RMFC Artists August 2-9, 2020
Pictures and brief bios, including links to personal websites, are included below the following list.
AG Shideler - Old Time Fiddle
Rushad Eggleston - Cello, Wild Stuff
David Greenberg - Cape Breton Fiddle
Pete Wernick - "Scruggs Style" Banjo
Sara Murphy - Bluegrass Fiddle
Adam Agee - Irish Fiddle
Rachel Baiman - Old Time Fiddle
Keith Barnhart – Advanced & Easy Guitar
Daniel Delaney - Cello
Steve Scott - Fun Stuff
Tina Gugeler - Hammered Dulcimer, Bodhran
Kyle Murphy - Mandolin, Beginning to Advanced
Ben Cohen - Klezmer Fiddle, Piano
Arlene Patterson - Beginning Guitar, Fiddle
Christopher & Cosima Luther - Orchestra, Quartets
Pat Danscen - Dance Caller
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.
Rushad Eggleston - Cello, Wild Stuff
RushadEgglestonRushad is an inventive cellist and composer. He was the first string player awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee college of music, and while still there he became their first active student ever to be nominated for a Grammy award! (with Fiddlers 4, including Bruce Molsky, Michael Doucet, and Darol Anger). Besides touring regularly with fiddler Darol Anger and neo bluegrass band Crooked Still, Rushad has been a guest with many famous artists including Mark O’Connor and Tim O’Brien. He has also played at many marvelous venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. In addition, Rushad has made frequent appearances on national radio (including A Prairie Home Companion), taught cello at workshops and camps, written the music to a film, and performed at summer festivals from Jacksonville to Seattle.
David Greenberg - Cape Breton Fiddle
For three decades, David Greenberg has enjoyed a double career as a baroque violinist and Cape Breton fiddler. His fluency in these two genres makes him uniquely qualified to interpret the wild music of 18th-century Scotland. David has recorded more than 80 CDs, co-authored an influential treatise on Cape Breton fiddling, and has recently moved to Corvallis, Oregon. davidgreenbergviolinist.com
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 5-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. Attendance is limited.
Sara Murphy has been attending Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp since 2006. She started playing violin when she was 6. She is an original member of The Bogglemuffins, the RMFC Bluegrass Band.
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.
Well-versed in a variety of fiddle traditions including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Scottish and Canadian styles, Rachel Baiman is a versatile and dynamic fiddle player. Originally from Chicago, Rachel is a winner of the Midwestern Fiddle Championships, as well as a two-time winner of the Illinois State fiddle Championship and a second place winner of the 2012 Nashville Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in the “Traditional Styles” category. A recent review by LA’s The Bluegrass Situation hailed her a “goose-bump-instigating talent.”
Rachel’s love for folk and acoustic music inspired a move to Nashville in 2008, where she earned degrees in Music and Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. She has toured extensively throughout the United States with 10 String Symphony, as well as with her own band, and has appeared at such festivals as Pickathon, ROMP, The Strawberry Music Festival, Merlefest and Blissfest, as well as International Festivals La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France), the Fringe Festival (Scotland), the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival (Australia), The Auckland Folk Festival (New Zealand), and the ArtisTree Festival (Hong Kong).
Rachel also enjoys teaching and runs her own week-long fiddle camp in the Chicago area. In 2017, Rachel released her second solo album “Shame,” which was featured on NPR music’s “Songs we Love,” and favorably reviewed by No Depression, Noisey, and called a “rootsy wake-up call” by Folk Alley. Visit Rachel’s website and her Duo 10 String Symphony.
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.
Daniel Delaney - Cello, Beginning to Advanced
Daniel Delaney is a modern americana/jazz cellist, improvisor, and composer. New to RMFC, he is sure be popular with cellists and aspiring cellists. Visit Daniel's website.
Steve is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has broad professional experience, including chamber/symphonic, Jazz and Dixieland, folk, and Celtic. He has performed at many Celtic, Jazz and folk festivals in the Northwest, and has numerous recordings to his credit, with his own bands and as a studio player. An experienced dance musician, Steve’s playing is driving and rhythmic, and he continues to expand the cello’s possibilities in traditional and folk music. Steve is highly regarded as a teacher, and has been named to several “Who’s Who” lists in education. Steve also brings with him over 25 years of pro bass experience with various bands and symphony orchestras, and has something to offer everyone.
As a cellist, Steve has a background of well over twenty years in Scottish music. In Steve’s classes, count on learning traditional and modern tunes, traditional and contemporary accompaniment styles, and even improvisation. He will again be offering the Cello for Fiddlers class for anyone who already plays another instrument, but would like to try to cello for a week (cellos are provided).
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.
Kyle Murphy has been attending RMFC since 2006, during which he has played with The Bogglemuffins for four years. Along with mandolin, Kyle is an accomplished fiddle and guitar player. He specializes in bluegrass, old-time music, swing, and blues music.
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; banjo and mandolin for Rocky Mountain Jewgrass; 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.
Patricia Danscen - Dance Caller
Patricia's clear and concise teaching and welcoming smile will engage both new and experienced dancers and keep them dancing all night long! Patricia’s repertoire includes contras, squares, circles, and traditional reels. She has called dances throughout Colorado and in several other state.
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.