Staff

2016 Staff

David Greely David Greely’s French Louisiana music is opening a new wing in his tradition. David has taken the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to new level of sophistication without losing its urgency and texture. In solo acoustic performance, he sounds like two or three fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it’s someone else singing. Presenting his concerts in English or French, he embraces all the aspects of his heritage that a fiddle and voice can reach- ancient ballads, cane field blues, yearning waltzes and fiery two steps, and melds his ancestral legacy with his own adroit compositions and stories of the rich souls who kept this music and language alive.http://www.davidgreely.com
Tom Mitchell Tom Mitchell is a hard driving swing/jazz guitar player and singer. His “true to style” interpretations of this music make him a much sought after performer and teacher. As a teacher and performer Tom has worked at many music and dance workshops and camps such as Ashokan Fiddle and Dance, Pugeot Sound Guitar Workshop, The Swannanoa Gathering, The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and The Augusta Heritage Workshops. Tom’s love of swing guitar shines brightly through his playing and his extensive knowledge and appreciation of jazz history and tradition teamed with a whimsical improvisational style makes him a joy and a pleasure to play with and to listen to. http://www.tommitchell.us/
Kevin Wimmer

Kevin Wimmer has been playing fidle since the tender age of three. He performed frequently with Dewey Balfa and learned the essence of the tradition directly from him. Over the years he has performed most notably all over the globe with Preston Frank and the blues and swing inspired Red Stick Ramblers. Kevin is now a full time member of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, bringing a creole flavor exhitibed by his unique fiddle repertoire and his powerful vocals.
Tatiana Silver Hargreaves Tatiana Silver Hargreaves is a violin player from Oregon. She has steeped herself in the archives of Appalachian music, playing fiddle, banjo, and singing, drawing from her time spent with oldtime musicians such as Bruce Molsky, Paul Brown, John Hermann and Franklin George,as well as intensive studies of source recordings. A first prize winner at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival Fiddle Contest, she has also maintained her connection to classical, new acoustic, and bluegrass music. In both 2012 and 2013, Tatiana was selected to participate in the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival to collaborate with other young acoustic musicians and explore contemporary composition based on traditional genres. There, she met innovative bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, with whom she has been touring throughout the country. Tatiana currently studies music and ethnomusicology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.
Jesse Lége Jesse Lege defines traditional Louisiana dance hall music. His unmistakeable hard driving style of accordion play and his powerful voice will get even the most staid listener up on the dance floor. Whether he is performing with Bayou Brew or his many friends, Jesse can crank up any old tune to something new and very different than you have ever heard before. www.jesselege.org
Jesse Stuart – Life Coach Jesse Stuart, our resident Life Coach and nature expert, is perhaps the best kept secret of Blackpot Camp. Hailing from the wild and misty mountains of North Carolina, he has developed a fascination and deep appreciation for the lush prairies and swamps of South Louisiana. As a veteran member of the Blackpot Camp team, Jesse has gained a reputation for being one of the most helpful, energetic, and amiable folks around. And, as an expert fisherman, he holds the all time record for catfish caught at camp (clocking in at a whopping 13 just last year)! A burgeoning musician, and an experienced wildlife and nature enthusiast, he’s just as likely to be surrounded by lizards on land and communing with catfish on the lake, as he is joining an epic jam around the campfire. Just as a fiddle won’t play without a bow, Blackpot Camp wouldn’t be Blackpot Camp without Jesse Stuart.
Blake Miller Grandson of well known accordion builder Larry Miller, Blake has been surrounded by Cajun music and culture his entire life. Hailing from the small town of Iota Louisiana, Blake, a fluent french speaker and songwriter, managed to acquire a degree in Francophone studies from The University Of Louisiana at Lafayette, and in the mean time founded the popular young Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and became a member of the premiere Louisiana roots band The Red Stick Ramblers. He has also served stints in just about every other cajun/creole band of note including Balfa Toujours ,Les Malfecteurs and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole bringing his strong cultural identity and accomplished musicianship to the world.
