Wintergrass 2013 Performers-Peter Rowan & The Travelin’ McCoury’s

The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear trowan and mccouryshis immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.

Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”

It’s that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they’ll come to you.

 

 

Peter Rowan was one of the major cult bluegrass artists of the ’80s, winning a devoted, international fan base through his independent records and constant touring. A skilled singer/songwriter, Rowan also yodeled, and played numerous stringed instruments and the saxophone. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts; his parents and many of his relatives were musicians, and it seemed only natural that Rowan too would become one. When he was a teenager, he frequently hung out at the Hillbilly Ranch, where he heard such bluegrass and old-time bands as the Lilly Brothers. He also enjoyed listening to the blues.

Rowan formed the Tex-Mex band the Cupids while he was in high school. The group became a popular New England attraction and independently released a single. After college, he decided to become a professional musician, and in 1963 joined the Cambridge-based Mother Bay State Entertainers as a mandolin player and singer, appearing on their LP The String Band Project. In 1964, after performing with Jim Rooney and Bill Keith, Rowan became a rhythm guitarist and lead singer with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. He remained with them through 1967, leaving to join mandolinist David Grisman in the folk-rock band Earth Opera. The group recorded a couple of albums and toured (frequently opening for the Doors) until the early ’70s. One of their albums, The Great Eagle Tragedy (1969) produced a minor hit single, “Home to You.”

While with Monroe and Earth Opera, Rowan began to write and co-write songs, some of which were used in both bands. After leaving Earth Opera, he became a part of Seatrain, a rock-fusion unit whose records were produced by George Martin. Rowan left the band in 1972 to form the Rowan Brothers with siblings Chris and Lorin, and recorded one eponymous album. After the group disbanded, Rowan then recorded Old & In The Way with Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn. In 1974, Rowan, Grisman, Clarence White and Richard Greene formed Muleskinner, a bluegrass band. Muleskinner released one album and then disbanded. He then reunited the Rowan Brothers, who this time played together until the early ’80s. Meanwhile, Rowan also began playing rock and bluegrass with Mexican Airforce, which featured accordion player Flaco Jimenez. In the mid- ’80s, he and Jiminez again reteamed to record Flaco Jiminez and Peter Rowan: Live Rockin’ Tex-Mex. He founded the Nashville-based Wild Stallions in 1983, and throughout the ’80s and ’90s continued to work with a variety of musicians and tour as a solo act.
-Sandra Brennan, Pollstar

Wintergrass Sponsors!!!

Don’t forget to support our great Wintergrass 2013 Sponsors!!

D’Addario – Wintergrass is deeply grateful to be a recipient of the support of D’Addario. This family-run business has a multi-generational commitment to music and musicians that expresses itself in thoughtful generosity. Wintergrass never turns away anyone who wants to participate in the Youth Academy because D’Addario makes that possible. In addition every student receives a great pile of goodies that include strings, polishing cloths, picks and all kinds of other stuff that make every kid feel like a real musician. Thank you.

Martin Guitar – The Martin Guitar Company has, through the years, managed to survive with each succeeding generation from C. F. Martin, Sr.’s Stauffer influenced creations of the 1830s to recent developments introduced by C. F. Martin IV. Continuous operation under family management is a feat bordering on the remarkable, reflecting six generations of dedication to the guitarmaker’s craft. In or out of the music industry, C. F. Martin has few rivals for sheer staying power. Wow. One of our earliest sponsors, Martin Guitar has provided a gorgeous, personalized Martin Guitar to the festival for years. That kind of loyalty and that kind of support is rare and wonderful and we are profoundly appreciative of it.

City of Bellevue Arts Program – Bellevue has welcomed Wintergrass to their fair city with enthusiasm and friendliness from day one. This year we are so pleased to welcome the City of Bellevue as an official sponsor. We love a city that believes the arts are an essential part of creating healthy, happy living space. We love being part of the plan. Thank you Bellevue for not only letting the banjos ring, but for actually being a big part of providing the support necessary to do so.

