Will Seeders primarily builds old-time banjos and does instrument repair and restoration at his shop in Dorset, VT. Growing up in his father’s custom furniture shop and playing music since a young age, he values old-world craftsmanship while always looking for new ways to refine the details and fabrication incorporating his own unique touch and style. With his performance experience on banjo, fiddle, and guitar and his knowledge of wood and design, Will brings to life his own and customers’ ideas for a custom, personal instrument.
Allan Carr grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland, surrounded by the rich traditional music of his homeland, and is one of the finest singers from that tradition. His Celtic/Old-Time guitar backup perfectly complements many styles of fiddle tunes! In his 30+ years of making music on guitar, mandola and upright bass, Allan has performed throughout Canada, the British Isles and the U.S. He currently performs both solo and with his wife Jane Rothfield, and with the national touring dance band Coracree. He plays roots music, both Celtic and Old Time, that was often learned directly from the source, while expanding on that tradition with newly composed songs and tunes. He is also currently woodshedding on clawhammer banjo, but hasn’t unleashed it yet on the public!
Tim Kruzic is a banjo player from the Baltimore/Washington area. He is most well known as the banjo player for Blue Daze from 1990-2010 and with Shiloh Ridge (from York, PA) from 2011-2013. Blue Daze played at the Friendly Inn, the best-known bluegrass club in the Baltimore area in the 1990s and early 2000s, each month from 1990-2008. Blue Daze also performed at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, and numerous concerts each year around the Baltimore/Washington/Northern Virginia area. Blue Daze released two CDs during its run: an eponymous CD in 1994 and ‘World of Dreams’ in 2004. Tim played on the Patuxent Banjo Project, a two-CD release featuring banjo players from Washington DC, Baltimore, northern Virginia, and southern Pennsylvania.
Patrick M’Gonigle began playing violin at the age of 7 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He studied classically with Suzuki-trained violin teacher Yasuko Eastman in Victoria, BC and during this time won several awards for his classical music as both a soloist and member of several String Quartets and small ensembles. After several years of touring in Canada with an acoustic dance band, Patrick moved to Boston in 2008 to study at the Berklee College of Music. Upon graduation in 2013, he immediately began a Masters degree in Music from the New England Conservatory, graduating Summa Cum Lauda in 2015 with a performance degree from the Contemporary Improvisation department. In 2012 Patrick formed the Lonely Heartstring Band, a modern acoustic string-band quintet. Since 2012, the band has released an acclaimed record, “Deep Waters” on Rounder Records with a second album “Smoke and Ashes” released in early winter, 2019. In 2015, the Lonely Heartstring Band was awarded a “Momentum Award” of “Best New Band” by the International Bluergass Music Association (IBMA) and in both 2016 and 2017, the group was nominated for the IBMA award for “Emerging Artist of the Year”.
Born in St. Louis and raised in Baltimore, Mike Munford started playing banjo at age 15 and has been a professional bluegrass musician since 1976. Mike spent many years developing his craft and has played with a who’s who of bands and performers throughout the Washington, D.C. – Maryland area. His fluid style, both tasteful and driving, allows him to easily blend traditional and contemporary influences into his music. Mike currently tours with Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, a highly acclaimed contemporary bluegrass band whose 2014 album ‘Cold Spell’ received a Grammy nomination. In 2013, Mike received the ‘Banjo Player of the Year’ award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Mike lives in Pennsylvania.
Grace Gilbert is a native of North Yarmouth, Maine. Growing up singing and playing folk music with her father, she quickly fell in love with the sounds of traditional American music which led her to the world of Bluegrass. Grace started on guitar at age ten, was inspired by female powerhouse bluegrass artists such as Dale Ann Bradley, Carrie Hassler, New Coon Creek Girls, and Della Mae. She received a double Bachelors degree in Bluegrass Music and History from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Grace is now based out of Portland, Maine and has taken on the role of vocalist and bassist for Tennesee-based band, Dreamcatcher
Steve Roy is a multi-instrumentalist from Eliot, Maine, who plays and teaches upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and ukulele. He has toured nationally and internationally with acts such as Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, John Reischman and the Taterbugs, Molly Tuttle, Joe K. Walsh, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Joy Kills Sorrow, Hit and Run Bluegrass, and many others. He has been leading a weekly open bluegrass jam on the NH seacoast for over a decade. Bluegrass Now Magazine calls Steve a “devastating weapon.” Steve is currently a faculty member at 317 Main St. Community Music Center in Yarmouth, ME, and at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in Portsmouth, NH. He has taught at bluegrass camps and workshops throughout the USA and Canada, including Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp (TN), Nimblefingers Old Time & Bluegrass Workshops in British Columbia, and many others.
Erynn Marshall is an old-time fiddler who lives in Galax, Virginia and is known internationally for her traditional music. Erynn learned the nuances of Appalachian old-time fiddling from rare recordings and visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers. Still she puts her own spin on the traditional music she plays – sounding authentic, archaic and transportive while playing in a smooth and effortless way. Erynn performs at festivals, teaches at music camps around the globe, and tours with her husband – songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carl Jones. Her tunes are becoming common repertoire in fiddle circles. Erynn won 1st place fiddle at “Clifftop” (The Appalachian Stringband Festival) and was the first woman to do so. She has recorded six albums and appeared in five films (Voices of Virginia, the Clifftop Experience I’ll Fly Away Home, Conversations with Old-Time Musicians,” plus the upcoming Never Met a Stranger). She is coordinator for Swannanoa Old-Time Week near Asheville, NC.
Phil Zimmerman developed his instrumentalist chops as a solo performer at the University of Rochester, and has won regional contests for bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, guitar and mandolin. He’s a founding member of Connecticut’s ground-breaking eclectic string band, Last Fair Deal, now in its 46th year, and a former member of Traver Hollow, Heroes of Tradition (with Stacy Phillips) and Phil Rosenthal and Bluegrass Union. Since 2011 he’s been a core member of the hard-driving Bluegrass Characters. Phil was Music Director of Mandolin Camp North and Banjo Camp North from 2007 to 2018 and President from 2015 to May 2018. He has been on the faculty of Bluegrass University at Podunk, Jenny Brook, and Thomas Point Bluegrass Festivals, and has taught at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival every year since 2006.
Gabe Hirshfeld grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. At the age of 15, he heard the great banjo player Earl Scruggs in the theme song of NPR’s Car Talk. The sound of the banjo spoke to him in a way that no other sound ever had and it changed his life. After playing and obsessing over the banjo for several years, Gabe attended Berklee College of Music where he cofounded the Lonely Heartstring Band.. He now lives in Brighton, Massachusetts, in a house with an intense number of fiddle players.