Wintergrass 2012 Performers-Tim O’Brien

One of the most diverse and prolific musician’s in bluegrass, Tim O’Brien (2 time IBMA “Male Vocalist of the Year”

Tim O'brien

will be back at Wintergrass 2012 performing this time as a trio with Bryan Sutton (guitar) & Mike Bub (bass). Tim was singer,mandolinst and fiddle player with Hot Rize for 12 years before establishing himself as a solo artist.  Tim’s bio is way to long for a blog post so it is best if you are not familiar with Tim to check out his website. If you know Tim’s music you know it will be another stellar performance at Wintergrass.

Guitarist Bryan Sutton has been voted    “Guitarist of the Year” by IBMA in 2000, 2003, 2004,2005,2006 and 2011 Bryan’s playing has been

Bryan Sutton
Bryan Sutton

featured as a former member of Ricky Skaggs Kentucky Thunder,The Dixie Chicks and Bryan has recorded with a variety of artists as a session player. Bryan’s website has some great info on where you can hear his guitar playing.  http://www.bryansutton.com/discography.cfm  

Mike Bub,5 times  “Bassist of the Year”  was a founding member of The Weary Hearts,spent over a decade with Del McCoury and has toured with a variety of band including Dale Ann Bradley, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet, currently playing with 18 South. Take a look at Mike’s credits has a performer and producer   http://www.allmusic.com/artist/mike-bub-p60492/credits/date-asc/ 

 

Mike Bub
Mike Bub
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Wintergrass 2012 Workshop Schedule!

A major part of Wintergrass is the workshops that are included in your admission to the festival. Even if you do not play any instruments it is great to learn about the music. This years workshops include:songwriting,various instruments,festival yoga,harmony singing, the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s Bill Monroe Centennial Travelling Exhibit, a film on Pete Seeger, square dance calling and of course, much,much more. This is the schedule as of today but as with any live event unforeseen circumstances may make changes necessary.

                       

Wintergrass 2012 Performers-Red Wine

Wintergrass 2012 is focusing on the international reach of bluegrass and Italian bluegrass band Red Wine  is one of the oldest bluegrass bands in Europe, actively touring since 1978, with a style that embraces traditional and contemporary bluegrass, country, gospel, and a little swing. Red Wine  has played all over Europe, appearing at some of the major international festivals and venues in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Holland, Czech Republic and Austria, sharing the stage with major acts from the USA and Europe and gaining a strong following everywhere. 

Mandolin and lead singer Martino Coppo has played and recorded with Tony Trischka & Barbara Lamb, Gene Parsons, Carlo Aonzo, Freewheelin’, Arizona, Francesco Guccini, Roberto Dalla Vecchia, Vittorio De Scalzi, La Rosa Tatuata, and performs frequently with Beppe Gambetta (one of Red Wine’s founding members along with Silvio), the Kathy Chiavola Band, and Paolo Bonfanti. He also keeps a busy teaching shedule on bluegrass/folk mandolin, giving workshops and private lessons.
Red Wine founding member Silvio Ferretti (banjo, guitar, dobro, harmony vocals) also played with Freewheelin’ for a few years. He’s contributed to music mags in Italy and the USA for about 25 years, and in the past 10 years has cultivated one of his lifelong passions working as a luthier. He also works as a consultant for Saga Musical Instruments, and plays with the Saga bluegrass band at the major music trade shows around the world. Harmony singer and guitar player, Luca Bartolini, did an initial stint with Red Wine in the early ’90s, taking the place left vacant by Beppe Gambetta, then moved on to play New Country with a well known band called Hocus Pocus before joining Red Wine again in 2002.
Harmony singer and bass player,  Lucas Bellotti has just joined the band.

Scholarship Opportunity for 1-Day Workshop on Innovative Ways to Motivate Students (Snoqualmie Valley Teachers)

