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Peter Langston

A strong and imaginative player, Peter plays anything with strings on it, and is equally adept at backup and hot improvisation. He has played in respected bands on both the East Coast (Metropolitan Opry, Wretched Refuse) and the West Coast (Puddle City, Entropy Service, Portland Zoo), and has performed with such notables as Doc Watson, Reverend Gary Davis, Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Johnny Gimble, and Mike Seeger. Peter has led a double life as a musician and a computer whiz kid and has taught both audio recording and computer science at the college level. Peter has been a frequent member of the staff of various music and dance camps, including the California Coast Music Camp, Sierra Swing, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, the Northeast Heritage Music Camp, Alta Sierra, and the American Banjo Camp.

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Beth Lawrence

Beth Lawrence has composed music and lyrics for both Broadway and film, and her voice can be heard on various national jingles. She has recorded five CDs, garnering awards from Parent's Magazine, Billboard Magazine, the American Song Festival and L.A. Jazz Scene Magazine. Beth has been teaching voice and performance workshops for twelve years and has developed a unique blend of movement, visualization, relaxation and breathing exercises to create The Integrated Voice technique.

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Janet Lenore

By age 15, Janet Lenore was a performing singer/songwriter/guitarist. For the next ten years, Janet performed with her Mom as a folk duo at a wide range of venues, including the occasional bar gig where she enjoyed saying she wasn't "old enough to go see herself play." Her hometown Parks & Rec gave Janet her first guitar teaching gigs with classes for adults and kids. For awhile, school and career took precedence but, after her Mom passed, Janet realized how much she missed making music. She kicked off the millenium by releasing her first CD of original music, "Ladies of My Family," on which Janet plays mandolin, banjo and theremin besides guitar. Then when Janet inherited her grandmother's beloved ukulele she started to grow a new musical passion. Since then, Janet has performed on ukulele with James Hill, Paul Hemmings, and "Viv Savage" from "This is Spinal Tap." She now teaches ongoing guitar and ukulele classes. Janet's workshops at the Napa Valley Ukulele Festival, the Santa Cruz Ukulele Club, the "Burning Uke" camp-out, the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, and three "Ukes On the Loose" events were well attended. She has lead large ukulele jams at the Kate Wolf Music Festival, Berkeley Ukulele Club, Bronco Billy's Fremont Ukulele jam, and the Alameda Ukulele Club. Janet released her latest ukulele-centric recording, "Pie & Four Other Tasty Treats," in 2014. She makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Paddy League

With an Irish father, a Greek mother, and a Brazilian wife, Paddy has found himself inevitably drawn to learning and playing the musics of all three cultures. He also grew up playing drums in funk, rock, and jazz groups, and spent a not insignificant amount of time hanging out with Nepalese folk percussionists. Today he's one of the leading guitarists and percussionists on the contemporary Celtic music scene, plays fiddles and lutes with various groups in Greece and the US, and for a gringo knows a thing or two about forró and maracatu.

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Laurie Lewis

Laurie Lewis has been singing and playing bluegrass, old-time, country and traditional jazz for a really long time. A dedicated teacher as well as a performer, she ran "Bluegrass Week" at the Augusta Heritage Workshops for 10 years, and was the coordinator or "Bluegrass at the Beach" for over a dozen years. She has taught at PSGW, CBA Music Camp, British Columbia Bluegrass Week, SAM-W, Telluride Academy, Rocky Grass Academy, and many others. When not touring, she teaches and produces recordings. Laurie was voted "Female Vocalist of the Year" twice by the International Bluegrass Music Association, has been nominated for numerous Grammys and won one for her singing on "True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe."

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Keith Little

Keith is a multi-instrumental performing and recording artist, vocalist, and composer. He's been a member of many national touring bands (Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and Lonesome Standard Time), and has performed on GRAMMY award winning recordings by the Chieftains and Dolly Parton. His songs have been recorded by Crystal Gayle, Claire Lynch, and Tim O'Brien, and he is an honorary lifetime member of the California Bluegrass Association.

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Kate Long

Kate Long is a national award-winning songwriter whose singing voice Rambles Magazine described as "a superb instrument." As a student evaluation at the Swannanoa Gathering said, "I do not believe there is a songwriting instructor in the U.S. who can top Kate's ability to bring out the best in students of all levels. She creates an aura of excitement, safety and encouragement." A West Virginia native, she has performed at the International Storytelling Center and the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage and teaches songwriting and singing classes at Augusta, Swannanoa and various camps. Her songs, including "Who Will Watch the Homeplace" and "McNamara's Tear," have been recorded on four continents. She performs solo and with Robin Kessinger, has 3 CDs, and is a freelance public radio and print journalist.

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Keith Lowe

For over 30 years, Keith's bass playing has spanned many genres from orchestral music to pop, folk, swing, and country. Keith's comprehensive knowledge and experience has given him a unique perspective that has resulted in a strong, innovative style. The result is an eclectic and extensive resume. Keith has recorded and/or toured with such people as Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Danny Barnes, Orville Johnson, Fiona Apple, David Sylvian, Jim Byrnes, Zubot and Dawson, Kelly Joe Phelps, and Duffy Bishop. Career highlights include performing on such TV shows as Conan O'Brian, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Rosie O'Donnell, Saturday Night Live, Howard Stern, and opening for the Rolling Stones in NYC at Madison Square Garden. Keith's enthusiastic stage presence captures his love of music and performance. He is eager to share in the joys of music with you at the upcoming PSGW.

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Cara Luft

Singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Cara Luft is that rare artist steeped in folk and traditional roots music almost from birth yet willing to alter that fabric, stretch the boundaries, not afraid to bend genres and styles. Born into a folk musical family in Calgary (Canada), Cara played with dulcimers and autoharps while her peers played with Barbies and Nintendo. An original founding member of The Wailin' Jennys, Cara has become a widely-respected and well-traveled member of the Canadian folk/roots music community and has wowed audiences and critics with her solo performances across North America and Europe. Although she has a Juno award and many other nominations under her belt, there's nothing pretentious about Cara. She's the real deal. And that sense of honesty, integrity, personality and spontaneity permeates and resonates throughout both her music and her live performances.

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