The Staff

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Caroline Aiken PDF Print E-mail

ImageCaroline's performances are known for emanating a high level of infectious energy and jaw dropping guitar playing. Her genre spans many styles: rock/blues/folk/country to southern roots. She is not only an accomplished singer/songwriter but also a respected musician that can cut it up on a 12-string guitar and woo the crowds with her piano ballads. She has recorded and shared stages with The Indigo Girls and Bonnie Raitt (1985-2005) in venues such as San Antonio's Majestic Theater, Denver's Red Rocks, and Berkeley's Greek Theater. Caroline's performance history includes headlining at the Kerrville (TX) Music Festival; (CA) Mendocino Music Festival and High Sierra Music Festival; (Seattle) Bumbershoot and Folk Life Festival; (NY) Falcon Ridge;, and more.

In May 2006 she embarked on a 2 month European tour including an invitation to be the first woman guitarist to teach and perform at the famed Schörndorf Guitar Festival in Germany. She also plays in England, Wales, Germany, Belgium and Holland to sold-out crowds. She returned to the U.S. to headline at the prestigious Mendocino Music Festival to standing ovations, and headliner for the Kerrville Wine and Music Festival and ending the year at the Moab Music Festival in Utah.

What critics and fans are saying about Caroline Aiken:
"Aiken's guitar work is astonishing, especially as much of it, including slide, is on 12 strings making this disc required listening for anyone who thinks s/he plays the blues or owns a 12 string "-Tom Petersen, Victory Review Magazine, Dec 2005
"Anyone who's ever heard the sultry, bluesy voice of Caroline Aiken knows she's the real deal. She infuses each song with true grit and years of performing experience, sanding down the rough edges just a little with her soft Southern drawl."-Mare Wakefield, DIY Salute, Performing Songwriter Magazine, 2005
"Caroline Aiken, often sighted as one of the cornerstones of the Decatur folk movement, has long been at the forefront of modern folk and acoustic expression. Her soothing, fine wood-grain voice purrs with a youthful innocence one minute, then growls like a wise old blue singer the next, marking each song with her trademark, time-honed stamp of quality."- Georgia Music Magazine, July 2005
"Your performance was absolutely stellar. You made a bunch of new fans if the reactions I heard from the people was any indication. I can speak for one avid new fan who is very definitely going to be following anything you d---and that's me. Your stage presence and musicianship was fully as good or better than anything I have ever seen, and I've been a concert goer for most of my 50 something years. I will remember your version of "Madman Across the Water" as long as I have a memory "-Ken Krauss, Mendocino Music Festival Marketing Director, August 2006

Scott Ainslie PDF Print E-mail

ImageStarting out after hearing the recently departed Virginia Bluesman John Jackson in 1967, Ainslie has been immersed in Blues and American traditional music. Ainslie took an independent BA in Music Theory and Composition from Washington & Lee University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1974. He has worked in avante garde and Broadway theater productions, toured in Europe under the auspices of the United States Information Service, and in addition to touring nationally and internationally has worked as an artist in educational settings, presenting teaching concerts on the African roots of American music. These popular teaching concerts illustrate America's hidden music history with live performances of worksongs, blues, gospel and jazz. Ainslie is a mesmerizing historian and inspired musician who has a deep reverence for the tradition and history of the music he presents.

Drawing on the musical legacies of Delta Blues legends Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, the East Coast's Blind Blake, and Durham's own Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Boy Fuller; Scott is a noted performer and scholar with more than a decade of experience teaching elements of African and African-American music to students of all ages, both in the classroom and from the stage.

Coming of age during the Civil Rights era, Scott continues to have a deep reverence and affection for cross-racial exchange and approaches the tradition with the care and respect it is due. Scott honors the African and American roots of the tradition and presents a mesmerizing tour of both the music and the history of the Blues.

His newest cd Thunder's Mouth is riding high on the charts for XM Radio's Bluesville. More about Scott at

Lisa Aschmann PDF Print E-mail

ImageLisa Aschmann, author of 1000 Songwriting Ideas, has had over 500 co-writing relationships across every genre, from Wayne Carson (a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Country Music Hall of Fame inductee) to Sarah Todd (a 14 time great-grandmother but first-time songwriter).

Buskin & Batteau PDF Print E-mail

David Buskin's Bio

The first song I ever submitted was immediately accepted for publication by Lieber and Stoller, giving me the mistaken impression that professional songwriting would be easy.

I've released thirteen albums, either solo, duo or in bands. Currently performing as half of the duo Buskin & Batteau. My previous group, Modern Man, won a New York Nightlife Award and a Bistro Award. I'm currently writing a musical about baby boomers with Jake Holmes. With Robin Batteau I host a show – Radio B&B – on WPKN-FM (and where we play a wide variety of singers and styles. We are also occasional programmers for Sirius/XM15-The Village. And, for what it's worth, a video to one of my songs – "Jews Don't Camp" - posted recently on YouTube has about 300,000 hits to date.

My songs have been recorded by, among others, Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Astrud Gilberto, Sadao Watanabe, Tracy Nelson, Jane Olivor, Dixie Carter, Pat Benatar, Roberta Flack and Homer the Dog (on Captain Kangaroo).

My jingles were sung by B.B. King, Dianne Schur, John Lee Hooker, Patti Austin, Mel Torme, Vince Gill, Take 6, Marc Cohn, Phoebe Snow, Michael Bolton, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Jonatha Brooke, The Neville Brothers and many more. I won a Clio award for "We're NBC – Just watch us now!" (arranged by Berklee alum Rob Mounsey).

I've been profiled in Time and People magazines and been featured on Oprah, The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.

I've written all kinds of special material in numerous formats for numerous events. My proudest moment in this regard came last year when campers from Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camp along with Julia Roberts sang my lyrics to open their annual gala at Lincoln Center.

I have conducted workshops and seminars at folk festivals all over the country; at Brown University and The New School; and occasionally for private students.

Robin Batteau 's Bio

Robin Batteau is a Grammy-winning, Emmy-winning, Clio-winning, and Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter-soloist and music producer. Six months out of Harvard, after earning a degree in biochemistry, he was signed to his first record deal with Columbia Records. A dozen CDs later, he’s played his personal style of improvisational violin with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Benny Goodman to Bruce Springsteen and has had his songs sung by Whitney Houston, Judy Collins, and Paul Newman, to name a few.

He has created songs for charities and causes from World Hunger Year to Save the Whales to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign to Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for kids with such things as cancer, sickle-cell, AIDS and thalassemia. He’s heard nice words from the Boston Globe (”Acoustic heaven…”), Time Magazine, People Magazine, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Tonight, Mary Hart, Oprah Winfrey, Bonnie Raitt (”Here comes the Love God”), and helped advertising campaigns win nearly 1,000 awards with jingles like “I’m Lovin’ It” for McDonalds, “This is Beer” for Budweiser and “The Heartbeat of America” for Chevrolet.

Robin has taught songwriting classes and given seminars at Yale Law School, at schools in Connecticut, and taught workshops at festivals and NERFA.

Tom Boyd PDF Print E-mail
Thomas Boyd has written stories, plays, essays, books, poems, speeches, scripts, songs, blogs, websites, public service advertising, and a lot more. One of the constants in his writing is the elegant, strength of the story - the arc of events and decisions and actions that pulls the reader along. Tom’s been teaching storytelling and writing for the past several years (City of Berkeley Echo Lake Camp, Redwoods Residence in MIll Valley, New School University, Creative Center at University Settlement). He leads private Sunday afternoon writing workshops in Manhattan. His book, Head Lines: Personal Narratives in Blogtime, will be published in mid-2014.

Severin Browne PDF Print E-mail

ImageSeverin Browne was raised in a musical family where all the children were expected to play an instrument. He began with accordion, then moved to drums and saxophone before settling on guitar at the ripe old age of ten. His older brother Jackson, a talented singer/songwriter with many albums for the Asylum/Elektra labels, started out as first chair cornet in the elementary school band, where Severin soon joined him playing the drums.

A former Motown recording artist and staff songwriter, Severin Browne continues to enchant audiences with his clear voice, masterful guitar playing and finely crafted songs.  After leaving Motown in the mid-seventies, Severin spent his time writing and performing in the Los Angeles area, where his songs were recorded by Thelma Houston, Patti Dahlstrom, Colin Blunstone, Twiggy, The Dillards, and Pamela Stanley, who had a Billboard #15 hit with Severin’s “I Don’t Want To Talk About It.”  

His two post-Motown CDs, “From the Edge of The World” released on Moo Records in 1996, and “This Twisted Road” self-released in 2001, have both gotten great reviews.  With roots in pop, jazz, country, rock and R&B, Severin surprises his acoustic audiences with melodies and grooves that are not usually heard in folk circles, and regularly writes in each of those genres.  Many acoustic music lovers have already heard Severin’s music as recorded on CDs by Freebo, James Lee Stanley, Alfred Johnson, and Kerrville New Folk Winner David Roth.

Severin currently teaches guitar and songwriting at Old Town Music in Pasadena, as well as at the SummerSongs West songwriting camps in Cambria, California.  He lives happily in an old part of Los Angeles with his wife Melinda and an assortment of dogs and cats.  More information can always be found at

Severin can be reached via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Kate Campbell PDF Print E-mail

ImageFor more than a decade, Kate Campbell has been one of the most clear-eyed, poetic and revelatory chroniclers of the Southern experience in popular music. Blessed with an angelic voice, unsinkable tunefulness, a master storyteller's eye for detail plus the even-handedness to examine life's blossoms AND bruises, Campbell has assembled a body of work unsurpassed in consistency or soulful artistry.

Kate's uncanny grasp of life and times in the Deep South is such that Ballet Memphis is presenting a command performance of "South Of Everywhere," which features her music.

