Teaches: Guitar, Ukulele, Clawhammer Banjo, and Upright Bass. Also serves as 317 Main’s Partnership Program coordinator.
Teaching Philosophy: I strive for my students (youth, adults, ensembles) to learn musical skills & truths that transcend whatever instrument(s) they use. I love to facilitate open-minded, creative collaborations, and I seek to lead in a way that inspires individuals to express their own ideas and musical understandings. I aim to equip my students with the tools to continuously learn on their own, to effectively collaborate with other artists/humans, and to use their music to find & create inspiration, understanding and community.
Music Influences: Bill Monroe, Gus Cannon, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robt Sarazin Blake, Tommy Jarrell
Current Projects: Red-Eyed Fox
When I’m not making music: Gardening, Bicycling, Eating good honest food
Favorite place in Maine: In the water
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Jake is schooled in American traditional music and his specialties are old-time, bluegrass, country, folk and rock n roll. He manages 317 Main’s Partnership Program, which provides engaging music programming to Southern Maine schools and other community organizations like Boys & Girls Club. He sings and plays banjo, guitar, upright bass and ukulele. Jake studied clawhammer banjo with Bruce Molsky and graduated from Vassar College in Cultural Geography with a minor in Music.
His first touring band, The Powder Kegs, won a 2007 talent contest live on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He has toured nationally and internationally with Tumbling Bones, a vocal-centric folk band combining old-time, bluegrass and rock n roll. They were chosen as U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors to perform and teach in Eastern Europe in 2014 & 2015.
He grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and has been living in Portland, Maine since 2009. He loves to square dance and swing dance, and he leads old-time jams in the Portland area. He’s a sucker for scratchy field recordings, and he still wants to learn to play the fiddle and piano.