kaufman_black_260Steve Kaufman, the only three time winner of the prestigious National Flatpicking Championships, will offer a Beginner/ Intermediate Mandolin Workshop and a
Two Day, Hands On, All-Level Flatpicking Guitar Workshop and Concert to be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 61 Rte 70, Marlton, NJ 08053 

May 15: Beginner/Intermediate Mandolin Workshop
May 16-17: Flatpicking workshop.
May 17: Steve in Concert with special guest Mike Kaufman

Enrollment for workshops are limited. This year’s slots are going fast, so make your reservations now.

The Beginner/Intermediate Mandolin workshop on May 15th will be 2 1/2 hours. Steve will go over Right and Left Hand technique, Back-up skills, new songs, chords and

The May 16-17 Flatpicking workshop will last 8 hours and is for all level players. At the two hour session Friday night, Steve will get to know each student. He will answer questions, give pointers and evaluate each student’s strengths and weaknesses. From Friday’s observations and questionnaire, he will tailor the next day’s session for the group. The 5-6 hour Saturday session will cover core picking skills and techniques, repertoire and building blocks for growth.

Bluegrass Unlimited has said, “As a professional guitar teacher, Kaufman
has perfected his teaching skills as much as his picking technique.”

The fee for the Mandolin workshop is $50 per person.

The fee for the Guitar workshop is $100 per person.

Concert tickets are $15.

Enrollment is limited so make your reservations now!

No Video Recording of the workshop allowed.

Kaufman’s music covers a broad range of styles, including bluegrass, swing, Irish and Appalachian fiddle tunes and folk and country classics. He has been captivating audiences from California to Austria since 1976 and is a feature performer at many major bluegrass festivals. In addition to his performing and teaching schedule, Kaufman is the author of more than 100 instructional materials and has released 18 recordings to date.

For more information or to register for the workshop contact Andrew Podolski at southjerseyarms@gmail.com or call 609-217-1388   OR:
To purchase tickets/Register for the Workshops and Concert online please click on the “Purchase Tickets” Tab above and use PayPal for payment.
Download Free Tab and Music Paper for the Workshop at
and follow the Downloads link

Orrin We are thrilled to announced that the phenominal Orrin Star will be performing a special concert for the SJARMS community on Saturday evening, March 29th, at the Medford Arts Center.

Orrin is an award-winning guitarist and mandolin player who combines hot picking, cool singing and good humor. Once described as ‘Arlo Guthrie-meets-Doc Watson’, he was the 1976 National Flatpicking Champion, has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, and boasts a repertoire ranging from bluegrass standards to little-known folk gems, Celtic fiddle tunes to fingerstyle blues.

In addition to his Saturday concert Orrin will be also be offering his Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar Workshop at 11:00am on Sunday (also at the Arts Center). Orrin is a talented guitar instructor, and is a regular columnist to the Flatpicking Guitar Magazine instructional series

Here is a short preview of the incredible singing and playing you’ll hear at the concert:

The cost for the concert is as follows: $15 for current SJARMS members in advance of concert; $16 for everyone else in advance; $20 at the door. Advance ticket sales end Wednesday, March 26th. The cost for the workshop, which runs 2 hours and 15 minutes, is $50. Workshop space is limited to 10, so it’s first come, first served and tuition must be paid for in advance. If you have any questions, please email us at southjerseyarms@gmail.com.

Jane RothfieldJane Rothfield is an internationally known fiddler, clawhammer banjo player, tune composer, dance musician and band leader who has been playing music since “forever.” She began playing professionally over 30 years ago, and has made eight recordings featuring her lively, spirited and soulful playing. Whether it be traditional Old Time Stringband and fiddle music, or traditional Scottish songs and tunes, music for Contra Dances or tight harmony singing, Jane plays from her her heart and musical soul with great technique and expression!
Jane’s music has been played on numerous radio stations around the world and featured on NPR’s A Thistle and Shamrock, Mountain Stage and Folk Stage! She has performed at festivals, concerts, workshops and music camps including Old Songs Festival, Falcon Ridge Festival, Edinburgh Folk Festival, Pontardawe Festival (Wales), New Bedford Summer Fest, Dance Flurry Festival, Golden LInk Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Common Ground on the Hill, Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival, Banjo Camp North, Chesapeake Dance Weekend, The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and many more!
Jane is in great demand these days playing in numerous musical entities: CORACREE ( Hot Contra Dance and Concert Band with Allan Carr, Sarah Gowan and Bill Quern) , GREAT BIG TATERS (Contra Dance band with Hilarie Burhans and Bernie Nau) , JANE ROTHFIELD AND ALLAN CARR (With Scottish singer and husband and Allan Carr), PANACHE QUARTET (New All Women Fiddling Super Group with Andrea Beaton, Donna Hebert and Veronique Plasse) and SUGAR PIE (All Women Old Time Stringband with Hilarie Burhans, Sabra Guzman and Kellie Allen.)