Incessant touring in the US and United Kingdom has built and reinforced a remarkably devoted fan base, and Campbell has appeared on such respected national radio programs as Larry Groce's "Live From Mountain Stage," NPR's "Morning Edition" and "World Cafe."
Cadence Carroll PDF Print E-mail

Cadence Carroll 


Cadence Carroll grew up surrounded by music. Her mother, who was a music teacher and taught while she was pregnant, claims Cadence got her sense of rhythm from nine months of listening to guitar playing while in the womb. Although Cadence’s first instrument was the violin, she quickly moved to guitar lessons taught by her mom in the basement of their home in Norwalk, CT. In college in Ithaca, NY, she fell in love with the sounds of African-Cuban percussion. There she found a passion and natural affinity for accompanying fellow musicians on the djembe, a large African hand drum.
Today, during the school year, Cadence can be found blissfully teaching art to kids in grades 3-5 but on the weekends, the beat goes on as she performs her own music and provides support as a back-up percussionist and vocalist.  She performs with Sloan Wainwright and has played professionally with Vanida Gail, Hugh Blumenfeld, The Kennedys, Ina May Wool, Cliff Eberhart and Terence Martin. She can also be counted on to jump onstage at a moment’s notice with almost anyone who asks for a little drumming.  Percussion is an outlet for the soul and Cadence believes all should partake in its gift!

Jud Caswell PDF Print E-mail
Heralded by Sing Out! magazine as "one of the leading singer-songwriters on the current scene," Jud Caswell has won eight nationally recognized songwriting contests, including the Dave Carter Memorial, Boston Folk Festival, and Kerrville New Folk contests. He has a degree in music from Dartmouth College, and his song "Blackberry Time" is being taught in the songwriting curriculum at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Jud comes from that place where the two Maines meet: where ex-hippies play cribbage with fishermen and a kind of rural poetry is salted with Yankee gumption. He grew up on a little farm in Morrill, Maine, picking carrots and milking goats; listening to records by Cat Stevens and the Beatles, reading Mark Twain and Kahlil Gibran. A multi-instrumentalist from an early age, he wandered through jazz bands, orchestras and medieval ensembles before finding his home on the acoustic guitar. Jud is currently teaching songwriting, capo techniques, and touring widely in support of his latest CD, “Blackberry Time,” released in 2007.
Julie Christensen PDF Print E-mail

For over 30 years, Julie's been a professional singer, songwriter, and producer of her recordings. She's toured and recorded with Leonard Cohen, and has also sung or recorded with Todd Rundgren, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Van Dyke Parks, Steve Wynn, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Robben Ford, K. D. Lang, and her former band on SST Records, Divine Horsemen. She's produced and performed 5 independent solo albums, available on iTunes and other platforms, and her own site.

Having studied privately with Olga Hoffman, John Aielli, Helen McComas, and Joanna Cazden, Julie's been coaching privately alongside performing for over 25 years with men and women of all ages. She's taught 6-week workshops in Ojai, and has done several master classes with groups of 8-10 students at Los Angeles Academy of Music in Pasadena, as well as master class scenarios with 35 or more at high schools, career fairs, and festivals in Ventura County, coordinated Winter Programs for 3 years at the elementary school level there, and taught at Thacher and Ojai Valley Schools in California.

Specialties include: Performing, songwriting, networking, music production, vocal coaching with an emphasis on healthy vocal technique, and musical direction.

Cary Cooper PDF Print E-mail

2007 FINALIST Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase
NOMINATED 2006 for 3 Just Plain Folks awards including:
Female Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year
Female Singer-Songwriter Song of the Year
New Folk Song of the Year
WINNER 2004 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition
EMERGING ARTIST 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Showcase
TOP TEN 2004 Mountain Stage NewSong Festival Songwriting Competition
RUNNER-UP 2004 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Competition
NOMINATED 2004 for 3 Just Plain Folks awards including:
Female Singer-Songwriter Album of the Year
Americana Song of the Year
Children's Song of the Year

Joe Crookston PDF Print E-mail
bio coming soon!
Mark Dann PDF Print E-mail

ImageMark Dann is a professional recording engineer and sideman/bass player extraordinaire. For more than 30 years he's worked with many artists at his studios in New York City and Woodstock, including engineering and playing on the legendary Fast Folk Musical Magazine recordings.

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Cliff Eberhardt PDF Print E-mail

ImageWhen Cliff Eberhardt released his debut album in 1990, a lot of people discovered the musician that songwriters and acoustic music fans had raved about for years. Eberhardt is a songwriter and performer of remarkable passion and wit. Compatriots have long admired his work, with artists like Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, and Buffy St. Marie recording his songs.

Eberhardt has performed since age 15, when he hit the club circuit with his brother. He toured solo for over 10 years before he recorded his first CD, and played guitar with Richie Havens and Melanie. He has taught at many workshop events and we're thrilled to have him as a guest instructor this summer.

Bob Franke PDF Print E-mail

Image Legendary singer/songwriter Bob Franke will be joining us again this year. Bob's songs are considered classics, fueled by his deep faith and the real-life lessons taught him by his 30 years of playing everywhere from concert halls to street corners.

Bob has appeared in concert a coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 32 states, four Canadian provinces and England. His tours are treasured for their craft and compassion. His concerts have appeared in lists of the top five musical events of the year chosen by critics in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas. In 1990, he was nominated as an Outstanding Folk Act by the Boston Music Awards.

Freebo PDF Print E-mail

FreeboFrom bass player/band member with Bonnie Raitt for a decade to countless studio sessions and tours with artists ranging from John Mayall, CSN, Maria Muldaur and Ringo Starr, to T.V. appearances on "Saturday Night Live," "Midnight Special," and "Muppets Tonight," as well as tuba performances with Dr. John and the legendary Spinal Tap, Freebo has achieved status and respect in a creative and highly competitive field.

Not satisfied with simply resting on his laurels as a top sideman, however, Freebo has continued to push his creative envelope, and has evolved into an award winning singer/songwriter with three solo CDs to his credit; 1999's "The End Of The Beginning," 2002's "Dog People" (songs about the human/canine connection), and his latest, "Before The Separation”, which was nominated in 5 categories in the JPF Awards, had 2 songs in the top 10 of the International Songwriting Competition, and won the prestigious South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.

Showing his complete arrival and comfort as a singer/songwriter, The Philadelphia Inquirer said of his latest CD, “Freebo’s stepping into a new role of singer/songwriter suits him well. ‘Before the Separation’ flows with a compassionate spirit rooted in '60s ideals, but packing a gently urgent relevancy. The songs are built on Freebo's acoustic guitar and fretless bass, giving them a sublimely folkish foundation that occasionally heads off into rock and soul. The finale, "The Freedom Wall," shows that, in addition to an engaging earnestness, Freebo is also capable of biting irony".

Freebo’s songs span styles from folk, blues, & country to R&B, reggae, and rock'n'roll, and incorporate themes of love, struggle, triumph, peace, and the journey of life. His live performances, mainly on acoustic guitar, take you on a musical and lyrical ride, creating an intimate unity with his audience.

Beppe Gambetta PDF Print E-mail
BeppeBeppe is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavours. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world and even crossed the "Iron Curtain" to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.
While Beppe still lives in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least three times each year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows "All Things Considered" and "E-Town". Beppe has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In his career he has performed with some great heroes of the folk scene like David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson, Norman Blake and with the band Men Of Steel: an international guitar summit (Dan Crary, Tony McManus and Don Ross) of different guitar schools with complex musical interactions. In a world dominated by the trends and logic of the market Gambetta's playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, research in tone, sobriety and humour. An inspired music thatt modestly avoids relying solely on his high level of technical excellence, but also reveals the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly routed in tradition.

With America in his heart and his roots in the sun and the olive trees of the Mediterranean sea, he naturally and seamlessly bridges the shores of the two continents, creating in spite of the interposed ocean a musical "koiné" (fusion) where American root music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel string guitars and vintage harp guitars not only co-exist but interact, weaving a deep dialog unaware of any rigid classification.

Music on its way, proud of the past but looking to the future, able to talk to us in the present because it is rooted in the history of generations of men and women so different but so equal to us. Strolling music, intolerant of frontiers and passports, exclusions and obsessions. Vital music, passionate but sober. It is waving to us. Let's follow it.
Bill Gessner PDF Print E-mail

ImageBill Gessner is a songwriter and performer based in Minneapolis. His songs range from the humorous, eccentric and off-beat to visionary and life-affirming. He has released his first CD, Welcome to Gessnerville, pop. 19, produced by Peter Ostroushko. Bill travels extensively and enjoys performing in listening venues and house-concerts. Bill has attended SummerSongs since 2000 and has taught a class and served as a songwriting coach at SummerSongs and WinterSongs since 2002.

Steve Gillette PDF Print E-mail

Steve GilletteIn a musical age created by the singer-songwriter, Steve Gillette has long been considered to be one of the finest. His music has inspired glowing reviews from the critics and the deep loyalty of his fans. Since Ian and Sylvia first recorded Darcy Farrow in 1966, Steve's songs have been sung by dozens of major artists including Garth Brooks, John Denver, Nanci Griffith, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, Spanky and Our Gang, Don Williams, and Tammy Wynette.

In addition to performing in 31 countries, Steve has performed on over 100 college campuses and has taught numerous workshops and seminars on songwriting, guitar theory, and record production. Steve is the author of the book Songwriting And The Creative Process, published by The Sing Out Press in 1995. His film credits include writing and singing the main title theme for M.G.M.'s The Outfit, Walt Disney's The Pond, The Grass Is Greener, Summer Run, and Door To Door. Steve has also written songs for the Walt Disney characters Jiminy Cricket, Dumbo, Rainbow Brite, and Winnie the Pooh.