Rayco – Our friends north of the border make a mighty fine instrument. Along with Martin Guitar Mark and his crew are among our most loyal and longstanding supporters. Their cheerful enthusiasm always attracts some great jamming around their booth. We thank them for their fine craftsmanship, lovely smiles and fantastic music. We’re sure you agree, eh?

Orvis – It’s always a good thing to have great neighbors. When Wintergrass moved into the neighborhood we found a fantastic neighbor in Reggie Harris and the Orvis shop just around the corner. Providers of great outdoor wear and fishing gear, it turns out they also love bluegrass. In addition to their fine support of the festival, the Orvis store is also host to bluegrass concerts during the festival and throughout the year.

Nechville – Way back in the early days of Wintergrass, a banjo builder from MN told us he could teach people how to build banjos out of school desks and then teach them how to play them. In two hours. And he did it. Tom Nechville’s commitment to making a great banjo is unmatched. He and his instruments have been a part of the festival for years both on and off stage. We thank him for his support not only of this festival, but of his passion for making it possible for a generation of people to play music.

Taylor Guitars – We are happy to welcome Taylor Guitars to their very first Wintergrass. These folks down in San Diego build beautiful guitars and have a very impressive roster of artists including Zac Brown, Nanci Griffith, Jonathan Edwards, Leo Kotke and a whole lot more. We are pleased we’ll be hearing the sounds of Taylor Guitars as we stroll through the Wintergrass halls.

Northfield Instruments – When you think about Michigan, you might think about building cars or The Blues. But there is also a very lovely sound coming out of Marshall, Michigan from the fine folks at Northfield Instruments. We are thrilled to have their support this year and hope you’ll see why folks like Adam Steffy ( Boxcars), Clay Hess (Sierra Hull & Highway 111), Nick Keen (The Josh Williams Band) and many more—love the tone, intonation and playability of their Northfield Mandolins.

Forssell Technologies – Forssell Technologies has been designing and building high-end audio equipment for over 35 years. All this experience adds up to musically true and sonically accurate recordings. We are grateful for their ongoing support of Wintergrass and for their commitment to high quality sound and recordings of the music we all love!

Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association – Western Montana is rich in bluegrass music and the Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association is at the heart of the bluegrass community. They are active throughout the year supporting jams and hosting a one-day bluegrass festival in April of their own, and supporting Wintergrass. These folks know how to have grand time, hosting one of the Wintergrass Jam Suites, where they showcase bands and jam all weekend long. We are honored to call them friends and thankful for their support of live music.

Oregon Bluegrass Association – Our friends to the south in Oregon have a very active bluegrass community, thanks in part to the Oregon Bluegrass Association. We are thrilled to have their support and look forward to their very happening Jam Suite during Wintergrass. They invite us all to come pick with them at their hospitality suite and to share the love!

PSAV – Who knew coming to the big city would be so much fun? The crew at PSAV has actually made staging and lighting support fun. We love working with them and are astonished at their generosity in the details and their willingness to think creatively with us.

Hales Ales – The vision of Hale’s Ales began in 1982 while Mike Hale spent a year bicycling among the small villages of southern England. In the course of his travels he developed a great appreciation for the traditionally brewed ales of England’s small breweries. It was then that he conceived the idea of opening a brewery in his home state of Washington to produce the kinds of ales he had come to love in England. Hale’s has since developed into not only a very busy brewery, but also a gathering place for food, brews and music at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont, one of the venues for the fantastic Moisture Festival. We deeply appreciate their steadily growing friendship with and support of Wintergrass.

Hands That Rock – We’re very pleased to have Hands That Rock join us for the first time this year. This team of massage therapists specialize in body work designed specifically for musicians and stagehands. They will be offering massage services during the festival. A generous portion of the proceeds from their work will go to support Wintergrass education programs. Get a massage and give the gift of music education all at once. What a deal! Look for Hands that Rock on the Evergreen level. Massages will be offered on Thursday from 5-8pm, Friday from 10am to 8pm, Saturday from 10am to 8pm and on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

We’re also grateful to our media partners who help to spread the word about Wintergrass all year long!

