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Russ Barenberg

Acoustic guitarist Russ Barenberg is known for his melodic playing, beautiful tone and memorable compositions. Long at the creative forefront of the acoustic music scene, Russ has collaborated with many of its finest artists, including Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Mark O'Connor, Andy Statman and legendary jazz bassist, Charlie Haden. His playing has graced numerous film soundtracks, most notably Ken Burns' documentary, The Civil War. Russ's most recent album, When at Last, adds to an "exquisitely original" body of work with more vibrant new melodies and rich ensemble interplay. The CD earned Russ a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance and was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Album of the Year. Russ is also a fine teacher who is able to guide students to the core of what they need to work on to sound better.

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Kathy Barwick

Kathy Barwick, a native of Sacramento, has been widely hailed over the past 30 years as one of northern California's most versatile acoustic musicians, known for her work in bluegrass, Americana and traditional Irish music.

A well-known and respected music educator who once earned her living as a banjo teacher, Kathy has taught guitar and dobro at many acoustic music camps, including the California Coast Music Camp, Steve Kaufman's AcousticKamp , the American River Acoustic Music Camp, the California Bluegrass Associations's annual music camp, and the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop. Kathy also writes a popular instructional column for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. By focusing on listening, searching, and finding, Kathy's educational approach is to provide students with the tools they need to teach themselves how to play the music they want to play.

Steve Baughman

Steve Baughman is a Rounder Records recording artist and the author of five Mel Bay Publications guitar books. He was described by Dirty Linen Magazine as one of the best Celtic fingerpickers in the United States. His duo album with Robin Bullock, Celtic Guitar Summit, was voted one of the best albums of 2003 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Steve makes his home in San Francisco, California.

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Keith Baumann

Keith Baumann has been a professional musician and teacher for nearly 30 years. He began his musical pursuits in New York City after hearing a Flatt & Scruggs album back in 1971, leading him to buy his first banjo. He also started playing mandolin, guitar and resophonic guitar, studying with banjo masters Tony Trishcka and Marty Cutler and with finger-style guitar guru Ken Perlman.
Keith currently makes his living as a full-time performer, bandleader, educator, and writer. He writes regularly for Down Beat jazz magazine and has had articles published in both Guitar Player and Flatpicking Guitar magazine. He is currently working on his second book, which documents the rhythm guitar style of western swing legend Eldon Shamblin. In 2006 he was honored to be invited as a special guest to the Legends of Western Swing Festival in Texas.

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Caitlin Belem

Caitlin Belem grew up in a house full of music in Northern Wyoming. She fell in love with the fiddle at a young age and started playing, both through private lessons and with her parents. Later, through school, friends and family, she began to play alto saxophone and guitar. Since then, she has had the incredible good fortune to live, study, and play music in Brazil, Cuba, the Basque Country, Ohio, New York, and most recently, Seattle, Washington. Caitlin currently plays with the bands MaracujÁ (, At Five (, and The Fireants ( She has experience teaching music, Spanish, social dance, and Capoeira Angola.

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Deborah Berg

Deborah Berg is a New York City based performing songwriter and teacher whose distinctive voice, songwriting talents, and warm teaching style characterize her 30 year musical career. With musical partner Julian Marshall, Deborah recorded two classic 1980s albums for Warner Brothers as the jazzy pop duo Eye to Eye. She has also released three independent albums: two solo and one with Eye to Eye. She has vast experience as both front and backing vocalist, including considerable time spent in recording studios working with blue chip producers and musicians in London, Los Angeles, and New York City.

Deborah also teaches a vocal ensemble class for the non-profit organization Feel the Music, and is a frequent soloist for the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir in the East Village.

Deborah is a 20+ year student veteran of PSGW, where she enjoys playing guitar and vocalizing with some of the most wonderful people on the planet.

Roy Berns

Roy is a professor in Color Science ( and guitar teacher in Rochester, NY. He has taught guitar at the University of California at Davis, Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camp, and since 2005, at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. His PSGW teaching has encompassed swing, western-swing, and gypsy jazz styles. Roy favors right-hand technique over left-hand virtuosity. He was founder and leader of Lumière, a trio of guitar, accordion, and upright bass, and a member of the Steve Greene Trio. As a color scientist, Roy was one of the experts exposing Dressgate ( Most recently, Roy was part of the team that created a visualization of Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom before unfortunate fading turning violet walls and doors to blue (

