Wintergrass 2011 Program Info


Wintergrass 2010 Performers-Ranger & The Re-Arrangers

On Friday night at Wintergrass 2010 Ranger & The Re-Arrangers will be performing a 9:30 PM set at Stir Martini & Raw Bar in the Bellevue Hyatt Regency. Ranger & The Re-Arrangers are a Puget Sound based gypsy jazz band featuring the Violin of Ranger Sciacca. The Rangers are Bassist TODD HOUGHTON, Percussionist JEFFERY MOOSE ,Mandolinist DAVE STEWART and Rhythm Guitarist MICHAEL SCIACCA, Ranger’s father.

Ranger began playing violin at the age of six. Through most of his teens, he divided his studies between fiddle tunes with renowned Seattle fiddler Stuart Williams and classical improvisation with Alice Kanack, an internationally-known violinist and author on the subject.
A chance encounter with a CD of violin jazz ignited Ranger’s interest in the playing of Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith and Stephane Grappelli. Gradually Ranger, with his dad Michael Sciacca on rhythm guitar, built a repertoire of rags, blues, and swing jazz classics, which they played often through the 1990’s at schools, dances, craft fairs and garden events. A few of Ranger’s originals were always part of the play list.

The current linup of the Re-Arrangers have been playing together since 2006. Check out some clips on the bands website

Wintergrass Workshops Updated Again!!

Here is the latest update on Wintergrass 2010 Workshops!! Workshops are all included with your festival ticket (The Wintergrass Academy and Youth Academy classes are different than workshops)

Wintergrass Workshops 2010

Regency Ballroom 2nd floor
5pm    Two Chord Bluegrass Songs: A workshop for beginners – Tom Petersen & Down the Road
6:15pm    Bluegrass Harmony – Finding the Baritone Part – Sue Thompson, Dawn Holladay & Sally Sublette
7:30pm    Simple Songs for Jamming – Peter Rothbarge & Ricky Gene Powell

Cedar Ballroom 2nd floor
5:30-8:30pm    Wintergrass Music for String Orchestra – Renata Bratt, Beth Fortune, Brittany Haas

Regency Ballroom 2nd floor
9am-2:45pm    Youth Academy

Auditorium 3rd floor
12:30pm    Music Theory – Terry Shaw
1:45 Schenk Guitar Workshop – Tim Thompson, Rod Schenk
Bluegrass Masters Film Festival
3pm    The Goins Brothers Part I
4pm    Pete Seeger

Maple 3rd floor
10am    Upright Bass: Choosing, Setup & Playing – Bryce Van Parys, Hammond Ashley
11:15am    Basics for Bass – Duane & Holly Boyer
12:30pm    So Many Bands, So Few Bass Players – Mike Bub w/his amazing folding Bass
1:45pm    Brazilian Percussion – Pandeiro – Louversia Taylor
3pm    Old Time Banjo – Charlie Beck, the Tallboys

Larch 3rd floor
11:15am    Banjo Technique (rhythm) – Greg Liszt – Crooked Still
12:30pm    Fiddle – Jeremy Garrett, Infamous Stringdusters
1:45pm    Rhythm Workshop for Strings – Tristan Clarridge, Brittany Haas
3pm    Master Guitar – Bryan Sutton & Kenny Smith
4:15pm    Resomania – Orville Johnson, Greg Maass, Al Brinkerhoff, Bob Evoniuk, Marty Lepore, Greg Booth,
Tom Foote, Tab Tabscott

Laurel 3rd floor
10am    Mandolin Picking Basics – Isaac Callender & Emily Muller Callender
11:15am    Beginning Fiddle – Mary Simpkin Maass
12:30pm    How to Thumbpick Like Merle Travis – Parrish Ellis – The WIYOS
3pm    Yodeling – Jo Miller

Juniper 3rd floor
10am    Guitar for the Impatient Beginner – Bret Holz
11:15am    Brazilian Guitar – Stuart Zobel
12:30pm    Beginning Dobro – Greg Maass
1:45pm    Clogging – Charmaine Slaven
3pm    Choro Circle (mandolin, brazilian guitar, pandeiro) – Tim Connell, Louversia Taylor, Ricky Gene Powell

Madrona 3rd floor
10am    Beginning Banjo – Playing by Ear – Robert Jackson
11:15am    Beginning Mandolin: Idiot’s Guide to Mandolin – Ricky Gene Powell
12:30pm    Basic Bluegrass Rhythm for the Guitar – Yusuf Kilgore
1:45pm    Gypsy Swing Chords – Yusef Kilgore
3pm    Songwriting Workshop – One Horse Shy

Balsam 2nd floor
3pm    The Kazoo (kids 4-6) – Michael Farkas & the WIYOS

Evergreen Stage 1st floor
3pm    Youth Academy

Schenk Guitar Grand Ballroom Stage 1st floor
11am-1pm    Martin Guitar Workshop (2 hours) – Tim O’Brien, Larry Barnwell, Richard Starkey
1:45pm     Mandolin – Tim O’Brien & Jesse Cobb

Evergreen Ballroom 1st floor
10am    Thinking Outside the Box..and Playing on It – Joe Craven
11:15am    Vocal Harmony Techniques – Dry Branch Fire Squad

Schenk Guitar Grand Ballroom 2nd floor
11am    Seldom Scene Band Workshop – Seldom Scene

Regency Ballroom 2nd floor
10am    Introduction to Clogging – Mary Jensen

Cedar Ballroom 2nd floor
10am    Bluegrass Band Rhythm Workshop – John Reischman & the Jaybirds
11:15am    Singing – Aoife O’Donovan & Sarah Jarosz

