Lauren Rioux Fiddle
Darol Anger Fiddle
Freestyle Fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, The Montreux Band, his Duo with Mike Marshall, his current touring group Mr Sun, and others. He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, The Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Bruce Molsky, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli.
Anger is Professor Emeritus at Berklee College Of Music, operates his innovative online Fiddle School at Artistworks.com, and spent 1984-1995 doing international touring and jazz string clinics with his Turtle Island String Quartet. He has taught at The Swannanoa Gathering, Rockygrass and Wintergrass Academies, Augusta Heritage, the Mark O’Connor, Alasdair Fraser, Julie Leiberman and Mike Block String Camps, Amherst College and Interlochen summer programs, and more. Visit his website here.
Tatiana Hargreaves Fiddle
Over the past decade, Tatiana Hargreaves has been on the forefront of an up and coming generation of old time, bluegrass and new acoustic musicians. From placing first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest, to her bluegrass fiddling on Laurie Lewis’ GRAMMY-nominated album The Hazel And Alice Sessions, Hargreaves shows a musical fluency that flows between old time and bluegrass worlds with ease. She has toured with musicians such as Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky and Jake Blount. She currently tours with banjo extraordinaire Allison de Groot and teaches bluegrass fiddle at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Visit her website here:
Carolyn Kendrick Guitar, Fiddle, Vocals, Songwriting
Carolyn Kendrick is many things: she is a fiddler of 21 years, a writer and singer of songs for just as long, a guitarist, and she has been performing, touring, and teaching for over a decade. In her time with her project the Page Turners, she spent years crisscrossing the country playing festivals and winning awards (Newport Folk Festival, Greyfox Bluegrass Festival, Savannah Music Festival; Freshgrass ‘Best Duo’ Award, Berklee American Roots Program: Fletcher Bright Award). She has taught at many a music camp and attended many a songwriting retreat. She lived in Boston before moving to Austin. Now she lives in Nashville—as much as a touring musician is able to live in one place.
When not touring, Kendrick teaches privately and at fiddle camps across the United States. Her favorite things are cooking, two-stepping, and hanging out with her dogs. She’ll be out there traveling, playing, and learning for as long as she can.
Visit her website: https://www.carolynkendrick.com/
Joe Walsh Mandolin
Joe teaches mandolin at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated (’07) as the first mandolin principal ever from Berklee. He is also part of the new American Roots Program at Berklee. Ask him about string camps he’s taught at, and he runs out of fingers and toes, but they include Mike Block String Camp, Mark O’Connor String Camp, & The Maine Fiddle Camp among many others in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Joe has toured, recorded and played with the absolute best in bluegrass, roots & acoustic based music, showcasing his omnivorous appetite for style. His experience includes, but is not limited to: The IBMA award winning The Gibson Brothers, Joy Kills Sorrow, Jonathan Edwards, Scott Nygaard, Matt Glaser, Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, John Scofield, Ricky Scaggs, Alison Brown, Darol Anger, The New England Bluegrass Band, The Stowaways, Brittany Haas & Owen Marshall, and one of Ossipee’s previous headliners, Marty Stuart!
Sharon Gilchrist Mandolin
Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American traditional acoustic music scene. Whether she’s playing mandolin or upright bass, singing a traditional ballad or performing original material, you hear an artist steeped in traditional Appalachian music relaying those sounds through her own diversified musical lens. Sharon has performed with the Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet, Scott Nygaard and John Reischman, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Uncle Earl, The Kathy Kallick Band, Bill Evans, Scott Law & the Bluegrass Dimension and the Ger Mandolin Orchestra directed by Mike Marshall. She is currently based in Nashville, TN.
In addition to performing, Sharon is a well-respected teacher of the mandolin. She is available for private mandolin instruction in-person and online via Skype. Be on the look out for a new zoom workshop series happening September through November, 2021! Sharon has four mandolin courses available for subscription on the instructional website www.pegheadnation.com: Beginning Mandolin, Intermediate Bluegrass Mandolin, Mandolin Fingerboard Method and Melodic Embellishment. These courses are widely praised for offering a strong foundation for beginning players while charting a clear path forward to an intermediate level where players improvise comfortably, sounding true to the style of bluegrass while learning early-on how to develop their individual style.
