Char Fiddle

Fiddle & Vocals


Folk | Celtic | Western Swing | Bluegrass | Old Time | Improvisation

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

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 and performed on the back of a truck bed at fall festival, 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. In college, she favored folk music settings: Old Time jam sessions at farmer’s market, square dances, dual fiddling improvisation, 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 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 Ventura, CA as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

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