June 1-7, 2014




Our Instructors (2014)
click here for a list of all instructors we've had


 Paul Anastasio

Paul Anastasio began playing classical violin at age nine and was soon drawn to American Folk music. In his early 20s Paul began studying with the great jazz violinist Joe Venuti, and is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on Venuti's passionate, swinging approach to jazz violin. At about the same time he began working on the road in the band of country music legend Merle Haggard, the first of several jobs he would work with top western swing and country music bands including Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin, Ray Price, Mel Tillis and Loretta Lynn.

Today Paul is considered not only a fine performer but a respected popular music historian, as he has spent over thirty years studying the role of the violin in American popular music. He has studied informally with some of the best fiddlers on the music scene, including country and western swing legends Cliff Bruner, Joe Holley, Johnny Gimble and Buddy Spicher. He recently spent over a year in Mexico studying with top folk violinists including the phenomenal Mexican violinist Juan Reynoso. His recording company, Swing Cat Enterprises has issued both his own recordings and those of Joe Venuti and others.

Paul is in great demand as an instructor at summer music camps throughout the U.S.  He writes a regular column for Fiddler Magazine and he teaches privately in the Seattle area.


Rolly Brown

Rolly Brown, over a “long and checkered” musical career, has been a solo performer, sideman, studio musician, radio producer, and teacher. Actually, “teacher” should be at the front of that list, because he’s always teaching: in his videos, at camps, workshops, privately, and to anyone who approaches him at a festival.

His musical passions have included folk, blues, jazz, swing, bluegrass, and original fingerstyle guitar. He’s adept at both fingerpicking and flatpicking. He is particularly known for his clear, concise teaching style.

Rolly is also—still—a student. After winning the National Finger Style Guitar Championship in 1980, he went back to his home near Philadelphia feeling pretty good. Some friends took him out to a jazz club to celebrate shortly after, and he heard a guitarist whose playing convinced him that “I didn’t know anything.” After thirty-plus years, he’s still learning, still growing and still sharing with others his love for the guitar.

He's constantly putting new teaching materials out there; click here for a boatload of videos he's done over the years.

Rolly has recently recorded several instructional videos for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop; see an interview with him, with some great playing interspersed, here.


Jack Devereux

Born into an artistic family in Western North Carolina, Jack Devereux was drawn to music at a young age. Inspired by the Old Time fiddling, singing and guitar playing of his grandfather, Arthur Jenkins, and summer time visits to his father’s family in Ireland, Jack immersed himself deeply in the musical traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and the British Isles.

Beginning with the fiddle, later adding the uilleann pipes and guitar, Jack quickly established himself as one of the premier young players on the traditional music scene. He has appeared on stage with such luminaries as Liz Carroll, Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Tommy Peoples, and the band Altan. Jack can be heard on the latest recording by Irish guitar virtuoso John Doyle, Shadow and Light, alongside master players Stuart Duncan, Tim O’Brien and others.

Jack is a recent graduate of The Berklee College of Music, where he was the recipient of the Fletcher Bright Scholarship for Strings. At Berklee, Jack had the opportunity to study with players such as John McGann, Darol Anger, Matt Glaser and Jamey Haddad. While at Berklee, Jack has worked closely with Matt Glaser as the student work-study for the American Roots Music Department, helping to develop curriculum for this newly instituted program.


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.

Go to Dave's home page.


Marcy Marxer

Marcy Marxer is a two-time Grammy award winner, multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, performer, songwriter and producer with 30 years of experience and a shelf of impressive awards. She has played on National Geographic specials, Eva Cassidy CDs, and over 50 recordings and instructional materials created with her partner, Cathy Fink. 

Marcy’s guitar playing spans a variety of styles: swing rhythm and lead, bluegrass, old-time, Celtic fingerpicking, folk fingerpicking and some of the most tasteful backup you can hear. The C.F. Martin Co. has honored Marcy with her very own signature model guitar, the Martin MC3H which she helped design, and the Gold Tone Banjo Company makes the Marcy Marxer model Cello Banjo.  If that isn’t enough, Flatpicking Guitar magazine called Marcy “one of the country’s top Western-style guitar players.”

