Char Fiddle

Fiddle & Vocals


Folk | Irish | English | Bluegrass | Old Time | Improvisation

Fiddling on lakeshore

Fiddling on lakeshore

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

Teaching private lessons to various students through the years

For publicity purposes: Charletta began violin lessons on a cereal box at age 5, inspired by some kids playing violin 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 fall festival (handkerchiefs and jean skirts),  at 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, dual 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, CA. She currently has a hankering for mystifying Eastern European tunes. She has an addiction to gardening and playing fiddle in a red dress (not at the same time)! When not fiddling around, she’s working in Santa Barbara, and Ojai as a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Some of my corrupting influences…
Irish and English with Mel Bay fiddle tune books author, Pete Cooper.
Loved how he led group lessons!

Old Time and Bluegrass with Goshen Old Time Jams & Goldmine Pickers then known as Hoad’s Tornado

Improvisation with Nic Paton
and Frances MillerCalifornia State Old Time Fiddlers Association

Card-carrying member of
California State Old Time Fiddlers Association

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