Bellevue.com
KBCS
KSER
KBOO
The Nectar Lounge
Kirkland Performance Center

Wintergrass 2013 Performers-Mamajowali

To hear these three musicians from far flung places collaborate is to take in three souls, listening and greeting one another in a universal language – seamlessly interweaving two continents and three bright musical sensibilities. The blend of kamale ngoni (the hunter’s harp) with six string guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin and singing – is uncommon and familiar while traditional and innovative – all at the same time. This new “Afromericana” project places each of these respected N. CA based artists in a new sound of common ground.

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Joe Cravenwww.joecraven.com

Mamadou Sidibewww.musicmali.com

Walter Strausswww.walterstrauss.com

Joe Craven

Award winning creativity educator, former museum curator, actor, festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes Music Camp and Co-Director of Wintergrass Youth Academy, multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven’s love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, Yo-Yo Ma, David Lindley and Jason Marsalis, to fusion banjoist Alison Brown and groups such as The Persuasions, Psychograss and The Horseflies. For 17 years, he was percussionist/ violinist with mandolinist David Grisman. With presenting workshops and lectures in Costa Rica, to thousands of school kids in Scotland, from house concerts to major festivals and from Carnegie Hall to busking at Cannery Row – Joe’s at home and loving every minute.

“Joe Craven is Magical.”
~ San Francisco Chronicle

Mamadou Sidibe

Master kamale ngoni player, Mamadou Sidibe is from the Wassoulou Region of Mali, West Africa. Twenty-five years ago Mamadou played a groundbreaking role in transforming the music of this region from it’s origins in hunters’ sacred melodies- -played on six string donso ngoni (hunter’s harps)– to a music of philosophical observations, politics and daily life. Mamadou was one of the first to expand the instrument’s range with two extra strings, creating the popular kamale ngoni. He has recently enhanced the kamale ngoni even further, by creating 10 and 12 string kamale ngoni. Mamadou, with artists Coumba Sidibe, Oumou Sangare and Ramatu Diakite, spread the new sounds through recordings and performances in Europe, Africa and the United States. Not only is Mamadou an award winning musician and master of the kamale ngoni, he is accomplished on several other African instruments as well.

“At the center of his music is the same sensibility that you’ll find in Muddy Waters: a sense of music as a tool for the recreation of everyday life into something special, even magical.”
~ Stylus

Walter Strauss

Fingerstyle guitar ace Walter Strauss draws on American roots, world music traditions, and jazz to create a sound uniquely his own. An accomplished composer and lyricist, he has also transposed the intricate music of the kora, a 21-string West African harp, to the guitar to create mind-bending renditions of traditional African melodies. Walter has toured with kora virtuoso and 2010 Grammy winner Mamadou Diabate, and with kamal ngoni (hunters harp) master Mamadou Sidibe, both of Mali. He has recently returned from Mali where he met and played with some of the great West African musicians, and he is currently working on a duo project with Sidiki Diabate, son of the legendary kora master Toumani Diabate.

“A many-layered, multi-textured, one-man folk festival.”
~ Maverick Magazine

Wintergrass 2013 Performers-Kevin Brown & The Beloved Country

Singer-songwriter Kevin Brown makes his home in rural Northeastern Washington state, not too far from the farms where two sets of great-grandparents settled a century ago. Living amidst the Ponderosa Pine forests and rivers that spill out of the Selkirk Mountains, it’s not surprising that Landscape and Place play an important part in Kevin’s songs. But the rich natural world of the surroundings is not just a backdrop, but also serves as a metaphor for exploring the landscapes of the heart and soul — faith, family, love, the passage of time, and the interwoven fabric of earth and humanity. There are always more layers to explore in a well-crafted song.

