The Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling

Traditional Scottish Fiddle Music

Faculty & Staff ~ Summer 2017
John Turner, faculty member, Jink & Diddle Scottish Fiddle School
John Turner

Dr John Turner:  Director & Senior Instructor - Weeks 0 & 1
John Turner, 10-time National Scottish Fiddling Champion, recording artist, composer and educator, founded The Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling in 1984.  He is a versatile entertainer who has performed throughout the United States, Canada and the British Isles, offering, wherever he goes, workshops in fiddling from the golden era of Scottish traditional music - the 18th century.  Dr Turner is President of Fiddletree Music, Inc. which produces his recordings and publishes his compositions, for he is a prolific composer of melodies in the Scottish style. Turner also takes a keen interest in the history of the music and of the period and his classes are invariably peppered with a variety of historical facts and anecdotes.  The subject matter of Dr John's Special Topic this year is currently under review(!)

Photo by Margy Fabling

Rachel Barton Pine:  Guest Instructor - Week 1
Rachel Barton Pine, internationally acclaimed concert violinist, recording artist, educator and philanthropist has been teaching at The Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling since 2010.  Rachel's openness to and passion for a wide variety of musical styles is both refreshing and exhilarating!  From early music on original instruments to heavy metal and much of the spectrum in between which, of course, includes classical and Scottish traditional, she brings a level of scholarship and joie de vivre unmatched among the active performers of today.  Whether she is teaching about effective practice time or Baroque ornamentation, there is never a dull moment in Rachel's classroom and those fortunate enough to benefit from her pedagogy will sense they are in the presence of musical greatness!  Visit again soon to discover the title of the Special Topic class Rachel will present this year:
And the title of her Theme Pod will be:

Rachel Barton Pine, faculty member, Jink & Diddle Scottish Fiddle School
Rachel Barton Pine
Mari Black, faculty member, Jink & Diddle Scottish Fiddle School
Mari Black
Mari Black, PhD:  Week 1
Mari Black, multi-style violinist, composer and teacher, was the 2013 & 2015 National Scottish Fiddling Champion (runner-up in 2016) and the 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion (Scotland).  We welcomed Mari to the faculty of Jink & Diddle for the first time in 2015.  Mari  is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favourite with students and audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, she is a consumate performer and teacher, accomplished in a variety of fiddling styles.  As always, Mari has aces galore up her sleeve - and she is ready and willing to share them with you again this summer:
  • A Two-Day (1.5 hour) Theme Pod:
  • A one-hour Special Topic 

Maura Scanlin:  Week 1 - Unconfirmed
Maura Shawn Scanlin, born and raised in Boone, North Carolina, and currently attending Yale, was the 2010 & 2012 National Scottish Fiddling Champion and 2013 Glenfiddich Champion.  We welcomed her to the faculty for the first time in 2017.  Maura Shawn completed her Bachelor’s degree in Classical Violin Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Lucy Chapman.   Her collaborations with various string quartets have taken her to the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition and the Banff Chamber Music Residency.  But Maura Shawn also enjoys performing and collaborating in a variety of other musical genres ranging from traditional folk to improvisatory music.  Particularly well versed in Scottish and other Celtic fiddle styles, she is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and a winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Competition, arguably the most prestigious Scottish Fiddle competition in the world.  Through her studies, collaborations, and performances, Maura Shawn hopes to help preserve an appreciation for live acoustic music of all styles.  

Maura Scanlin, Glenfiddich Champion 2013
Maura Scanlin
T. S. Macdonald
Tim Macdonald
Tim Macdonald:  Week 1
Tim Macdonald, 2014 National Scottish Fiddling Champion, is a regular performer, composer, and teacher of Scottish-Baroque music.  He, Mari and Maura Shawn were three of only eight players invited to compete in the last Glenfiddich competition in Scotland in 2015.  Tim also plays the viola d’amore, harpsichord, and concertina - and his enthusiasm for Scottish culture is infectious!  In 2015 he was awarded the Weinberg Research Fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago for a project which re-examined the performance of 18th-century Scottish music.  Tim's experience as a performer, dance musician and, even more importantly, as a dancer will inform his leadership of those who would like to develop or improve their skills in playing for Scottish Country Dance.  But more than that, Tim's keen interest in history and the social context of the music allows him to offer a broad spectrum of interesting and varied topics in his classes.  What might he have in store for you in 2018?
  • A four-day (1 hour) Dance Series that will begin by covering all you need to know about "Playing for Scottish Country Dancing" but will continue into related subject matter; Tim hopes to expand your understanding of marches and quicksteps ...
  • A two-day (1.5 hour) Theme Pod which will ...
  • A one-hour Special Topic class which will be entitled ...
Photo by Francis Dunham

Ralph Gordon:  Week 1 - Bass & Cello
Ralph Gordon is a uniquely versatile musician, bringing more than 45 years of musical experience to the bass and cello. He is equally at home in folk, old time, bluegrass, chamber group settings and all styles of music for dancers.  Ralph returns to Jink & Diddle in 2017 for his fourth year on faculty.  He brings a conservatory background and decades of experience to the assignment of teaching the accompaniment of Scottish dance music.  Ralph is more than a match for the task.  He is a Dance Musician Extraordinaire!  Ralph's Special Topic title for this year has not yet been defined.  Check back soon to find out what he plans to address!

Ralph Gordon
Ralph Gordon
Zach Lemhouse
Zach Lemhouse
Zach Lemhouse:  Week 1 - "Fiddle for the Less-Experienced Player"
Zach Lemhouse is a versatile, classically-trained musician who has diversified into the traditions of Scottish, Irish, Old time and bluegrass.  Joining us on staff for the fourth year in a row, he will utilize his zeal for teaching to make Scottish music accessible to beginning players - a task he has performed with much enthusiasm and to great acclaim at previous sessions!  In addition, it might be comforting to note that Zach is also experienced in violin set-up and repair and will be on hand prepared to deal with instrumental emergencies.  For your edification in 2018, Zach's Special Topic class will be as interesting as ever though he has not as yet shared its title:

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