Jane will perform on Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N Main St, Medford, NJ. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Cost is $10 for the general public and free to current SJARMS members.

Scan Deb and Clyde picture (818x1024)For the January, 2014 meeting SJARMS is hosting the wonderful husband and wife duo, Debbie and Clyde Simpkins, performing under their band name “Tabernacle Turnpike”, on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N Main St, Medford, NJ. Doors open at 7:00pm. Their sound is a combination of blues, country, standards, bluegrass, and originals written by Debbie.
Cost is $10 for the general public and free to current SJARMS members.

loren On Monday, November 11th, classical guitarist Loren Fortna will be playing for the SJARMS community at the Medford Arts Center. Loren is a wonderful guitarist who is on faculty in the Montclair State University School of Music. Doors open at 7pm and the concert is free to active SJARMS members. The cost is $10 for visitors.

John + MollyAward winning guitarist, banjo player, and songwriter Molly Tuttle (of The Tuttles) and fiddle/mandolin player and songwriter John Mailander will perform at the Medford Friends Meetinghouse, 14 Union St., Medford, NJ on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:00pm. The concert is sponsored by South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society (SJARMS) www.sjarms.com

Advance tickets can be purchased between now and October 31st HERE for $15 (for current SJARMS members) and $18 (for non-members). If you are not a member of SJARMS, but want to pay the reduced member price, please consider joining as a member HERE. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20 (for both members and non-members). Email us at southjerseyarms@gmail.com or call 609-217-1388 with questions.

Molly and John will also be available for some limited private lessons earlier in the day on Saturday, November 2nd. If you are interested in taking a guitar lesson with Molly or a fiddle lesson with John, please contact us at southjerseyarms@gmail.com for pricing and availability.

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About Molly Tuttle:
With nearly two million viewers on YouTube and features in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines, Molly Tuttle is making a name for herself in the acoustic music scene. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. In just 2012 alone, she was awarded music and composition Merit Scholarships to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship award from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in Nashville, Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and 1st place in the prestigious Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Competition.

Molly has been performing on stage since she was 11 and recorded her first album at age 13. She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Strawberry Music Festival, The Freight and Salvage, and countless other festivals and venues across the country. She now balances her classes at the Berklee College of Music with an active performance schedule across the U.S. and Canada.  


About John Mailander:
John Mailander is a San Diego based musician and graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He is in demand throughout the Southern California and Boston areas for performance, session work and instruction. Playing in a variety of styles on the fiddle, mandolin and various other stringed instruments, he has become known for his soulful voice as a soloist, improviser and writer.

John has shared the stage with acclaimed artists including the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten, Tim O’Brien and Christopher Guest. John was one of sixteen musicians selected to participate in the Savannah Music Festival’s prestigious Acoustic Music Seminar in both 2012 and 2013. He recorded with IBMA winner Rob Ickes on his upcoming instructional DVD Fiddle Tunes for the Dobro, and has performed at events including the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. John maintains a busy performance schedule with artists including Tony Trischka & Territory, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, Molly Tuttle, Darol Anger & the Furies and others.

At Berklee, John studied under the instruction of John McGann, Darol Anger and Julian Lage.  
“John Mailander is a wonderful fiddler, with great improvisatory and compositional skills. He’s rooted in tradition but can stretch in many other areas. He’s diligent and focused and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I can’t say enough good things about John Mailander.” – Tony Trischka

Here are some examples of Molly and John playing:

mean maryOn Monday, September 9th,  Nashville-based singer/songwriter multi-instrumentalist (vocals, guitar, banjo, violin, viola,  mandolin, bass, keys, saxophone, trumpet, dulcimer, castanets & percussion) Mean Mary James (www.meanmary.com) will be performing for SJARMS.

