Three Ring Circle

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This trio is playing Wintergrass 2009 in a rare performance. The reason they don’t play many shows would be that they are kept busy with their “day jobs”. Dobro player Rob Ickes tours with Blue Highway, fiddle and mandolinist Andy Leftwitch tours with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder and bassist Dave Pomeroy is busy with his work playing sessions in Nashville. The trio has one cd titled Three Ring Circle showcasing their instrumental skills.

Rob is a 7 time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year with 4 solo albums to his credit and a founding member of Blue Highway and plays on all of their releases. Rob also played on the Grammy Award winning “Great Dobro Sessions” He also spend time when not on the road playing sessions for a variety of artists including Patty Loveless, Earl Scruggs and Alison Krauss.

Andy has a Grammy Award for his playing on Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunders album “History of The Future” Andy has one solo CD “Ride”. Andy is also an IBMA winner with the other members of Kentucky Thunder in the Instrumental Group of the Year category.

Dave has played on over 400 albums and six Grammy winning CDs with artists such as Emmylou Harris, The Chieftains, Elton John, Earl Scruggs and Alison Krauss. He has performed live with dozens of major artists including Duane Eddy, John Fogerty, Steve Winwood, and Mose Allison. He has been voted “Studio Musician of The Year” and “Bassist of The Year” at the Nashville Music Awards. He has released 7 albums on Earwave Records, including his solo CDs “Basses Loaded” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

Rob Ickes-Dobro, Andy Leftwich- mandolin,fiddle, Dave Pomeroy-bass

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Wintergrass Attendees Get a Discount on Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer at Benaroya Hall in Seattle

Wintergrass fans are being offered a special discount for the mandolinist  Chris Thile & bassist Edgar Meyer’s October 6th performance at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA. This performance is a part of the great series of music being performed this year at Benaroya Hall. Chris and Edgar (performing as just a duo) will be performing original music that will be featured on an new CD the duo will be releasing a new cd on Sept 23 titled “Chris Thile  & Edgar Meyer”

This discount is only available by calling Forrest Schofield 206-215-4818 (if you get voicemail please leave a message) in the Group Sales dept at the Seattle Symphony. The discount prices range from $9.50 to $31.00 depending on availability.Here is the website for more info  http://tinyurl.com/4g6xd2

The Series also has some other great acoustic performances with a variety of artists. Wintergrass extends its thanks to the Symphony for this great discounted performance.

Get Ready To Jam @ Wintergrass with Some Great Instruction Books by Pete Martin

Pete Martin, the 1994 National Adult Fiddle Champion @ the Weiser, ID fiddle  competition, has published a series of fiddle and mandolin instruction books that will certainly help kick up your jamming skills for picking at Wintergrass. Petes mandolin skills earned him a top 5 spot in the 1983 National Mandolin contest at the Winfield,KS competition. Pete is a fixture at Wintergrass through the years as a performer, workshop instructor and is seen quite often in the halls jamming.

These instruction books range in topic from theory of mandolin & fiddle to Texas style fiddle playing. They are available on a shareware type distribution from his website. A pdf is available to check out the materials, then when you see the quality of the product you send Pete a check for $10 bucks and he will send you a hard copy of the book. Pete also gives mandolin and fiddle lessons in the Seattle area.

Checkout all the info on Pete’s website  http://www.petimarpress.com/index.html

The Isaacs

Bluegrass gospel music will be represented by The Isaacs in their first Wintergrass appearance. The Issacs are nominated for 2008 IBMA Vocal Group of The Year and band member Sonya Isaacs is nominated for Female Vocalist of The Year.  They have recorded 30 albums  in over 21 years of performing. They have won many awards through the years including Dove Awards,SPGMA Awards and a Grammy Nomination. Click here to see the the long list of awards and nominations. Sonya Isaacs has just signed a songwriting contract with Disney Music Publishing in Nashville. Sonya is a well know session vocalist in Nashville when not on the road recording with a variety of musicians including Dolly Parton, Rhonda Vincent and Paul Simon.

Lily Isaacs- Vocals,  Sonya Isaacs-Mandolin & Vocals, Ben Isaacs- Bass & Vocals, Rebecca Isaacs Bowman-Guitar & Vocals