June 3-9, 2018

August 5-11, 2018 (possibly)




Our August 2017 Instructors

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Kathy Barwick

Since 1978, Kathy Barwick has taught private lessons, group lessons, and is a sought-after music camp instructor. She’s a regular—and very popular—columnist for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.

Kathy’s approach focuses on providing students with the tools to learn recorded solos by ear, create their own arrangements, and ultimately improvise. Kathy’s ability to break down both technique and theory in the service of playing traditional music has resulted in many “aha” moments for her students. She plays and teaches a host of instruments including banjo, Dobro (resonator guitar), lap steel, guitar, bass, and mandolin. With over 30 years of experience playing folk, bluegrass, blues, country blues, and Irish music, she’s earned a reputation as a musician’s musician.

Kathy has played with the Mountain Laurel Bluegrass Band, The Bluegrass Philharmonic and The All Girl Boys, and she's toured with The All Girl Boys, Bill Grant & Delia Bell, and Brad Davis. She’s the guitarist in the duo Barwick and Siegfried and has recently released her second solo recording, “Braeburn.”


Steve Baughman

Steve Baughman (“boffman”) is an lawyer, fingerstyle guitarist and banjo player; we’re pretty sure he works as a musician to support the whole attorney thing.  He won’t be teaching any law classes, but will teach us about fingerstyle playing and his approach to clawhammer banjo.  Of his Farewell to Orkney album, Acoustic Guitar magazine said "Once in a while an album comes along that can alter your thinking about guitar music - Steve Baughman's Farewell to Orkney is one of those....A must for all lovers of guitar and especially Celtic music." 

He’s taught at many, many camps throughout the US, and it’s a reasonable bet that he’s the only person who has taught Orkney tuning in Chinese.   

There’s a whole lot more we could say, but his own bio is much more entertaining.


Cary Black

Cary Black is a bassist, teacher, vocalist, and producer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  Described by Alan Senauke in Sing Out! magazine as “a musician's musician,” Cary is at home in a wide variety of musical settings.

His performance and recording credits include work with Laurindo Almeida, Ernestine Anderson, Tex Beneke, The Boys of the Lough, Bob Crosby, Nokie Edwards, Dan Hicks, The Kingston Trio, Laurie Lewis, Rose Maddox, Mollie O'Brien, Eddie Pennington, Johnny Ray, Kay Starr, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Ernie Watts, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams.

Cary has toured extensively, appearing at festivals and concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  He has made numerous radio appearances including the Grand Ole Opry and A Prairie Home Companion; and he has performed on the PBS, ABC, FOX, and TNN television networks.  During the period when Cary played and sang with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street, the band was awarded the Song of the Year and Entertainers of the Year honors by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Cary taught music theory and improvisation for six years at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and has taught upright bass for twenty years at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop.  He has also taught bass at the California Coast  Music Camp, Greater Yellowstone Music Camp, Bluegrass at the Beach, B.C. Bluegrass Workshop, Sound Acoustic Music Camp, and Wintergrass Academy.


Mike Dowling

When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975, he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Clements called him simply "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere."

Grammy-winning guitarist Mike Dowling draws inspiration from deep in the musical bag of American roots guitar. He's firmly grounded in authenticity and possessed of a musical soul as old as the vintage music he favors. Fluent in several styles and difficult to pigeonhole, Mike has captured the hearts of acoustic music fans throughout the world with his voice, wit, and elegant interpretations of old blues, swing, ragtime, and original compositions.

After many years in Nashville, Mike now runs his own Wind River Guitar School—and flyfishes—in Dubois, Wyoming.  He's a favorite at many camps around the US, teaching fingerstyle guitar, bottleneck blues, improvisation, swing and a host of techniques.



Dave Firestine

Dave Firestine is probably best known as the jam leader at the Carp Camp, an institution at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS.  The Carp Camp is the center of the universe for fiddle tune jamming, where one can hear Irish, old-time, New England and French Canadian tunes from the crack of noon to the wee hours of the morning.  Dave's style is eclectic, incorporating a blend of old time and Irish styles. He is especially fond of tunes that have a unique twist, or sets that introduce interesting changes of tempo or keys to perk up the listener's ears.

Dave plays mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, bodhran, and guitar with three bands around Tucson, AZ: Round the House, the Privy Tippers and The New Potatoes.  As a Roster Artist for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, he teaches workshops in schools.  He also co-hosts the Tucson Irish session and old time/contra dance music session and leads jams and teaches workshops at the Tucson Folk Festival, Sharlot Hall Music Festival, the Dewey Dulcimer Festival and the CTMS Summer Solstice Music Dance and Storytelling Festival.

