Fiddle 1 Beginning: Danny Arthur is a resident of the Barboursville area of Cabell County, West Virginia. Already well known as an established backup and lead guitar player and singer for the “Bing Brothers Band”, Danny has come into his own as an outstanding old time fiddler. He has taught and performed at Appalshop, Augusta Heritage Workshops, the Vandalia Gathering, the Wheatland Music Festival, and in Ireland and Scotland.
Fiddle 2, Intermediate: John Blisard is from Elkview, WV, and is well known on the old time music scene for his versatility and strong interpretations of the oldtime WV style. A Vandalia Gathering and WV Folk Festival champion, he has performed with the Bing Brothers Band and The Morris Brothers, among others. He is equally adept on guitar, Celtic harp, bagpipes, fiddle, and banjo. “Protect the Innocent” is a recording of his music. John has performed at the Kennedy Center, across the U.S., Germany, Scotland, and Ireland. This class will focus on WV tunes in standard, triple D and cross tunings.
Fiddle 3 Intermediate: Henry Barnes is an Ohio native living in Columbus who has been playing the fiddle for 21 years. After starting with the Suzuki method, he was pushed by his father towards country music but he was captured by a love for Old-Time music after meeting West Virginia fiddler Bobby Taylor. Since then Henry has won contests in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. He recently won the Ed Haley Memorial Contest and the Elmer Rich Memorial Contest, placed 2nd in the Traditional Division at the Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, and placed in the top 5 at the Clifftop and Galax contests. Henry teaches lessons and workshops in central Ohio that are focused around personal connections and regional styles in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Fiddle 4, Intermediate/Advanced: .Adrian Shepherd-Powell, a native of Crimora, VA, has won contests at fiddler’s conventions all over the southeast. His fiddle style is straight forward with a hard drivin’ bow. Adrian's has an extensive repertoire of fiddle tunes focusing on tunes of Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. Adrian has played with many old time bands including the Pea Ridge Ramblers, Matt Kinman’s Old Time Serenaders, and the Cabin Creek Boys.
Fiddle 5, Intermediate/ Advanced: Jake Krack, from Nicut, West Virginia, started playing the fiddle at the age of six. He has spent over fifteen years studying and apprenticing with West Virginia master old-time fiddlers Melvin Wine, Lester McCumbers, and Bobby Taylor. He has performed and taught workshops at venues such as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Chicago Folk Festival, Merlefest, and the Detroit Festival of the Arts. Jake has won fiddle contests at Vandalia, Appalachian String Band Festival, Galax Old-time Fiddlers Convention, Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention, Ed Haley fiddle contest, and the Henry Reed Fiddlers Gathering. He currently is the fiddler with The Bing Brothers