Glenn Nelson, resident instrument specialist, has been building, restoring and repairing instruments for 20 years. Glenn and his wife Barbara own Mockingbird Music in Berlin, Massachusetts where they build custom stringed instruments and specialize in the repair and restoration of vintage instruments. Glenn teaches five string banjo and performs with Wide Open Spaces and Acoustic Planet, encompassing world music, folk, jazz and bluegrass. At Banjo Camp North he will be available to do minor setups and repairs on site and to accept instruments for more extensive work.
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 is a multi-instrumentalist, writer, singer, and producer who also owns D String Guitar Repair where he is repairman and Luthier. Dave’s music career spans over 35 years, playing in several prominent bluegrass groups in the Northeast including Southern Rail, Salamander Crossing, Northern Lights, and Blackstone Valley Bluegrass. Dave has traveled the US extensively and been featured on many recordings. Although most known as a superb five-string banjo player, Dave also is a versatile guitarist. Formerly a Producer for CMH Records “Pickin’ On” series, Dave produced tribute albums of The Eagles, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2016 Dave opened D String Guitar Repair, located in Sturbridge, MA, where he provides repairs and restorations for fretted instruments of all types. Dave released his first solo album, entitled “Greenwood” in 2017. The album is a collection of original music written for acoustic guitar.
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.