Dave will be teaching (mostly) mandolin for us this year.

Here's the home page for one of Dave's bands..


Tim May

Tim May has taught for us many years at Roots Camp, and this year he'll teach some mandolin, some guitar.   

For fifteen years, Tim performed with the progressive bluegrass band Crucial Smith, playing most of the high-profile festivals in the country including Telluride, Winfield and Winterhawk.  In 2002-2003 he toured with Patty Loveless in support of her bluegrass albums Mountain Soul and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas.  In 2005, he recorded on Charlie Daniels’ album Songs from the Long Leaf Pines, and was solo guitarist on the Grammy-nominated track I’ll Fly Away.

Tim has also toured with John Cowan Band, performed at the Grand Ole Opry as a member of Mike Snider’s Old Time String Band and recently played on the all-star Rounder recording Moody Bluegrass: a Nashville Tribute to the Moody Blues, of which Mark Hurley of Higher and Higher, the Moody Blues fan magazine, said “The jaw-dropping guitar solo on The Voice would cause Eddie Van Halen to weep from insecurity.” 

Besides our camp, Tim's taught at Nashville Guitar College, South Plains College and Nashcamp, and is a national clinician for Breedlove guitars.

Of his playing, Pat Flynn said “Tim always says that I influenced him, but the truth is that I’ve learned something every time I play with him.  I owe him a lot,” and Dan Crary said simply, “Tim May has just become one of my favorite guitar players.”

See a few videos of Tim.

Go to Tim's home page.


Lewis Mock

Many of you have seen Lewis's smiling face at the camp in the past few years, whether hanging or jamming on the deck, playing swing or bluegrass, or killing it at the honky-tonk jam.

What you might not know is that he's one of Colorado Springs' leading musicians.  He's been the house guitarist at the Broadmoor Hotel--the oldest 5-star Hotel in the U.S.A.--for twenty-four years. He's performed with Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, and Suzy Bogguss, as well as Jim Hall, Elvin Bishop, Linda Purl, Jim Salestrom, and Nelson Rangell. In his more than 11,000 gigs, he's played just about every style of music there is. 

His list of awards is extensive and includes recognition in the American and Music City Song Festivals, performances with the Colorado Springs Symphony, at the Pikes Peak Jazz Festival, and the Newport of the Rockies Jazz Festival. He has performed on award winning national television commercials and movie soundtracks, and his licks have been published in Guitar Player Magazine. For ten years he was a Professor at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. 


Gretchen Priest 

Gretchen Priest divides her time between performing, teaching fiddle and running the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee (also known as the Fiddle and Pick) that she founded in 2008 in Pegram, Tennessee, just west of Nashville. Her school teaches traditional acoustic instruments with a staff of 35, many of whom are among Nashville’s leading recording and performing professionals.

Gretchen, along with her husband Tim May, formed the band Plaidgrass by merging the traditions of Irish, old-Time and bluegrass music and the instrumentation of fiddle, bouzouki, bodhran, bass and banjo in a variety of configurations. Prior to opening the Fiddle and Pick, Gretchen toured with the bluegrass band Crucial Smith and the Celtic rock band, Ceili Rain. She is often a featured performer on the Grand Ole Opry, Mountain Stage, the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, and many festivals across the country.

Raul Reynoso 

Raul has taught at every single Colorado Roots Music Camp since its inception in 2006.  We keep meaning to replace him, but aren't prepared to deal with the popular backlash.

Guitarist, singer and composer Raul Reynoso was born in Los Angeles, California.  He started playing bluegrass guitar in 1974 and soon acquired the skills that would earn him two California State Flatpicking Guitar championships as well as many Western regional titles.  Today, he is most noted for his expertise on acoustic guitar and mandolin with a mastery of styles ranging from bluegrass and western swing to ‘30s jazz in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt.

Raul first rose to prominence in the band of banjo virtuoso Larry McNeely, and his three-year stint with the band included one recording and two appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.  The release of Raul’s CD Royal Street has brought Raul international acclaim from jazz reviewers in the US, UK and Europe.  The instrumental and compositional skills displayed on his CD have solidified his position as one of the world’s greatest guitarists.  Music critic Jim Hilmar said “When it comes to guitar styles, Raul Reynoso’s clean, lithe, articulate picking technique is to die for.”

Along with John Jorgenson, Raul is one of the pioneers of the Gypsy Jazz movement, and has been nominated Instrumentalist of the Year three times by the Western Music Association. 

Raul has taught privately for over 35 years, and has done workshop and clinics for the last fifteen. He is a mentor at the Booher Family Music Camp, and has done workshops with John Jorgenson for the JazzMasters Workshop.  Raul has also taught Bluegrass workshops with Dan Crary, John Moore, Beppe Gambetta, and Steve Kaufman.


