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Below are the workshop musicians who are available for demo slots - for luthiers who have elected to use those slots (and don't have your own artists performing).  You will be familiar with many of the performers as they have been at most guitar festivals, the others are musicians whom I have hired for other festivals.  Please listen to all before you make a decision, but please do so quickly, as some are no longer available.  Al Petteway for example is not listed, as he has already committed for his demo concerts (each musician can only do a maximum of 6 demos), others are close to being full.  I have listed a little bio of each musician. They are listed by category (guitar, ukuele & mandolin) and alphabetically by first name. Click on name to send email, also, please let me know so I can handle the scheduling. 
Dana Keller is a veteran pedal steel, dobro and guitar player who has spent years performing on stage or in the studio with such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Johnny Rodriguez and The Allen Brothers, to name a few. 

Dana has been an endorsee of the Gretsch Guitar and Drum Company since 1980. 

His dobro playing has been called 'jaw-droppingly good'. 
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dave Nachmanoff saw Al Stewart live for the first time at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1985 and in 2006 came back and performed with him. At the age of ten he played with Libba Cotten (“Freight Train”). He’s led songwriting workshops for many groups, from German school children to the Silcocks, a family with 44 adopted boys. In addition, he’s a heckofa songwriter in styles ranging from folk to pop who’s sold over 20,000 recordings. Dave’s the father of two and writes custom songs for weddings and other special occasions. As a side player (guitar, piano, bass, accordion and more) he’s worked with Stewart on a regular basis as well as many others at hundreds of venues as far ranging as The Bottom Line, Glastonbury Festival, and the Edmonton Folk Festival. www.DaveNach.com

For over twenty years George was a star in the New York City music scene. Known for his quick wit and musical dexterity, George has shared the stage with many elite blues, folk and rock artists such as; Kinky Friedman, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Lou Christy, and The Platters. George has also been “the other guy” with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy in Hot Tuna. 

www.GeorgeWorthmore.com​


Josh "The Pitbull of Blues" Rowand is an electrifying master of his guitar. He allows the guitar to come alive and speak to his audience as he shows just how a guitar wants to be played with his energized soulful rendition of the blues.

It has been said that Josh is a "Silent Conductor" and he demonstrates this while on stage with only his guitar or while performing with his band. 
Josh was honored to perform in Montreal Canada at the 2012 Montreal International Jazz Festival, where he laid down his own breed of blues and was rewarded with an overwhelming response from the audience as well as outstanding comments from a Canadian Reporter where Josh’s music and impressive slide guitar work was compared with George Thorogood and Johnny Winter.www.thepitbullofblues.com

Fingerstyle Guitarist Ken Bonfield has performed throughout the United States for more than 20 years. Based in Massachusetts, Bonfield is a regular at guitar festivals and has released seven albums. His lately, Legacy, is a solo effort that focuses on harp and baritone guitars, with several new arrangements of original tunes Bonfield recorded on earlier albums. Although he came out of the 1960’s folk tradition, Bonfield was closely associated with the new-age music early in his career. Today, his sound is more akin to the American primitive tradition of John Fahey and Leo Kottke, with a solid dose of Celtic, jazz, and traditional folk influences.

www.KenBonfield.com


Macyn Taylor is an accomplished guitar player and singer. She is 19 years old and has recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Masters in Music Performance degree. Macyn has been performing since she was seven. She loves to play many different styles of music and is the 2013 Wilson Center International Guitar Competition champion. Macyn was recently given an award for “Most Promising New Talent” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. She was also named the 2013 WAMI Folk/Celtic performer of the year.

www.macyntaylor.com ​

Fingerstyle guitarist and author Mark Hanson won a Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the "Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar" CD. He has shared the stage with many of the greats, including Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourn, and the late Jerry Garcia. Mark played for the President of the United States in 2009.

