Eli Gilbert is a native of North Yarmouth, Maine. After seeing J.D. Crowe and the New South perform at the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival Eli decided to pick up the banjo and eventually moved to Johnson City, Tennessee to study bluegrass at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). There he studied banjo and guitar and performed with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. After graduating with a degree in Bluegrass, Country, and Old Time Studies, Eli returned to Maine, where he teaches Roots Music and Jazz at Bates College and North Yarmouth Academy. Eli also plays banjo with 5-time IBMA award winner Dale Ann Bradley.
Award-winning flatpicking guitarist Tony Watt has performed throughout the United States and Europe, on the Grand Ole Opry, and beyond. He has been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Now, and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, but is perhaps best known for his version of Cherokee Shuffle with Noam Pikelny and Andy Falco, which has been viewed about 200,000 times on YouTube ( https://youtu.be/vbrhbmx2OxQ). Tony has toured with Alecia Nugent, Leigh Gibson, Jenni Lyn Gardner (mandolinist for Della Mae), and currently performs with Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. He is a graduate of Leadership Bluegrass and is currently the Vice President and Education Co-Director of the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU). Tony has taught bluegrass for over 20 years and is a visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music’s American Roots Music Program. He is also the Camp Coordinator for Ashokan’s Bluegrass Camp and Ashokan’s First-Ever Flatpicking Camp (both at Ashokan.org). Tony is also the director of The Bluegrass University, which presents JamVember, a weekend-long bluegrass jamming “non-festival” held the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Sheraton in Framingham, MA (JamVember.com). Tony currently teaches lessons, classes, workshops, and jam sessions throughout the Boston area and anywhere in the world online.
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 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 is currently the President and Music Director of Music Camps North, which puts on both Banjo Camp North and Mandolin Camp North.
Bruce Stockwell has been playing bluegrass banjo since 1968 and teaching since the ’70s. 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 1980s, Bruce has performed with his two brothers (and now wife Kelly) in various acoustic/electric formats, currently as the Stockwell Brothers Band. 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.
Dave Bevins (dobro wizard) started at home with his family, The Chilson Hill Gang. He then joined Dan Tyminski in Green Mountain Bluegrass. Later, Dave appeared with the Lonesome River Band and The Country Gentlemen. This US dobro champ has appeared & recorded with John Cowan, Pat Flynn, Scott Vestal, Victor Krauss, Andrea Zohn, & Andy Leftwich. Dave has a new CD recorded in Nashville, produced by Pat Flynn & engineered by Bert Battaglia, who also engineered Belas Fleck’s ‘Perpetual Motion’ CD. Dave also played on the Grey Fox Masters stage with Cowan, Flynn and others in 2005.
Ever-welcoming, Mary Maguire has years of experience as a soloist, songwriter, and lead singer with several northeast bands. Longtime guitar, piano, and voice instructor, Mary is also enjoying a new career as a Spanish and French teacher. She enthusiastically presents her popular bluegrass harmony, lead singing, and jamming classes and workshops at Grey Fox, Joe Val, Ossipee Valley, Pemi, Podunk, and Thomas Point Beach music Festivals. A guest on many Northeast musicians’ recordings, Mary’s own six albums reflect her unique sound and ease with folk, bluegrass, western swing, and jazz.
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