Airport Transportation to Wintergrass 2009

For those of you who might need to get to Wintergrass 2009  from SeaTac there is a company Capitol Aeroporter 253-927-6179 and that offers shuttle service. The cost for this service to and from SeaTac follows:

Shared Ride Van service for 1 passengers         $25.00
Shared Ride Van service for 3 passengers         $35.00
Shared Ride Van service for 4 passengers         $40.00



Hotel Murano-Some Rooms Available

As of today there were a few rooms that have opened up.If you need a room give a call to the Hotel Murano and see if any of them are still available. The Hotel’s number is 253-591-4142 . If you still need accommodations in Tacoma check out the Wintergrass website for a few options or  check out  the Tacoma Visitor and Convention Bureau’s website for info on hotels, restaurants and all kinds of information on the Tacoma area.

Wintergrass Schedule!! Revised on 1-30-2009

Due to the software used for the blog the schedule does appear tiny on the screen. But if you print just the post you will print it full size. You can now download a copy of the schedule form the website at schedule-30

This is a the schedule that Wintergrass has put together. It is subject to change due to flight changes. The workshop schedule will be posted as soon as possible.

KBCS Wintergrass 2009 Preview Archived Podcast

The Wintergrass 2009 preview with Wintergrass’s Steve Ruffo and KBCS’s Pete Goodall has been archived in a Podcast for the next couple of weeks on the KBCS  website. The way to access the the Podcast is by searching on the KBCS website for the “Bluegrass Ramble” show.  And don’t forget to listen to the “Bluegrass Ramble” year round every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm(91.3 FM) in the Bellevue-Seattle area or streaming live on the web.

Darol Anger @ Wintergrass

Darol Anger will bdarol_yellow_smalle participating at Wintergrass 2009 in a variety of forums. He will be at the festival both on Saturday and Sunday. His involvement will include the darol-wintergrassworkshops and will be performing  with The Bee Eaters. If you check out Darol’s tour schedule he describes his Wintergrass participation as “Darol will be floating around Wintergrass”.  Darol is always exciting in whatever capacity you get to see him in. Darol has played Wintergrass in the past with The Duo,David Grisman Reunion, The Duo with Vasen,New Grange,Psychograss.

Darol Anger’s  resume includes: the original violinist in The David Grisman Quintet, partnered with Mike Marshall in The Duo,The Montreaux Band, Turtle Island String Band,Fiddlers 4, Repuic of Strings, among others.

Aside from his great playing he spends an amazing amount of time educating musicians. Anger helped found the String Resource Board of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He has led seminars at the Stanford, Oberlin and Amherst Jazz Workshops, regularly teaches at the Berklee School of Music and the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp, and at workshops and clinics from Campo Do Jordao, Brazil to the Music Conservatory at Bremen, Germany. He has released two popular instructional videos for Homespun Tapes, is a Contributing Editor for Strings magazine, and serves on the ASTA Editorial Board.

The recipient of a 1995 California Arts Council Composer Fellowship, Anger was nominated in 1997 for the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts. He is a McDowell Fellow and received a Composers’ Residency from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He was the winner of the Frets Magazine Readers’ Poll for Best Jazz Violinist for four years running. he is the Music Director of the StringNation Festival, an annual contemporary music festival hosted by Rutgers University.

Check out his website for his full bio

Workshops at Wintergrass 2009

The schedule for the workshops is still being worked on but some of the workshops have been confirmed. Here is a sample of the workshops scheduled at this point.Of course this is still subject to changes due to travel arrangements. Watch for the complete schedule as we get closer to the festival.

Meet the Steeldrivers

Meet the Band “Fiddle & Band” Workshop –  Michael Cleveland and Band

String player Extravaganza with Darol Anger, Aaron Redner of Hot Buttered Rum, Joe Fulton of The Tallboys, Tristan and Tashina Clarridge of The Bee Eaters

Shake, Rattle & Roll; Percussion in Folk Music – with Joe Craven, Simon Chrisman and Brian Rice

Clogging Workshop – with Charmaine Slaven of The Tallboys

Building a Bridge Between Bluegrass Mandolin and Classical Mandolin and  Helping Your Fiddle to Swing – with Evan Marshall of Cody Bryant and the Riders of The Purple Sage

Story Speak- To take a memory or burning passion and turn it into a tale or a truth. Workshop will reflect oral traditions of southern Appalachia complete with characters, plot, conflict and resolution. We’ll spend a little time talking about similarities of writing lyrics and telling a spoken story as well as where the story teller stands in the story. Participants should come with an idea of a story they want to tell. We’ll develop it in the workshop.

Meet the Filmmaker with Joe Weed “The Waltz to Westpahlia”

Harmony with  The Issacs