Mark has written over two dozen titles on playing guitar, including the best-selling Art of Contemporary Travis Picking. His numerous recordings continue to play on NPR and Martha Stewart Living, even on American Idol! Each summer he runs his own Accent On Music Fingerstyle Guitar Seminar in Portland, Oregon. Mark has the rare ability to coax the most out of an acoustic guitar - whether it be through a heartfelt ballad or a fingerstyle barnburner - and to teach others how to do it, too! Mark Hanson Website
Michael is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico, and has previously been on the faculties of the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State University. He has given master classes throughout the world including, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela, Taiwan, Indonesia and at institutions such as, University of Miami, Mannes School of Music, University of Texas, and California State University. His teachers included the great Spanish maestro Andres Segovia.Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres.

www.MichealChapdelaine.com
Michael Watts is a guitarist based in Brighton UK. He is a previous winner of the Acoustic Guitarist of the Year award and has shared a bill with some of the greatest musicians in the world. He is known for his onstage charisma, exquisite touch and the depth of feel and colour in his playing and writing.

An aficionado of the best of modern guitar lutherie Michael is regularly invited to demonstrate the work of the world's greatest guitar builders at festivals in the USA and Canada.

www.MichaelWattsGuitar.com
Paul Asbell has performed and recorded with numerous legends of blues, jazz, and folk, including Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Carter, James Carter, Sonny Stitt, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Joshua Redman, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Mary McCaslin, former student Trey Anastasio, and countless others. 

He has taught guitar for over 35 years, at Dartmouth College, St. Michaels College, Skidmore College, and presently teaches at University of Vermont and Middlebury College. Paul’s 3 acoustic CD’s have received glowing reviews from Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Sing Out!, and Downbeat. 

   www.PaulAsbell.com
The gap between the 1930's and the 1960's raises an interesting question: who were the guitar players before the folk boom and Beatlemania, before Hendrix and Clapton? What music did they play, what did they sound like, and how did they influence the guitar heroes of the boomer generation?
Pete has spent years studying these players, meeting with the ones who still played and those who wanted to pass along their largely forgotten style (Les Paul once said, "most people think I'm a guitar!"). It turned out to be a labor of love, because the level of sophistication of the pre-rock players, who combined jazz, country and early rock'n'roll with a solid grounding in musical theory and technique, was matched by their sense of fun and humor, and that all came across in the clean, bright tones and lyrical chops of the era...a sound quite distinct from the Claptonesque rock that has dominated the guitar world in recent decades. www.PeteKennedy.com


Career Achievements
1999 AFG Golden Thumbpick Award
2001 National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion
2008 Thumbpicker of the Year
2009 National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame Induction
Played with Chet Atkins, Nato Lima, Boots Randolph, Tommy Emmanuel, John Jorgenson, Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Thom Bresh, Joe Pass, Biréli Lagrène, Bryan Sutton, Les Paul, Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Suzy Bogguss, Muriel Anderson, Guy Van Duser, Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tony McManus, Joscho Stephan, Buster B. Jones, John Cowan.
Shared the bill with Steve Morse, Albert Lee, Paco Peña, Barney Kessel, David Russell, Johnny Hiland and others.
       www.RichardSmithMusic.com
Tradition and innovation neatly balance in Sam
Pacetti's music, the whole infused by a relentless
intelligence intent on musical and philosophical
synthesis. Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson,
Joni Mitchell and Merle Travis are touchstones to
Pacetti, and while there are strong elements of the
American primitive school of guitar wizardry
throughout his work, there is a powerful raw
emotionality evident as well - an earthy sensuality
more reminiscent of a Greg Brown or a red-dirt
blues master than of a musical academian.

