RMFC Artists August 7-14, 2022
Pictures and brief bios, including links to personal websites, are included below the following list.
Nerea the Fiddler - Cape Breton Fiddle
Adam Agee - Irish Fiddle
Pete Wernick - "Scruggs Style" Banjo
Sara Murphy - Bluegrass Fiddle
Anna Grace Shideler - Old Time Fiddle
Caroline McCaskey - Scottish Fiddle, Musical Saw
Keith Barnhart – Advanced & Easy Guitar
Jon Sousa - Irish Guitar
Daniel Delaney - Cello
Tina Gugeler - Hammered Dulcimer, Bodhran
Ben Cohen - Klezmer Fiddle, Piano
Arlene Patterson - Beginning Guitar, Fiddle
Sharon Guli - Dance Caller
Christopher & Cosima Luther - Orchestra, Quartets
David Mason - Cello
Pete Wernick - maybe
Nerea the Fiddler - Cape Breton Fiddle
Nerea combines elegance and strength in her powerful interpretation of traditional and modern fiddle repertoire. Her fiddling fused with stepdancing has been performed for the Sheikh of Dubai, the representative of Queen in Canada and audiences as large as 17,000. Raised on Cape Breton Island Nerea's fiddling is a cocktail of international influences. Nerea prides herself in teaching Music in an unorthodox manner and has had the privilege to teach well over 4,500 students in her career. Performing, collaborating and sharing her music & dance in such vast diverse places with an incredibly warm response, has inspired Nerea to continue pushing boundaries, breaking down barriers & crossing borders. Following her heart and staying true to her motto: Music has No Borders. Visit Nerea on Instagram.
Adam Agee – Irish Fiddle
Adam Agee’s fiddle music is alive, dynamically fluid, and colorful. Raised in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California and Boulder, Colorado, Adam came first to Ireland in 2004, basing himself in Ennis, County Clare, where he discovered a new home. Through opportunities in America and Ireland, he has had the chance to study with many of today’s living tradition-bearers. His exposure to diverse influences makes Adam’s music deeply American, while his pursuit of sound has led him to focused expression through the Irish tradition. Within the rapidly developing culture of traditional music, suffused and enriched by a global exchange of ideas, Adam’s fiddle playing is grounded in a personal, aesthetic quest. He has been teaching and performing for 15 years. Visit Adam’s Website.
Pete Wernick - "Scruggs Style" Banjo, Bluegrass Band Lab
Pete Wernick (a.k.a. Dr Banjo) is renowned as both a banjo player (with bluegrass favorites Hot Rize since 1978) and banjo and bluegrass jamming educator and innovator -- the first to offer banjo camps, starting in the 1980s. After a 6-year break from over 100 banjo camps in 30 years, Pete will be back with a full week of all-levels-welcome bluegrass banjo instruction at RMFC. The emphasis is on the basics of bluegrass banjo: timing, melody, tone... through the fine points of Scruggs style and Pete's approach. Novice players will be shown essential jam skills and advanced players will tackle a choice of challenges. Everyone will get individual attention. Visit Pete's website DrBanjo.
Sara Murphy started playing bluegrass fiddle in 2002, when she was six years old. She has played fiddle in the Murphy Family Band with her brother Kyle Murphy and her dad Jim Murphy since 2008 and was a student of Richard Greene from 2007-2014. She has also been an active member of the Southern California bluegrass community throughout her life and attended RMFC as a camper from 2006 until 2014, when she became an instructor. Sara continues to play bluegrass fiddle with the Murphy Family Band and teaches fiddle, while also attending graduate school at the California Institute of Technology earning a PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering.
Anna Grace Shideler - Old Time Fiddle
Anna Grace began coming to RMFC in her teens. She was born and raised in Southwest Mississippi, where her mother helped to kindle in her and her siblings a love for playing, writing, and singing music. She began learning how to play the piano at age 2 and picked up the violin at age 5 and hasn’t put it down since. She attended Belmont University in Nashville where she earned an undergraduate degree in Commercial Violin Performance in 2009. She then went on to earn a Masters degree at Belmont in Commercial Violin Performance, becoming the first violinist to complete the new program. Her thesis focused on the preservation of Mississippi Fiddle Music. In 2008 Anna Grace co-founded the award-winning gospel group High Road. She continued playing, singing, writing, and traveling with the band for six years until she decided to come off the road to focus on being a mommy in 2014. Anna Grace continues to cherish every opportunity to share her love for music and especially Mississippi fiddle tunes. You can often find her posting Facebook Live recordings of her favorite fiddle tunes on “Fiddle Tune Friday”.
A native daughter of the genre-bending West Coast music scene, Caroline McCaskey is equally at home in the regional traditional, improvising and classical music worlds. In high demand as a teacher and performer throughout North America and author of the AltStrings Fiddle Method, she holds degrees in music composition and performance, as well as Suzuki teaching certification in violin and cello. Caroline is the 2019 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion and a two-time International Musical Saw Champion. She is the President of the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and enjoys singing in the vocal jazz ensemble at American River College.
Keith Barnhart received a Bachelor of Music in 2006 from the Lamont School of Music, his Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2015 with an emphasis in Historical Performance, and has just finished his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder. An old friend of RMFC, Keith is eager to share his excellent teaching skills. Visit Keith's website.