Samuel James Fingerstyle and Blues Guitar
With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. A modern guitar master, James’ skill has a depth and range that seems impossible for a man with only two hands.
An award-winning songwriter, one of the world’s most innovative guitar players, and a Moth Mainstage storyteller, James brings all of this to his amazing stage show. A live performance by Samuel James is part theatre concert, part porch-stomping dance party and part stand-up comedy.
James was born the last in a long line of performers including dancers, storytellers, choir singers, jazz pianists, and porch-stomping guitar thumpers dating back to the 1800s.
Sam’s Youtube video here also shows his storytelling talents, with a musical performance at the end of the video.
Visit his website here
Lincoln Meyers Flatpicking Style Guitar
Lincoln Meyers is an award winning guitarist who has been on the New England music scene for the past eighteen years and has been playing professionally for thirty. Lincoln, who was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar magazine’s November/December issue 2010, has toured the world and performed with bands including Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection, The New England Bluegrass Band, Tony Trischka, April Verch, and most recently Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. Lincoln is a veteran instructor, teaching private lessons as well as being involved with and conducting guitar workshops and seminars around the country. Lincoln is currently an instructor at “317 Main St.”, a community music school in Yarmouth, Maine.
Grant Gordy Flatpicking Guitar
For several years Brooklyn-based guitarist Grant Gordy has been a major voice on the American “acoustic music” scene, and one of the most highly regarded young instrumentalists of his generation. Having held the guitar chair in the legendary David Grisman Quintet for six years, he’s also worked alongside such musical luminaries as Edgar Meyer, Steve Martin, Tony Trischka and Darol Anger. Grant has performed all over North America and Europe, everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Montreal Jazz Festival; Jazz at Lincoln Center to Bonnaroo.
His music has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, and he’s received attention from international music periodicals such as The Fretboard Journal, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Japanese bluegrass publication Moonshiner, Just Jazz Guitar and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
In addition to freelancing as a soloist and collaborator in New York City-as an acoustic guitarist, and on electric in the city’s thriving jazz scene- Grant’s current bands include:
Mr Sun, an acoustic supergroup of sorts with Darol Anger (violin), Joe K. Walsh (mandolin) and Aidan O’Donnell (bass)
His own band featuring prodigious acoustic talents Alex Hargreaves (violin) and Dominick Leslie (mandolin)
Visit his website here
Brittany Karlson Bass
Bassist/vocalist Brittany Karlson is an adventurous musician with roots in jazz, American old time and bluegrass, and improvised music. She has performed across the USA, Canada, and Europe in a variety of ensemble settings, including improvised trio Letter Castle and American old-time/bluegrass/Swedish string band The Goodbye Girls. Karlson performs original songs under the moniker Karl, having released debut album “Feast Day” on Lungbasket Recordings and will release upcoming album “And the Green Grass Grows all Around” in 2020. She also has a solo project involving a comedic sound puppet show from behind the bass. As a visual artist, she makes finger puppets as well as collaborates with composer Steven Long to create collage work under the name Vanitas. Karlson is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and teaches private lessons in Jamaica Plain, Boston.
Steve Roy Ukulele
Steve currently teaches Bass, mandolin, guitar and fiddle, and uke as an instructor at the 317 Main Community Music Center in Southern Maine. He has also taught at camps across the country including Steve Kaufman’s Flatpik & Acoustic Kamp.
Steve is as versitile as they come, playing in a band called Grassputian as a bluegrass guy, and a band called Jazzputian as a jazz guy simultaneously, while also enjoying folk, rock, funk, classical, country, old time, rockabilly, heavy metal etc. etc. etc! He is a multi-instrumentalist and has toured with Laurie Lewis, Hit and Run Bluegrass with Rebecca Fraiser, Chris Stewart and the Backcountry, among others. He is also well known in the Portland scene, playing with bands such as The Stowaways, and Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection. Visit his website here
Allison DeGroot Clawhammer Banjo
Allison de Groot draws on a love for old-time and traditional music, and with a creative approach to the banjo, has formed her own sound – unique and full of personality.