Mary is somewhat of a musical prodigy—she could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, & violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills.  Her life has been one long road show interspersed with TV, radio, and film. She has recorded 12 CDs and performed on more than 500 live TV shows and over 4,000 road shows—including national festivals, fairs, cruises, colleges, theatres, clubs and house concerts.

Mary will be performing her unique blend of original and traditional music in the intimate and totally acoustic setting of the Medford Arts Center, 18 North Main St., Medford, NJ. Doors open at 7pm.  Cost is $10 (free to SJARMS members!)

Coffee and light refreshments will be available.  As always, an acoustic jam will follow the performance and refreshments.


The Brothers Yares will be performing at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N. Main St., Medford, NJ on Monday, August 12, 2013. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Admission is $10 for the general public (but free to South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society members- a great advantage to joining SJARMS!)

 About the Brothers Yares: 

 Ami and Gavri-Tov Yares are talented musicians, as well as brothers, that lived in Cherry Hill and both graduated from Cherry Hill East High School.

This Summer, musicians, social activists, and educators AMI YARES & GAVRI-TOV YARES will be performing their “multicultural sharing of sounds” (SING OUT! Folk Magazine) in the United States. 

Separated by an ocean, THE BROTHERS YARES reunite again to bring their love of life and heritage to communities all over the country.

THE BROTHERS YARES (www.reverbnation.com/thebrothersyares) merge the influence of a pastoral New Jersey childhood with the intensity of life in Israel and the Middle East (where Ami currently lives).

Their music’s juxtaposition of past and present provide a soundtrack and springboard for a better present and future.

Over the past year, both the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and US Consulate General have sponsored performances by Ami via his program FocUS Music while he continues to work with Arab and Jewish youth via Heartbeat: the Palestinian and Israeli Youth Music Projects and various other non-profits dedicated to social change and youth empowerment through the arts.

Gavri-Tov is a music teacher working with youth around Washington, DC. He currently teaches at the Charles E. Smith Day School and lectures/performs music from the Jewish tradition and beyond.

Music Clips: 



Ong’s Hat Band (www.ongshatmusic.com) will be performing at the July SJARMS meeting on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N. Main St., Medford, NJ.  Doors open at 7:00pm. Concert is free for SJARMS members/ $10 for non-members. As always, there will be refreshments after the performance and a jam.

About Ong’s Hat Band:

Out of the old time tradition of dance music infused with spontaneity, wit and unexpected musical turns, The Ong’s Hat  Band was organized by a disparate group of acoustic musicians that quickly melded their various sensibilities into an audience-friendly and accomplished ensemble.
Steeped in American Traditional Music with side trips to Jazz, Classical, Rock  and Pop, the members of the band put a new face on traditional music–Acoustic Roots Music On A Tangent.

Ong’s Hat Musicians:

Tom Stackhouse-vocal, mandolin, guitar

John Mahony- vocal, guitar, fiddle, clawhammer banjo

Mike Hargrove- bass

Mitch Tabas- vocal, violin

Rolly BrownThe award winning guitar player and teacher, Rolly Brown, will lead a workshop on fingerstyle blues and ragtime guitar on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 7pm to 10pm at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N. Main St., Medford NJ.

(This may include styles ranging from the primitive playing of Lightnin’ Hopkins to the sophisticated playing of Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, and Big Bill Broonzy, among others.
Sponsored by South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society (SJARMS).
Cost is $65 for the workshop/ $60 for SJARMS members. Info 609-217-1388

About Rolly:
Rolly Brown began the guitar in 1964, at age 15, and has since been a lifelong student of the instrument. In 1970, he spent a couple life-changing days with the Rev. Gary Davis, and subsequently concentrated on blues, ragtime blues, and classical ragtime for several years. In 1980, Rolly won the prestigious National Fingerpicking Championship at Winfield KS, and subsequently began a study of jazz guitar including stints with Steve Giordano, Joseph Federico, and John Carlini, and another life-changing couple days in the company of George Van Eps. In 1995, he got serious about flatpicking, and, with help from his old friend Mark Cosgrove, and tutelage from Nashville super-picker Bryan Sutton, has attained a reasonable level of proficiency. In 2006 and 2008, he visited with the enigmatic blues/jazz savant Steve Mann in California, gleaning insight into Steve’s remarkable playing and arranging skills.
Rolly has been a sought-after teacher at several guitar camps, including the Swannanoa Gathering, Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire, and Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp. He has released five CDs, and Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop is currently preparing to release five DVD instructional videos.

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