Kevin released his debut album of originals, The County Primaries, in 2010 to quiet critical acclaim. NoDepression.com called it “easily one of the best debut albums of 2010”. For a songwriter coming into a solo career in his late 40s, Brown’s debut album was surprisingly self-assured. Aided by the production of renowned Northwest producer and Dobro wizard Ivan Rosenberg, and featuring some of the Northwest’s most respected acoustic musicians, the many textures of the album highlighted the rich lyrical imagery of Kevin’s songwriting. To further complement the songs, Kevin solicited the artwork of internationally-acclaimed artist Katherine Nelson to do the original cover, a relationship which he has continued for his second album The Beloved Country which is being released in 2012. Kevin’s songs and Katherine’s charcoal drawings form a rich partnership which hearkens back to the pre-digital-era days when album artwork played an important part in the unique personality of a music project.

A lifelong avid music fan, Kevin’s musical influences range far and wide, from the poetry of Texas Songwriters Guy Clark, Eric Taylor and Townes Van Zandt, to the haunting bluegrass sounds of Bill Monroe, Hazel Dickens, and the Stanley Brothers, to the rock and roll of Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, and the Rolling Stones that formed the musical backdrop of his teenage years. His Presbyterian Pastor father played Simon & Garfunkel around the house in the late 60’s when Kevin was a child, and Kevin still cites Paul Simon as one of his biggest songwriting influences. An early fascination with jazz has found it’s way back into Kevin’s music on his newest project The Beloved Country which draws on the talents of a few regulars in the thriving Spokane Jazz Scene for the instrumental backbone to the project.

In addition to his songwriting, Kevin is well-known in the Inland Northwest as the host of the popular radio program Front Porch Bluegrass heard weekly on Spokane Public Radio, and as mandolin player in the popular and long-running Rhythm & Bluegrass band Big Red Barn. He has also served for over ten years as the Music Director for The Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival which has grown to become one of the most popular summertime bluegrass festivals in the Northwest. Through these endeavors Kevin has worked with some of the best folk musicians around and has been inspired by a rich legacy of American roots music.

Wintergrass 2013 Performers-Highway Home

Highway Home is a Christian bluegrass gospel band. We are located in the beautiful Northern Willamette Valley of Oregon. Our music is a mix of well-known gospel songs, as well as bluegrass “standards” with a Christian theme.
Ric Siewert – Mandolin, Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals.

Ric’s formative years started out by having to learn the ubiquitous piano. He hated it then, but is sure glad now his parents made him learn. He grew up playing woodwinds and drums in school orchestras. As adolescence crept up, along came electric guitars, rock and roll and garage bands. Somewhere in that mush he stumbled upon the 60’s folk genre, traded in his electric for acoustic, and was swept up. He quickly gravitated to the “Spiritual Music” part of the folk era and found a comfort in the words and messages. In the ensuing years, he discovered the beauty of the mandolin and, being a woodworker, decided to build his own. It naturally followed that he became involved in bluegrass music and in particular, gospel bluegrass. He’s been a worship leader in his church since being born again in 1992 and regularly plays bass and mandolin on the worship team. Ric was a founding member of the Oregon Bluegrass Association and has worked with them ever since. He says “I feel immensely blessed that the Lord has brought me to this place in my life and musical career. Now it’s my desire to give some of it back as best I can”.

Ed Fegles – Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar; Lead and Harmony Vocals.

Ed calls home his small family farm outside of Newberg, Oregon. He started playing ukelele and singing on the back porch with his father at age 5 and from that time on has been a devoted musician. After a number of years playing electric guitar, he met a family that played the simple blend of acoustic instruments we call “bluegrass” on Saturday nights around the home fireplace. Wonderful old songs and gospel tunes by Bill Monroe, The Carter Family and Flat and Scruggs became a new inspiration and musical direction. Ed has been leading worship including a mix of both modern choruses and old favorite hymns at churches for many years. He is constantly working on various old time musical styles and brings a wonderful versatility to Highway Home’s blend of music and presentation.

Rachael Smith – Fiddle, Mandolin and Harmony Vocals.

