Char Fiddle

Fiddle & Vocals

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Welcome to

Folk music performance
teaching by empowering creativity
therapeutic accompaniment
building community


When I was 5 years old,
I saw some kids playing fiddle on Sesame Street
and thought it looked like fun! 

So began my musical formation:

  • Classical instruction, Suzuki Method age 5-18, along with group fiddle lessons. Many thanks to teacher Sheila Raim!
  • Growing up surrounded by Mennonite four-part hymn singing
  • Mennofolk with Hoad’s Tornado and Rick Reha
  • English and Irish pub sessions in London, England
  • Pete Cooper course Transatlantic Migrations (how songs changed between the UK, Ireland and the US)
  • Teaching private lessons to various students through the years

Char’s Music Biography

Charletta Erb Music Resume


Christmas Tunes

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In the Bleak Midwinter, and a number of other favorite Christmas & Advent tunes performed by Charletta Erb on Fiddle, & Ray Magee on Guitar.

Group Lessons Winter/Spring 2014

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Group Lessons Winter/Spring 2014

Join me this winter and spring for a great variety of tunes
from across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas!

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Char’s Music Bio

Charletta began violin lessons on a cereal box at age 5, inspired by some kids playing on Sesame Street. An earnest classical student, she learned songs both by reading and sound.  In group lessons, she studied old time music though childhood, and performed on the back of a truck bed at local fall festivals, summer camps, church, nursing homes, and in Iowa State junior honors orchestra. By high school, she took on classical guitar instruction, played first chair in orchestra, and practiced for choir while running with the cross country team (think lung expansion). In college, she favored folk music settings: Old Time jam sessions at farmer’s market, square dances, twin fiddling improvisational ecstasy, and a bluegrass band. Living a few years in London, UK, she enjoyed pub sessions with English, Irish tunes and banter. These days, you’ll find her at Old Time Fiddlers jam sessions in Oak View, California. The State Old Time Fiddlers Association just awarded her 1st place in the young adult division. When she’s not fiddling around, she works in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Ojai as a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.