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Gina Salá

Gina Salá is a vocalist, composer, teacher from Seattle whose love of the human voice has taken her to performing and studying throughout much of the world. She has performed at the US Pentagon, the US Capital, the United Nations, and recently finished a contract as principal singer for Cirque du Soleil's "O." With a repertoire spanning 20 languages, Gina Salá shares her passion for singing us awake to Shine!

Greg Schochet

Greg Schochet is a full-time performer, teacher and producer in Boulder, Colorado. Equally adept on guitar and mandolin, he is fluent in number of acoustic and electric styles, including bluegrass, swing, new-acoustic and country. He currently is the lead guitarist for Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams, who have been featured on Prairie Home Companion and at South by Southwest. Greg is an integral part of Colorado's thriving roots music scene, and is a sought after instructor, session player, producer, and collaborator.

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Tracy Schwarz

Tracy has been a part of The New Lost City Ramblers (with Mike Seeger and John Cohen) for 46 years, the band that introduced many of us to the authentic music of the American south, including Old-Time Stringband, early bluegrass, unaccompanied Appalachian and Ozark mountain ballads, and southwest Louisiana Cajun. They have twice been nominated for a Grammy.

Tracy started working with Cajun music and culture with Dewey Balfa about 35 years ago when Dewey requested his help for a Cajun version of Tracy's very successful record, "How to Play Fiddle Country Style." His recordings with Dewey also resulted in a Grammy nomination.

Tracy continues to perform and teach several stringed instruments and singing, often with his wife, Ginny Hawker.

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Steve Schwind

Guitar is Steve's first love but he also plays fiddle, mandolin, and banjo in a wide variety of musical styles including classic rock, blues, funk, bluegrass, old time, and as an accompanist to singer songwriters. He is a gifted guitar technician who specializes in setting-up an instrument to sound its best and be most responsive and playable, and he builds and services guitar tube amplifiers. Steve's passion for playing the guitar was ignited in 1967 when, at the age of 12, he first touched the strings on a plastic party favor guitar his folks had lying around the house. He then borrowed a small guitar from a neighbor and even though he knew nothing about how to tune it or play chords, he found his own way on the instrument (despite the fact that it was missing a string) and started playing the songs he loved$emdash;60's classic rock by his holy trinity: Hendrix, Clapton, and Beck. Steve draws on this innate dogged determination to help inspire others to find their own music. In 1974, he attended his first Bluegrass festival in Ottawa, Ohio, close to his small, historic hometown of Perrysburg. This music woke up something in his DNA and he threw himself into learning fiddle, banjo, and mandolin in the nurturing atmosphere of the festivals at that time. This experience helped forge the foundation of his teaching style: approachability, acceptance, and openness. Steve's style of instruction de-mystifies the concept of "making music" for his students and inspires people of any age to take a chance and grow musically. His enthusiastic playing and teaching have a way of pulling people into music.

Greg Scott

Greg Scott's CD Nameless Love was in the Performing Songwriter magazine "Top 12 DIY" list. His songs have been recorded by Mollie O'Brien, Belinda Bowler, Margo Murphy, and others. He has produced CDs for Rebel Voices, Tom Hodge, and Marnie Jones. Greg currently performs with The New Radio Cowboys, and Birds of Paradox (with Ron Peters).

Jennifer Scott

Considered the finest Jazz Vocal Improviser in Canada by her peers, her fans and by the musicians who work with her, Jennifer Scott is an important Jazz Voice. She has sung with such Jazz Greats as: Gene Bertoncini, Clark Terry, Tommy Banks, Paul Horn and Kenny Wheeler to name a few. She has been nominated for Juno and Jessie Awards with "Mythos" and theatre production "War of the Worlds".

Jennifer Scott has performed to sold out crowds from San Diego to Vancouver to Whitehorse on the West Coast of Canada and has begun a major foray onto the world stage including performances in Amsterdam, Milan and Rome.

Recent lauded performances have included Main Stage shows at the 2009 Vancouver Island Music Fest sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Jane Bunnett and Jerry Douglas. She received a lengthy standing ovation reception for her duo set with bassist Rene Worst at the same festival.

