Dick Bowden is a well known northeastern practitioner of the thumb pick (and finger pick) in country and bluegrass lead and rhythm guitar. For 10 years he was the guitar playing half of The Case Brother – Martin & Gibson, an early country guitar/mandolin duet. For 10 more years he played rhythm guitar with The Old Time Bluegrass Singers. He is an exemplar of forceful, run-laden rhythm guitar drawn from the powerful country and bluegrass rhythm guitarists from Mother Maybelle to Del McCoury.
Dave Dick started playing guitar as a young child, took lessons formally for about eight or nine years, then took up banjo and pursued a career playing bluegrass music. He played in many bands over the years; notably The John Herald Band, Southern Rail, Salamander Crossing, Northern Lights, and currently Blackstone Valley Bluegrass. Known for his banjo playing Dave has become a versatile guitarist, playing bluegrass, jazz, fingerstyle, and recently learning country and rock styles on the Telecaster. For 35 years he has taught banjo and guitar to private students and gained quite a lot of experience. He loves helping players develop their technique and knowledge to become better musicians overall.
Gaining international fame with the Claire Lynch Band, and then performing in a duet with Missy Raines, Jim Hurst twice won the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year and was nominated again for the same award in 2015. Inspired by Doc Watson and Tony Rice, Jim began as a flat-picker, but the finger-style playing of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed was the “turn in the road” for Jim. The intertwining of these musical threads defines Jim’s unique style.
Chris Brashear is a sought-after singer and versatile sideman who plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass. He has toured and recorded with Kentucky Rose, Perfect Strangers, The Maurizio Geri Swingtet, The Colton House Trio, Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group, and The Piedmont Melody Makers. Chris’s most recent solo recording, Heart Of The Country, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Jim Rooney.
Susie Burke is a versatile guitarist, as well as a dynamic and heartfelt singer of all manner of songs, ranging from folk to blues, swing, and country. She is an especially accomplished fingerstyle player, both as a classic folk fingerpicker and as a thumb/finger-strum player in a style similar to Maybelle Carter’s. She is also an experienced and patient guitar teacher, both private lessons and summer music camps. She performs regularly with her husband David Surette; their latest duo release, Waiting For The Sun, was released in the fall of 2015.
Jimmy Heffernan is a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in resonator “dobro” guitar. In bluegrass and country music for over 40 years, he has performed and recorded with top names such as Larry Sparks, Red Allen, Brad Paisley, Charlie Louvin, Doug Kershaw, and many more. Starting performing in the 70s, playing concerts and festivals up and down the east coast, he has played major music venues from the Tonight show to the Grand Ole Opry. These days with the tour bus parked, Jimmy focuses on teaching, sharing his experience in music through workshops and videos.
Stacy Phillips is a Grammy award winning dobro and violin player. He has performed with many of the world’s greatest acoustic musicians.
Along with his performance career, Stacy is also the author of over twenty widely acclaimed instructional books and dvd’s for both his chosen instruments. They are seen in the music rooms of the world’s best string players. He has been teaching dobro workshops for 35 years.
Visit his web site at: http://www.stacyphillips.com
Award-winning guitarist and mandolinist Tony Watt has performed throughout the United States, Europe and on the Grand Ole Opry. Tony is a visiting faculty member at the Berklee College of Music, and teaches courses in guitar, mandolin, harmony singing, bluegrass jamming and more. He has served on the IBMA’s Education Committee, and is currently a Board Member and Education Co-Director of the BBU. Tony founded The Bluegrass University, which offers classes at Grey Fox, Jenny Brook, Pemi Valley, and Podunk. Tony teaches in Albany, Hartford, throughout the Boston area, points in-between, and anywhere in the world via on-line Skype videoconferencing.
Kelly Stockwell started on banjo and soon realized two banjos in one house was two banjos too many; in 2006 she switched to doghouse bass and never looked back. She learned through the school of hard knocks and dirty looks from guitar players, joining in at jams and parties and as the staff bassist for Banjo Camp North and Mandolin Camp North. For five years she has played with Hot Mustard, a double banjo band that includes her husband, Bruce Stockwell; since Hot Mustard’s end rather than the logical evolution to form a three banjo band she has instead joined the Stockwell Brothers. Kelly’s favorite banjo tuning is open D.
Bruce Stockwell has been playing bluegrass banjo since 1968 and teaching since the 70’s. By age 16 he had won banjo contests, recorded his first album, and opened for Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, John Hartford, and many others. In the late 70’s he worked with Phil Rosenthal and Mike Auldridge as Old Dog producing two albums on Flying Fish. Since the 1980’s, Bruce has performed with his two brothers (and now wife Kelly) in various acoustic/electric formats. In 2005 he won the Merlefest Banjo Contest, and in 2008 a NH Arts Grant led to the formation of Hot Mustard, a double-banjo bluegrass band.