Steve traveled to Japan with the "Day Of The Dolphin" concert series in Tokyo in 1976, and has been active in the anti nuclear movement and other social causes. He has received ASCAP and BMI performance awards, and was honored by the World Folk Music Association as a 1988 nominee for the Kate Wolf Award. He has been a featured performer at many festivals, including Clearwater’s Hudson River Revival, Fox Hollow, International Songwriter's Festival at Frutigen (Switzerland), The Mariposa Folk Festival, The Old Songs Festival, Owen Sound Summerfolk Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Vancouver Folk Festival, The Walnut Valley Festival, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, and is a director and long-time participant in The Kerrville Folk Festival.

You can find out more about Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen at

Sharon Goldman PDF Print E-mail

Sharon Goldman is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter and longtime SummerSongs addict with over a decade of writing songs and several albums under her belt. For the past year, she has also been training towards a comprehensive certification as a Pilates instructor and has also spent time happily studying other movement techniques and reading anatomy texts. In her spare moments, she writes a popular songwriting blog,

Nicola Gordon PDF Print E-mail

Nicola with ukeNicola writes lots of songs. She plays guitar, ukulele and fiddle. She is a life learner and a joy facilitator, cultivating and sharing her process through music and workshops and coaching. Inspired by nature, acts of kindness, and a growing appreciation of life's twists and turns, her intention is to grow in aliveness and inspire those around her to do the same.

There's 5 CDs and presently a ukulele-inspired CD in the hopper. 3 CDs are original material; The last two are songs based on the poetry of Hafiz--an amazing 14th century Sufi poet (similar style to Rumi)- as translated by Daniel Ladinsky. She shares her creative flow with others teaching songwriting at the local college and doing workshops on creative flow and writing around the country.

Besides doing her solo shows and teaching, Nicola also plays in an ol' timey girl-grass band called the Honeysuckle Possums: herself plus Susan Reeves, Lisa Macker, Ruth Alpert and Rebbecca Troone. They make a rowdy, genuine noise of foot-stomping glee. Three songwriters w/ three-part harmonies, fiddles, ukulele, banjo, mandolin (plus the usual guitar and base) and an o'l timey clogger...yep, they have fun.

Greg Greenway PDF Print E-mail

bio coming

Kim and Reggie Harris PDF Print E-mail

Kim and Reggie HarrisKim and Reggie Harris are two vibrant, superbly talented and engaging performers whose captivating stage presence has inspired audiences around the world for over 25 years. As singers, songwriters, storytellers, educators, historical interpreters and cultural advocates, they have used their remarkable voices and their unique talents to bring new insights to the entertainment and educational spectrum.

Born in Philadelphia, PA. a city rich in musical and cultural heritage, Kim and Reggie were both exposed to a wide range of composers and musical genres. Their training, nurtured in their individual homes and enhanced in their churches and schools, enriched their musical vocabulary. It was the start of what has evolved into the " Bach to Rock" musical approach (with the strongest elements being Folk, Gospel and Jazz) that is so prevalent in their music. They met, by chance, at a summer camp in 1974. While attending Temple University they honed their performance skills in the clubs and coffeehouses around Philadelphia.

In 1980, Kim and Reggie "hit the road" touring universities, art centers, schools and other concert venues. Their strong material (both original and otherwise) and complex harmonies, combined with their stunning voices and informed stage patter, has won them accolades and fans that has them in constant demand. They average over 275 performances each year!

They have been featured in performance at the Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institute, The International Children's Festival in Canada,The Wang Center, The Pike's Peak Center, various festivals in the U.S, Canada and Italy and a host of universities, schools, churches and performing venues.

They have proven themselves to be exceptional people who can entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds. They continue to distinguish themselves as artists of integrity who show respect for their craft and their audiences by working to expand their skills and build on their knowledge base.

Kim and Reggie are presenters in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Touring workshop program providing teacher training and arts events that encourage the use of the arts in the classroom.

They are featured artists in Silver Burdett and Ginn's "World of Music", a leading educational music series; they have, in collaboration with Chatham Hill Games, produced the "Underground Railroad Activity Set" (a video, game and teaching guide) for use by teachers and parents and they continue to be sought after presenters on the subjects of the Underground Railroad, the Modern Civil Rights Movement and African American Music of Social Change.

Over the course of their career they have opened for and performed with a diverse array of artists including Jay Leno, Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Micheal Keaton, The Indigo Girls, Janis Ian, and many others.

Kim and Reggie have recorded 5 CDs on the Appleseed Recordings label, one CD for Folk Era; contributed tracks to each of Appleseed's Pete Seeger releases and are also featured (with other leading Folk and Acoustic artists) on a growing number of compilation and tribute CDs.

Kim has most recently earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and, when not touring, Reggie coaches girls varsity basketball.

They reside in upstate New York!
Kim and Reggie Harris

Ritt Henn PDF Print E-mail

Image Ritt Henn plays bass, writes songs and lives in New York City.In 2005, he received both the prestigious Back Stage Bistro Award (for Outstanding Songwriter Instrumentalist) and a MAC Award (from the Manhattan Association of Clubs, for Best New York Debut-Male). He began playing the bass in the 5th grade when they were looking for a tall kid to play upright in the school orchestra. By high school, hip teachers were letting him write songs in lieu of taking tests. He began performing in coffeehouses; upon graduating from Bucknell University with a degree in music and psychology, he bought a white 3-piece suit and joined a lounge band.

While continuing to pay bills as a sideman—he's worked with Buddy Rich, Chuck Berry, Tom Jones, whistled for Michael Jackson, and appeared in the Off-Broadway musical "Shockheaded Peter"—Ritt actively pursues his solo career, playing with an ensemble or often just his bass. His sound reflects his record collection at home: jazz with a dose of blues and old school R&B thrown in the mix. His songs touch on life, love and the pursuit of happiness, laced with a wit that sometimes simmers, sometimes boils. [Ed. note: Sorry, Phil got a little carried away there.] When appropriate, his live shows incorporate elements of storytelling and humor; and yes, sometimes he's even been known to just shut up and play.

Ritt's opened for Christine Lavin and Soupy Sales, and performed on the mainstage of the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland between Freddie Hubbard and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He's toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and received radio airplay worldwide, including a live performance on Levende Lijven on Radio 1 in Belgium. He's been a winner in the Sierra Songwriters Festival, a finalist in the Independent Music Awards, and an honorable mention in the Napa Valley Songwriters Contest. His latest CD, Goin' Back, features cats who've played with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Marvin Gaye to No Doubt.

In his spare time, Ritt's produced nearly 200 episodes of ManBassBoxTV (a.k.a. A Man, a Bass & a Box of Stuff), his own public access series which puts the "real" back into "reality TV." On the air in Los Angeles and New York since 1993, they're 28 minute made-for-TV movies that focus on independent musical artists, including, sometimes, Mr. Henn himself.

Ritt has conducted workshops in conjunction with his instructional book, Chart Writing Made Easy,and clinics touting the wonders of the almighty Azola BugBass, the electric upright that he proudly endorses. He's also an endorsee for B-Band, the folks who make his sonorous acoustic bass pick-up, and SWR, whose California Blonde amp has looked and sounded so sweet sitting there on the set of the TV show.

He's portrayed an alien bassoonist on Star Trek: The Next Generation, won a Drama-Logue award for his portrayal of an inbred bass-playing gas station attendant in the Hollywood production of Pump Boys & Dinettes, thrilled thousands as the loveable, golden-voiced murderer Officer Bell in the world premiere of The People vs. Mona at the Pasadena Playhouse, and held thousands more in thrall while singing of his dirty socks in Jim's Garage at the Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina (another world premiere, of course).

Yet it all pales in comparison to the thrill of laying down the bass line to "Stand By Me" with Ben E. King at a used auto parts convention in Las Vegas.

Anne Hills PDF Print E-mail

bio coming

Joe Jencks PDF Print E-mail

Joe Jencks is an international touring performer and award-winning songwriter. His career is based as much in ministering to the human spirit as it is in the performance of music. "A Joe Jencks concert is definitely not a visit to the inner world of some guy with a guitar who would like us all to sit still and listen politely. It's an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance! …Tapping into the latent, nearly mystical beauty that a roomful of people can unleash by singing together." – Seattle Folklore Society

Joe has earned wide recognition for his songs about working people, and for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Joe weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. Whether performing at a union conference or folk festival, or at an intimate club or house concert, Joe manages to make any audience feel welcomed, valued, and part of a community.

Joe's life-long interest in folk music led him to undergraduate and graduate studies in Vocal Music Performance, Choral Conducting, and Music Education. Like any good craftsman Joe applies the skills of this well-rounded training, using his lush and lyrical voice to enchant, heal, and inspire to action. Joe has won numerous songwriting awards for his original work, and has an ability to connect genuinely and intimately with audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds. "He has a remarkable tenor voice that's capable of great strength and sweetness in the same moment, much as was Phil Ochs' voice. His guitar is always a dead-on accompaniment to his songs' intentions." –Bill Fischer, Victory Music Review

Pete Kennedy PDF Print E-mail

Pete Kennedy is best known as the guitar-intensive half of folk-rock duo The Kennedys, but his experience spans a wide cross section of American music. He toured the US and Europe extensively with Nanci Griffith, and played an important role in the making of her Grammy-winning CD, "Other Voices, Other Rooms", sharing the lead guitar duties with Chet Atkins and Leo Kottke. He also toured for a year with Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and has played with the National Symphony, numerous Broadway road companies, including "Cats" and "Evita", and was a house musician at legendary roots music club the Birchmere. Having studied with classical guitarist Larry Snitzler and jazz legends Johnny Smith, Joe Pass and Charlie Byrd, Pete is uniquely able to answer just about any question you might have about making the most of your love and enthusiasm for the guitar.