Jon Sousa - Irish Guitar
Jon has been refining his skills as a guitarist for over thirty years. Jon delights in continuing to expand his capacities in finger-style guitar and traditional Irish music to follow his own deep motivation to express the human spirit. He has dedicated his life to the study, performance and teaching of music to uncover what is most genuine within himself and others.
Jon fell in love with music at an early age, listening to the 70's folk albums in his mother's record collection. He journeyed on to rock music, passed through the realm of electronic dance music, made his way on to West African percussion, and finally landed in the world of traditional Irish music. Jon’s passion for music has taken him all over the world, from the beautiful countryside of France to study with master fingerstyle guitar player Pierre Bensusan, to Senegal, West Africa, to study Sabar Drumming, and eventually to reside in Ireland in 2008. There he refined his skills in interpreting Irish music while earning his Master of Arts degree in Traditional Irish Music Performance at the University of Limerick. Visit Jon's website.
Daniel Delaney - Cello, Beginning to Advanced
Daniel Delaney is a multi-style cellist, improvisor, educator, and composer. He has performed throughout the world as a concerto soloist, band leader, recording artist, chamber musician, and clinician. He has served as cello and chamber music faculty for Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Montana Fiddle Camp, Arco Session Summer Workshop, Csehy Summer School of Music, and Cairn University. He is also the founder of Groove Cello Academy.
Celebrated as a versatile arranger and recording artist, Daniel is credited with performances on contemporary popular projects by BeachSlang (Polyvinyl), Elvira Nikolaisen (SONY), mewithoutYou (Tooth and Nail), Twin Sister (Domino), Sun Airway (Dead Oceans), and many others. The Philadelphia Inquirer called him a “master musician” and Broadway World a “world class cellist.” Visit Daniel’s website.
Tina Gugeler - Hammered Dulcimer, Bohran
Tina has performed solo and in small combos with fiddle, guitar or piano, and in several Colorado contra dance bands. Over the years, Tina has won many local and regional competitions, and in the years 2000 and 2015 she won the U.S. National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. Visit Tina’s website.
Ben Cohen is a versatile multi-instrumentalist. In addition to leading his own klezmer band, the Klez Dispensers (on accordion or simultaneous tenor banjo and bass), he plays electric bass and tuba for klezmer funk band Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe; mandolin, banjo and flutes with Connect Four; and archlute, theorbo and harpsichord for baroque ensemble Semplice. He nonetheless keeps his day job as an appellate lawyer in Denver. Here’s a video of Ben with Andy Stein from RMFC 2016.
From Glasgow, Scotland, Arlene is particularly interested in shetland fiddle music and story telling. She studied with Tom Anderson and spent time in the Shetland Islands. Arlene teaches violin/fiddle in her Longmont home studio and recently founded the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Club whose mission is to encourage the playing of authentic Scottish fiddle music in Colorado. Visit Arlene’s Website.
Sharon Guli - Vintage Dance Instructor
Sharon Guli, from Bellvue, Colorado, is a teacher, producer, historian, designer, writer, and founder of Guli Productions, specializing in historically themed, entertaining presentations such as Victorian balls, educational trunk shows, fashion shows, and lectures. Her programs and designs have been featured in three books and a PBS documentary, and have opened doors of opportunity to perform and study across the United States, Italy, France, England, and Russia.
Among all of her programs, teaching vintage dance is one of Sharon’s favorite ways to spend her time. For over thirty years, she has been researching and teaching historic dances, with a special focus on those from American history. With light banter, an eagerness to encourage the novice, and a clear, easy way of explaining the steps, Sharon is skilled at teaching people of all ages and abilities, leading a combination of historically correct as well as historically inspired dances. www.guliproductions.com
Co-founders of RMFC, C & C have been studying various fiddle styles, including Jazz, Swing, Celtic, & Bluegrass, for over 20 years. They have been performing as professionals since age 8. Classically trained, they graduated with their respective Masters degrees in violin performance at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Spring of 2008. Christopher earned his Doctoral degree (DMA) in viola at UT Austin in 2012. He recently opened Luther Strings music shop. Visit Luther Strings.
Cosima is conducting several youth orchestras in Southern California as she continues a career as a conductor and freelance musician in Los Angeles. Overseas appearances include Europe and Asia. In 2007, Christopher produced and released his first CD, “Personality,” which includes Cosima on several tracks. Here is a great video of Mark Luther talking about Raising Musical Children.
David Mason - Cello. David is a Denver based freelance cellist. Versed in many styles of music, David especially enjoys playing new works and collaborating with composers. David is in highest demandas a chamber and orchestral musician and is a member of several professional level string quartets. He can be seen on the television series Hells Kitchen, The Amazing Race, and Millionaire
Matchmaker. Professionally, David has worked with composers such as David Newman, Jeff Russo, Gerard Schurmann, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Eric Genuis, Michael Skloff, Jae Deal, John Biggs, and many others in the film, experimental, and pop music industries. As a soloist, David has been featured in the soundtrack for the documentary film "With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story" which was recorded at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. He is a regular soloist of the "Lamb of God" concert series in Ventura County hosted by Witness Music. Composed by Rob Gardner, this is a contemporary, neo-romantic depiction of Jesus' life. It is important to David that music reaches a person’s soul and that the person feels transported in some way by the music.