David Grier (2015)

(Weed concert only) A masterful bluegrass guitarist with a sharp wit, David Grier is "a willful, accurate instrumentalist who's every note seems to run through a bright, intelligent sieve. He maintains an unqualified standard of excellence... always with a knack for unorthodox surprise". (Claire Lynch) Grier is featured on the Grammy Winning recording, "True Life Blues-The Songs of Bill Monroe" and is a three-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year.
www.DavidGrier.com

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Ryan McKasson (2015)

"The bow drives across the strings, thick and throaty, creating a pulsing sound that feels more of muscle than tendon...a compositional sophistication that is cinematic, transporting, and tantalizingly modern", wrote The Boston Globe. Ryan McKasson has gained a reputation as a performer, composer, collaborator, and teacher. In 1996 he was the youngest to win the National Scottish Fiddle Championship.  Ryan tours with The McKassons,  and renowned contra dance band The Syncopaths.  Hhas recorded with Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Hanneke Cassel and others...  RyanMckasson.com

Dave Cory (2015)

(Both concerts)  Dave Cory is a leading exponent of irish tenor banjo, known for his driving impeccable rhythm, innovative variations, and abounding virtuosity coupled with profound understanding of the traditional idiom.

 

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Mark Schatz (2015)

(Weed concert only)  Appalachian clog dancer, veteran bluegrass bassist, acclaimed clawhammer banjoist, composer, and longtime member of the platinum-selling band Nickel Creek, Mark Schatz was twice named IBMA Bass Player of the Year and has worked and/or recorded with an impressive variety of artists including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Bela Fleck, John Hartford, Jerry Douglas, Maura O'Connell, Tony Rice, and Tim & Mollie O'Brien. He is the Musical Director for the internationally-acclaimed Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble.

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Rushad Eggleston (2015)

(Weed concert only) Born in a log cabin in Big Sur CA, Cello-goblin Rushad Eggleston is a masterful improviser and a wildly inventive performer; he's known for his revolutionary cello playing, semi-acrobatics, and motivational songs from his own land of Sneth. Two decades of practicing and meditation led Rushad to invent bluegrass cello, co-found folk-bluegrass sensation Crooked Still, and earn a Grammy nomination with the all-star group Fiddlers 4.  "Rushad Eggleston presents himself as an ambassador from another world, and it can be easy to believe him" (Boston Globe).  "There's more to a Rushad Eggleston show than fantasy, though. His show is a performance, complete with flashy gallivanting, intricate playing, wild storytelling and some of the most unique sounds ever produced on a cello. Eggleston isn't just weird for the sake of being weird. [His] playing is dynamic and complex. His right hand bounces from bow to plucking with indefatigable precision and the fingers on his left hand scuttle across his cello's neck like a tarantula jigging it up." (Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

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Laurie Lewis (2014)

(Weed only) Laurie Lewis is a grammy winning singer, songwriter, fiddler and multi instrumentalist, respected as a true legend of bluegrass.  "Laurie's strength manifests in many ways: her commanding presence on stage combined with an emotional vulnerability, the truths in her lyrics, her physical voice which transcends gender, her strong commitment to causes and issues in which she deeply believes, which all resonate with a respect for the land, the natural world, and human mercy and justice." -Darol Anger      www.LaurieLewis.com

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Darol Anger (2014)

(Weed concert only - workshop full week) Grammy nominated fiddler/composer Darol Anger was a founding member of the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, and his own Republic of Strings. His ideas and sound have reshaped fiddling all over the globe, inspiring 3 generations of players. He can be heard on NPR's Car Talk every week, with Earl Scruggs, Tony Rice, and David Grisman.
www.DarolAnger.com

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Nic Gareiss (2015)

(Both concerts) Nic "may be the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene." (The Boston Herald)
"The human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being...Gareiss is more fleet of foot than an Olympian sprinter and more buoyant than a helium-filled balloon...his restraint is palpable and freeform flight is inevitable."  (Siobhán Long, The Irish Times)  "Mesmerizing...a whirling dervish in tap shoes." (Bay City Times)
Since the age of eight, Nic Gareiss has been intrigued by cultures that employ the feet as rhythmic entities, transforming dance into a musical activity that appeals to both the eyes and the ears.  This fascination has led him on an international study of shoe-sounds and grooves from Irish sean-nós dance, to American flat-footing, to Quebecois gigue. Following his studies at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Nic has collaborated with The Chieftains, Dervish, Gráda, Beoga, Téada, FIDIL, Le Vent du Nord, Genticorum, Dr. Anthony Barrand, Liz Carroll, Frankie Gavin, Martin Hayes, Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger and Alasdair Fraser, performing throughout North America, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Italy, Denmark, and Sweden.  Watch Nic's feet up close with the Jumpsteady Boys here, and in collaboration with Jeremy Kittel here, and with Liz Carroll here
NicGareiss.com

Mike Witcher (2014)