Jennifer was also featured at Stanford University performing at the Miles Davis tribute concert for their Concert series in tandem with The Jazz Museum in Harlem.

More recent studio work has seen her align her vocal talents with the piano brilliance of Miles Black in the CD release Storybook.

She has just completed a tour of the Western States and Canada and was named "Pick of the week" by the L.A. Times where she was quoted as having: "...a velvet tone & superb phrasing...."

From a recent review by noted Jazz journalist Andy Gilbert(Jazz Times): Scott has set herself apart from the jazz-vocalist pack with her mesmerizing renditions of the most unlikely tunes ... With her warm, flexible contralto, Scott brings a striking emotional intelligence to everything she sings, no matter what the context. As much a song stylist as an improviser, she puts her stamp on material through her supple sense of swing and deft, slippery phrasing.

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Cosy Sheridan

Cosy first caught the attention of national folk audiences when she won the songwriting contests at both the Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1992. She has been touring, writing and recording ever since. West Side Folk called her "one of the era's finest and most thoughtful songwriters." Her latest CD, Pretty Bird, was included in Sing Out Magazine's "Great CDs of 2014."

Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: love songs for adults and practical philosophy for a complicated world. She has written about the stock market crash of 2008 and fall-out from uranium mining in the American southwest. She has re-written greek myths: Persephone runs away with Hades the biker. And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women. Her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive percussive guitar style.

For the past 20 years she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country at such camps as The Swannanoa Gathering, California Coast Music Camp, and WUMB radio's Summer Acoustic Music Week. In 2008 she founded the Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.

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Mark Simos

Mark Simos is a songwriter, tunesmith, and composer, dance fiddler, and guitar and piano accompanist, who weaves a lifetime's love of many traditions--Irish, Southern old-time, New England, Quebecois, bluegrass, and Klezmer among others--into innovative musical forms.

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Charmaine Slaven

Originally from Stevensville MT, Charmaine Slaven moved to the Seattle area in 2000 and began her pursuit of a career. After trying her hand at many lines of work, from administrative to veterinary, she fell in love with old time music and dance at the 2005 Portland Old Time Gathering. There, she met The Tallboys and soon started performing with them, flatfooting and then also playing guitar. Around the same time, she and Charlie Beck started their musical duo, Squirrel Butter. About a decade later, they founded their country music project, The Lucky Shots. Charmaine has gained a reputation for her fun and engaging method of getting folks dancing and playing music together. She has a natural knack for teaching and organizing, and has become an anchor in the Pacific NW old time music and dance communities.

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Julian Smedley

Julian Smedley started his musical career as a choirboy in an English Cathedral. As a violinist he performed regularly on BBC television & radio both as a soloist and an orchestral player. He co-founded the Bowles Brothers Band that recorded on Decca Records. After moving to Washington State he joined Cornish Institute's jazz orchestra, playing with guests such as Art Lande, Ralph Towner, Gary Peacock, and Gil Evans. A Bay Area resident since 1985, he's a violinist with the Hot Club of San Francisco and the Connie Doolan Quartet and he tours with Paul Horn. Recently he's been recording CD projects including a commissioned work for UC Berkeley's dance theater, which premiered at Berkeley's Zellerbach Playhouse in Spring 2005.

Cyd Smith

I'm a guitarist, singer, and sometimes songwriter. I just added it up, and I found that I've taught at PSGW for a total of 18 years, starting back in 1984! Way before that I started off as a classical guitarist, migrated to bluegrass and old-time, fell in love with swing, dallied with country and a bit of pop and rock... the usual restless wandering. I have played in a bunch of bands all over the Northwest (and back in New England too), including Highwater String Band, The Wholly Cats, Grant Street String Band, and the Russ Barenberg/Matt Glaser quartet. Along the way, I made up some songs and, together with some of my favorite musicians, put them on an album that I called (that's right) "Cyd Smith." I've also taught at California Coast Music Camp, the Sound Acoustic Music Camp, the Augusta Heritage Festival, and the Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop. I live in southern Oregon now with a calico cat. I'm playing more music than ever and I can't wait to see everybody.