John Kirk PDF Print E-mail

John Kirk is known for his lyric voice and versatile instrumental skills. On fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and tin whistle, John demonstrates a vast knowledge of musical traditions. He is also a composer, dancer and dance caller. Sing Out magazine has said "John Kirk is a fine player on all his instruments and he sings quite well. With such a widely varied repertoire, there’s really something here for everyone. This is one that’s worth seeking out." In addition to his work with Quickstep, John works with the Vanaver Caravan and the Susquehanna Stringband. The Dixie Chicks recorded his song, "Long Roads". John and the band, Quickstep, have their own recordings; the newest of these is titled, "Shuffle About". In addition to performing, John teaches music at Bennington College in Vermont, and at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

David Kleiner PDF Print E-mail
Dave was a founding member of the Folk Project, a New Jersey music organization. But he left the local folk scene to make babies and play lead guitar in cover bands. He did time at bars, weddings and other private functions for may long years.

When Dave returned to the Folk Project while going through a divorce, he brought with him an arsenal of songs he had written over the years. Songs that were seldom heard outside of his basement, where he serenaded the furnace. There were songs about food (Too Many Restaurants), women (The Women Don't Like Me), and parenting (Just Don't Have Time for You), all with a unique perspective and wry sense of humor.

Eventually, Dave and Liz Pagan found each other. Liz's voice added a richness to Dave's music, and they began performing (and living) together. They have released three CDs, rhymes with diner and BaD TaSTE, and Salesman, each with twelve original Kleiner songs. They have been heard nationally on Mike Flynn's Folk Sampler, Dr. Demento's radio show, NPR's Car Talk, and many other radio shows across the country.
Jill Knight PDF Print E-mail


Knights soulful sound is unmistakable. India Arie once quoted, "I love great voices and when I heard Jill sing it stopped me in my tracks, and I had to listen." She later asked Knight to be her opening act. A finalist at the Telluride Troubadour competition, a finalist at the National Academy of Songwriters "songwriter of the year" competition, a finalist in Billboard magazines, "best unsigned band" contest, a regional best seller in Album Network magazine for her album Future Perfect, and voted as one of the best DIY albums in Performing Songwriter Magazine, Honorable mention NSAI songwriting competition, Finalist in the Acoustic Live songwriter competition. Jill has toured and shared stages with... India Arie, Shawn Colvin, David Wilcox, Michael Hedges, Phoebe Snow, Richard Thompson, Richard Thompson, Little Feat, and many others.

"Its hard to say which is better-the song or the way Jill Knight sings it." Performing Songwriter vol. 6
"Few songwriters seem to have the self-assurance that this singer possesses...Knight approaches her music with an unadorned intensity, her songs pack an emotional punch rich in the details of everyday experiences... this is first rate, high quality music" Dirty Linen
"With a voice that crests and tumbles like a waterfall, Knight is as elemental as the wind." Sacramento News and Reviews

Dale LaDuke PDF Print E-mail

ImageDale LaDuke was born in Grosse Pointe Michigan (suburb of Detroit). He began singing in church choirs when he was 8 years old and was principle solist and president of his high school choir, as well as trumpet player in the high school band.

He went on to sing with the Michigan State Honors Choir and the Michigan State Fair Choir.

A songwriter from the beginning, Dale was determined to observe humanity at all levels, and to this end spent several years traveling around the country as an itinerant street peddler, finally settling in Los Angeles.

He was one of the founders of the popular Southern California country band "Five Wheel Drive" that was one of five finalists (and the only country band) in the first Yahoo Music Awards .The band was flown to the red carpet Yahoo awards show at Studio 54 in Manhattan that featured performances by David Bowie, Issac Hayes, Allanis Morriset and many others. The group recorded two demos for Warner Bros. Nashville, before finally disbanding. He then co-founded the folk group "Kaedmon" which went on to be a top pick of 2006 by both Music Connection magazine and KSUN radio.

He has recently begun to play solo shows around the country. His song "The Lone Ranger"has won or been nominated for several awards; most recently, for "Single of The Year" at the Los Angeles Music Awards.

Dale is also a sought after music teacher in LA, teaching several instruments, songwriting and music theory.

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Patrick Landeza PDF Print E-mail

ImageMusician, composer, producer, Patrick Landeza is considered a leading exponent of the Hawaiian slack key style. Born and raised  in Berkeley to Hawaii-born parents, Patrick picked up guitar while in high school and learned from the styles best players. A protégé of the Hawaiian slack-key masters, Landeza has dedicated his life to sharing this art form with the world. Jim Harrington of the Oakland Tribune says "Trying to get a lesson from Patrick is like trying to get into Standford.."  "It's difficult to meet the demand, everyone wants to learn slack key on the mainland these days," Landeza says.

Landeza conducts monthly lessons in San Diego, Sacramento, Seattle, Santa Cruz and weekly lessons in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the founder of The Institute of Hawaiian Music and Culture and is responsible for planting the seeds for many Hawaiian music performers and concert tours. Landeza is the youngest recipient of the prestigious Aloha Spirit Award for his work with Slack Key Guitar and is extremely honored to be teaching this year at WinterSongs West!

Zoe Lewis PDF Print E-mail

Zoe LewisZOË LEWIS … Who Is She?
A worldbeat-vaudeville extravaganza!

ZOË LEWIS is a band in a body! She plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Troubadour/vaudevillian/storyteller/singer-songwriter/piece of work!

WINNER of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Troubadour Award in 2003, NEW FOLK WINNER 2002 at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and 2001 Falconridge Folk Festival AUDIENCE FAVORITE and now she's getting booked to play many of the main stages with virtuoso jazz recorder player ROXANNE LAYTON (from Mannheim Steamroller).

Her song SMALL IS TREMENDOUS received much commercial success and can be heard on ads for MINI PRINGLES and TJ MAAX. Another of her songs: SHEEP was part of a PUTUMAYO compilation and became #1 in the children's satellite radio charts. She's also written the soundtrack for a new documentary on the VAGINA MONOLGUES.

ZOË has performed with a whole host of incredible musicians including JULIE WOLF (Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn), GAIL ANN DORSEY (David Bowie), PAUL PIERCY (Dixie Chicks), FREEBO (Bonnie Raitt) and has toured with JUDY COLLINS and NANCI GRIFFITH.

Originally from England, she now resides in Provincetown on Cape Cod, MA, where she performs every summer. Her music is upbeat, amusing and perfect for young and old alike. She's traveled all over the globe picking up worldbeat grooves and stories on the way; jumping box cars, riding on freight boats and has even played music with an elephant orchestra in Thailand. She's a mixture of swing, acoustic funk, latin jazz and folk. Her fast-paced lyrics poke fun at modern society and praise the rambling delights of childhood, secret worlds, and wandering love.

ZOË started studying music (piano) in England at the age of seven in her little village on the south coast of England, Rottingdean. She began performing professionally playing the Hammond organ, piano and synthesizer for London Latin jazz ten-piece band AVANTI in 1986. The band toured the UK and cut a record. She went solo in 1988, performed piano / vocal jazz standards from the '30s and '40s in London pubs and later worked in South America and in the Caribbean.

In 1990, she arrived in the United States and began performing originals on guitar, piano, harmonica, ukulele, penny whistle, accordion, and human trumpet and has since then toured extensively, performing at numerous folk clubs, coffee houses, colleges, music festivals and pride marches. She has taught workshops in schools and has written a musical for children entitled PESTS! Her workshop "Music in our Pockets" encourages people to redefine their meaning of music; there's music on the streets, on our bodies, in nature, even in our pockets if only we open up our ears. Loose change, a set of keys can be used to make wonderful noise. With the help of African calabash, Jamaican steel pans, gourds, coconuts, trash cans, thumb pianos, conch shells and musical saws she demonstrates the point!

In 1992 she began to perform in a variety of different acts in Provincetown on Cape Cod for the summer season. She became a local favourite and won Provincetown Paper's "About Town Awards" for best piano player and best comedy duo. She's toured all over the Unites States, has performed in England, Germany, Australia and aboard OLIVIA cruises. As well as continuing her solo career she is receiving much acclaim for her quartet ZOË LEWIS and her RUBBER BAND with Seattle bassist KATE WOLF, Quebec City percussionist SYLVIE RICHARD and ROXANNE LAYTON, on recorder. Performing upbeat and edgy tunes on a variety of weird instruments, telling traveling tales that'll take you from England to New Orleans by way of Bangkok and Guatemala, they bend the notes and stretch your imagination!

Joel Mabus PDF Print E-mail

Joel Mabus is known as a singer-songwriter, but doesn’t sound like one – at least by the usual measure. Maybe that’s because he was raised by professional “hillbilly” musicians in the “Little Egypt” area tucked between the Wabash and Mississippi Rivers. Or maybe it is his 40 year career in folk, blues, bluegrass, swing and Celtic styles.

Mabus was inducted into the Detroit Metro Music Award Hall of Fame in the year 2000. “Joel Mabus is the Joe DiMaggio of the folk music world - a virtuoso who can make the toughest plays appear effortless,” wrote Ron Olesko of WFDU-FM (Fordham U.) Rich Warren, host of nationally syndicated (WFMT) Midnight Special introduced Joel as “The dean of singer-songwriters.

Joel has taught songwriting and guitar at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, Summer Acoustic Music Week, and Augusta Heritage in Elkins WV. He has graced the stages of: Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Boston Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite CA, and Summerfest in New Bedford MA, and has played the folk circuit from Passim in Harvard Square to Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.


Deborah McColl PDF Print E-mail

ImageDeborah McColl, MA, MFT has a colorful history in music having toured the U.S. as a solo artist, a member of several original folk and rock bands, and as a co-writer and back-up singer for Jimmy Buffett.  She currently resides in South Pasadena, California, where for the past twenty years, she has been a licensed psychotherapist specializing in working with people in the creative arts and facilitating creative process workshops.  For a glimpse into her musical history go to  For info about Deborah’s private practice in Los Angeles visit 

Michael McNevin PDF Print E-mail

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Michael McNevin started his career with a six-month stint in New York City, cutting his troubadour teeth in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. Now a veteran of the folk scene, Michael has logged close to 20 years worth of concerts across the U.S., and he's been a main stager at some of the bigger music festivals around, including the Strawberry, Kerrville, High Sierra, and Philadelphia music festivals. He's been billed in clubs and halls with the likes of Johnny Cash, Shawn Colvin, Donovan, Richie Havens, Christine Lavin, Utah Phillips, and 100s of others on the songwriter circuit. He has a seasoned voice, accomplished steel string guitar work, and a vivid brand of storytelling.

