2015 Zigzag Workshop faculty
Our visiting featured artists were Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt. They led several workshops Saturday and Sunday and were available to jam and give pointers all weekend.
Betse Ellis plays fiddle and sings like nobody’s business. Her years with The Wilders proved her passion for Ozark tunes and an unstoppable stage presence. Her early violin studies continue to shape her musicianship through technique and composition. Clarke Wyatt has an original and innovative approach to three-finger banjo. His background as a pianist and composer inform his banjo method as much as his love for old time music.
Sophie Vittels & Isaac Enloe thaught a Kids Stringband & Instrumental Workshop (fiddle, banjo). Steph Noll thaught a family “Sing & Dance Along Workshop.”
Isaac Enloe loves all things banjo: playing, talking, collecting, and geeking. He especially loves to explore traditional, regional up- and down-picking banjo styles. Isaac will be teaching a banjo workshop of Tommy Jarrell’s “Bravest Cowboy” on Saturday evening and co-leading the Family Jam with Sophie Vitells Enloe on Saturday morning.
Sophie Vitells Enloe is an old time fiddler and music teacher in Portland, OR. She teaches fiddle and violin to players of all ages, and has played with a number of old time and country bands. Sophie has performed and taught workshops at many music festivals, including the Alaska Folk Festival, the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. She loves figuring out squirrelly old tunes and playing them with her husband, Isaac. Sophie will be leading an Old Time Fiddle Workshop for Kids and Family Jam on Saturday morning with Isaac Enloe. On Saturday afternoon, she will teach a fiddle workshop on Tommy Jarrell’s “Bravest Cowboy.”
Steph Noll is an old-time musician, dance caller, and mama to two, singing and dancing 4 1/2-year-olds. She loves calling family dances and loves the Pacific Northwest old time music scene for its many opportunities to make music with friends of all ages. Steph is offering Family Sing and Dance Along sessions on Saturday and Sunday.