Scholarship Opportunity for 1-Day Workshop on Innovative Ways to Motivate Students and Increase Learning and 4-Day Pass to Award-Winning Wintergrass Music Festival
The Sallal Grange in North Bend, Washington is awarding a scholarship to a Snoqualmie Valley resident (Carnation, Fall City, Preston, Snoqualmie, North Bend or Snoqualmie Pass) or educator teaching in Snoqualmie Valley to a highly acclaimed one-day workshop  to be held Friday, February 24, 2012 at the Wintergrass Music Festival ( www.wintergrass.com ) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, Washington PLUS a 4-day pass for the award-winning Wintergrass Music Festival.
“This is the best workshop that I have ever attended in my 20+ years as a teacher!,” commented Dana Nohavec, teacher at Snoqualmie Elementary School in Snoqualmie, Washington, last year’s scholarship recipient.
According to Snoqualmie resident and Workshop Director, Trisha Tubbs, “This is very exciting!!!  I can’t thank the Sallal Grange enough for its generosity!  What a terrific opportunity for a Valley resident!” 
Asked about the workshop, Tubbs replied  “We’ve brought in some leading experts from around the country to create an innovative, interactive and interesting workshop.  Teachers attending the workshop in past years raved about what an excellent workshop it was and what a great time they had.”
The Workshop (“Innovative Ways to Motivate Students and Increase Learning: Harnessing the Power of American Roots Music and Dance!!!” ) is approved for 8 clock hours of continuing education for Washington State teachers . It features  acclaimed professor Dr. Tom Kopp from the School of Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; Nancy Cardwell, former teacher and Special Projects Director for the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville, Tennessee; Dr. Renata Bratt, PhD., one of the leading eclectic styles educators (and musician) in the country; Beth Fortune, Wintergrass Education Director, Washington Middle School Orchestra and Choir director, and Chair of the American String Teacher Association’s Eclectic Styles committee; and other highly rated educators.  
This interactive, “hands-on” workshop will provide educational information on American roots music, share teaching and motivation approaches using music and dance, and provide lesson plans and resources for utilizing bluegrass/Americana music in the classroom. The workshop will provide strategies to increase student motivation to learn, promote cultural awareness, increase music appreciation and engage students with different learning abilities and diverse backgrounds.
Applicants must either live or teach in the Snoqualmie Valley.  Teachers, librarians, curriculum specialists student teachers, students studying education, college professors teaching education, and home school parents/educators are eligible to apply For more information about the workshop go to:  http://www.acousticsound.org/educators.html
To apply:
1.     Applicants must submit a short essay (no more than one page) on why they should be awarded the scholarship. 
2.     Applicants must include with their essay their name, contact information, and any pertinent information. 
3.     Although not required, a letter(s) of recommendation would be advisable.
Send applications to the Sallal Grange & Community Hall, PO Box 1688, North Bend, WA 98045 or emailed to info@sallalgrange.org.
The application deadline is Feb 10th, 2012.
The Sallal Grange & Community Hall recently celebrated eighty years of being a local resource and cornerstone for community fellowship and service. The Grange does various activities to benefit the community and local non-profit organizations such as the Mt. Si Helping Hands Food Bank in North Bend, the Mt. Si Community Center, the Linus Project and student/teacher music education, growth and learning.  The Grange also hosts public events including a well-regarded open mic the first Friday of every month with a communal potluck beforehand, a family board game night from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm the last Wednesday of every month, concerts throughout the year and lectures/presentations of various topics. More information about the Sallal Grange & Community Hall is available on the web at:  www.SallalGrange.org .

An Evening of Acoustic Roots Music with John Reischman & The Jaybirds- Cahalen Morrison & Eli West -Jan 28-2012

Saturday, January 28

An Evening of Acoustic Roots Music with
John Reischman & The Jaybirds ( a former Wintergrass performer)
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (Wintergrass 2012 performers)

Columbia City Theater
Show at 8pm, Tickets $15

LISTEN to the artists: http://www.hearthmusic.com/concerts.html
BUY Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/210833

Wow, this is going to be a great night of bluegrass and acoustic roots
music with two of our most favorite bands! Cahalen & Eli are fresh off a
series of tours in the UK and Europe and have some new music to share.
John Reischman & The Jaybirds are one of the finest bluegrass bands
around and are always a delight to catch live.

John Reischman & The Jaybirds
In a marketplace flooded with virtuosic bluegrass ensembles, John
Reischman & The Jaybirds have found a recipe to stand out from the rest:
they go back to the roots of bluegrass and old-time music for their
inspiration, then spin these roots into a new sound. On their new album,
Vintage & Unique, they cover songs and tunes from Bill Monroe, Hobart
Smith, and Hazel Dickens, but the real gems of the album are the
band’s originals. These songs and tunes are clearly informed by the
tradition, but John Reischman & The Jaybirds have an eclectic creativity
that guides their excursions in acoustic roots music.