He is a past winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, a 6-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song Of The Year" ('91, '92, '97, '98, '05, '09), and was chosen by Performing Songwriter Magazine as a Top 12 "DIY Artist Of The Year". With 5 releases under his belt, and a few hard to find cassettes, his next CD is tentatively titled "Kickin' Tires". Tracks include 'Broom' & 'Scarecrow' (both winners of the WCS 'Song Of The Year' award), 'Phoenixville', 'Pioneer Shindig, & '60 Years Of Sand'. Two of the tracks - 'This Town Is Gonna Change' & 'I Shot Broncho Billy' - are also heard in the indie film "Weekend King", an indie film that features five of his songs in the soundtrack, and casts him in a cameo role as a broke and lovesick bartender.

In addition, Michael is an Etch A Sketch artist of some renown, delighting and dumbfounding audiences with his song illustrations on the little red toy. Michael has been a guest on CBS "Evening Magazine", numerous news and entertainment segments on NBC, ABC, and dozens of cable music shows. He also owns and operates the Mudpuddle Shop, in downtown Niles, CA. He's hosted 70+ concerts there, and well over 200 jams in the 6 years he's operated it. It also serves as the Golden Spike Headquarters - a volunteer crew that Michael facilitates for the town, to help the local steam trains gather passengers for rides through the Niles Canyon. His original Etch A Sketch art creations are also a shop attraction -- 20 of them hang on the wall, waiting for an earthquake.

Trish Miller PDF Print E-mail

Trish Miller has been teaching and performing Appalachian clogging since 1980. She plays guitar, banjo and a little ukelele. Trish is a dance caller and country dance choreographer. Her stepping style is rooted in the southern mountains mixed with some steps from tap and Celtic repertoires. As a member of the Green Grass Cloggers, from Asheville, N.C., she toured throughout the U.S. & internationally. Trish and John are teaching artists in schools.

Dan Navarro PDF Print E-mail

ImageImbued early in life with a love of music, art, drama, comedy and incisive writing, Dan Navarro has spent the past 30 years of his life working and playing as a singer, songwriter, recording and touring artist, voice actor and media activist. With his longtime partner Eric Lowen and other collaborators, he has composed songs for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (1984's Top Five "We Belong"), The Bangles, Dionne Warwick, Dave Edmunds, The Triplets, the Temptations and Dutch superstar Marco Borsato. In the past year alone, "We Belong" has been the 2006 global advertising theme for Sheraton Hotels, in the films "Talladega Nights: The Story of Ricky Bobby" and "The Last Place On Earth", TV shows "So You Think You Can Dance" and "The Office" and a recording by new artist Lynn Carey Saylor, with guitar and vocals contributed by Queen's Brian May.

Recording and touring as Lowen & Navarro since 1990, Dan and Eric have released 10 albums on labels both major and indie, toured the country to over 1400 performances and been performed on many dozens of radio stations nationwide. In the early 90s, their albums "Walking on a Wire" and "Broken Moon" helped establish the nascent adult rock "Triple A" radio format, and their recent releases "All The Time In The World" and "Hogging The Covers" on their own Red Hen Records marque confirms their role as pioneers in the independent artist movement made viable by the Internet and other such New Media solutions.

Individually, Dan has flourished since 1988 as a session singer and voice actor in English and Spanish, including the recent #1 films "Happy Feet" and "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown", "Robots" and "Man On Fire"; television shows "Studio 60", "Family Guy", "American Dad", "Deal Or No Deal", "Roswell", "Felicity" and "American Family"; albums by Neil Young, Luis Miguel, Susanna Hoffs, Jose Feliciano, Julio Iglesias and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for Toyota, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Coors, Folgers, Dodge, Nationwide Insurance, Shakey's Pizza, Ross Dress For Less and countless others.

Dan's tireless work in media activism and advocacy began in 1995 with his first lobbying visit to Capitol Hill on songwriter issues, and has led to his election to the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy (1999 – present), AFTRA's National and LA Local Boards (2000 – present), the Folk Alliance Board (2006 – present) and is an Advisory Trustee to the ALS Association of Greater Los Angeles (2006 – present). He has lobbied Congress on six separate occasions advocating intellectual property protections for songwriters, fighting illegal downloading, supporting music education and in 2002, health care issues, and while co-chairing AFTRA's Sound Recordings Contract negotiations with the then-five major labels, testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on webcast royalties for artists and songwriters. Since 2005 he has been a member of METal Men, a consortium of media, entertainment and technology thought leaders.

He is the single father of a 10-year-old son, Joseph, and is the proud owner of three Martin guitars.

Pete Nelson PDF Print E-mail

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Penny Nichols PDF Print E-mail

ImageLike many musicians in the Sixties, Penny started her career as a folk singer in coffeehouses around Orange County, CA. She shared stages with many legendary artists such as Jackson Browne, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponies, Jennifer Warnes, Mary McCaslin and others.

In 1964 & 65 she sang in a bluegrass band with John, Bill & Alice McEuen and then formed a duo with Kathy Smith called the Greasy Mountain Butterballs which toured Vietnam in the fall of 1966. Upon returning, she opened the show for numerous artists at the Troubadour and Ash Grove in Hollywood.

In the spring of 1967, Penny rode up to San Francisco on the back of a Harley motorcycle and decided to stay in the bay area for a while. She performed in concerts and clubs all over the bay area including: the Fillmore, the Avalon, the Matrix and opened for bands such as Big Brother and the Holding Co. (Janis Joplin), Steve Miller, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 13th Floor Elevator, Chocolate Watchband, Jefferson Airplane and others. During the "Summer of Love", Penny played at the Big Sur Folk Festival and recorded her first album, "Penny's Arcade", for Buddha Records. (It eventually sold over 50,000 copies)

After touring the U.S. promoting her album in the fall, she toured Europe in the winter of 1968, staying with George & Patty Harrison and recording at Apple Studios while in London. On her return to the U.S., she decided to devote her time exclusively to songwriting for a number of years and studied voice with noted vocal coach, Florence Riggs. In 1975, she began to perform around Los Angeles with her jazz band, the Black Imp, and opened the show for Little Feat in concert. She wrote and performed commercials for Toyota's campaign to plant a tree for every car bought, Carnation Dairies, and produced a public service announcement for the Navajo Nation called "Black Mesa" to protest the misuse of the land around the Four Corners power stations in Arizona.

In 1977, while working with Emitt Rhodes on a record for Elektra, Penny joined Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefers. She appeared in the movie FM with the band toured the U.S. and earned a Platinum Record for her singing on Son of a Son of a Sailor.

In the late 70's & 80's, Penny went back to school and earned degrees in Music & Psychology from Antioch University, and then went on to Harvard University to do research in music & psychology eventually earning a doctorate in Education there. During the same time, she recorded and toured with many performers including: Art Garfunkle (Fate for Breakfast) Suzi Quatro, Yvonne Elliman, Jennifer Warnes, Albert Brooks, The Credibility Gap, Steve Gillette and earned a Grammy nomination for her work on Arlo Guthrie's album The Power of Love. In 1990, Penny co-produced her second album, All Life is One.

In 1993, she released another record, an album of songs based on the 1000-year-old Buddhist stories, the Jataka Tales. The album is called Songs of the Jataka Tales. In 1997, Penny and Molly Mason collaborated on the song "The Unbroken Thread" which is included on the CD, the Catskill Collection.

She currently lives and teaches in the Hudson Valley of New York and is building a small studio in her house. Her most recent ventures include working on a series of Harmony and Background Vocal arranging CD's and producing the conference for songwriters: SummerSongs: A Songwriters Summer Camp.

Harold Payne PDF Print E-mail

Although a major part of Harold Payne’s career has involved songwriting, with credits that extend from Rod Stewart & Patti LaBelle to long time collaborator Bobby Womack-- literally from Peter Paul & Mary to Snoop Dogg, he has maintained a performance schedule over several decades that averages 200 plus dates per year. He has played just about every imaginable venue… from amphitheaters, festivals & Houses of Blues to corporate events, churches & Tupperware parties. He’s played in such exotic places as India, Japan, Russia, Hawaii, Cuba, Ireland. Bali and Bora Bora; and along the way developed his own style of audience interaction, which usually includes his notorious song improvisations. His performances are soulful, heartfelt and humorous, and he plays both solo and with the group Gravity.

Vito Petroccitto PDF Print E-mail

ImageVito Petroccitto Jr another veteran of many Summer/Wintersongs and a guitar legend in New York's Hudson Valley, brings twenty-five years of teaching experience and his unique blend of expertise and fun to camp.

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Vito Petroccitto has strong roots in music. Fathered by a musical legend in his own right, Vito's life has centered around music and entertaining since his beginning. Raised by a gigging dad, becoming a musician seemed a natural career choice; a road that he has proudly taken.
Currently, Vito still fronts the band Four Guys in Disguise on occasion,(which he co-founded in 1989) a collection of talented musicians who are recognized in the Hudson Valley region as areas finest.

Vito boasts performances with musicians such as:
Merl Saunders , Professor Louie and the Cromatix ,Tony Levin, Peter Levin, Jerry Marotta, Joe Brouchard, John Platania ,Tommy Byrnes, Pete Seeger, Buddy Cage, John Hall and Larry Hoppen, Freebo, Severin Browne, David Roth, Sloan Wainwright, Penny Nichols, Ritt Henn, and many others.

Together, Four Guys has also provided opening acts for Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers, Orleans, The Rascals , The Chris Barrons Band ( Lead Vocalist/Spin Doctors ), Deep Banana Blackout among others.

