Jim Mueller has been playing the fiddle since 1977 and is primarily interested in Southern fiddle styles. He has performed and taught at dances and festivals throughout California and the United States, including the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington, the Swannanoa Gathering, in Asheville, North Carolina, and the Lark in the Morning Summer Music Celebration. His wife, Amber Mueller has been playing Appalachian music since 1985. She plays fiddle, bass, piano and guitar and also enjoys clogging and has taught at several camps. 

Jim & Amber will be hosting a jam on Sunday afternoon.

Jim & Amber mueller
Arlene immerman

Arlene has been singing all her life. She has led innumerable song swaps at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, Camp Harmony and many other gatherings. Some of her biggest influences are Faith Petric, Michael Cooney, Pete Seeger, Sheila Kaye Adams, Jean Ritchie, the Copper Family and thousands of others who have passed the songs down from parent to child, knee to knee. 

Arlene will be hosting a song swap on Sunday afternoon.

Lael Sigal

Lael Sigal is a member of ROSS, the Relatively Oldtime Singing Society. She plays oldtime fiddle too, and is the Valiant Volunteer Coordinator for the BOTMC.

Lael will be hosting a song swap on Friday afternoon.

Dinah & Noah Stroe

Dinah and Noah Stroe are the organizers of the Tuesday night Andronico's jam, so called because it used to take place at Andronico's market; now it takes place online!

Tony PHillips & Susan Spath

Tony Phillips is the leader of the Freight's regular monthly old-time jam, now on hold.  He'll lead the BOTMC jam with his partner Susan Spath.

Mark Wardenburg

Mark Wardenburg is always ready to play old-time and bluegrass music!  He's a strong player who loves to jam.


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OUR FUNDERS:  We greatly appreciate the generous support of Ed Littlefield, Jr.; Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation; the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission; the Alameda County Art Commission; and the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. 

Thanks also to our nonprofit sponsors:  Freight & SalvageKPFA-FMAshkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, and the California Bluegrass Association


Extra-special thanks to our Valiant Volunteer Coordinator, Lael Sigal, and of course to all our volunteers – they make the BOTMC possible!


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