Ivan Rosenberg


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These releases and more
available now!

farewell trion



Welcome to Ivan Rosenberg's website, where you'll find original bluegrass, folk, and old time recordings featuring Dobro and clawhammer banjo, free downloadable tablature, and plenty more.

Bio: Since releasing his first solo album in 2001, Ivan Rosenberg has gained a dedicated following for his melodic, expressive acoustic music on Dobro and clawhammer banjo. Millions have heard his original songs in the background of over 300 television programs and films including The Daily Show, Oprah, Call of the Wildman, History Detectives, HBO's Making Deadwood, the Special Edition DVD of Serenity, and the Hollywood blockbuster Kangaroo Jack. Ivan earned an IBMA Award for co-writing the 2009 Song of the Year; played on the CD Southern Filibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor (produced by Grammy winner and Dobro legend Jerry Douglas); and performed with musicians including Chris Coole, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, and the April Verch Bigger Band. Ivan is also in high demand as an instructor, having taught a combined 45 weeks at music workshops such as Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp, Sore Fingers Week in England, Walker Creek Music Camp, California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, ResoSummit, 108 Mile Cabin Fever Bluegrass Workshop, NBCMS Acoustic Music Workshop, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, Midwest Banjo Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Grand Targhee Music Camp.


Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg's Return to Trion is now available!

"The dexterous duo is back with their brand of old-time clawhammer banjo and Dobro wizardry" - Elderly Instruments

"Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg's Return to Trion is the follow-up to their terrific 2010 recording, Farewell Trion. Coole sings and plays clawhammer and guitar, while Rosenberg plays Dobro, resophonic banjo and sings. The eleven resulting tracks are stunning, which range from Robbie Robertson's Stage Fright and the country classic Fool Such As I to traditionals like Georgie and Sail Away Ladies, and three originals. Great banjo picking by both players." - Banjo Newsletter

Praise for Ivan's "Oldies and Old Time":

Henry Koretzky, Bluegrass Unlimited: "A beguiling trip through the backwaters of American music history by a very entertaining guide."

Matthew DeRiso, No Depression: "This guy is top shelf. His performances on this disc are subtle, charming and expressive."

Gary Whitehouse, Sleeping Hedgehog: "I can't say enough good things about Oldies and Old Time."

Foxbeard Music: "If you're like me, be prepared to fall in love with Ivan's effortless mastery of the Dobro and clawhammer banjo."

FolkWords : "Original tunes and traditional folk folded together in a seamless synchronous collection that warms your soul."

Jerome Clark, Rambles.NET: "Rosenberg, who sings in an intimate, whispery growl with the instruments tuned low, turns in a stirring performance of the ordinarily execrable "Danny Boy." I'd judge that as close to a miracle as one is likely to encounter in this world, and I stand in awe."

JFelton, RecordDept.com: "Rosenberg's music is always a delight and and the same can be said about Oldies and Old Time."

Read Ivan's interview with Matt Allair, Music from the Big Chair.

January 15, 2015 McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids, WI Performing with the April Verch BIGGER Band.
January 16, 2015 University of Illinois Springfield Theatre in Springfield, IL Performing with the April Verch BIGGER Band.
January 17, 2015 Celtic Music Association of Des Moines (at Holy Trinity Parish Hall) in Des Moines, IA Performing with the April Verch BIGGER Band.
March 26, 2015 Magnolia Cafe in Guelph, ON @7pm Accompanying Lizzy Hoyt.
March 27, 2015 Stonecroft Folk in Ingersoll, ON @8pm Accompanying Lizzy Hoyt.
March 28, 2015 Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club in London, ON @7:30pm Accompanying Lizzy Hoyt.
March 29, 2015 Tranzac Club in Toronto, ON @5:00 - 7:00pm Accompanying Lizzy Hoyt.
April 9-12, 2015 Petaluma, CA Teaching Dobro at the Walker Creek Music Camp
April 13, 2015 San Luis Obispo, CA Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg concert - details TBA.
April 14-17, 2015 TBA, California Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg.
June 21-27, 2015 Maryville, TN Teaching Dobro at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp.
July 5-9, 2015 Milford, ON K0K 2P0 Old School Bluegrass Camp.
August 7-9, 2015 Kingsville, ON Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg at the Kingsville Folk Fest.

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