Red Hen

Red Hen Stringband (Jane Rothfield: fiddle, banjo and vocals; Linda Schrade: guitar, vocals; Scottish native Allan Carr: guitar, acoustic bass, vocals; and Dave Kiphuth: banjo, banjo-dobro, vocals) offers distinctive lead voices, superb instrumentals, and great performance chops. Red Hen Stringband is acoustic Americana at its best — delving into the deeper roots of American traditional music, playing songs with great harmonies and hot tunes from Appalachian Old-Time and Celtic sources. Their authenticity is enhanced when mixed with award-winning music and songs written by band members.

Jane Rothfield 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. With decades of collecting tunes, she still has room in her heart for lots of original compositions in the many traditions of the roots music she loves. Jane plays with Red Hen Stringband.

Linda Schrade is a guitarist and an expressive singer, with a power that stops people in their tracks. Whether singing lead or harmony, her voice rises to the top. She has won Parents’ Council awards for two children’s albums and has recorded with John and Trish Miller, Sarah Pirtle, Lui Collins, Cosy Sheridan and many others. Linda is the Queen of Beads, running Saratoga Beads in Saratoga Springs since 1994. Linda plays with Red Hen Stringband.

Allan Carr was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. He brings his amazing Celtic guitar, bass playing, and powerful voice to the Americana music of Red Hen Stringband. He has a wonderful store of songs from the British Isles and has adapted many to Red Hen Stringband’s style. With wife Jane Rothfield, Allan has performed for 30 years, beginning as a duo and in Scottish band Rothfield, Hadden and Carr (with Silly Wizard bassist Martin Hadden) and in NY-based band Atlantic Bridge. He is a masterful lyricist as well as an accomplished bass and guitar player. Allan plays with Red Hen Stringband.

David Kiphuth is an outstanding bluegrass and old time banjo player and singer. His tasty playing is unrivaled for backing up a singer and on blazing tunes. David has played with Phil Rosenthal and also on the bluegrass circuit. David performs regularly with wife Linda Schrade and with John Kirk & Trish Miller and some Upstate NY bands. David plays with Red Hen Stringband.
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