Marcy is all about connecting music and people. She teaches locally when not on tour and has many courses for guitar, ukulele and harmony singing available through Homespun Tapes.  She’s also created an international online network for lovers of the mighty ukulele, Ukulele Social Club.

Could she teach just about anything at the camp?  Yes!  But we need her to teach ukulele and theory.  No, not that theory; the fun kind.


Tim May

Tim May has taught for us several years at Roots Camp, usually on guitar.  This year, he'll be teaching mandolin, on which he's equally at home. 

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.


Scott Nygaard

Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. His solos, a seamless amalgam of bluegrass, folk, and jazz influences, shift easily from breathtaking virtuosity to soulful melodic musings and his accompaniment is always intriguing, supportive, and propulsive. Initially influenced by Doc Watson, Clarence White, and Django Reinhardt and Riley Puckett, he spent many years wandering the sea of American music that includes bluegrass, jazz, Cajun, old-time, western swing and rock and roll, and has since expanded his musical world to include traditional Swedish and Irish music.

Scott was the guitarist with Tim O’Brien’s band, the O’Boys, from 1992 to 1997, and has performed and/or recorded with Joan Baez, Chris Thile, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas, Laurie Lewis, Anonymous 4,  Matt Flinner, Bill Evans, Sharon Gilchrist and many others, receiving numerous Grammy nominations.

He’s released two solo albums on Rounder Records, the second of which, Dreamer’s Waltz, an intriguing mix of original and traditional tunes, was nominated for an Indie award by the Association for Independent Music.

Currently editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, Scott has written hundreds of articles on music, musicians, guitars, and guitarists for Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Play Guitar!, and Guitar World Acoustic; authored two instruction books, Bluegrass Guitar Essentials and Fiddle Tunes and Folk Songs for Beginning Guitar (both String Letter Publishing/Hal Leonard); produced an instructional video, Bluegrass Lead Guitar (Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop), and taught at music workshops from Fairbanks to Finland.

Of him, Flatpicking Guitar magazine says “Scott is one of the absolute cutting-edge players in today’s acoustic music scene.”


Raul Reynoso 

This will be Raul Reynoso's ninth year teaching at the Colorado Roots Music Camp.  Wait; that's the same number of camps we've had!  Hmmm...  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.


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.


Wayne Shrubsall

Wayne Shrubsall is a nationally-known banjoist, instructor and historian.  He’s performed with Bill Monroe, Byron Berline, Vassar Clements, Dan Crary, Peter Feldmann, Steve Smith and Hard Road, and a host of others.  He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, working with the banjo in American popular culture. He has written for bluegrass music and banjo-oriented publications since 1972 and has presented a program focusing on the history of the banjo and banjo styles since 1985.

Wayne has played, and continues to play, in a host of ensembles, notably the Big River Boys, Elliott’s Ramblers, Alan Munde (on their banjo duet album, Old Friends), Steve Smith’s Hard Road band, Peter Feldmann’s tribute album to Uncle Dave Macon entitled Grey Cat on the Tennessee Farm, the Riverside Jass [sic] Trio’s album That’s a-Plenty, and two albums with his old-time/bluegrass band, the Adobe Brothers. In all, he's appeared on over 20 albums.

Wayne has taught for 48 years, at the University of Kentucky, the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Public Schools, TVI (now CNM Community College), and the College of Santa Fe. He's a scholar of folklore, folk music, and popular music, and has presented and performed folk music, pop, Broadway-style theater, and traditional jazz for fifty years. He retired from full-time teaching in 2003 and still resides with his wife Barbara in Albuquerque.

Wayne will be teaching both clawhammer/frailing and three-finger/bluegrass style banjo.


Rene Worst

Rene Worst taught for us last in 2012, and we're excited to have him back.  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.