Laura Smith

Laura was born and raised in Hawaii, surrounded by the music of the islands, her Dad's piano and tenor banjo playing, and the rich harmonies of the church choir. She moved to the "mainland" and started playing old time banjo when she was 25 years old. She's been playing and singing ever since, concentrating her repertoire on folk, traditional old time singing, and banjo tunes. She taught in the public schools for 23 years, singing with the kids as much as possible. Happily, she has closed that chapter of my life, although she still loves to work with kids and music. Now she teaches banjo and guitar lessons and sings and plays with as many friends as possible, having been denied that opportunity while she was slogging along as a public school teacher! She has taught at PSGW since 1982, with classes in banjo, guitar, song repertoire, and hula. Other camps she has taught at include the American Banjo Camp, the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop, and the California Coast Music Camp. Music camps are her favorite place to be! She played in a duo with Larry Hanks for many years, and more recently has played a fair amount with Steve Palazzo in California and with numerous friends in Bellingham, Washington, where she lives.

Richard Smith

Richard Smith first met his hero, the "Godfather" of fingerstyle guitar, Chet Atkins, when he was only eleven. Richard was invited by Chet to share the stage with him at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in front of an audience of 1,000. At first, the master accompanied him, but later on he just listened in stunned silence while the child played Chet's own arrangements -- perfectly. By the time Richard reached his early twenties, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began to refer to him as their "Hero".

It's no surprise, that the hymns of praise subsequently never faded. Richard has toured the world as a solo artist, with his brothers Rob and Sam as the Richard Smith Guitar Trio and with his swing band, The Hot Club of Nashville, featuring Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Pat Bergeson on guitar and Charlie Chadwick on bass. Fellow guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel prefers Richard Smith as one of his favourite duet partners. In 2001, Richard became the National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion in Winfield, Kansas. He has been a mainstay at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville since 1991, where he has played with many world renowned artists including Nato Lima of Los Indios Tabajaras, sax legend Boots Randolph and John Jorgenson of Desert Rose Band and Elton John Band fame.

He has also performed with other great musicians such as Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Thom Bresh, Joe Pass, Bireli Lagrene, Bryan Sutton, Les Paul, Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Suzy Bogguss, Muriel Anderson, Guy Van Duser, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tony McManus and Buster B. Jones and shared the bill with a host of others, most notably Steve Morse, Albert Lee, Paco Pena, Barney Kessel, David Russell and Johnny Hiland.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith has been performing mandolin and vocals for over 20 years in about as many different types of musical situations as one can imagine, from hard-driving traditional Bluegrass, his first love, to New Acoustic, Celtic, and Jazz ensembles, Old-Time, and chamber music. In addition, Steve has been involved in a number of theatrical productions.

Besides his regular touring schedule, Steve maintains a busy teaching and workshop schedule, including mandolin instruction at Camp Bluegrass, private guitar and mandolin lessons, and a broad pallette of recording sessions including mandolin, mandola, and guitar.

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Fred Sokolow

Fred Sokolow is a versatile "musician's musician." A multi-instrumentalist, he is an accomplished jazz guitarist, bluegrass banjo player, and electric blues/rock/slide guitarist. He has been part of the West Coast acoustic music scene for decades, leading his own bands or accompanying such established touring artists as Tom Paxton, Jody Stecher, the Limeliters, Bobby Gentry, and Jim Stafford, playing Dobro, mandolin, and lap steel as well as guitar and banjo.
Fred's diverse talents have led him to win the Gong Show, play lap steel on the Tonight Show, play Dobro with Chubby Checker and mandolin with Rick James, and hold the title of official banjo player for the TV show Survivor. His music has graced many TV shows, commercials, and movies. Fred recorded two bluegrass banjo albums for Kicking Mule Records and two original rock albums, and his recent "Fred Sokolow Jazz Quartet" and "Fred Sings and Plays Fats Waller" CDs showcase his unique style of playing and singing jazz standards. A performance video of his jazz quartet was released recently, featuring guest stars Lawrence Juber, Ian Whitcomb and Junior Brown.
Fred is the author of over 100 instructional books and DVDs for guitar, banjo and other stringed instruments. His books are published by all the major music print publishers (Hal Leonard, Warner Bros., Mel Bay, etc.) and his "Fretboard Roadmaps" series is an international best-seller. He conducts music seminars and recently taught a week-long blues class for the National Guitar Workshop and a Dobro class for Steve Kaufman's Akoustic Music Kamp. He is known for his ability to communicate musical concepts simply and effectively.

