All of our instructors have prior experience in well-known workshop settings, and are skilled, patient, and caring teachers. A typical day’s schedule will be as follows:
9am - 12pm Group Classroom Instruction
12pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:15pm Individual Instruction
2:15pm - 3pm Slow Jams
2:15pm - 3pm Staff Showcase of Styles
3pm - 4pm Masters Program
2018 Allegheny Echoes Masters
Bob Shank from Morgantown, is WV's finest hammered dulcimer player. As a member of Hickory Wind, Curmudgeon, The Percolators and Big Otter Orchestra, Bob has played in over 30 states, toured Europe, played The Kennedy Center and has shared the stage with Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, John Hartford and the Dirt Band. Bob has made several recordings with his bands. He has taught privately for years and has been an instructor at Alleggheny Echoes and Augusta.
Amanda Smith was born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia, and grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. “I always sang, my mom and dad said, even before I can remember,” she says. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself, and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss.
Kenneth Johnson, from the Atlanta Georgia area, has been playing and singing old time and Georgia blues since he was 12 years old. His powerful voice and guitar have been recognized around the south and eastern mountains for years. The winner of many contests and competitions, he has fueled the success of such bands as the Old Time Serenaders, Pea Ridge Ramblers, and currently the Georgia Crackers. His early influences include Riley Puckett, John Dillashaw, Clyde Evans and Gene Meade.
Mud Hole Control - Jr Loudermilk, from Greenbrier County, WV is well known for his work in old time and bluegrass music. He played with his dad Charlie and Junior Spencer in the band Mud Hole Control. He also has worked with Richard Hefner and the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys as well as the Bing Brothers. He will appear with his cousins Eric and Pudge Spencer. Eric is well known for his lead and tenor singing and solid guitar work. He has played with Robert Montogmery and Mountain Rhythm, Steel Creek, and currently is with Homegrown Bluegrass. Pudge Spencer will join JR and Eric with his great baritone voice, which has been a feature of Mud Hole Control for years. Their family harmonies have entertained in West Virginia and the South for decades.
Richard Hefner, lives in Renick, WV, but was born and raised in Mill Point, Pocahontas County, WV. His traditional bluegrass group, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, has played across WV and the East Coast since 1968. The band’s high finish in Nashville’s SPBGMA contest solidified Richard’s standing as one of the best traditional bluegrass banjo players in the field. A three-time winner at Vandalia Gathering, he has won the WV and Maryland state championships. His repertoire includes tunes from Flatt & Scruggs, Don Reno, The Stanley Brothers, and Del McCoury.
Kari Gunter-Seymour - Twice a pushcart nominee, Kari Gunter-Seymour’s chapbook serving was chosen runner up in the 2016 Yellow Chair Review Annual Chapbook Contest. She won first place at the 2018 Hocking Hills Poetry Festival and in Still: The Journal’s 2018 Literary Contest. Her poems can be found in numerous literary journals - Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, Stirring, Main Street Rag - as well as on her website: www.karigunterseymourpoet.com. She holds a BFA in graphic design, and MA in commercial photography and is an instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She is the founder/curator of the “Women of Appalachia Project” (www.womenofappalachia) an arts organization she created to address discrimination directed at women living in Appalachia. She is a poet Laureate for Athens OH.