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Cary Black

Cary Black is a bassist, vocalist, producer, and teacher who lives in Seattle. 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, The Boys of the Lough, Bob Brookmeyer, Greg Brown, Petula Clark, Bob Crosby, Mike Dowling, Nokie Edwards (Ventures), Nick Forster, Bob Franke, Mary Gauthier, Nina Gerber, David Grier, Richard Harris, Sylvia Herold, Dan Hicks, Barbara Higbie, Rob Ickes, Ed Johnson, Orville Johnson, Kathy Kallick, Rebecca Kilgore, The Kingston Trio, Scott Law, Laurie Lewis, Keith Little, Laura Love, Rose Maddox, Marley's Ghost, Mike Marshall, Carol McComb, Kathi McDonald, John Miller, Alan Munde, Mark Murphy, Scott Nygaard, Mollie O'Brien, Kristina Olsen, Joe Pass, Eddie Pennington, U. Utah Phillips, Vicki Randle, Johnnie Ray, John Reischman, Del Rey, Riders in the Sky, Peter Rowan, Charles Sawtelle, Kim Scanlon, Jennifer Scott, Paul Siebel, Cyd Smith, Kay Starr, Noel Paul Stookey, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Linda Waterfall, Peter Wernick, Ernie Watts, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Chris Williamson, and Glen Yarbrough.

Cary was an adjunct faculty member in Music at The Evergreen State College from 1994 to 2000. He has taught at music camps throughout the West, including the California Bluegrass Association, California Coast Music Camp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Centrum, Greater Yellowstone Music Camp, Bluegrass at the Beach, B.C. Bluegrass Workshop, and Wintergrass Academy.

Dina Blade

Seattle rhythm guitarist Dina Blade is best known for her relaxed and swinging sound. At age 11 she taught herself to play and sing folk songs, gradually expanding her repertoire to include American jazz standards and Brazilian bossa nova. She has performed and toured in the U.S., Canada, and Cuba, and has recently returned from her fifth trip to Brazil where she was teaching, recording and concertizing. She has released five recordings of jazz standards as well as a book/cd of singing games, and is also a dance caller and tap/clog/swing dancer. As a guitar instructor, Dina's main goal is to inspire students to have the time of their lives playing music regardless of background, age, or ability.

Laurel Bliss

Bellingham, Washington vocalist and dobro player Laurel Bliss was exposed early in her life to the Carter Family, the Stanley Brothers, and the Louvin Brothers. That exposure has inspired a lifelong dedication to unearthing and learning vocal chestnuts. Laurel has a composed, straightforward, yet tender approach to singing, that suggests an earlier era.

Laurel played dobro and sang in Southfork Bluegrass Band in the 1980’s, and has performed for many years in a duo with Cliff Perry. She has toured and recorded with Carol Elizabeth Jones of Virginia. Her heartfelt vocals have made her a stand-out in acoustic and bluegrass music. The joys of playing by ear and learning to sing with others through the festivals of Weiser, The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Voice Works, and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop have shaped her approach to music.

She currently plays fiddle and guitar with The Happy Valley Sluggers, a Cajun and Old Time band from Bellingham, Washington.

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Evo Bluestein

Evo Bluestein was raised in a folk music family and from an early age was exposed to many of America's great bearers of traditional culture. He is a well known teacher and performer, a clogger and a dance caller, an oldtime fiddler, plays mandolin and guitar, Cajun/zydeco fiddle and accordion. He's an avant garde banjo composer, autoharp Hall of Famer, and a broad source of American folk songs.

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Greg Booth

Greg Booth lives in Anchorage, where, for many years, he's played pedal steel guitar in country groups--as well as banjo (which he first learned from Bill Emerson) and dobro in the legendary Alaskan bluegrass bands Fault Line and Rank Strangers. These days, you can hear him playing Dobro and banjo with the Kathy Kallick Band. Winner of the RockyGrass dobro competition in 2006, regular participant in WinterGrass's Resomania Workshop and ResoSummit, Greg is one of the most interesting and original Dobro players to come along in years.

Mark Bosnian

Mark is an award winning songwriter (Grand Prize-Portland Music Assoc. Songwriter's Contest) and was voted into The Oregon Music Hall Of Fame in 2001. His CD Shed My Skin was chosen by Performing Songwriter Magazine as on of the top independent releases of 1996. As a member of national acts Nu Shooz and Body & Soul, he toured the U.S. and played on The Pat Sajack Show and The NBC Today Show. He has taught singing nationally and internationally (his voice seminars are very popular in Brazil) for the past 23 years and his book 3 Steps To Singing With Confidence is due out in 2009.