Vitos versatility in entertainment expands to include radio and television experience. He has been writing and performing parodies in conjunction with FM 101.5 WPDH and on a solo basis for over fifteen years, cracking up listeners in the tri-state area with his unique style. Vito is a talented storyteller, incorporating musical genius to create a perfect blend of lyric and melody. A fine example would include The Yankee Song, a musical tribute co-written by Vito and members of the WPDH morning show in preview of the Yanks 1998 championship season. Mark Cooper and Mike Colvins clever lyrics in combination with Vitos musical vision, created a song that sparked pride in Yankee fans of all ages and struck a chord in the players as well. The Yankee Song could be heard in the Yanks clubhouse, radio stations from Albany to Long Island, and everywhere in between. Its notoriety peaked the interest of Al Trautwig, of MSG Network as well as WFAN and WPLJs Scott and Todd in New York City. The song is alive and well and is often requested by Vitos audience during his live performances everywhere.
The self proclaimed, greatest guitar player in the world has been making music for over 25 years. His comedic antics and mind-blowing solos have created a one of a kind act that keeps audiences begging for more. Known for his feel good approach to entertainment, he thrills lay people and professionals alike.

Vitos expansive musical career has included Four Guys CDs Featuring Johnny Philibuster, Live Tracks, I Am America and his latest solo efforts The Blare Horse Project featuring some of his finest parody work to date, and the Yankee Song single CD released in 2004. He has also contributed to a number of other projects, including WPDH and WPYXs parody compilations, and session work for a number of talented artists. Vito recently appeared on David Roth's "Think Twice" double CD. Vito is currently working on his first solo effort which is entitled En Vito Veritas, and a brand new CD project with the "Four Guys in Disguise" (2007 release).

Tom Prasada-Rao PDF Print E-mail

Tom Prasada-Rao teaches songwriting, produces records, and plays live every weekend as a Solo Artist and with The Dreamsicles. TPR has won numerous awards - among them Kerrvilles' New Folk and 14 Wammies including Songwriter of the Year. His songs have been recorded by David Wilcox, Randy Travis, actor Ronny Cox, Christian artist Bob Bennett, and world music tabla master Broto Roy.

In addition to his solo CDs and The Dreamsicles, Tom has produced for Rachel Bissex, The Sherpas, Cary Cooper, Michael Bowers, and Annie Wenz. Most recently he produced Cary Coopers' "Yellow" which charted at #7 in Oct 05, and "Remembering Rachel" which raised over $50,000 for the children of the late Rachel Bissex and included Dar Williams, The Kennedys, Groovelily, Patty Larkin, and Catie Curtis.

Tom teaches every summer at the University of Virginias' Young Writers' Workshops, and at song camps nationwide including SummerSongs. At Young Writers he takes young high school poets and fiction writers and turns them into songwriters complete with a CD of their own song when they leave. He specializes in teaching novice songwriters, as well as advanced guitar classes and song editing techniques.

Steven Prasinos PDF Print E-mail

Steven PrasinosSteven is a clinical psychologist and singer/songwriter. As a psychologist Steven has run a successful psychotherapy practice for over 25 years. He has published articles on humorous children, styles of loving and spiritual aspects of psychotherapy. He has given numerous talks on topics such as dream interpretation and the psychology of music. Steven is also a published science fiction author. As a musician, Steven has been seriously writing songs for over 15 years and is a longstanding member of the SummerSongs community. He fronts the band WHATEVER which is gaining notoriety in his area. The band just released its first CD creatively titled “CD #1”. Steven lives with his wife Nancy in rural Connecticut. They have 2 daughters and a pet rabbit.

John Redgate PDF Print E-mail

John RedgateJohn Redgate was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Inspired by his grandfather's easy keyboard style, he began playing piano at age seven. As a Fine Arts major at Georgetown University in Washington,D.C., Redgate's group Lazy River opened shows for Doc Watson and Emmylou Harris and recorded an album for Playboy Records in Los Angeles. In 1978 he landed on Broadway as Paul McCartney in the hit musical Beatlemania, later touring the U.S. and Japan in spin off productions of the landmark show.

Florence Riggs PDF Print E-mail

Florence Riggs teaches a vocal technique which is predicated on singing as an extention of your speaking level- speech level connected singing. It's applicable to all styles of singing, and helps to remove the mystique about the middle voice mix and navigating through the passaggios/bridges of registration.

Florence has a B.A. in Voice from Caldwell College, N.J., and a Master's Degree in Voice and Opera from the Manhattan School of Music, NYC. Vocal technique teacher for 40 years. Vocal Toning workshops for 20 years. Performer for over 45 years. Co-founder of five music improvisation groups..."Song Waves 1", "Song Waves 2", "Voce Arcana", "Musement", and "Gaia Mama". As a member of the Independent Composers Association helped to pioneer the concept of a non-jazz, free-form, improvisational, spontaneous mode of vocal music called "Toning". She has taught many singers and non-singers to consciously hear and sing overtones as a mode of chanting.

A partial list of artists who have studied with her include: Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Syreeta Wright, Carnie and Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips ), Katey Sagal (Married With Children, Eight Simple Rules), Barry Bostwick (Spin City), Dixie Carter (Designing Women, Family Law), Sam Harris (Star Search), Paulo Costanzo (Joey), Keith David, Jim Sloyan, Peter Reckell (Days of Our Lives), Dale Kristien (Phantom of the Opera), Wally Kurth (General Hospital), McKenzie Westmore (Passions), Talia Sodi, Martin Short, Michael McKean (Spinal Tap), Jeff Goldblum, Helen Slater, Triniti, Michael Pinder (Moody Blues), The Rooney Band (Robert Carmine, Ned Brower, Taylor Locke, Louis Stephens), John Saxon, Peter Mark Richman, Millicent Martin, Alan Rich, Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blues), Yumi Matsutoya, Cindy Yamamoto, Miho Nakayama, The Rock 'n Roll Soldiers..... Also including singer/song writers Penny Nichols, Severin Browne, Kristina Olsen, Linda Schack, Tena Moyer....

Voice studio is located in Sherman Oaks. CA. - 818- 990- 1221

Sue Riley PDF Print E-mail

Sue K Riley Bio 

As Vice President of emPower Music and Arts, Sue is part of the team that hosts the yearly “emPower Posi Music Festival” dedicated to excellence in songwriting.  Through this organization, she also organizes and participates in the national “PosiPalooza! Concerts”She is also the chairperson of the Music Team for Unity Worldwide Ministries, and helps host the yearly Sound Connections conference, in addition to helping screen hundreds of songs for a yearly compilation songbook that she also helps transcribe.   As the Music Director for Unity Church of Clearwater for the past decade, Sue leads a band, and vocal team, and has helped many folks find their musical voice.   A professional musician since her teens, Sue has also taught piano for 30 years for all levels.   An award winning songwriter who believes in making every word count, Sue believes in the power of positive music to help heal and transform lives and the world.   Sue feels incredibly blessed to be able to have a magical, musical life.


Mae Robertson PDF Print E-mail

ImageMae Robertson has released three family recordings – All Through The Night, The Sun Upon The Lake Is Low and Sweet Dreams of Home – that have won numerous awards, including the American Library Association's "Notable Recordings." Of her first "grown up" recording, Stone by Stone, Billboard said, "Her dusky alto vocal range is a true treat, and she has an understated yet memorable way with a lyric that renders anything she performs worth investigating." Mae has taught workshops in Independent Marketing at the Swannanoa Gathering's Contemporary Folk Week and at the National and Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conferences.

Glen Roethel PDF Print E-mail

Glen Roethel fell in love with the guitar at age 11. In awe of the myriad sounds trapped within this 6-stringed wonder Glen spent hours every day exploring it's mysteries, then after a year of hard work (intense fun) he auditioned for and was hired as lead guitarist by his first professional band, Focus. With Focus, Glen was paid to perform at parties, church dances, school and town events, and before long he was negotiating contracts, recording, writing songs and developing marketing materials. Through high school Glen continued his work in various original, pop rock, acoustic and musical projects on guitar, bass, piano and vocal - writing, recording and producing. In the summer after graduating, he played solo (originals and covers by Supertramp, James Taylor, Steely Dan, Joe Jackson, Yaz, America and many others), recorded and toured locally with a new group, The Passengers, and joined a wedding band (Champage) which typically performed 130 events each year. This young wedding band was very strong in harmony and fun showmanship and Glen quickly expanded his repertoire from Manhattan Transfer and Sinatra to B-52s, Pat Benatar, Beatles and Rolling Stones; continuing on the club date circuit for ten years provided a valuable education - and paid the rent. Not to be limited stylistically, Glen later played guitar and recorded with the Pat Nichols band (a signed rock project) and also in his own Buddha Babies project (a Buddhist fusion of Cuban, Peruvian, African American players and styles), keyboards in a Reggae band, lead vocals, bass and guitar in his heavy alternative rock band, GUSH, and many more. More recently, and notably, in addition to his career as a solo artist Glen performs with his folk-rock harmony trio, Gathering Time, and recently performed in concert with A Few Good Men - a Jazz ensemble comprised of three ex-felons from Sing-Sing prison with a special guest, the president of Deutsche Bank on drums.