Balsam 2nd floor
10am    Storytelling workshop – Auntmama
11:15am    Little Kid Workshop – Hilary Field & Katie Pederson?
12:30pm    Wintergrass Kid’s Jam – Anna Snook, Amy Hakanson, Jered Widman

Auditorium 3rd floor
10am    Foundation for Bluegrass Music and the Bluegrass In the Schools Program – Dr. Tom Kopp, phd.
11:15am    Polishing Your Act: A Live Performance master class for solo artists and bands – Vicki Ambinder
12:30pm    Essential Skills for Bluegrass Harmony – Sue Thompson, Don Share, Dawn Holliday, Sallie Sublette
2pm    The Goins Brothers Part II
3pm     Jimmy Martin, The King of Bluegrass

Wintergrass 2010 Performer-Tim and Myles Thompson

2008 Walnut Valley Festival International Fingerstyle Guitar Contest 1st Place Winner Tim Thompson & his fiddler son Myles will be playing at Wintergrass 2010.  Most bluegrass guitar players play in a flatpick style but not all guitar is bluegrass. Tim’s style is similar to a Chet Atkins or Merle Travis style. Tim is part of the A-List players of Schenk Guitars who will be sponsoring the Schenk Grand Ballroom Stage at Wintergrass 2010.  There also will be a workshop featuring Tim and Schenk Guitars. Check out this clip of Tim & Myles playing the traditional tuneRed Haired Boy”

Wintergrass Music for String Orchestra

Wintergrass Music For
String Orchestra

Thursday, February 25, 2010
5:30 – 8:30
Bellevue Hyatt Regency – Cedar Ballroom

Makes available three professional development clock hours
sponsored by Seattle Public Schools (more information below)
Alternative styles specialist, cellist Renata Bratt and NW Orchestra Teacher/ Director of the Wintergrass Youth Academy Beth Fortune will be presenting the second annual “Wintergrass Music for String Orchestra” reading session and workshop in conjunction with the Washington Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Bellevue, WA on Thursday February 25, 2010.

Teachers, directors, students, and note reading string musicians of all ages are all welcome and encouraged to participate in this unique workshop/ reading session which will cover pertinent topics such as “arranging string music on the fly from a lead-sheet” and “building accompaniment and bass lines for all string players.” There will be an in-service by fiddle pro Brittany Haas. We will also feature a reading session of the very best in alt-styles orchestral arrangements featuring the work of Darol Anger, Andy Dabzynski, Renata Bratt, and more. Don’t pass up this opportunity to work with one of the most influential alternative styles specialists in the country — Renata is almost single-handedly changing the definition of cello and string music in general!

$20.00 which will include a materials packet and a Thursday Night wristband for admittance to all Wintergrass concert venues. Participation is FREE to all Wintergrass Youth Academy participants, Wintergrass Adult Academy participants, and IBMA educators’ workshop participants.

NOTE: At the end of this workshop, Washington teachers will need to write a check for $6 to the Seattle Public School District and complete the In-Service Registration form in order to have the clock hours processed for Classification/Compensation.

Please RSVP to Beth Fortune at and send checks made out to “Wintergrass” to:

Wintergrass Muisc For String Orchestra Workshop
c/o Patrice O’Neil
POB 2356
Tacoma, WA 98401

Wintergrass 2010 Performers-The Absynth Quintet

The Northern California based Absynth Quintet will be playing a couple of sets at Wintergrass 2010 including a set on the Dance Stage Friday night. The Absynth Quintet is a blend of musical styles. Kinda like the Dawg (which is a blend itself) music styles of David Grisman, with a banjo and drums. Add some vocals and you get the Absynth Quintets music. A perfect band for the fans who like to hear some music at a festival that pushes the edges of all the styles. Extended solos give the band a jamgrass sound but with a more gypsy jazz vocal and instrumental sound.

Ian Davidson-banjo, Rudy Luera-upright bass,  Chris “bird” Jowaisas- mandolin, Ryan Roberts-guitar, Michael Schwartz-drums and percussion

Wintergrass 2010 Performers-Heartbreak Pass

Heartbreak Pass is a traditional bluegrass band based out of the Spokane, WA area. The bands features a classic lineup of mandolin,guitar, banjo,fiddle and bass. The pickers have all been playing for years but the band itself just formed last February playing a blend of traditional songs and originals. Check out this clip of an early practice from last March of the band playing the classic Get Up John. The band has recently decided to record their first CD after Wintergrass so they can deliver a top notch performance at the festival and then dedicate themselves totally to the recording.  Bonnie has been singing and playing music of a variety of styles since school but for the past 10 years she has focused on bluegrass. Stan has been playing guitar for over 40 years and has been playing in regional bands for 4 years now and contributes some great originals along with his instrumental skills. Austin is the Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association’s “Banjo Player of the Year” for 2008. Kevin has only lived out in the Pacific NW for a few years after living in the southeast and playing bluegrass with many of the great bands on the east coast and has appeared on the Cumberland Highlanders Show on RFD-TV. Barry started out as a classical violinist at the age of 8 and started to play in the bluegrass and contest style of fiddle at 11.Amonng his contest awards at the age of 15 he won the Southern Alberta Fiddle Contest at Waterton National Park.       

Bonnie Bliss-Bass Fiddle, Vocals Stan Hall-Guitar, Vocals Kevin Pace-Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals Austin Little-Banjo Barry Ehlert-Fiddle