Without a doubt, Rachael is a delightful fiddle player. Her emphasis is on Bluegrass, Old Time and Scottish fiddling styles, as well as being an accomplished classical violinist. Rachael started playing the cello in third grade and at age 11 took up the fiddle and mandolin. Her talent led to competition and in 2012 she won a National Championship as a Scottish Fiddler in her division. Residing in St. Paul, Oregon, Rachael loves working on her family’s small organic foods farm. If the weather is nice, you just might find her out among the goat herd playing music to them. When not playing music, Rachael loves training and riding her Norwegian Fjord horse or training and showing her obedience German Shepard dog. And, to the delight of the band, she’s a wonderful gourmet cook and pastry baker.

highway homeGlenn Riha – Guitar, Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals.

Glenn hails from McMinnville, Oregon. His love of the “wood and steel” began in his childhood and grew as he lived through the music of early rock and roll, folk and country. But as an adult, it is traditional bluegrass and gospel music that helps to preserve the spirit of worship and family in his life. He can be found serving the Kingdom with his gift of music, from traditional church worship teams to backyards. His most influential guitarist is Doc Watson (of course), and favorite vocal group is Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (harmonies like no other).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy James – Bass, Harmony vocals

Like so many others, Randy’s musical history goes back to grade school where he learned to play his dad’s trumpet in school bands. He later played baritone through high school into college where he also participated in a brass choir at various events throughout the Northwest. He’s been attending church as long as he can remember and has fond memories of singing gospel hymns in his little country church. After college, he gravitated to participating in various church worship teams and began playing bass guitar and has been doing so ever since. As he aptly puts it: “Something magical happens when a group of musicians play, united in time, key, and rhythm that can’t be duplicated individually. Highway Home is a unique opportunity for me to blend my love of bluegrass music, play with a group of talented musicians, and relate to my roots singing gospel hymns as a child.”

 

Wintergrass 2013 Performers-North Country Bluegrass

Traditional drivin’ bluegrass out of the greater Seattle, WA area.

KENT POWELL – Kent is a true veteran to the Northwest bluegrass scene and brings his experience to North Country. He has been a member in some of the most popular and established Northwest bands, such as Crossfire and Runaway Train, in which he has been a member since 2005. Kent holds down the drive and groove of the band with his rock solid bass playing and can sing any part needed. His powerful voice and harmony singing add an incredible dynamic to the band. Kent makes his home in Tacoma, Washington.

NICK DUMAS – Nick is one of the most popular musicians among the Northwest bluegrass scene and probably one of the best mandolin and fiddle players you will find on the west coast. Growing up in Brier, Washington, Nick was heavily influenced by his grandfather, who is a great dobro player, and mother, who is a talented singer and songwriter. After a few years with his family band The Three Generations, Nick went on and helped form Northern Departure, a high powered and very talented Northwest bluegrass band. With a voice that keeps getting better, Nick has a wide range with his lead vocals and can sing the harmony parts as good as anyone you can find. His powerful mandolin chop and dynamics help establish the energy of the band. Some of Nicks influences include Adam Steffey, Sierra Hull, Dan Tyminski, Shawn Lane, Jim VanCleve, Andy Leftwich, Michael Cleveland, The Boxcars, The Chapmans, Rhonda Vincent, Dailey & Vincent, and MANY more!

WILL MCSEVENEY- Its hard to be considered bluegrass without the presence of Scruggs Style 5-string banjo, and fortunately for us, Will delivers just that to North Country… And then some! Currently making his home in Kirkland Wa., Will is fast becoming one of the most prominant banjo players, young or old, in the Northwest bluegrass scene today. Will’s powerful command of the instrument, and awareness of timing and taste have made him a valuable asset in our future endeavours. Drawing influence from such key figures as Terry Baucom, Ron Stewart, Jim Mills, and las but not least, the great Earl Scruggs, it is plain to see that Will plays banjo in pursuit of one purpose…. DRIVE! Not to mention his solidity on rythym guitar! While well root   ed in tradition, Will also has an equitable appreciation for the modern bluegrass scene. With modern day idols like The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, Newfound Road, and Balsam Range, Will can deliver a tastefully fresh spin on tradition.

