Ox in the Mud Studio

Ox in the Mud Studio (named after a fiddle tune) began in 2013 in Greenbrier County, WV as an idea to help promote traditional music among young students who were interested in learning a stringed instrument. The studio offers afternoon/evening classes for fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar, and occasionally mandolin. Fiddle and banjo tunes, folk songs, blues, as well as fingerstyle and backing guitar are our main concentrations respectively. Our approach is to give students the tools they need for constructive musicianship and self-expression while exploring and promoting musical and cultural heritage here in our great state of West Virginia.

Dennis Ott – Instructor

Dennis Ott

Dennis Ott is a native West Virginian who has played music most of his life. His maternal grandmother, Jenny Kelly, sang and played many instruments and gave music to her whole family. Dennis learned guitar at an early age and later taught himself how to play the clawhammer (fretless) banjo. In his twenties he spent lots of time playing music at an actual Speak-Easy in Jefferson County where he really began honing in on the sounds of traditional music. His biggest interest in fiddle came after hearing West Virginia fiddler Dave Bing, with whom he eventually spent several years studying fiddle tunes.

Dennis has performed with the Hell for Certain Stringband and the Allegheny Hellbenders. Beyond the studio he offers adult classes at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV as well as children’s classes at Carnegie Kid’s College. He is also a registered instructor with the Monroe Arts Alliance of Monroe County, WV where he has taught young students receiving scholarships. Dennis continues his study of traditional music and performs when available.


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