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Starting from their mutual love of old-time and bluegrass singing,
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West have brought in a myriad of new ideas and
influences, like the wide, empty spaces of Cahalen’s home state of New
Mexico, or Eli’s crooked harmonies and unorthodox syncopations. But more
importantly, they get that the music needs space to breath, space to
think, space to belong. This is rare in the barn-burning speedster world
of today’s bluegrass picking parties, and it transforms their music into
something entirely new and refreshing.

Snoqualmie Valley Student Scholarship Opportunity for Wintergrass 2012 2- Day American Roots Music Academy

Student Scholarship Opportunity for 2- Day American Roots Music Academy
The Sallal Grange in North Bend, Washington is awarding a scholarship to a Snoqualmie Valley student in the 4th to 8th grades residing in Carnation, Fall City, Preston, Snoqualmie, North Bend or Snoqualmie Pass area to the award-winning Wintergrass Youth Academy to be held February 23 – 24, 2012 at the Wintergrass Music Festival ( www.wintergrass.com ) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue, Washington PLUS a 4-day pass for the Wintergrass Music Festival.
The Wintergrass Youth Academy features internationally acclaimed musician and educator, Joe Craven, and top-notch educators from Washington, Oregon, California and Ohio. The program culminates with a student performance on Friday evening February 24 on one of the main stages at the Wintergrass Music Festival. For more information about the workshop go to:  http://www.acousticsound.org/youth.html
To apply:
1.     Applicants must submit a short essay (no more than one page) on why they should be awarded the scholarship. 
2.     Applicants must include with their essay their name, contact information, school, grade and any pertinent information. 
3.     Although not required, a letter(s) of recommendation would be advisable.
Send applications to the Sallal Grange & Community Hall, PO Box 1688, North Bend, WA 98045 or emailed to info@sallalgrange.org.
The application deadline is Feb 10th 2012.
The Sallal Grange & Community Hall recently celebrated eighty years of being a local resource and cornerstone for community fellowship and service. The Grange does various activities to benefit the community and local non-profit organizations such as the Mt. Si Helping Hands Food Bank in North Bend, the Mt. Si Community Center, the Linus Project and student/teacher music education, growth and learning.  The Grange also hosts public events including a well-regarded open mic the first Friday of every month with a communal potluck beforehand, a family board game night from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm the last Wednesday of every month, concerts throughout the year and lectures/presentations of various topics. More information about the Sallal Grange & Community Hall is available on the web at:  www.SallalGrange.org .

                                         Wintergrass workshop contact: Trisha Tubbs  ttubbs@softresources.com

 
 

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttehbrgroupfieldred Rum is the perfect band for a Wintergrass dance.Friday and Saturday nights will be have a return of  Hot Buttered Rum playing dance sets!!  Initially formed as an acoustic string band, seven years of constant touring has transformed Hot Buttered Rum into a plugged-in, percussive powerhouse that wows critics and fans alike. Their left-coast rock reveals an access to jazz, country, and world music that few groups can match. While the band’s music belies simple categorization, its songwriting and stage chemistry delights listeners at every turn.  This is a band who have a diverse background in music before exploring the bluegrass world. They do a lot of original tunes utilizing their classical,jazz,rock,Grateful Dead & bluegrass roots. Hot Buttered Rum sets often include Bill Monroe classics,fiddle tunes, originals, Grateful Dead songs, The Band  and whatever the band is inspired to play at the moment. This quintet plays an amazing variety of instruments including banjo, guitar, Dobro™, ukulele, flute, whistle, clarinet, saxophone, accordion, piano, harmonica,mandolins,violin,bass,guitar. The band’s music has been described as High Altitude Bluegrass.  The hbr_logo1band is also well known for their involvement by their participating actively in being Green. The bands current bus,whose name is Seana, and previous bus are  fueled with biofuels and has landed the band an appearance on NPR’s Car Talk with their song Well-Oiled Machine (produced by Mike Marshall) . The bands website has some great info on their bus aside from their music.Also you can hear  a few of their tunes from a live performance of theirs on their website.

Nat Keefe-guitar Aaron Redner-violin,mandolin,electric mandolin Bryan Horne-bass  Eric Yates-banjo,guitar, ukelele, flute, whistle,clarinet,saxopophone,accordian,piano, harmonica Dobro Lucas Carlton-Drums