Her collaborations with Tatiana Hargreaves, Bruce Molsky’s trio Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, The Goodbye Girls and Nic Gareiss provide spaces to explore the role and dimensions of clawhammer banjo. She has performed at events such as Newport Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Rockygrass, Hardly Strictly, Winnipeg Folk Festival & Tønder Festival,
Allison hold a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston where she attended on the Slaight Family Scholarship, and has been awarded the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Eisenson Family Prize for Excellence in American Roots Music. Her album with Tatiana Hargreaves won “Best Bluegrass Album” from the Independent Music Awards and was nominated for ‘Liner Notes of the Year’ at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards.
Eli Gilbert Bluegrass Banjo
Eli Gilbert spends almost all his time making free banjo lessons on Youtube, which can be found at Youtube.com/eligilbertbanjo. He says he’s lucky to be able to make a living with these lessons because of the generous people who support him on Patreon, where patrons get access to bonus banjo content, like Tablature and Bonus Practice Tips, which can be found at Patreon.com/eligilbertbanjo
Eli grew up in North Yarmouth, Maine. After seeing J.D. Crowe and the New South at a local bluegrass festival, Eli decided to pick up the banjo in 2012, and eventually moved to Johnson City to study bluegrass at East Tennessee State University, where he had the chance to perform as a member of Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome and the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. He graduated with a B.A. in Bluegrass, Country, Old Time, and Celtic Music Studies in 2016. Since then he’s performed at venues and festivals across the U.S. with artists like Dale Ann Bradley, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Alan Bibey, and others.
Eli currently lives in Maine and performs regularly with Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection and Laura Orshaw and the New Velvet Band.—Keith Billik for Banjo Newsletter
Maya De Vitry Vocals, Songwriting
Pennsylvania-raised and Tennessee-based, Maya de Vitry first appeared on the music scene in 2012 as a founding member of The Stray Birds. In 2018, she began to steadily release powerful music under her own name – Adaptations in 2019, followed by 2020’s How to Break a Fall – writing boldly about borders, bodies, abuse, power, and love, with great imagination and empathy.
On January 28, 2022 Maya released her 3rd solo album, which she co-produced with Ethan Jodziewicz over the course of a year in a basement home studio. At once reflective and urgent, and as intimate as it is expansive, Violet Light is an open-hearted invitation to explore the tensions between the visible and the imagined, between love and control, and our unrelenting human desire to belong—to a home, to an environment, and to each other.
In addition to writing and recording as a solo artist, Maya deeply enjoys collaborating and co-writing with other artists and songwriters. Outside of music- or perhaps, intertwined with music – she loves gardening, outdoor adventures, and studying language.
Gretchen Bowder Camp Administrator, Workshops
Born to a jazz-trumpeting dad and a Baroque harpsichord-playing mom, Gretchen first became captivated by the bullfroggy syncopation of the banjo after hearing Wade Ward perform June Apple. Although clawhammer style was her first love, Gretchen plays primarily bluegrass and swing. Her banjo playing has been called sparkling and inventive, and her chordally based soloing style on swing and bossa nova tunes has become her hallmark sound. You can catch her with Boston-area bands the Bagboys, the Mudsills, and the NH based Hazel Project. Gretchen believes that music is a conversation, that all of us are learning, and that we all have a unique voice to share.
Ted DeMille Camp Administrator, Songwriting Circle
A prolific songwriter, Ted’s songs have been recorded by several national bluegrass artists and he has taught the art of songwriting in workshops around New England. Ted’s long career in the Maine bluegrass world has seen him play in some of the state’s most beloved groups, including North Star and Erica Brown & the Bluegrass Connection.