www.SamPacetti.com
Tim writes "memorable melody lines that go beyond technique," says Billboard magazine. John Diliberto the host of Echoes Radio says "Tim Farrell brings a melodic sensibility to his compositions that makes him stand apart from most of the fingerstyle crowd." And according to NAV Magazine, "Tim Farrell's melodies lay easily on the ear."
His full-length CDs showcase the considerable depth of his composing skills. In addition, Tim has written music for TV and radio shows, multi-media presentations, movie soundtracks, websites and interactive theater productions. Rosewood Alley won 1st Place Best Instrumental in the 7th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards. Joyride To Tranquility is a finalist in the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards
Kindred Spirits was a finalist in the 9th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards.    www.TimFarrellMusic.com
Ukuele
Mandolin AND Guitar
The gap between the 1930's and the 1960's raises an interesting question: who were the guitar players before the folk boom and Beatlemania, before Hendrix and Clapton? What music did they play, what did they sound like, and how did they influence the guitar heroes of the boomer generation?
Pete has spent years studying these players, meeting with the ones who still played and those who wanted to pass along their largely forgotten style (Les Paul once said, "most people think I'm a guitar!"). It turned out to be a labor of love, because the level of sophistication of the pre-rock players, who combined jazz, country and early rock'n'roll with a solid grounding in musical theory and technique, was matched by their sense of fun and humor, and that all came across in the clean, bright tones and lyrical chops of the era...a sound quite distinct from the Claptonesque rock that has dominated the guitar world in recent decades.                            www.PeteKennedy.com
Lil Rev is a Milwaukee, WI based, award-winning entertainer, educator, author and Instrumentalist. He is well known for is highly interactive music workshops and one man shows of cultural heritage and American roots music history. His concerts weave a seamless spell of songs, stories, poetry and lore, performing on old banjo, flat-pick guitar, blues mandolin and harmonica. 

He is highly regarded as one of the leading forces of the third wave ukulele revival putting on over 40,000 miles a year teaching and performing at music stores, festivals, ukulele clubs, concert halls and cultural arts centers.

Lil Rev has opened for Junior Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Dr.Ralph Stanley, Greg Brown, Old Crow Medicine Show and many others. .    www.LilRev.com
Andy Hatfield is a musician and composer from Peoria, IL. He is one of only four people to win both the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship (2011), and the National Mandolin Championship (2013), held annually in Winfield, KS. Andy is known as a creative teacher, who can help you to get the most out of your playing on guitar or mandolin. He is a featured instructor this year at the nationally-known Kaufman Kamp, and will patiently show you anything he knows on guitar or mandolin.

Tim Sparks has been redefining the acoustic guitar repertoire since he won the National Fingerpicking Championship in 1993 with a ground breaking arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Sparks continues to surprise, challenge, and thrill audiences with his diverse repertoire and stunning technique. Equally at home with Country Blues, Jazz or World Music, Sparks' extraordinary ability has earned him an international reputation as one of the most innovative guitarists working today.

“An amazing technician with elements of guitarists Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Lenny Breau, Andres Segovia and Doc Watson, Sparks stands alone in his ability to arrange and abstract worldly elements into a cohesive guitar- based approach.” 
Eliot Simon All About Jazz New York .    www.TimSparks.com
Workshop: 'Stealin' from Chet'
Workshop: "Plays Well with Others - The Art of Accompaniment" along with Richard Smith
Workshop: "Don't play the guitar- Play the music"
Workshop: "Create Your Own Style"
Workshop:  A Master’s Class: The Secrets of Alternate Tunings Revealed 

Workshop:  "Two-Hands-on-the-Fingerboard"

Workshop:  "Fingerstyle Guitar - Build Your Picking Hand into a Fingerstyle Powerhouse!"
Workshop:  "Arranging Popular Tunes for Solo Guitar"

Two Workshops:  "Fingerstyle Country Blues" & "Swing/Jazz Guitar Styles"

Two Workshops:  "Blues Turnaround Workshop" & "Modal Soloing on the Guitar"
Workshop:  "Fingerstyle Orchestration" 
Workshop: "Accelerated Guitar Development" Learning and evolving greater technique, dexterity, fluidity,chops and freedom on your instrument by getting more in tune with your body.

Workshop: "The Acoustic Guitar Music of The Beatles"
Workshop:  "Chasin' the Boogie"
Workshop: "Rhapsody in Blue"
Workshop: "Essential Strums, Strokes and Tricks for Ukulele"
Workshop: “Mandolin is the Best Thing to Happen to Your Guitar Playing”

Workshop:  "How to get the Best Tone out of Your Instrument"

While Andy is giving a Mandolin Workshop, he is an award winning guitarist!  Go to 1:51 to hear his guitar playing.