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RMFC Artists August 4-11, 2019

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

Katie McNally – Scottish & Cape Breton Fiddle

Ryan Mckasson - Scottish Fiddle

Mackenzie Johnston – Texas Fiddle

Andrew Finn Magill - Irish Fiddle

Nerea Gourlaoen - Cape Breton Fiddle

Sara Murphy - Bluegrass Fiddle

Keith Barnhart – Advanced & Easy Guitar

Daniel Delaney - Cello

Tina Gugeler - Hammered Dulcimer, Bodhran

Kyle Murphy - Mandolin, Beginning to Advanced

Larry Edelman - Dance Calling, Southwest Tunes, Old Time Fiddle

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. 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”.

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.

Katie McNally – Scottish & Cape Breton Fiddle

Recent covergirl for Fiddler Magazine, Katie McNally was called "...the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA." (The Living Tradition)  Her 2016 release "The Boston States" pays homage to the living Cape Breton traditions in her hometown of Boston, MA. Visit Katie’s Website.

Ryan Mckasson - Scottish Fiddle

Ryan McKasson has gained a strong reputation as a performer, composer,collaborator and teacher.  In 1996 he became the youngest ever to win the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship. Visit Ryan's website.

Mackenzie Johnston – Texas Style Fiddle

Competing since the age of 5, Mackenzie has consistently placed in the top 4 in Idaho, Texas, and Colorado.  She credits Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp with her love for so many styles of fiddling, and this year will be her 13th straight year at RMFC.  She is excited to be a fiddle instructor at the camp where she grew up .  Her learning and teaching style is based solely on ear. Her goal is to make her students, regardless of age, feel comfortable learning by ear and to have fun with what she considers the most fun style of fiddling.

Andrew Finn Magill - Irish Fiddle

Andrew Finn Magill is a fiddler/violinist who straddles genres. From Cuban Charanga to traditional Irish and Scottish music, Andrew Finn has toured with a diverse array of ensembles. Andrew’s background is in traditional Irish music, having been a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland fiddle championships starting when he was just 14.  Visit Andrew's website.

Nerea Gourlaoen - Cape Breton

Nerea has left audiences speechless in over 4 continents. From Dubai to Paris, Los Angeles to Casablanca. 

This Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee was raised on Cape Breton Island, where she was possessed with a love of traditional music and dance.  Visit Nerea on Facebook.   And here's a great video.

Sara Murphy – Bluegrass Fiddle, Bluegrass Band Lab

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.

Keith Barnhart – Advanced & Easy Guitar

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.

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 – Mandolin, Bluegrass Band Lab

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.

Larry Edelman – Dance Caller, Southwestern Tunes, Old Time Fiddle

Larry has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe playing, teaching, and calling for traditional dancing. Larry will also be calling the evening dances, delighting both novice and veteran dancers with his fun, energetic dances, humor, enthusiasm, and skillful teaching.  Visit Larry’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 states.

Cosima & Christopher Luther – Quartets, Orchestra

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.

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