Hen's Teeth

American Roots and Old Time Music Duo

Janie Rothfield (Fiddle, clawhammer banjo, vocals) and

Nathan Bontrager (Cello, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, vocals)



LIsten and buy Hen's Teeth New CD

Off the Cuff and On The Fly!



For all bookings and information contact Jane Rothfield  janerothfield@gmail.com



Hen’s Teeth is a fantastic and unique American duo featuring Janie Rothfield (fiddle, clawhammer banjo, vocals) and Nathan Bontrager (cello, fiddle, vocals)- two powerhouse and inventive American roots musicians who specialize in traditional and original American traditional style music.


Hen’s Teeth music is firmly rooted in the American Old Time tradition but takes on a completely unique sound that is a result of their own inventive, soulful, wild and improvisational approach to their music.  This is American roots music at its most dynamic, full of power, soul, creativity and whimsy.


Janie and Nathan will take you on a musical journey with a magical combination of fiddles, cello, clawhammer banjo and fine singing that makes the musical sparks fly!  Plus they are really funny!


Janie is based in Philadelphia and Nathan currently lives in Cologne, Germany and since forming HEN'S TEETH in 2016, they have done two tours in Europe performing at venues and teaching music workshops in England, Scotland, Belgium, Holland and Germany.  In Spring 2016, they fit in, mid-tour, time to record their first CD, titled OFF THE CUFF AND ON THE FLY, which features traditional and original tunes and songs (many written by Jane Rothfield) that pay homage to the old time traditional music they love, while stretching the sounds, rhythms, harmonies and texture of that music that is deep and unique!  


Their next tour in in June, 2017, takes them to Scotland, England, Germany and Holland. They will also add in a recording session during that tour, with a brand new trad based string quartet project-details coming soon!


Summer 2017 sees Hen's Teeth performing both on the American East Coast and Pacific Northwest, where they are the featured artists at the Zigzag Old Time Music Weekend, in Zigzag Oregon.


June 8-24       UK-Europe Tour with Hen's Teeth 

June 8            House Concert, Edinburgh Scotland 

June 9            Garmouth Folk Club, Garmouth Scotland

June 10          Fiddle Workshop, Inverness, Scotland

June 10          Tooth and Claw, Inverness, Scotland

June 12          Fiddle Workshop, Inverness Scotland

June 13          Grovesnor Jazz/Blues Night, Robin Hoods Bay, England

June 15          Norwich Arts Center, Norwich England

June 16          The Butty, London England

June 17          Fiddle/Banjo Workshop, The Harrison London England

June 17          Square Dance, Brighton England

June 18          House Concert, Brighton England

June 21          Cologne, Germany

June 22          Holland

June 23-24     Old Time Weekend Workshops, Holland



Aug 3             CD Release Party at Clifftop Appalachian Mtn. Stringband Festival 

Aug 27           House Concert, Washington DC 

Aug 28-31     Shows and Workshops in the Pacific NW (TBD)

Sept 1-4        Zigzag Old Time Music Weekend, Zigzag Oregon  (featured artists and instructors)



Listen to the Hen’s Teeth CD here: https://hensteethduo.bandcamp.com/releases


Hen’s Teeth Video







About Jane Rothfield

Fiddle and clawhammer banjo phenomenon Jane (Pennsylvania, USA) has been playing old time music since her early teens. Over her 30 year career, she has played at concerts, festivals, workshops and music camps throughout the UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia. In addition to performing with Hen’s Teeth, she performs with numerous other musical projects and bands, including contra dance supergroup Coracree, with Scottish singer Allan Carr, Panache Quartet (Four Fiery Female Fiddlers), Little Missy with her daughter Shona Carr. and The Janie Rothfield Old Time Trio. A talented and experienced music teacher, Jane is also the creator and director of the unique and popular music camp, Janie’s Jumpstart. Janie has made over a dozen recordings of her award winning brand of old time and original music over the years and her latest CD, Out of Thin Air, features 13 of her own original tunes and songs. Find out more www.janerothfield.com


About Nathan Bontrager

Nathan is a unique and versatile musician with musical chops rooted firmly in the traditional old time and folk genres. As well as being a world-class classical, jazz and experimental music cellist, he has performed throughout Europe and the US as an old time fiddler, clawhammer banjo and guitar player. Nathan has collaborated with musicians like Brian Slattery, Aaron Jonah Lewis and Harry Bolick, and regularly plays with the Ol’ Timey Messengers in Paris and the UK/US traditional band, Root & Branch.  Nathan hails from the North-Eastern USA but currently lives in Germany, where he has studied Baroque Cello and Viola da Gamba in Masters programs at the Essen and Koeln conservatories.  In addition to Appalachian and other traditional folk forms, Nathan is quite active in the improvised and new music scenes throughout Europe. Recent and upcoming projects include touring with Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians, concerts with Gerry Hemmingway, a world premier of a new composition by composer, Glenn Branca, with the cello quartet, the Octopus, and frequent concerts organized through the improv collective, Impakt, of which he was a founding member.


Hen's Teeth play Jane's original tune "In the Moment"

Hen's Teeth plays "Way Down The River" by Jane Rothfield (music) and Allan Carr (lyrics)

Hen's Teeth play Cluck Old Hen-Live improv at The Harrison (London) March 2016

Hen's Teeth play Whiteface (Joe Thrift)-Live at The Harrison (London) March 2016.