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Maria Sonevytsky

Maria Sonevytsky is an ethnomusicology Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, writing her dissertation on the music of the Ukrainian Hutsuls and the Crimean Tatars. She is also an active performer in diverse New York City scenes. Accordionist, pianist, and singer, she has most recently played with the notorious new chamber music collective Anti-Social Music, indie-pop sensation Baby Pool, the all-female Main Squeeze Orchestra, and the Ukrainian Women's Choir. Trained in classical oboe and piano, she finished her piano studies at the Manhattan School of Music in 2003. These days, most of her songwriting and vocal harmonizing can be heard in the cabaret-pop trio The Debutante Hour, which released its debut album, The Birth and Death of Meaning, in March 2010.

Tracy Spring

Tracy Spring is a performing songwriter from Bellingham, Washington. When she's not teaching or songwriting or touring, you can find her paddling around Northwest waters in her sea kayak hunting the wild Dungeness crab. She plays a beautiful hand made guitar from Haines, Alaska and tenor mandola in non-traditional tunings.

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Larry Squire

Larry Squire is a retired teacher from the Edmonds School District in Washington (state). He taught guitar to teachers through Central Washington University as an adjunct instructor for twelve years. He also taught inservice classes in the school district. He is a co-founder of PSGW, and has taught level 1 and 2 guitar and ukulele workshops. For the past eight years he has taught guitar and ukulele at the Edmonds Recreation Center each fall. Larry winters in Arizona jamming with friends at fiddle and bluegrass festivals.

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Annie Staninec

Annie Staninec has been playing bluegrass since the age of five, began performing professionally at the age of 12, and now makes her living playing, recording, giving lessons, and touring across North America and internationally. Annie's collaboration with the Kathy Kallick Band showcases her fiery soloing (think Scotty Stoneman meets Benny Martin) and gives her the chance to express lyrical, sensitive backup. Annie won the 2008 and 2009 Fiddle Player of the Year awards from the Northern California Bluegrass Society, as well as the 2006 Outstanding Young Musician award at Djangofest Northwest. Annie has recorded and toured extensively with Town Mountain from Asheville, NC, and has performed with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, David Grisman’s Gypsy Caravan, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, and John Reischman and the Jaybirds. Currently she plays with the Kathy Kallick Band, Mary Gauthier, and Andrew Carriere and the Cajun All-Stars. Annie has been giving workshops and private lessons since the age of 16, and has led workshops at the Cordova music camp for three consecutive years in addition to having taught at the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop in 2011 and 2012, and the CBA Wintercamp in 2012.

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Orrin Star

Orrin Star is an award-winning guitarist and mandolin player who is also recognized as a talented music teacher. Once described as "Arlo Guthrie-meets-Doc Watson," he was the 1976 National Flatpicking Champion, has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, and boasts a repertoire ranging from bluegrass standards to little-known folk gems, Irish fiddle tunes to fingerstyle blues.

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Susan Streitwieser

Susan Streitwieser ( is a Berkeley born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. She has released five albums with her band Susan's Room ("A soulful, commanding voice" said the New Yorker), and has taught singing for over twenty years. Her instructional book/CDs "The No Scales, Just Songs Vocal Workout" ( has been helping singers worldwide.

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Alice Stuart

Alice Stuart's early career, (1961-1978) found her on stages with artists as diverse as Joan Baez, Lightnin' Hopkins, Albert King, Jerry Garcia, John Prine and Frank Zappa. She made albums for Arhoolie, Fantasy & Burnside Records. Alice presents a unique and original blend of American music which is a mixture of folk, blues, country, and rock. She has 9 albums to her credit and maintains a very busy schedule teaching, writing, and performing.

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