Camp Instructors

Allison de Groot

Allison combines love for old-time music, technical skill and a creative approach to the banjo forming her own sound – unique and full of personality. Tony Trischka writes "Allison has deep roots in tradition yet she's fearless when it comes to breaking new ground." She's performing with Molsky's Mountain Drifters.

April Verch

April Verch steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions. Even as she plays with the tradition she inherited in her native Ottawa Valley, Verch’s energetic and breathtaking performances speak to the heart of roots music with mature and reflective songwriting, interpreting, and storytelling.

Beppe Gambetta

After being fascinated by the music of the great American acoustic guitar masters, Beppe began a prolific career based on a life devoted to travel and learning from artists of other cultures. Beppe created his own style; a poetic syntheses that reflects his work on the Roots music from both sides of the ocean.

Betse Ellis

Betse has over 40 years of music in her hands and an imaginative teaching style, creatively encompassing bowing skills, fingering, ergonomics, flow, and tone coloring. Besides her love of instruction, Betse’s a devoted performer and recording artist. Betse & Clarke's latest album, “River Still Rise”, features new and traditional fiddling.

Bill Kirchen

Kirchen co-founded the original “Americana” band, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. His Telecaster licks drove their hit “Hot Rod Lincoln” into the Top 10 in 1972. His latest CD “Transatlanticana" cracked the Americana Top 10 in 2016. He has played and sung with Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Hoyt Axton and Gene Vincent.

Brandon Draper

Brandon Draper is a multi-instrumentalist performer, producer, and college professor with current projects in folk, jazz, hip-hop, rock, electronica, and children’s/family music. “Draper does things on the drums that seem near-impossible. His intense beat keeps the fire burning all the time….” - Kansas City Star

Bruce Molsky

GRAMMY®-nominated, Berklee College Visiting Scholar - Bruce's uniqueness leads to collaborations from special guest on Mark Knopfler’s “Tracker” to Anonymous 4’s “1865”. “Molsky’s Mountain Drifters” features the best next gen trad players. His classes will dig into old-time music's unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, and fun.

Cathy Fink

Cathy Fink is a two-time GRAMMY® Award-winner with an additional 12 GRAMMY® nominations and 60+ Washington Area Music Awards with her partner, Marcy Marxer. She is a master of the five-string clawhammer banjo style, plays guitar, ukulele and fiddle, sings, writes songs and is known as a Social Music Conductor.

Cécile Doo-Kingué

Award-winning guitarist-singer-songwriter Cécile Doo-Kingué is one of Canada’s finest guitarists. The NYC-born Montrealer has released four albums to critical acclaim, shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Bernard Purdie, Blind Boys Of Alabama, and opened for such icons as Canned Heat, John Prine, Angelique Kidjo and Eric Andersen.

Clarke Wyatt

Clarke Wyatt plays two- and three-finger old time banjo; his deep musical knowledge helps empower students with fret board comprehension and melodic expression. "Music is a fundamental path to understanding - through practice, contemplation, and play, sharing music with everyone is the thing that makes life fun and easy.”

David Wilcox

David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. He is now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by his virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.

David Woodhead

You’ve probably seen David’s name listed on the backs of recordings in your collection – he’s worked closely with groundbreaking artists from Stan Rogers to Oliver Schroer and James Keelaghan. His wide-ranging musical appetite always brings energy to his work both as accompanist and with his playful and rambunctious band The Confabulation.

Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson is a twice GRAMMY®-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles.   She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide.  Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV.  She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards.

James Hill

James Hill "gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously" (Songlines). A Canadian Folk Music Award winner and JUNO Award-nominee, Hill is a also a passionate teacher. He is co-author of the "Ukulele in the Classroom" method book series and author of "The Ukulele Way".

JJ Jones

JJ Jones is a drummer and educator. She’s played with numerous acoustic artists including Girlyman, Margaret Cho, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Amy Speace, Ellis and Laney Jones. JJ’s been an instructor at the Rocky Mountain Song School for eight years, teaches at rock camps across the US, and founded Skype-Drum-Lessons.com.

