Breakin’ Up Winter 23 / March 1-4, 2018
Presenters & Performers for 2018
Brad LeftwichThe legendary Brad Leftwich will present workshops at BUW this year in basic and advanced fiddle and banjo techniques in the Round Peak style. He will be accompanied by wife Linda Higginbotham’s solid banjo uke and banjo; the duo’s performances will rock your world. Brad is easily the most sought-after instructor in the old-time music field. He carries traditional music to its finest heights and it’s an honor to have him with us in 2018.
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The Sunny Mountain Serenaders
Seasoned fiddler Mark Campbell, banjo monster Mac Traynham, and guitarist/author John Schwab make up The Sunny Mountain Serenaders, possibly the finest string band in Virginia. Expect unprecedented merriment.
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From the hills of West Virginia, Rachel Eddy teaches old-time fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass at major music schools and camps around the world. Rachel has much to offer old-time players of any skill level, and is a knock-out vocalist.
For more information on Rachel Eddy, visit
Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy
Fiddlin’ Banjo Billy Mathews is from the Ozark Mountains where he’s famous for his vast repertoire of old time tunes. A traditional stylist, he’s bringing his band, The Old Time Players.
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Thomas Maupin and Daniel Rothwell
A recipient of the Tennessee Folklife Heritage Award, Thomas Maupin is one of America’s best known buckdancers. He has won over sixty first place titles including the National Championship (six times) as well as state championships in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. He has been the subject of numerous articles and has appeared on television multiple times. His grandson, Daniel Rothwell, is a National Champion banjo player in the tradition of Uncle Dave Macon who campaigns for the recognition of the traditional Old-Time music styles of Tennessee. They have shared the stage on the Grand Ole Opry and other prestigious venues such as the Newport Folk Festival. Although they are true-vine ambassadors of Old-Time music and dance, they encourage individuality and innovation.
For more information on Thomas Maupin, visit
Martin Fisher comes to every Breakin’ Up Winter (and other NOTSBA events) to share his passion and expertise in old-time recording technologies. His wax-cylinder recordings are as authentic as it can get, and he’ll show you how those are made and record you in true old-time style.
Rick Fretter will again lead the Sunday Morning Shape Note and Hymn Singing. Rick is a multi-instrumentalist who is very knowledgeable in shape note, old-time, and other traditional singing genres.