June 4-10, 2017

August 6-12, 2017




Our June 2017 Instructors

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Marla Fibish

A San Francisco native, Marla is a long-time feature of the Bay Area Irish music scene, and an unapologetic proponent of the mandolin in Irish music. She is a dynamic performer and a sought after teacher. In addition to the mandolin, Marla plays mandola, tenor guitar, bouzouki, and button accordion. (She had the singular honor to be featured as Miss March in the 2011 Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar.) She also sings and writes music, and is known for her musical settings of works from a variety of poets.

Marla's main musical endeavor is the duo Noctambule, a collaboration with her husband, guitarist Bruce Victor. Their first album, Travel in the Shadows, is mostly songs, and nearly all original material -- poetry that they have set to music and arranged for their bevy of stringed instruments.

in 2011, Marla released a CD with legendary Irish singer and bouzouki player Jimmy Crowley called The Morning Star. This project features Irish music on an array of mandolin-family instruments.  Prior to that she released an album in 2010 with the trio Three Mile Stone, with fiddler Erin Shrader and guitar/tenor banjo player Richard Mandel.

Marla teaches privately, and in group classes and has taught at a host of music camps.  We're looking forward to this, her second year with us!


Rose Flanagan

Rose Conway Flanagan originally began Irish music lessons with Martin Mulvihill while growing up in the Bronx. She then further developed her New York Sligo style of fiddling with the help of family friend and mentor Martin Wynne and her brother Brian Conway. Rose was recently inducted into the Mid Atlantic Region Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Hall of Fame alongside her father Jim and her brother Brian.

She currently teaches in her hometown of Pearl River where she is hard at work preparing the next generation of great traditional musicians, which include several All-Ireland winners and medalists. Among Rose’s past students are all the fiddlers in Girsa and senior fiddle champion Dylan Foley.

Rose has been an instructor at the Alaska fiddle camp, The Catskills Irish Arts week, The Swannanoa Celtic Gathering, The O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, Fiddle and Pick Irish Camp in Pegram Tn., The Baltimore Trad Weekend and Mad for Trad week in the U.S. She has also taught at the DeDanaan Dance Camp in Vancouver, British Columbia and Scoile Eigse in Cavan, and Sligo Ireland. She has also taught workshops at the Northeast Tional, Cape Cod Ceili Weekend and at various CCE conventions. Rose also runs seisuns, plays with her group the Green Gates Ceili Band and performs in various concerts throughout the area.

Rose recently released a duo CD with flute player Laura Byrne from Baltimore, “Forget Me Not”, which was met with great reviews.


Sylvia Herold

Sylvia Herold brings to the classroom a wild enthusiasm for learning swing, jazz, and folk repertoire and three decades of teaching experience. In her three decades of teaching guitar, Sylvia has developed an innovative method that gets people playing musically and effectively from the first class. She was a member of the swing vocal trio Cats & Jammers and the Django band, The Hot Club of San Francisco. Currently, Sylvia tours and records with Wake the Dead, Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs, The Lonestar Retrobates, The Sylvia Herold Ensemble and her folk combo Euphonia. She has appeared on more that 25 albums, including five solo recordings. Singing, playing guitar and learning new songs are her favorite activities.

You can see much more at Sylvia's website, and some fine videos here.


Cara Luft

Juno award winner Cara Luft is that rare artist steeped in folk and traditional roots music almost from birth, yet willing to alter the fabric, stretch the boundaries and fearlessly bend genres and styles.  As a founding member of The Wailin’ Jennys, she released several albums with them, and more after she set out on a solo career, and even more as a member of the duo The Small Glories.  She’s a fine songwriter, singer, guitarist and banjoist.  Admittedly, she had a pretty good head start, growing up in a folk music household with her dad, Barry Luft, who’s been called “the Pete Seeger of Canada.” 

Of her and her work, we've read: “you don’t want to be without this disc” (Wildy’s World), “a consummate performer” (Americana UK), “Cara’s warm alto vocals are sinfully sweet” and “Luft is the perfect blend of lightness and gutsy rock chick” (PopMatters), “Cara knocks our socks off with her best recorded work to date” (No Depression).  One writer's only complaint was that Cara was Canadian and not American, stating “we can’t claim her as a national treasure.”  OK, that’s enough, but there are many more.

Yes, she can teach.  Yes, she can work with you on both your playing and songwriting.  But mostly, she’s just about as much fun as anyone we’ve ever seen.


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.


