Slateford Creek is Jand and Jeff Ausfahl, a singing, Irish and Scottish music duo. The Celtic Voyage program features traditional Irish and Scottish songs, tunes and sea shanties. Instruments used include banjo, guitar, penny whistle, tambourine, various shakers and rattles, and concertina. to get everyone up and moving to the music!
Jeff spent his childhood in Glasgow, Scotland playing the snare drum in the local bagpipe band. He has a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar from Berklee College of Music and a master’s in classical guitar from Montclair State University. He has toured America, Europe and the South Pacific extensively. Jeff’s first banjo job was on Broadway in New York City in the 1980’s, performing with Mickey Rooney. Since then, he has devoted himself to the unique tuning of the Irish banjo and octave mandolin. Jeff has since lost his Scottish accent but not his love for Celtic music!
Jan started her musical career as a trombonist before taking up the washboard in Cracked Walnuts. Folk instruments have always fascinated her so she has incorporated the Irish tin whistle, the Italian tamburello (a type of tambourine), the English concertina, and even Colombian maracas into Celtic music.
Slateford Creek is just two people, but comes with lots of interesting, worldly sounds!
This musical program is presented by the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library