Chris Miller Chris Miller grew up in the deep South, but ironically, it wasn’t until he moved to New York City that he turned to roots music and folk as a primary musical focus. A lifelong musician with a foundation in the Jazz tradition, Chris was mentored by the legendary Bunky Green, and went on to receive his Masters from SUNY Purchase. Chris plays a variety of instruments (piano, dobro, banjo, clarinet), but it’s his captivating saxophone style he is known for. Chris has been featured on recordings by major artists including A.C. Newman, Doug Wamble, Mike & Ruthy, the Duhks, The Andrew and Noah Band, and his own Americana project – The Broken Stares. As the newest member of Louisiana roots music supergroup, The Revelers, it’s said that he is the ‘musical glue’ to the Revelers’ unstoppable sound. www.chrismillersax.com
Chas Justus Chas Justus, hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, was born to play the guitar. He plays with a confidence and diversity that belies his young age being able to seamlessly switch from any of the numerous blues styles he’s mastered to country jazz and the Southwest Louisiana guitar styles that he has fallen in love with. Not only has his guitar playing been featured on numerous albums to come out of the Louisiana music scene but also his songs have been on quite a few albums, including Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy’s Grammy Nominated Adieu False Heart. His individualistic guitar playing, singing, and songwriting mark Chas Justus as one of the next Southern troubadours with a new song that sounds refreshingly old.
Sabra Guzman Before relocating in early 2015 to Lafayette, Louisiana, Sabra Guzmán had been a part of the Virginia Blue Ridge landscape since 2007, where she’d become a fully entrenched member of the burgeoning old-time & country music scene of the Appalachians and beyond. A founding member of the award winning old-time band Old Sledge and Old Buck, Sabra is well known for her solid guitar & bass skills, her unique vocal stylings, and her captivating stage presence. She has been seen at many prestigious venues & festivals – Freight & Salvage, Pickathon, Blackpot, Club Passim, The Los Angeles Old Time Social, The Ark, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots – and received a coveted first place Traditional Old Time band at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival. Sabra brings a musicianship and her unique approach to all projects, regardless of genre or instrumentation. Currently, in the SW Louisiana area, you can see Sabra performing with her honky tonk band, Sabra & The Get Rights, and her new old-time group, Get Up Rounder, as well as playing upright bass for other local roots bands in Lafayette. sabraguzman.com
Travis Stuart Travis Stuart began playing the banjo as a young teen in Haywood County North Carolina. He is a respected banjo player and multi-instrumentalist known for his rich style and solid accompaniment. Travis has toured the US and internationally with The Stuart Brothers , Dirk Powell Band, Riley Baugus, The Reeltime Travelers, Martha Scanlan and step dancer Ira Bernstein. Travis learned from old-time masters such Red Wilson, the Smathers Family, Snuffy Jenkins, and Byard Ray. He is dedicated to performing and teaching old-time music. A respected teacher, Travis has taught at music camps around the country and abroad. For the last 13 years he has led the JAM Junior Appalachian Musicians program in Haywood County, NC. Travis has recordings with The Stuart Brothers and has performed on many recordings and films.www.stuartbrothersmusic.com
Rosie Newton Rosie Newton grew up immersed in the rich folk music scene of Woodstock, NY, and began playing the fiddle when she was eight. Newton attended college in Ithaca, NY, where she studied Viola Performance.  While in Ithaca, she found herself swept up by the area’s music scene, which infused her with a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of roots music. During this time she also developed a love for singing, and this, in addition to playing fiddle, forms an integral part of her performance.Newton’s interests now span a wide range of musical styles, from Irish and old time to country and pop. She recently toured the Northeast playing zydeco fiddle with Louisiana legend Preston Frank. Newton currently performs in a duo with Richie Stearns, and plays with The Duhks, Red Dog Run, the Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy and occationally The Pearly Snaps. She has recorded two CD’s with her duo projects: The Pearly Snaps, self titled, in 2010, and Tractor Beam, Richie and Rosie, in 2013; and recently released a CD with Red Dog Run. Her fiddling can also be found on the new Duhks record, Beyond the Blue. Newton has taught fiddle at Sunshine Coast School of Celtic music, the Taylor Music Festival and the Black Pot Camp. She has appeared at major US music festivals (Rhythm & Roots, Newport Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, MerleFest, DelFest) and has performed with Natalie Merchant, Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), and Jefferson Hamer (Anaïs Mitchell/Child Ballads). She hopes to continue traveling the world, meeting musicians of all kinds, and exchanging with them her own musical perspective. rosienewtonmusic.com
June Drucker One of the most respected bass players in Old Time music today, June’s knowledge on bass also extends to Country, Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Cajun and backing up singer songwriters. A the founding members of the Heartbeats, with Tara Nevins, Rose Sinclair and Beverly Smith, and later playing with The Renegades, The Freight Hoppers and The Horseflies, she has performed across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. She has taught bass at music camps including Ashoken southern week, Festival of American fiddle tunes, The Swannanoa Gathering and Augusta Heritage as well as appearing on E Town, Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion. Currently she can be found playing either bass or drums with Cajun bands Krewe de la Rue or Yankee Chank, or with Paula Bradley’s Honky Tonk, Jump Blues band The Twangbusters. She also does violin family bow rehair and restoration for several music stores and in her home shop in Massachusetts.
