly in the traditional old time and folk genres. As well as being a world-class classical, jazz and experimental music cellist, he has performed throughout Europe and the US as an old time fiddler, clawhammer banjo and guitar player. Nathan has collaborated with musicians like Brian Slattery, Aaron Jonah Lewis and Harry Bolick, and regularly plays with the Ol’ Timey Messengers in Paris and the UK/US traditional band, Root & Branch.  Nathan hails from the North-Eastern USA but currently lives in Germany, where he has studied Baroque Cello and Viola da Gamba in Masters programs at the Essen and Koeln conservatories.  In addition to Appalachian and other traditional folk forms, Nathan is quite active in the improvised and new music scenes throughout Europe. Recent and upcoming projects include touring with Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians, concerts with Gerry Hemmingway.

Old Time Jamming 2014We will also continue to feature workshops for kids. Please check back for more information on instructors and the schedule.

This is funded by Bubbaville.

Check out the 2017 Workshop Schedule!


We will offer breakfasts and dinners . The cost will be $6 for breakfast, $11 for dinner, or $45 for all 6 meals. You can purchase meal tickets at the farm.

You are welcome to bring your own food if you like.

Breakfasts (Saturday – Monday) include oatmeal, yogurt, Zigzag Mountain Farm raspberries, artisan breads, jam, hard-boiled eggs, organic fresh ground coffee, selection of teas, orange juice. Sunday’s special are assorted pastries, Monday’s special scrambled eggs and tofu scramble.

Friday:  Burritos with your choice of grilled chicken, Zigzag Farm made refried beans and salsa, olives, onions, jalapenos, and sour cream. Chips and salsa, and a green salad.

Saturday:  BBQ with bratwurst, veggie patties, pasta and green salads.

Sunday:  Italian Pasta, garlic bread, green salad

~ all meals can be vegetarian ~ 

Gates open noon on Friday, Sep 1, to set up camp. Jamming will commence and continue until Monday, 1pm. Everyone is welcome, whether you play an instrument, sing, love to listen, or just want to relax in a beautiful place, surrounded by mountains and music. Explore the trails and organic gardens.

Located on Mount Hood about an hour from Portland, Zigzag Mountain Farm is home to an organic garden, old homestead, house, yurts, and barn. 50 acres of open meadows and forest, bordering thousands of acres of national forest. A year-round creek flows through the property and 3 major rivers are nearby. The Zigzag Mountain Lookout Trail leaves from the property.

Get your tickets at TicketTomato. Tickets, including day passes, are also available at the gate. 

Scholarships Available! 
We have set up a fund to provide further discounts to those really in need. Send us an email at info@zigzagmountainfarm.com and tell us your situation. We’ll weigh the amount of requests to the amount of funds and help you out.  

Email us to reserve your spot for a van/trailer or contact us with question.