Hands-On Workshops


Tottenham Bluegrass Hands-On Workshops


Saturday June 16th, 2018

Hands On Workshops - Tottenham Bluegrass Festival

There are many ‘hands-on’ workshops that you can participate in when you come to the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival.


Tottenham Workshop Instructor Bios – 2018


10:00am Bass – Rich Koop

Rich Koop has been the bass player for the award winning Ontario band, “Hard Ryde” for thirteen years.

He has presented workshops for Bluegrass organizations in Ontario, and has also won Bass Player of the year at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards.

He will be accompanied by his father, Bill Koop on guitar, who plays in “Sweetwater”.


11:00am Mandolin-Andrew Colins

The mercurial, 5x JUNO-nominated/7x Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando maestro Andrew Collins finds himself – through no actual fault of his own – at the epicentre of Canada’s burgeoning acoustic/roots music scene. He didn’t invent it – but he’s certainly a major contributor, having co-founded seriously noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking String Quartet, the Foggy Hogtown Boys and, more recently, the Andrew Collins Trio.
As Collins gathers up innumerable awards and nominations by these various ensembles, Collins, who’s comfortable on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola, mandocello and vocals, showcases a popular collision of bluegrass, folk, jazz, classical and swing with his beloved trio:  Mike Mezzatesta on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola, and James McEleney, on bass, mandocello and soaring harmonies.


12:00pm Banjo-John Dorlas

John Dorlas has been a journeyman banjo player and performer in Ontario Bluegrass since 1982.
At that time he co-founded the band Grass Tax and later on, The Banned Joes. Both bands continue to this day.
His banjoic journey has included working as a banjo teacher, recording artist and sideman. As well as albums by Grass Tax and The Banned Joes, he has also recorded on numerous other projects by a wide variety of artists.
John’s approach to the banjo is firmly rooted in the Scruggs style and the importance of melody and backup enhancing the overall band sound.
As a lifelong obsession, having spent countless hours studying the masters, tinkering with banjos and consuming an insane volume of banjo instructional materials, he has achieved total banjo nerddom.


1:00pm Fiddle – Doug McNaughton


Doug McNaughton is a Fiddle Teacher from Stratford, Ontario.  He has been a judge of fiddle contests for over forty years; and an instructor for fiddle workshops for thirty years.  Some of his former or present students include Aynsley Porchak, Allana Jennish,  and Shane Cook.

He is also known for his backup work recording with Country Music Hall of Fame artists, Juno award nominees and Juno award winners.  He works on how to improve technique in his workshops, rather than teaching a tune. He is a member of the Waterloo-Wellington Bluegrass Music Association. We welcome Doug to our Workshop program.


2:00pm Guitar – Jason Jones

Tottenham Bluegrass Guitar -Jason JonesJason Jones is 24 years old and has been playing music for the past 10 years. He first studied music at Mohawk College and now continues his studies at the University of Toronto. He performs music anywhere from rock to acoustic jazz. His interests also include arranging and writing music. He is strongly influenced by Tony Rice, and the progressive side of Bluegrass. Jason is a good example of “The Millenials” who are“ upping the ante” for Bluegrass instrumentalists. Bring your guitars and trade licks with Jason, who hails from Lindsay, Ontario.


3:00pm- TBA