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The Old Time Traveling Music School
Val Mindel & Debra Clifford teaching at Jalopy Music School in Brooklyn

Video! A big shout out to Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, Brooklyn
and Josh Steinbauer, videographer!

Val & Debra Old Time Traveling Music School from josh steinbauer on Vimeo.


Who we are:
Val Mindel is a singer and multi-instrumentalist and veteran teacher at music camps and workshops around the country and abroad. For more on Val, click here.

Debra Clifford is well known on the old-time scene in the northeast, as a great guitar/mandolin player and an unparalleled harmony singer and as half of the Lonesome Sisters and Old Buck. For more on Debra, click here.

What we sound like:
I Wish My Baby Was Born
Traditional: Val, lead; Debra, tenor
Old Lonesome Blues
Traditional: Val, lead; Debra, tenor, guitar
Black Jack Grove
From Walter McNew, Rockcastle County, Kentucky: Val, Fiddle; Debra, guitar
Long Time Traveling
Traditional: Val, lead and mandolin; Debra, tenor and mandolin
Rockingham Cindy
From Tommy Jarrell: Debra, fretless clawhammer banjo; Val, tenor and mandolin

What we do:
We bring fine harmony singing and instrumental expertise to old-time and early country music, with workshops aimed at singers and pickers looking to get to that next level.

Our workshops are crafted to fit your needs – an afternoon, a full day or even a weekend – and range from the basics of two- and three-part country harmony and rhythm to all the details that make the music buzz: blends, stacks, breaks, fills and more.

Ask us for details, email Val Mindel or Debra Clifford

How to reach us:
Val Mindel & Debra Clifford
Old Time Traveling Music School
PO Box 342, Marlboro VT 05344
phone: 802.257.1383 or 718.974.6256 (mobile)
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