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Flip Breskin

Flip Breskin is internationally famous as a co-founder of PSGW. A major player in the Northwest folk scene since the 1970s, Flip is an inveterate song catcher. She plays old and new folk songs with great sing-along choruses, songs of compassion, outrageous songs, and sweet solo fingerstyle guitar. Peter Berryman says of Flip, "I'd listen to Flip sing the phone book." And Bob Franke adds, "I never met a songwriter more grounded in musical and moral values than Flip. She cares more about telling the truth than most people you're likely to hear and she does it well: At the same time she's a lot of fun to listen to."

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Marianne Brogan

Marianne Brogan grew up in a musical family and played flute, piano, guitar and drums. In middle age she found her instrument - the ukulele - and that was that. She founded the Portland (Oregon) Ukulele Association in 2001, and has been happily teaching ukulele, and organizing events for well over a decade. Her own desire for high quality music instruction from top notch teachers led her to create the former Portland Uke Fest, Ukulele Band Camp in the Columbia Gorge, approaching its eighth year, and most recently, the Port Townsend Ukulele Festival, now in its sixth iteration. Marianne graduated from Reed College where she majored in Psychology. She spent many years as a project manager in the high tech industry and higher education, experience she draws on as a teacher and event organizer

Velzoe Brown

Velzoe taught at PSGW from 1993 to 2006. Raised in Nebraska, Velzoe was one of five children born to a mother and father who played piano and trumpet, respectively. Velzoe's first instrument was the piano, which she says she learned without lessons--"I gathered it in with my mother's milk I think." At 13, Velzoe started playing trombone, teaching herself from an instruction book. She worked her way up to first chair in the girls' marching band at Omaha Tech High, and at 16, in 1926, became a full-time musician with the all-women group, The Pollyanna's Syncopators. This traveling orchestra was organized in 1923 by Ruth Randall in Lincoln, Nebraska. This group played ballrooms and theaters from the east coast to California. After The Pollyannas broke up under pressures of the Depression, Velzoe moved to California, where she spent many more successful years playing with top-notch bands. She played regular gigs with her quintet, Velzoe Brown and The Upbeats right up until her death in 2011 at age 101. When asked what she thought of living a musical life, Velzoe said, "I'm for it, honey!"

Kat Bula

Kat Bula is a performing and teaching multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and music theory nerd living in Bellingham, WA. Since finishing her BA in Music in 2007, she has toured extensively around the western two-thirds of the United States playing everything from hardline traditional bluegrass to pirate-themed folk-punk. Currently she plays with Seattle-based indie/Americana band Big Sur, and Bellingham's flamenco-inflected folk group Biagio & the Argonauts. She also writes for and fronts an indie-pop band, Thimble vs. Needle, and frequently guests with Bellingham bands ranging from jazz to metal. Recent attempts to learn the drums have angered her cat, Audrey.

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Rob Bulkley

Rob Bulkley has been playing in bluegrass bands almost from the very instant he heard tapes of The Kentucky Colonels in 1973. He has taught guitar for many years and currently teaches guitar and bluegrass jam classes at Dusty Strings in Seattle. He is also a perpetual novice luthier and enjoys resurrecting "basket case" instruments.

Howie Bursen

You may have heard Howie Bursen's voice on Garrison Keillor's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. You might have seen his songwriting mentioned in PEOPLE MAGAZINE. Howie Bursen is an all-round musician.
CHICAGO magazine said: "Stunning guitar arrangement...".
FRETS Magazine did a feature article following the release of his album "Building Boom" on Flying Fish:
"He has the ability to dazzle audiences with displays of virtuosity..."
"Howie Bursen is unique." - Frets Magazine
"The guy's a genius!" - Come For to Sing Magazine
Bursen is not just a virtuoso instrumentalist. He's a respected songwriter, too. His "Small Business Blues" was recorded by Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, and Holly Near, on their album "HARP". Pete Seeger called it "an important song", and included it in the book "Carry It On", published by Simon and Schuster. Tom Chapin recorded it, too.
Until recently, Howie Bursen has been hiding his light under a bushel, - a bushel of grapes. After years spent as an award-winning winemaker, Howie is finally stomping out of the vat, to teach at PSGW.

Brian Butler

Brian Butler plays finger-style blues and names J.B. Lenoir, Mance Lipscomb, and Reverend Gary Davis as a few of his musical inspirations. He plays electric blues in the NW with The Brian Butler Band and also enjoys folk, rock, and country music. Brian has been teaching blues at PSGW since 1995.

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