Cathy Fink is a multi-GRAMMY® Award winning artist continuing a 43 year love affair with the banjo. Her banjo music includes original compositions played on everything from fretless minstrel-style banjos to modern replicas of instruments from the 1920’s. Cathy’s first solo banjo recording, “Banjo Haiku” has become an underground bible of the old-time clawhammer style. “Banjo Talkin’”, the 2007 release with special guest, Marcy Marxer, won a GRAMMY® nomination in the “Best Traditional Folk Album”category. Nat Hentoff of The Progressive and Village voice stated, ” Her sound, phrasing, and resilient time combine with a compelling presence.” Cathy teaches banjo online at www.truefire.com, www.homespuntapes.com, and in person at numerous camps & workshops from Augusta to Puget Sound to Mid-West and others. She is the director of “The Old Time Banjo Festival”, an annual concert in tribute to Mike Seeger at the Birchmere Music Hall.
Deemed a “banjo virtuoso” by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the instrument at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops around the country and abroad. Since moving south in 2002, Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions, including three first-place finishes at Clifftop, and he has claimed several state banjo and fiddle championships. Adam’s music can be heard on multiple recordings.
Lorraine Hammond’s numerous credits as a traditional singer, songwriter, teacher, performer and instrumentalist include a Homespun Appalachian dulcimer instruction series and two elegant dulcimer books with Yellow Moon Press. Lorraine plays, performs on and teaches dulcimer, banjo, mandolin and harp. Her extensive mandolin teaching experience includes the John C. Campbell Folk School, WUMB-FM Acoustic music weeks and weekends, and nearly a decade at Mandolin Camp North. She is a lecturer in folk music at Lasell College in Newton, MA, and Music Director of WUMB-FM’s Summer Acoustic Music Week. Lorraine performs and records with her husband Bennett Hammond.
Bennett Hammond started playing guitar in 1957 and began teaching in 1960, debuted as a virtuoso soloist in 1980 on the In-Bound platform, Harvard Square Station, and has played above ground, at home and abroad ever since. Bennett picked up banjo at BCN ten years ago. Early influences include an EP side of folk and cowboy songs with guitar accompaniment his sister Lucy made in 1951, recordings of Etta Baker, Mike Seeger and Duane Eddy, and of course the Three B’s – Bach, Bluegrass, and Bo Diddly.
Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered “multi-hyphenated career” ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer, ethnomusicologist and educator, a recording artist with an expansive discography including seven solo albums, well over a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations. He’s also the classic “musician’s musician”– a man who’s received high praise from diverse fans and collaborators, a true country gentleman by way of the Big Apple.
Bruce digs deep to transport audiences to another time and place. His foils are not only his well-regarded fiddle work, but banjo, guitar and his distinctly resonant vocals. From tiny folk taverns in the British Isles to huge festival stages to his ongoing workshops at the renowned Berklee College of Music, Molsky seduces audiences with a combination of rhythmic and melodic virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit that can make Carnegie Hall feel like a front porch or parlor jam session.
Larry Marschall was a founder of the Busted-Toe Mudthumpers, predecessor of the Highwoods String Band, and since the 1960’s has played banjo with various bands including Yonder City (with Dick Staber, Tracy Schwarz and Jerry McCoury) and the West Orrtanna String Band, with whom he opened for Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse, Alan Ginsburg, and the Flying Wallendas. He recently returned to performing and teaching bluegrass banjo after a long digression as an astronomy professor and science writer. His banjo style, admired by his peers as both melodically and harmonically inventive, has been described as “full of dark energy”
Tim Rowell is an avid clawhammer banjoist, tune collector, and educator. As a young lad, he was heavily influenced by Pete Seeger and a whole bunch of wonderful musicians from the Hudson River Valley. An award winning player and teacher, Tim has taught and performed at regional schools, stages and music camps from Los Angeles to Boston. Author of several books of clawhammer tablature and producer of Old-Time music CD’s, Tim has a deep interest and affection for Southern Appalachian music and culture. Tim is excited to be back at Banjo Camp North!
Mandolinist David Benedict is a performer, composer, and instructor seeking to blend tradition and innovation through his music. Over the years, David’s broad tastes have led him to push the conventional boundaries of the mandolin by exploring a variety of musical styles including bluegrass, old time, Celtic, jazz, classical, and more. After a stint in Nashville performing as a member of Missy Raines & The New Hip, David now performs full time with the exciting new bluegrass band Mile Twelve in Boston.
Janie Rothfield is an award winning powerhouse fiddler and clawhammer banjo player who has been playing and teaching since her teens! Janie got her start playing with older generation fiddlers and banjo players from New England, North Carolina and Quebec and plays music rooted in Traditional American and Celtic music styles. Janie has taught clawhammer banjo and fiddle for over 35 years, privately and at camps and festivals including Banjo Camp North. Her teaching method combines an easy to learn technique that combines strategies for learning to play by ear quickly with a focus on musicality and rhythm!
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes is a Boston-based musician originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16, she graduated in 2013 with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. Bronwyn is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles and has had the opportunity to perform with such renowned musicians as Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, and The Milk Carton Kids. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS. She is also a highly respected teacher, and has taught in Berklee’s Five Week Program, as well as at numerous camps and workshops throughout the Northeast. Visit her online at www.bronwynkeithhynes.com