NORM OLSEN – From South Bend, Washington, Norm is a killer guitar player who gets great tone out of his lead breaks and plays mean, dynamic rythym. Born and raised in South Bend, Norm works with his father managing their family oyster farm, Olsen and Son Oyster co. inc., and enjoys hunting, fishing and playing music as his hobbies. Norm lays down outrageous lead solos that emulate some of flatpicking guitar’s finest influences, such as Doc Watson, Bryan Sutton, and Tony Rice, while incorporating fast, jaw dropping licks that will make you shake your head. It is also scary to think that he is just as good on the banjo as he is on guitar. Some of Norm’s other influences include Cody Kilby, Flatt and Scruggs, Randy Travis, Dan Tyminski, Don Stone, Ron Stewart, Jim Mills, Sonny Osborne, Jens Kruger, The Boxcars, and Many more to name.

STEPHEN BURWELL – From the small city of Maple Valley, Stephen brings you a rich tone and drive with his fiddling. He is known throughout the Northwest for his improvisation and execution of complexity in his music. Playing for around nine years, he has created his own sound and technique, learning from Texas, bluegrass, and progressive bluegrass style musicians. He is always striving to improve his technique and raise the standard for fiddling. Stephen was invited to perform on stage with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Kenny & Amanda Smith on Stephen Burwellmore than one occasion. In 2011, Dale Adkins engineered a demo CD for Stephen that included his fellow band member, Nick Dumas, the illustrious Kenny Smith, and other musicians. Stephen’s main inspirations are Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan, Aubrey Haynie, Andy Leftwich, Jim VanCleve, Sam Bush, LRB, Alison Krauss & US, Coldplay, Mutemath, and so many more. Besides fiddling, he enjoys playing the mandolin and a little guitar. Stephen has now taken up recording engineering and production, and has co-engineered and produced his first album with his great friend, James Meyers.

Wintergrass 2013 Workshop Schedule!!

Every workshop listed below is included in the price of your single day or weekend pass!

Thursday Festival Workshops

Regency Ballroom
5:00-6:30pm Simple Songs to Jam To
Peter Rothbart & Ricky Gene Powell
6:30-8:00pm Three Chord Tunes
Cliff Perry & Friends

Friday Festival Workshops

2nd Floor

Regency Ballroom – Main
10:00 Intro to Clogging
Mary Jensen
11:30 Tone Poems: A Collaboration on Vintage Instruments with David Grisman & Kenny Smith
David Grisman & Kenny Smith
1:30 Songwriting with Della Mae
Della Mae
2:45 Brother Vocal Duets
Spinney Brothers
4:00 Grooving with Acoustic Instruments
The Student Loan

Cedar Ballroom
10:00 Bluegrass Harmony Bootcamp: Get Started with Harmony Singing
Sue Thompson & Don Share
11:15 That Pesky Octave Mandolin: What it Can & Can’t Do
Darol Anger
12:30 Master Fiddle
Jason Carter (Travelin’ McCourys)
1:45 Master Banjo
Rob McCoury (Travelin’ McCourys)
3:00 Master Mandolin
Ronnie McCoury & Frank Solivan

3rd Floor

Juniper
10:00 Beginning Guitar – Rhythm, Chords & Strumming
Peter Rothbart
11:15 Fiddle Playing
Mike Barnett (Deadly Gentlemen)
12:30 Banjo
Greg Liszt (Deadly Gentlemen)
1:45 Cello
Rushad Eggleston
3:00 Bluegrass Bass
Sam Grisman (Deadly Gentlemen)
4:15 Brazilian Folk Music
Matuto
5:30 Hosted Bluegrass Jam
Ricky Gene Powell & Peter Rothbart

Laurel
10:00 Idiots Guide to the Mandolin I
Ricky Gene Powell
11:15 Beginning Gypsy Jazz Chords
Yusuf Kilgore & Jim Char
12:30 Beginning Dobro
Greg Maass
1:45 Mandolin
Sarah Jarosz & Dominick Leslie (Deadly Gentlemen)
3:00 Master Bass
Alan Bartram (Travelin’ McCourys)
4:15 Beginning Americana Guitar
Scott Law

