Great Big Taters

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Jane Rothfield – fiddler, banjo player, teacher and composer – has been playing since early childhood. Her classical beginnings included study at Julliard’s pilot Suzuki children’s program, where she met the founder, Shinchi Suzuki. As a teen, she slipped her classical mooring and headed for other shores, along the way mastering an inspiring repertoire of American and Celtic traditional tunes, with a strong smattering of old-time and Scottish-rooted pieces as the centerpiece. With decades of collecting tunes, she still has left room in her heart for lots of original compositions in the many traditions of the roots music she loves. She's also a member of the oldtime stringband Red Hen.

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Bernie Nau is an accomplished and versatile keyboard player and composer, who has recorded with the acclaimed Celtic band The House Band and plays regularly with several rock and roll bands. He's a member of the Recording Academy and a voting member of the Grammy Foundation, and owns Peach Fork Studio, a recording studio in Southeastern Ohio.

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Hilarie Burhans has been playing and teaching her hard-driving clawhammer banjo style for more than 25 years. In addition to her work with the Taters, she’s the co-founder of the nationally-touring Hotpoint Stringband, with whom she recorded five albums, and a track from her solo CD was featured on an episode of the acclaimed HBO series Deadwood. Another musical collaboration, the Ratchet Mountain Rock Farmers, took 1st place in the highly competitive Traditional Stringband category at the Appalachian Stringband Festival (aka Clifftop) in 2011. When not playing banjo, Hilarie is co-owner and executive chef of Restaurant Salaam in Athens, Ohio.

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