(both concerts) "...what sets Michael apart is his sound. ...achingly gorgeous tone, dead-on intonation, and ideas and breaks that make you feel that thing deep in your gut when the music is just right. Every time I hear Michael play I hear something new, jaw-droppingly creative and tasteful. He is, simply put, one of the best resonator guitar players in the world." —Chris Stuart, 2009 IBMA Songwriter of the Year
A much-in-demand session player in LA and Nashville, Michael has worked with such artists as Dwight Yoakam, Fernando Ortega, Dolly Parton, Peter Rowan, John Paul Jones (of Led Zeppelin), Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek), The Gibson Brothers, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), and Chris Jones. He has played the Grand Ole Opry and Prairie Home Companion many times and you can hear him on hundreds of records, sound tracks, commercials and TV shows.  www.MikeWitcher.com

 

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Jon Sousa (2015)

(both concerts) Jon Sousa fell in love with music at an early age, listening to the 70′s folk albums in his mother’s record collection. He journeyed on to rock music, passed through the realm of electronic dance music, then made his way on to West African percussion, and finally landed in the world of traditional Irish music.  Jon’s passion for music has taken him all over the world, from the beautiful countryside of France to study with master fingerstyle guitar player Pierre Bensusan, to Senegal, West Africa, to study Sabar Drumming, and eventually to reside in Ireland in 2008.  He earned his Master's Degree in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick in 2009. Jon delights in sharing his passion for finger-style guitar and traditional Irish music, giving expression to the human spirit.  www.AdamAgeeJonSousa.com                                                                                                   

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Evie Ladin (2014)

(Both concerts) The polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. "Evie Ladin is a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve."                -SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE


"Ladin's voice is a revelation. Clear, strong, delicate and emotive all at the same time... the music is gorgeous." --NO DEPRESSION

www.EvieLaden.com - audio/video coming soon..

Lena Jonsson (2014)

(Both concerts) Lena Jonsson is a curious and exuberant musician, always searching for new musical meetings. She was brought up in Hälsingland, a region in Sweden with a rich tradition of folk music and culture, in a family where everyone plays the fiddle.

Lena began her musical journey at age 6, going on to study Swedish folk music performance at the Royal Music academy in Stockholm. Active in Sweden's progressive and creative youth folk music community, she tours regularly in Sweden and Europe with her bands Duo Jonsson Coudroy, Skenet, Limbohofvet, plays for traditional Swedish dances, and as a solo artist.   www.LenaJonsson.com

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2013: Jeremy Kittel

(unconfirmed)  U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and brilliant jazz violinist Jeremy Kittel holds a Masters in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. He was a touring member of the Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center, and on A Prairie Home Companion.
"Jeremy is an excellent musician." -Chick Corea
www.JeremyKittel.com

 

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2013: Mike Compton

Grammy and IBMA award-winning mandolinist, singer, and recording artist Mike Compton has earned "a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin...one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere" (Mandolin Magazine). He toured with John Hartford, Nashville Bluegrass Band, and was featured in the soundtracks for, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Cold Mountain".  Wearing his signature pressed blue overalls and rocking and weaving with fluid body motion, Compton stuns not by tricks, but through his singing, his ability to engage a crowd, and through decades of honing his technique into the unique, one-of-a-kind Compton signature mandolin sound.

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2012: Ty Burhoe

(Weed concert only)  A disciple of the great Indian tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain since 1990, Ty Burhoe is wholly dedicated to music as a career and as a spiritual path. He is internationally recognized for his uplifting presence in Indian classical settings, and for his unique collaborations, weaving tabla with other world traditions. Ty is instrumental in bringing together the many faces of the arts. Founder of Tala Records, he teaches "Sound and Spirit" workshops focused on the spiritual nature of sound, as well as tabla intensives throughout the world.
www.TyBurhoe.com

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2012: Abigail Washburn

(2012)  Singing, songwriting, Nashville-based clawhammer banjoist Abigail Washburn is "a daring, definite talent" (Wall Street Journal) who's every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. From chinese folk songs to old-time sensation Uncle Earl to her own Sparrow Quartet (which featured 10-time Grammy winning banjoist Bela Fleck), Abigail pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before- -The New York Times
www.AbigailWashburn.com

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2012: Tim O'Brien

(Weed concert only) A winner of multiple Grammy and IBMA Awards, Tim O'Brien is recognized as one of the most influential performers and songwriters in acoustic and bluegrass music. Since he first gained renown as a founding member of one of bluegrass' premiere bands, Hot Rize, Tim has gone on to release nearly a dozen highly acclaimed albums, collaborating with numerous artists such as Del McCoury, Earl Scruggs, Edgar Meyer, Darrell Scott, Maura O'Connell, Paul Brady, Seamus Egan, Kathy Mattea and Steve Earle.
www.TimOBrien.net

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2012: Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore

(2012)  Grammy winning vocalist Mollie O'Brien approaches blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, R&B, gospel, southern mountain traditional, you name it- with an ease that makes you think she was steeped in the style since the first time a note left her throat. Mollie's many recordings are a tribute to the variety of her taste and the versatility of her performance, including several releases with her brother Tim, and collaborations with Garrison Keillor and Robin & Linda Williams as the Hopeful Gospel Quartet. She performs alongside her husband and brilliant guitarist Rich Moore.

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