Award-winning guitarist and mandolinist Tony Watt has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and on the Grand Ole Opry. He has been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Now, and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and toured with Rounder Recording artist Alecia Nugent, Leigh Gibson (guitarist for The Gibson Brothers), and Jenni Lyn Gardner (mandolinist for Della Mae). He is a graduate of Leadership Bluegrass, has served on the IBMA’s Education and Board Selection Committees, and is a Board Member and Education Co-Director of the BBU. Tony is a visiting artist at Berklee College of Music, Camp Coordinator for Ashokan’s Bluegrass Camp (Ashokan.org/Bluegrass-Camp), and Jam Coordinator and Beginner Track Coordinator for Guitar & Mandolin Camp North and Banjo Camp North (MusicCampsNorth.com). Tony is the director of The Bluegrass University, which has offered classes for adults at Grey Fox, Thomas Point Beach, Jenny Brook, Pemi Valley, and Podunk. The Bluegrass University also 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 jams throughout the Boston area and anywhere in the world online via Skype video conferencing (TonyWattBluegrass.com)
Phil Zimmerman is a founding member of Last Fair Deal, Connecticut’s ground-breaking eclectic string band. For ten years, Phil played mandolin and sang lead with Connecticut’s premier traditional Bluegrass band, Traver Hollow. He also performs Old-Time music in Heroes of Tradition, and straight-ahead Bluegrass with Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters. Phil is President and Music Director of both Guitar & Mandolin Camp North and Banjo Camp North, and has taught mandolin and banjo workshops at the Joe Val Festival every year since 2006.
Rick Brodsky is a multi-instrumentalist who has played within numerous musical genres over the past 35 years. Rick has played bass on tour for Jonathan Edwards for many years. He has studied with jazz bassists Dave Ruffels, Phil Bowler, and Doug Weiss. Rick is a regular on the Connecticut/New York bluegrass scene and has also played bass for numerous regional and national bluegrass bands including Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, The Korey Brodsky Band, Stacy Phillips & His Bluegrass Characters, Laura Orshaw & The New Velvet, and Rock Hearts. You can hear Rick’s bass playing on several of Ben Freed’s highly acclaimed banjo albums and more recently on Korey Brodsky’s new album featured on Sirius Radio. Rick enjoys presenting his “Bluegrass Bass Workout” concepts at Bluegrass University where he shares his ideas about essential bass techniques for staying in shape.
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, 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.
Art Schatz has been a mainstay bluegrass and country fiddler on the Boston acoustic music scene for more than 30 years. For bluegrass, he has played with Southern Rail and later with the Reunion Band (bluegrass), as well as filling in with many regional bands. Art currently plays and sings with the Foggy Mountain Consort (Renaissance-Bluegrass fusion), the Beantown Buckaroos (western swing) and with songwriter Deborah Silverstein. He teaches fiddle in Cambridge, MA and regularly leads workshops at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Fiddle Hell, and Lowell Fiddle Contest.
Mary Mcguire enthusiastically returns to coach singers at Jenny Brook Bluegrass University! Mary is adept at working on the skills students are seeking in these small-group classes, sending students off with specific techniques to try right away. She encourages bringing your questions and concerns, and a recording device to capture class tips and welcomes relaying of concerns before the class day.
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Your instructor will collect Class Fees at the festival! ($35)