Martha grew up in Vermont, where clawhammer banjo where clawhammer banjo was being played everywhere she went. She started by playing guitar, but as soon as she heard that infectious “Bum-Ditty” rhythm, she was hooked. By the time she was twenty, she was learning fiddle tunes, banjo tunes, songs, and back-up techniques on clawhammer banjo. Soaking up tunes and old time songs as she traveled across the country, she listened to as many artists as possible to develop her own style of playing.
Teaching clawhammer starts with listening. Martha likes to “meet my students where they are” by listening to their tuning, timing, rhythm, and overall musicianship so that she can help them with the skills that will do the most good!