Glen Roethel is a rare performer often described as “sweet”, “motivating”, “captivating”, “energizing,” but most folks appreciate that Glen is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for positive, intentional lyrics, a devout music community builder, a passionately-in-love husband and a generous, welcoming performer. His songs and music have been heard on nationally syndicated commercial radio, college and international radio, as well as on TV. To his credit are two self-produced, independent CDs (From Beginning to End, Smaller Things [Inspireline]), co-creation of (a website which presents news and commentary for the Folk, Roots & Singer-Songwriter communities), guitar and song coaching at and at the SoundConnections Conference in Missouri. Recently he achieved songwriter contest finalist for the Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival, he saw his song "Namaste'" featured in a multi-media exhibit at the Presidential Museum in Texas for three months, and his new song, "People of the Earth" was published in a New Thought songbook for The Association of Unity Churches International. Glen's live shows delight audiences with acoustic guitar wizardry, vocal proficiency and soothing melodic tones. In 2009 he was nominated for a coveted “Posi Award” for positive music and brought his guitar skills to the Posi Awards house band; he has performed at faith- and peace-oriented events in the U.S., and folks here, in Europe, China and Japan have all enjoyed his songs and engaging performances on the radio or at retreats, benefits, concerts and conferences. The folk-rock harmony trio, Gathering Time, which Glen founded in 2007, has released two singles and one full-length CD to high acclaim, has toured the northeastern U.S. to a thirsty public and plans a high-profile year in 2011 with the release of its new CD project and school nutrition campaign, Red Apples & Gold.,

David Roth PDF Print E-mail


David has taught at nearly every Wintersongs and Summersongs since we began in 1999.  He's a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and masterfully inclusive instructor who has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions at places like Kerrville and Falcon Ridge, and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries over the last two decades. David’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts, the Kingston Trio, NASA’s Goddard Space Center (David's "Rocket Science" went up on the Space Shuttle "Atlantis" in 2009), and 12 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels. Featured on many of Christine Lavin’s Rounder Records compilations, the former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute has also been a songwriting judge at Kerrville, Napa Valley (CA), Tumbleweed (WA), Eventide Arts (MA), Avalon (WV), and the South Florida Folk Festival.  He’s also taught singing, songwriting, and performance at the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC (where he is Coordinator for "Contemporary Folk Week"), the Augusta Heritage workshops (WV), Puget Sound Guitar Workshop (WA), Common Ground on the Hill (MD), Rowe Center (MA), Pendle Hill (PA), Lamb’s Retreat (MI), Wisconsin Stringalongs, the National Wellness Institute (WI), the Woods Music and Dance Camp (Ontario), and for many other songwriting groups and associations around the country. David is thrilled and honored to come "home" to us with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter.

"David and his music will touch you to the very depths of your soul. He’ll make you laugh and cry, inspire you to rise and fly..."
Jack Canfield, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

"David and his music will touch you to the very depths of your soul. He’ll make you laugh and cry, inspire you to rise and fly..."
Jack Canfield, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

Cosy Sheridan PDF Print E-mail

Cosy SheridanCosy Sheridan has been called one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer/songwriters.  She and her wryly insightful songs have been showcased everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Dr. Demento Show.  One of the pre-eminent songwriters on the folk scene to document the lives of modern women, she places the fast-paced culture of 21st century America into a  mythic context with insightful, energetic and at times comic effect. The Cornell Folksong  Society wrote, “she fuses Persephone with Botox; she is frank, feisty and sublimely, devilishly funny.”
 She first appeared on the national songwriter scene in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville, Newfolk and Telluride Troubadour award and released her critically acclaimed cd, "Quietly Led.  Since then she has released 6 more cds and written a one woman-show, “The Pomegranate Seed”.

In her live CD on Waterbug Records, Live At CedarHouse, listeners can sample a taste of Sheridan’s live performances and see why  The Boston Globe called her "a wonderfully lively, enormously amiable entertainer, with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy and noisome culture."
Sheridan remains the unapologetic voice of our conscience. - Album Network.

A buddhist monk in a twelve-step program trapped in the body of a singer-songwriter. - Albuquerque Tribune.

A wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer, with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy and noisome culture - Boston Globe

When she's accepting her Grammy, we can all say we knew her when. - The Folk Music Quarterly.

Cosy has garnered top honors from the country's most prestigious songwriting contests - The Kerrville Folk Festival.

Cyd Smith PDF Print E-mail

I started out as a classic guitarist, but somewhere in San Francisco I was lured away by the soulfulness and sheer fun of playing American roots music. Bluegrass, old country, jug band, swing jazz--all that great stuff. Over the years I’ve lived in many corners of this country, playing with different bands—contradance music in Boston with Matt Glaser and Russ Barenberg, swing music with The Wholly Cats, Bob Brozman, and many others in the Northwest, bluegrass with Laurie Lewis in the Bay Area. I’ve also become very fond of writing my own songs. Back in 1992 I recorded some of them on the album that is playing here. It features many great musicians, such as Nova Devonie (acc), Michael Dunn (gtr), Paul Elliott (vln), Cary Black (bs), Denney Goodhew (sx), John Miller (gtr), Bob Brozman (sl gtr), Kim Scanlon (vcls) and even Mr. Joe Pass himself. I still love the music that’s on this album, but I am hoping to record a new one soon. I have a bunch of new songs that I’m excited about! "An extremely gifted songwriter from the Northwest, Cyd Smith sometimes sounds like a missing Roche sister on her fine self-produced CD." --The Bay Area Guardian

Julie Snow PDF Print E-mail

Julie Snow Julie is a singer/songwriter who spends most of her time working as a clinical social worker.  She is the Director of Counseling Services at Landmark College in Vermont (a  two year college for young adults with ADHD and learning disabilities) and as often as she can, she performs her music for audiences.

She began writing music in the late 70's and had a collection of songs recorded during that time, primarily by New England folk artist, Lui Collins.  Her song, "Baptism of Fire" has traveled far and wide, and has been performed and recorded by many artists, most recently by a social justice acapella chorus in Washington, DC.  After taking a break for many years to have children and go to graduate school, Julie moved from Cambridge, MA to New Hampshire where she discovered  a thriving acoustic music scene. She formed a women's songwriting circle, The Rolling Crones, began writing again, discovered Summersongs in 1999, finally made her own cd, and she has been writing and singing ever since!

Kate Taylor PDF Print E-mail
Kate comes from a long line of what her brother Livingston calls “Circus folk”.  There seems to be a ham gene that runs pretty strong throughout her family.  Her first live performance was a rendition of “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” for the Junior Follies when she was in the 9th grade.  She was part of a trio formed for the occasion; “Peter, Paul and Mounds”.   In the same show, she also sang “Do You Want to Dance” with a rockin’ combo as a fellow classmate skateboarded across the stage.While visiting her brother James in London in ’69, she was introduced to Peter Asher, who was producing a record for James at Apple Records at the time.  James and Kate sang for Peter in the bottom of an empty ancient swimming pool in the English countryside.A month later, Peter was calling Kate to say he was moving to Los Angeles and to ask if she might like to record with him there.Her answer; Yes!  And “Sister Kate” was made, released on Atlantic/Cotillion.Now, these many decades later, Kate has followed her bliss, her guts and her muses, writing, collaborating, recording and performing songs.  She recorded two albums for Columbia Records, one entitled  “Kate Taylor” with James producing, and “It’s in There and It’s Got to Come Out” with Barry Beckett at Muscle Shoals Sound in Alabama.  She sang the title track on the Grammy winning album, “In Harmony”.  She recorded an album recently, with guitarist Billy Derby and herself producing, entitled “Fair Time”, and her daughter Liz Witham and Liz’a husband Ken Wentworth directed and produced an hour long documentary film about her life and times in music called: “Kate Taylor: Tunes From the Tipi and Other Songs From Home”.A Kate Taylor show is a mixture of songs and stories, with a serious dose of the ham gene.  
Alan Thornhill PDF Print E-mail

Alan Thornhill’s unpretentious nature could be misleading. You might think upon meeting him that he’s simply the modest legendary finish carpenter from the artist colony of Ojai, CA. That myth evaporates when he picks up a guitar and beautiful hands reveal what they were born to do. Long recognized as a notably brilliant player ( winner of the prestigious Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship,) his distinctive sound has been featured on numerous recordings (Kate Wolfe, Chris Hillman, Hoyt Axton, The Rincon Ramblers and more.) While his melodic playing captivates audiences of all ages, from concert halls to festival stages, it is simply a stunning accompaniment to what is called by many “one of the most beautiful voices ever heard.” Alan’s a singer admired by his peers and beloved by devoted fans and mesmerized first timers.

This award winning songwriter (American Song Festival, Mavric Music Awards) has been well-covered by Kenny Loggins, The Desert Rose Band, The Cache Valley Drifters, Chris Hillman, Michael Parks, Jim Messina and others.

His place among the best was confirmed with the release of his solo album, “Sittin’ Out the Rain.” A spectacular showcase of Alan’s definitive songwriting, guitar playing, and vocal flair, the album, recorded in Nashville and produced by Pat Flynn (New Grass Revival) has been very well-received. "Sittin' Out the Rain" has quickly become a favorite with fans and a testament to the talented guitar player, singer, songwriter, 'guitarpenter' from Ojai, CA. "Sittin' Out the Rain" has just been chosen the winner of 2008 Mavric Music Awards-Album of the Year. Also chosen was "Lovers' Question", Country Song of the Year, and "Martin's Tune", Instrumental Performance of the Year.

Alan's next solo release "Silver Morning" is a collection of thirteen original songs produced by Alan and Jim Monahan. The arrangements are more acoustically flavored and allow the artist and his songs to speak for themselves. Along with Alan's guitar and vocals, "Silver Morning" includes Jim Monahan; Fender bass, weissenborn, and mandolin, Bob Nichols; drums and percussion, Tom Ball; harmonica, Gabe Witcher; fiddle, Randy Tico; fretless bass, Angus Cooke; cello, and Jeff Elliott; flugelhorn. Engineered by Steve Miles, "Silver Morning" was recorded in Santa Barbara and has received enthusiastic response from fans, old and new.

Alan's latest release is 'Guitarpenter's Dream' , an album of eleven original instrumental pieces recorded at home over the past Winter and Spring. Alan had often been asked about recording a collection of his instrumental songs, and 'Guitarpenter's Dream' is just that. Recorded at home , this record has captured the warmth and melodies of his unique guitar style, as well as an occasional crackle of the fireplace, and the warmth of the 1928 stone house where it was recorded. Guitarpenters Dream was nominated for 2008 Mavric Music Awards Instrumental Album of the Year.