Madrona
10:00 Beginning Fiddle
Mary Simkin Maass
11:15 Fiddling Techniques for Bluegrass
Joe Weed

Larch
9:00 Festival Yoga
Lucy Weberling
11:00 Gypsy Jazz Guitar
Grant Gordy (The David Grisman Sextet)
12:30 Bass – Playing in the Pocket
Amanda Kowalski (Della Mae)
1:45 Beginning Bluegrass Rhythm on the Guitar
Yusuf Kilgore
3:00 Fiddle Technique Master Class
Kimber Ludiker (Della Mae)
4:15 Resomania
Tom Foote (plus guests)

Saturday Festival Workshops

1st Floor

Evergreen Ballroom – G
10:00 Making a Song Your Own
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore
11:30 Mandolin Improvisation
Jenni Lynn Gardner (Della Mae)

Evergreen Ballroom – H
10:00 Spice up your Songs – Band Arranging
Wayward Vessel
11:30 Intro to Bluegrass Jamming – All Instruments
Robert Bulkley (Howdy Boys)

Evergreen Ballroom – I
10:00 ToddlerGrass
Hilary Field & Katie Peterson
11:30 Finding Freedom from Frets: Fiddle de-mystified
Darol Anger, Brittany Haas, Tristan Clarridge & Mike Barnett

2nd Floor

Regency Ballroom – Main
10:00 Intermediate Clogging
Mary Jensen
11:15 Interpreting Old-time Music for the Modern Audience
Pert Near Sandstone

Cedar Ballroom
10:00 Mandolin Technique
John Moore (California)
11:15 Mandolin Workshop
Sharon Gilchrist
12:30 Bluegrass Harmony Licks, Tricks and Troubleshooting
Sue Thompson & Don Share
1:45 Guitar – Solo, Fingerstyle and Accompanying a Singer
Rich Moore (Mollie O’Brien)
3:00 Right Hand Rhythm Techniques on Guitar
Courtney Hartman (Della Mae)
4:15 The Good, Bad, the Ugly: Backing Up the Song
Darol Anger, Sharon Gilchrist, Emy Phelps

3rd Floor

Juniper
10:00 Banjo
Troy Engle (Kenny Smith)
11:15 Intermediate Guitar
Kenny Smith
1:45 Cello
Rushad Eggleston
3:00 Beginning Old Time Rhythm Guitar
Charmaine Slaven
5:00 Hosted Old Time Jam
Charmaine Slaven & Charlie Beck

Laurel
10:00 Dobro
Orville Johnson
11:15 Clawhammer Banjo
Charlie Beck
12:30 Gypsy Jazz & Swing Chords for Mandolin
Tim Connell
1:45 Idiot’s Guide to the Mandolin II
Ricky Gene Powell
3:00 Intermediate Gypsy Jazz Guitar
Yusuf Kilgore & Jim Char

Madrona
10:00 Constructing a Break for a Bluegrass Song – Basics of Improvisation
Mary Simkin Maass
11:15 Songwriting Workshop
Emy Phelps
12:30 Intermediate Americana Guitar
Scott Law
1:45 Beginning Rhythm Guitar
Peter Rothbart

Larch
9:00 Festival Yoga
Lucy Weberling
10:15 “Afromericana” with Mamajowali
Mamajowali (Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss)
11:30 Banjo
John Hickman (California)
12:45 Bass Workshop
Eric Thorin & Mike Bub
2:00 Beginning Guitar
Peter Rothbart
3:15 The Art of the Mandolin Duo
Tim Connell & Jack Dwyer
5:00 Hosted Gypsy Jazz Jam
Yusuf Kilgore & Jim Char

Auditorium
11:00 Polishing your Act: A Live Performance: Master Class for Solo Artists and Bands
Vicki Ambinder
12:30 Recording Acoustic Instruments
Joe Weed