Deanie Richardson 

Deanie Richardson has been fiddling since age 9 and made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at age 13.  Today she’s one of the most sought-after fiddlers in Nashville, but plays a broad range of styles including country, old-time and Irish.  Of Deanie, Vince Gill said “Sometimes great country fiddlers aren’t great bluegrass fiddlers and vice versa, but she encompasses those styles. She knows the difference and plays the difference.”  

A 2010 nominee for Top Fiddle Player of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, Deanie has toured, performed and/or recorded with Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Bob Seger, Dale Ann Bradley, Emmylou Harris, Ry Cooder, David Olney, Hank Williams Jr, Del McCoury, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Holly Dunn and the Chieftains, among others.  She’s appeared on Letterman, Leno, Conan and the Today Show at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall as well as touring France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. 

Deanie also loves to teach, to work with people, and to bring along the next generation of players.


Cindy Scott

Cindy Scott’s path has been, well, different. Raised in a family of musicians, her first instrument was flute, which earned her a scholarship to Louisiana State University. She went on to get an MBA and learned to speak German and Spanish along the way. During a study abroad program, she began singing in the jazz cellars of Germany with local musicians. Back in the US, she climbed the corporate ladder for a while, but in 2005, left a successful business career for a musician’s life in New Orleans, where she promptly lost all her household belongings to Hurricane Katrina. She decided to stick around and has since become firmly rooted in the rich music scene of the Crescent City.

Cindy maintains an active performance schedule in New Orleans and elsewhere. She has performed in cities all over the US and Europe and in more exotic locales like Mexico, Turkey, and Kazakhstan. Her recording “Let the Devil Take Tomorrow” won OffBeat Magazine’s Best Contemporary Jazz Album award for 2010, and All About Jazz said of her, “The Devil may take tomorrow, but … Cindy Scott clearly owns today.” She is currently working on her fourth album, which will reflect more of her singer-songwriter tendencies.

Cindy is also a respected instructor of many vocal styles. She currently teaches voice at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and previously taught at both the University of New Orleans and Loyola University New Orleans.  She's taught a myriad of professional vocalists, and was recently hired to coach Oscar-winning actor Octavia Spencer and actor-comedian Russell Brand, and one of her former students, Jon Cleary, just won a GRAMMY™ for his recording “GoGo Juice.”

...and camp director Charlie Hall is proud to claim her as his cousin.


Cosy Sheridan

Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.” She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's NewFolk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically-acclaimed debut CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records.

She has released nine CDs, her music is featured in the Robert Fulghum multi-media novel The Third Wish and she tours consistently throughout the US. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology (meet Hades the Biker), love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women. Throughout this journey, her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive, percussive bluesy-gospel guitar style.

A guitar student of instrumental luminaries such as Guy Van Duser and Eric Schoenberg and a voice student at The Berklee School of Music, she brings a depth of experience to her craft. For the past 18 years, she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country including The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering. In 2008 she co-founded The Moab Folk Camp.


Cyd Smith

Cyd Smith started out as a classic guitarist, but was lured away early on by the soulfulness and sheer fun of playing American roots music: bluegrass, vintage country, jug band, swing, jazz, and rock & roll. Over the years she has lived in many corners of this country, playing guitar and bass with different bands, including contra dance and swing music in Boston with Matt Glaser and Russ Barenberg, swing with The Wholly Cats, Bob Brozman, and many others in the Northwest, and bluegrass with Laurie Lewis in the Bay Area.

She is also a fine singer/songwriter who has released an album of her own material that features some of the finest musicians on the West Coast. The Bay Area Guardian says “An extremely gifted songwriter from the Northwest, Cyd Smith sometimes sounds like a missing Roche sister on her fine self-produced CD.”

Cyd’s taught for over 20 years at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and served several years as a board member there as well. She’s also taught at the California Coast Music Camp, the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop and the Augusta Heritage Festival. She was a co-founder and administrator of Seattle's Musical Arts Workshop, taught at Rogue Valley Community College in Grant’s Pass, Oregon, and has taught privately over the years as well.


Keith Yoder

Keith Yoder has taught guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle, and resophonic guitar full time since 1994. In recent years, he has become the go-to guy for jam leadership as well, leading jams at many of the major acoustic music camps in North America.  He loves helping folks, both first-timers and veterans, learn the joy of playing with others.

He's released several CDs, and most recently one where he plays all instrumental parts and sings all vocal parts.

But let's get down to what it all means: Keith is the jamminest guy on this continent.  He loves to play with people, and they love to play with him.  All hours of the day and night; when does he sleep?