Steve Smith

Steve Smith is not only known as one of this country’s top mandolin players but also as an outstanding educator. Along with his work with the Roots/Bluegrass group, The Hard Road Trio, Steve has been on faculty at a host of camps.  He's appeared at some of the country's largest festivals and venues including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, High Mountain Hay Fever, RockyGrass, Swallow Hill, the Freight and Salvage, Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, the Big Horn Mountain Festival, and the Minnesota Old-time and Bluegrass Festival. With the Las Cruces (NM) Symphony, he has performed works of William Grant Still, George Gershwin and George Crumb and music from the show "Chicago."

In his thirty years of touring, he's also performed in Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Cuba and the US Virgin Islands. He has also performed in musical theater in Cotton Patch Gospel (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and actor) and the Robber Bride Groom; he composed and performed the score for a production of the Sam Sheppard play "Curse of the Starving Class."

Steve has appeared on over 30 albums as performer and producer with musicians including Jim Hurst, Mitch Perry, and Tim May, banjoist Bill Evans, Alan Munde and Tim O'Brien. His music has been heard on countless radio stations across the US and on the Discovery Channel, The History Channel and even the Weather Channel.


Jennifer Scott

Considered the finest jazz vocal improviser in Canada by peers, fans and musicians, Jennifer Scott is an important jazz voice. She’s sung with such greats as Gene Bertoncini, Clark Terry, Tommy Banks, Paul Horn and Kenny Wheeler, to name a few, and has been nominated for a Juno (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) award.

She’s performed to sold-out crowds from San Diego to Vancouver to Whitehorse and has more recently performed in Amsterdam, Milan and Rome.  During a recent tour of the western states and Canada, she was named “Pick of the week” by the Los Angeles Times where she was quoted as having: “...a velvet tone & superb phrasing....”

Jennifer has set herself apart from the jazz-vocalist pack with her mesmerizing renditions of the most unlikely tunes.  With her warm, flexible contralto, she brings a striking emotional intelligence to everything she sings. As much a song stylist as an improviser, she puts her stamp on material through her supple sense of swing and deft, slippery phrasing.

For years, she's also been very much in demand as a clinician and teacher of workshops throughout the United States and Canada.

Jennifer is the wife of our bass instructor, Rene Worst.

And you’re thinking “hey, I’m looking for folk-bluegrass-country-etc. singing, not jazz.”  Not to worry: Jennifer is also steeped in the roots music traditions, and has teaches voice techniques for all.


Brooks Williams

Brooks 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’s gigged with Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Eddi Reader, Paul Jones, Billy Bragg, Little Feat, Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin, Boo Hewerdine and Leo Kottke, to name but a few.

He walks the line between blues and Americana, but there’s a bit of jazz and rockabilly thrown in for good measure. Imagine Doc Watson, Willie Nelson, Lonnie Johnson and Blind Boy Fuller sitting in a bar having a jam.  Of him, Martin Simpson says “He’s a lovely player, a lovely singer, a great writer and a lovely man.”

Born in Statesboro, Georgia, Brooks moved to Boston in his late teens, eventually moving to England, where he’s lived for many years.  He was named one of the Top 100 Artists by WUMB-Radio in Boston, and AmericanaUK says “It goes without saying that he is an absolute master with a six string but Williams’ talent doesn’t end there… On top of it all he has a beautiful voice that you just melt into. Brooks Williams is impossible not to like."

Brooks devotes a portion of each year to leading workshops on Blues and Americana guitar, as well as roots music songwriting, and we’re thrilled to have him with us for the first time.  You can see and hear a whole lot more at his website and there are a host of videos here.


Rene Worst

Rene Worst has taught for us for several years; he's been a professional bassist since 1971. His virtuosic and supportive bass playing has been a Canadian treasure for many years on both acoustic and electric basses. He is as gifted on fretless as he is on acoustic, a rarity in the music industry.

Born in Ifar, New Guinea in 1954, he moved to Canada with his family in 1960, settling on the West Coast where he grew up and went to school. At an early age he showed an aptitude for music, in particular jazz bass, and it wasn’t long before he was out establishing himself as a leading bassist.  The list of noted artists he's performed with is really too long to list here, but here are some of them: Chet Baker, David Bowie, Poison, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Aerosmith, Dr. Hook, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Ferron, Phoebe Snow, Beverly D'Angelo, Buddy Greco, Martha Reeves, Sheena Easton, Barney Kessel, Larry Corryell, and that's just a short list...

Rene has been a regular instructor at several camps including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop; he's also one of the founding members of the noted fusion band "Skywalk" and has anchored and produced six recordings with them.

Rene is the husband of our vocal instructor Jennifer Scott.


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.

Keith will be our leader this year for several jams.