It is said that "an evening of Alan's music is like nothing else", and his albums are well worth a listen, a "rare documentation of musical jewels" from this guitar player, singer, songwriter, teacher, guitarpenter' from Ojai, California

Ed Tree PDF Print E-mail
Edward Tree Edward Tree is a producer, engineer, guitarist  and songwriter with over 30 years of experience working in the Los Angeles area.    Edward has produced more than 80 CDs in the Americana, AAA, Blues, Folk, and Country categories, including two top five Billboard Blues Chart CDs, 2 #1 singles on the European Country Charts, and winning a DIY award for Producer of the Year.  He has recorded and toured with Spencer Davis, Rita Coolidge, Juice Newton, and Al Stewart, as well as sharing the stage with Jimmy Buffet, Aaron Neville and Bonnie Bramlett.  His songs have been recorded by a number of artists and have appeared on the Country Top 40 charts, and have been featured in several movies.


Rebecca Troon PDF Print E-mail

As a “Born-Again Druid Folk Priestess”, Rebecca Troon has been in love with trees for many lifetimes. She grew up in Oregon with three older sisters in a musical family, started writing songs at 17, and began performing at 27.

She is “truly grateful for the inspiration, communication and joy” she finds in writing and performing. She loves seeing people laughing and sometimes crying as they identify with her lyrics. Her purpose is to be a source of love, music and healing.

She is currently working on her 2nd CD.

Rebecca, a.k.a."Troonie", has been called “A little Witch” by Wendy Waldman, “A Monster” by Kenny Edwards, and likened to “an Artesian Well on the beach in Georgia, where all the little birds know they can come and drink when the tide is low”, by Caroline Aiken. She treasures these words from these three people she adores as artists and as friends, and recommends to the reader that they stop reading this immediately, and go check out these three master’s inspiring music!

Favorite compliments from audience members:

The woman who came up with tears in her eyes and said, “Remember that song, ‘Killing Me Softly’ that Roberta Flack sang? That’s how I felt hearing your songs tonight!”

The drunk who walked out, saying, “I can’t stand this, it feels like I’m in church!”

Teresa Tudury PDF Print E-mail

A San Francisco native, Teresa Tudury started writing songs at age 12 and was performing in local nightclus by the time she was 15. She has played on and off in the Bay Area for years, and was a former cast member for "Beach Blanket Babylon" and was an actress at the Magic Theater. For almost two decades, she has been in Los Angeles where in addition to music gigs, she wrote comedy and worked as a character actress on stage and screen.

With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a scathing comedic wit to match, Teresa Tudury is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and a disarming humor. Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing, and with that combination Teresa quickly gathers a dedicated following of fans wherever she plays.

Throughout her career, Teresa has recorded with such greats as Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke and Bonnie Bramlett. Now residing in Sonoma County, Teresa continues to perform and write new material, and has recently re-released her 1991 self-titled solo album on the Serpentine Music label. With plans for a CD of new material in the works and a steady stream of concerts coming up, Teresa Tudury is a gifted artist in her prime, and we are fortunate to have her around.

Sloan Wainwright PDF Print E-mail

ImageWe are very pleased and fortunate to have singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright join us again this year. In 15 years of performing, Sloan Wainwright has mesmerized audiences throughout the Northeast and Midwest, garnering enthusiastic and rave reviews.

Sloan's music is rapidly reaching a large audience, diverse in all manner of lifestyle and musical taste, yet all finding elements that speak directly to them. Her songs fearlessly delve into topics of love, loss and self discovery, tearing down and rebuilding old beliefs and finding strength from within.

August Watters PDF Print E-mail
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Amy Carol Webb PDF Print E-mail

ImageOn the boards since age 5, Amy earned a B.S.E. in Performing Arts, followed by a "Masters in Experience" on stage from Omaha to Osaka, Boston to Bay City. Billboard named her an "Act to Watch, taking up the road Carole King, Janis Ian and Joni Mitchell have trod," for her mesmerizing celebrations of voice, vision, grace and grit. She makes brave new territory feel as familiar as your own backyard and takes you on a journey you never want to end. Along with performing and recording, Amy is a songwriting, vocal performance and voice recovery coach, and Adjunct Faculty in songwriting at University of Miami.

Pat Wictor PDF Print E-mail

Pat WictorPat took a convoluted path to folk music, winding his way through rock, heavy metal, and jazz. He started with guitar, shifted to bass, moved to saxophone, and then quit music entirely before a return in 1993, a time when he also began composing songs. By 2001, he left a teaching career to pursue music full time and does so in the broadest way possible. An adept improviser and accompanist, he is sought after as a collaborator, sideman and session musician, with numerous recording credits to date. His monthly e-mail column, "A Few Choice Words," is read by thousands of subscribers. He is a music educator of note, teaching workshops on writing, interpreting, and rearranging songs, on slide guitar and other guitar techniques, and various topics of music history.

His performances--part fireside chat, part meditation on matters earthly and transcendent--feature his originals. In addition to his own tunes, he is quick to offer up a newly-discovered lyric from another performer, or a fresh arrangement of a traditional song, delighting in introducing his audience to innovative material. With flowing red hair and zen-like calm, Pat embraces his audience with the sincerity of his music and the clarity of his voice, inviting them in.

Pat views his life and his music as a journey, populated with an ever-shifting landscape of people, places and emotions. It is a journey he is eager to share with others, knowing that it is the experiences along the way, not the arrival, that initiate the most profound changes.

Pat's fifth CD, Heaven Is So High...And I'm So Far Down, was released in July '06, and has receivved nationwide airplay on folk and specialty radio programs. The disc features standout originals like "I Will Walk With You," the a cappella "Raise My Voice and Sing," and the title track. The CD also includes distinctive versions of Bob Dylan's "Oxford Town," Dave Carter's "When I Go," and a swampy, rousing version of "You Got To Move," featuring Abbie Gardner of Red Molly. His previous CD, Waiting for the Water, also received wide radio play, reaching #4 on the FolkDJ charts in February 2005, and remaining on the charts for months afterward.

Brooks Williams PDF Print E-mail
Brooks Williams is the proverbial triple threat. He plays a fiery guitar, has a rich and silky voice, and writes hook-laden songs. He is one of the most commanding performers on the acoustic roots scene, walking the line between blues and Americana, and is ranked one of the world’s Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists. For 25 years he has been wowing audiences worldwide, delivering the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues to inventive covers to his own recent original compositions. Dirty Linen calls him one of “America’s musical treasures.” Williams has honed his songs on stages from Dallas to London, Istanbul to Anchorage, Toronto to Dublin, Detroit to Glasgow, Nairobi to Belfast, New York to Sardinia. He has gigged with Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Eddi Reader, Paul Jones, Billy Bragg, Little Feat, Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin, Boo Hewerdine and Leo Kottke, and many others. Recent appearances include Celtic Connections, Mo’ Fest, Glastonbury, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Ely Folk Festival, Birmingham Jazz and Blues Fest, Maverick Festival, Ards Guitar Festival, Kerrville Festival, Crawley Blues Festival, Marlborough Jazz Festival and Moab Folk Festival. All in all, thousands of gigs over thousands of miles!
Beth Fitchet Wood PDF Print E-mail

Beth Fitcher WoodBeth Fitchet Wood is a singer, guitarist, composer and producer. Her main influences are in the folk, pop, musical theatre, jazz and rock ‘n roll genres. She was in the Southern California band "Honk" in the early seventies, who released three albums and toured nationally with Loggins and Messina, Chicago and the Beach Boys. After Honk, Beth played in just about every conceivable musical format, in most kinds of venues. She also toured the world as a background vocalist and assistant producer.

"How to describe a folksinger from Phoenix with Long Island New York roots, who cut her teeth on the Sons of the Pioneers and Rodgers and Hammerstein, with Harry Belafonte and Georgia Gibbs thrown in.  Beth sang and played guitar in Honk, a rock 'n roll band that ranged from Mahalia Jackson to Cream to Freddy Hubbard, who improbably was successful enough to land several major record deals in the early 70's and tour with Chicago, Loggins and Messina and The Beach Boys.  


After decades of playing with brilliant songwriters, she finally shook it off and began writing herself, and all her influences melded with her own voice into an indescribable yet familiar expression.  Her songs are very personal and intimate, and though the folk idiom is strong, her harmonic structures might make a purist run for the door.  Or weep.


She has made 5 CD's on her own, has appeared as band member on 5 others, and has sung on countless other projects of every description, in most languages.  "Shared stages" with a phonebook of the most influential musicians.

She won first place songwriter at the Tucson Folk Music Festival in 2009, and in her home town, Laguna Beach, has hosted (for 5 years!) one of the best Songwriter's Showcases anywhere

'...pure, plain beautiful singing.'   - Mike Boehm,  L.A. Times"

Ina May Wool PDF Print E-mail

ImageIna May Wool began writing and singing her own songs when she was nine years old, and she's been singing, writing, and playing guitar ever since. She's taught guitar and performance, and has led numerous songwriting workshops. After earning a BA in creative writing from Barnard College, she hit the road with her band in New England and toured all over the US and in Europe. She's a veteran of the Greenwich Village Songwriters Collective that nurtured Shaun Colvin, Suzanne Vega, and John Gorka , to name a few. Vega included Ina May on her Vigil CD, a collection of post 9/11 songs by New York writers. Other recent awards and honors: ASCAP/BMI Acoustic Artist Award, Mountain Stage NewSong Festival, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase, Independent Music Awards, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Edinburgh Folk Festival, and IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards. Ina May's bluesy Americana songs are smart, funny, melodic, and soulful, You can find her tunes on her two CD's: Moon Over 97th Street (1999) and Crack It Open (2004).

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