Jon Gindick

Since 1979, Jon Gindick has sold over 2,000,000 books, cds, videos on how to play the harmonica. He is the owner facilitator of Blues Harmonica Jam Camp, 5 Days of harmonica community in the Mississippi Delta and Ventura.

Kim Richey

Over the past two decades, two-time grammy nominated, Nashville based Kim Richey has released six critically acclaimed albums, written two #1 singles, with four others hitting the Top 10. She has had songs placed in film and television, most recently on the series Nashville.

Marcy Marxer

MARCY MARXER is a GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, performer, songwriter and producer with 35 years of experience and a shelf of impressive awards. She’s played on Emmy® Award-winning National Geographic specials, platinum-shipping Eva Cassidy CD’s and on over 100 recordings and instructional materials created with her partner, Cathy Fink.

Mark Rubin

Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, Mark Rubin started his career as a bassist, perhaps best known for co-founding the notorious proto-Americana band Bad Livers. Mark is former director of the Folk Alliance Winter Music Camp and we are thrilled to have him back as an instructor!

Mark Stuart

Mark Stuart extensively tours the Folk/Americana circuit as a solo artist or in a duo with his wife, Stacey Earle. Also, he has used his guitarist skills doing sideman stints on tours and/or recordings for notable artists such as Freddy Fender, Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Steve Forbert.

Mary Flower

Mary Flower is a touring and recording artist, an award winning fingerpicker and lap slide player from Portland, OR. She embodies a luscious and lusty mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar that spans a number of idioms – from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime and swing.

Radim Zenkl

Born in Czech Republic, based in California. This US Mandolin Champion has worldwide credentials including guest appearances at prestigious music institutions such as the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and teaching at the Mandolin Symposium. His instructional DVD “Mandolin Primer” was released on Homespun.

Ray Bonneville

JUNO Award-winning blues songwriter, guitar and harmonica player. Ray is known for his unique groove crafted from heavy strings on a retrofitted Melody Maker and thumb playing bass line, harmonica tone considered one of the best by those who know his work, his smoky vocal and pulsing foot percussion.

Rich DelGrosso

Widely regarded as the leading exponent of mandolin blues, DelGrosso has received seven Blues Music Award nominations from The Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN. His latest recording, Ragpicker String Band has received critical acclaim, including a four star review in Downbeat, to be listed as one of the best of 2015.

Richie Lawrence

Richie Lawrence, (based in Sacramento, CA) piano and accordion player, singer, songwriter, founding member of Rotondi and The Loose Acoustic Trio, sideman to I See Hawks In LA and Ray Bonneville; often partners with his wife, vocalist, Katie Thomas, to share Richie’s original songs addressing myriad human predicament; lonely farmers, love and wonder, marriage proposal, suicide by train, a bossy cat, metaphors for consciousness, and general melancholia.

Sam Baker

From small town beginnings in Itasca, TX to headlining major music festivals and venues in the US, Canada, and Europe, Sam Baker’s music and story have been shared throughout the world by major media outlets including  NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Rolling Stone Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a true artist in every way, sharing amazing life experiences through music, story, and art.  He was called the ‘Bard of the Workaday World’ by the Wall Street Journal, and ‘perhaps the most captivating songwriter in America’ by Lone Star Magazine. NPR’s Robert Christgau describes his music "simultaneously beautiful and broken…his is a story that must be told...”

Stash Wyslouch

Stash Wyslouch is one of American roots music’s great young genre-bending pioneers. He's a member of old-time music trio Molsky’s Mountain Drifters and leads his own group of original music, The Stash! Band. As a teacher, Stash focuses on playing in ensembles and creative backup on the guitar.

Steve Baughman

Steve Baughman has written five books for Mel Bay Publications and has taught guitar and banjo at over 50 camps across the United States, Canada and Europe. He is a pioneer of claw hammer guitar and the Orkney Tuning. He is featured on the Rounder Records "Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar" CDs.

Tony Furtado

Tony Furtado is prolific and adventuresome singer/songwriter and instrumentalist who combines elements of folk, roots, bluegrass and blues to create a potent and heartfelt blend of original and traditional music. Twice awarded national banjo champion and world class slide guitar player, Furtado has recorded 18 critically acclaimed albums since 1990.