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Joe DeZarn If dance hall floors could talk, Joe DeZarn would have a lot to answer for. Dancers have been inspired by his fiddle music at ceilis, contras and feiseanna for decades. Joe is a warm and en-thusiastic teacher. His Irish fiddle classes are favorites for years at our annual Fiddle Summit, as well as at our region-al CCE branch’s MAD Week. Prepare for a fun and empowering stretch on your musical path.

Rachel Eddy Multi-instrumentalist, Rachel Eddy has had a life steeped the old-time music of Appalachia. Recently returned from a 5 year stint in Sweden, she is now travelling between Pittsburgh, Morgantown, and the Washington, DC area to teach and perform with a variety of artists including the Early Mays, and Ken and Brad Kolodner. She has numerous recordings to her credit Including her solo recording, "Nothin’ but Corn." A favorite of jam sessions wherever she goes, she is sure to keep our jam scene hopping!

Pascal Gemme Pascal Gemme has a degree from Saint-Laurent College (Montreal) in arranging and classical/jazz guitar, but he has since been searching for seldom-heard songs and melodies, interpreting them in his unique and unmistakable style. Originally inspired by his fiddling grandfather, he has played with (and learned from), most of today’s great Québécois fiddlers and singers. A fantastic performer and an enthusiastic teacher, he tours internationally solo, and with the French Canadian group, Genticorum and teaches at many festivals and camps throughout Canada and the US.

Seán Heely Multi-Genre violinist/fiddler Seán Heely is rapidly emerging as one of the most creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. Seán is equally at home with a large variety of musical genres which include: Classical, Scottish, Irish, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Swing. He is a Scottish Fiddle National Champion as well as an award winning Irish Fiddler and has given workshops and classes at numerous camps and is a 2019 Artist in Residence at Strathmore. He plays locally with the bands Skylark and Glencoe Lads.

Jaige Trudel Fiddler Jaige Trudel takes her inspiration from the traditional influences of her French, Irish and American heritage, and has been performing and giving workshops internationally since 2001. She co-founded and toured extensively with the band Crowfoot, and in recent years has maintained a busy schedule with her group, Maivish — known for their uplifting, danceable arrangements of both contra and English dance music. Jaige is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and specializes in working with musicians, dancers and artists.

Adam Broome Adam Broome was born and raised in rural England, to a life full of music, theatre and dance. Inspired by the folk scene in the mid-seventies he began to develop his own approach to DADGAD guitar and cittern technique. He performs full-time and teaches workshops on accompaniment and English traditional singing throughout North America and abroad. A founding member of the band Crowfoot, his unique playing style, instinctual sensibilities and compositions contribute to the sound of his current ensemble, Maivish.

Brad Kolodner Baltimore-based clawhammer banjoist Brad Kolodner represents the next generation of Old-Time musicians pushing the boundaries of the tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded for his delicate touch, expressive style, and original compositions, Kolodner has rapidly gained national attention for his unique approach to the banjo at just 26 years of age. Awarded the 2016 IBMA Momentum Award for Industry Involvement, Kolodner is helping to lead the charge as a performer, teacher, DJ for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, jam leader, community builder and ambassador for Old-Time music. He regularly performs across the country in a duo with his father Ken Kolodner, a world renowned hammered dulcimer player and with the acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction.

Ken Kolodner Ken Kolodner is widely recognized as one of one of today's most accomplished, musical hammered dulcimer artists and a fine old-time fiddler. As a soloist and in ensembles with Helicon (with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock), Greenfire (with Laura Risk), with fiddlers Elke Baker, Jim Eagan, his son Bradley, and many others, Ken has performed for more than 30 years. He is known for his expansive and improvisational style and creative backup playing on the hammered dulcimer. Ken has taught at music camps and festivals around the U.S, in addition to his own highly popular Sandbridge, Virginia dulcimer weeks.