Matt Sircely Matt Sircely is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and independent journalist living in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains near Port Townsend, Washington. Sircely is best known for his work as a founding member of Hot Club Sandwich, a Django-inspired ensemble in Seattle, and a leading acoustic jazz band in the US for more than a decade. Sircely has performed with many of the his major influences, including David Grisman, David Bromberg, Buell Neidlinger and Danny Barnes.mattsircely.com
Josh Baca and Noel Hernandez Of Los Texmaniacs fame. Bringing the flavor and soul of Tex-Mex to camp all week long this year!
Jean Bertrand Jon Bertrand was raised in the thriving hub of Jeff Davis Parish that is Pine Island or Crapeauville where he began life as a cowboy. He began playing guitar and quickly became a rhythm machine, playing with Dexter Ardoin, Cory McCauley, and the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Jon’s major influences are Cory McCauley, Harry Choates, the Hackberry Ramblers, Iry LeJeune, Austin Pitre, and Sonny Meaux. Jon completed his studies at UL in French. Jon is a rocker, and he is influenced by many groups, not just Cajun.
Aurora Neiland “Aurora Nealand is all over the current New Orleans music scene.  She seemed to emerge out of nowhere.  Some of her appeal is  that she has a humble nature, coupled with a fiery attack when she plays, and a real fearlessness about taking risks and getting involved.  She plays solo performances  with a gas mask and an accordion. You’ll see her playing soprano sax and clarinet exchanges at Preservation Hall with her  traditional jazz band The Royal Roses. You’ll see her playing duos, trios or performing her own original compositions at the Ogden Museum of Art. These are just a few of the interesting things she gets up to.  I have seen her under deeper cover than that, and been amazed at how easily she blends in or stands out. Whatever style  she is playing, she becomes the Music.” – New Orleans Presents http://auroranealand.com
Eric and Suzy Thompson Eric & Suzy have devoted their lives to the pursuit of weird and obscure old-time American music – warped fiddle tunes in odd tunings, cinematic ballads, country blues songs that contain mysterious metaphors, early Cajun music with incomprehensible French lyrics and backwards chords. Using fiddle, mandolin, guitars, Cajun accordion, banjo (and the occasional odd instrument such as the ten-stringed cuatro) they bring these early 20th century sounds right into the present day.Eric’s flatpicking on guitar and mandolin is exceptional for its purity of tone, speed, and soulfulness; Suzy is a powerful singer, an award-winning fiddler and Cajun accordion player who has apprenticed with older generation Louisiana Cajun musicians under an NEA Fellowship. Founding members of many influential roots music groups including the Black Mountain Boys, Any Old Time, the Klezmorim, and the California Cajun Orchestra, Eric and Suzy have also worked with Maria Muldaur, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, Jerry Garcia, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, the Savoy Doucet Cajun Trio, and many other fine musicians.
Kelli Jones-Savoy The “Jolie Blonde” of the bands T’Monde and Feufollet, Kelli Jones-Savoy has been playing fiddle since the age of fifteen and started out playing old time music in North Carolina, where she is from. In 2006 she moved to Lafayette, Louisiana to study dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and learn Cajun fiddle as well. She has been living there since, soaking up the culture and playing with bands such as the Magnolia Sisters, Double Date (with husband Joel Savoy, Linzay Young, and Emma Young), her father Carl Jones, and many local wonderful Louisiana musicians, including members of the Pine Leaf Boys, the Red Stick Ramblers, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and her fellow band mates Drew Simon and Megan Brown. She has also traveled beyond Louisiana to perform and teach at festivals throughout the United States, including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camp, Augusta Heritage Center Cajun & Creole week and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. www.tmondecajunband.com | www.feufollet.net
Corey Porche Corey Porche has traveled the world bringing Cajun and Creole culture to the masses through his music and his inventive approach to teaching Cajun and zydeco dance. His other life as a couple’s counselor comes through in his open and intuitive teaching style and can get even the most reluctant pupils moving their hips on the dance floor.
Emolyn Liden Emolyn Liden is a Brasstown, North Carolina native, raised on a sheep farm a few miles from the John C. Campbell Folk School, where traditional music, dance and craft were, quite literally, all around. She started clogging, morris and contra/square dancing at a young age. Her dancing resume now boasts: present member of the Green Grass Cloggers of Asheville; past member of the Cane Creek Cloggers of Chapel Hill; percussive dance duo performances with renowned, Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval; member of Cape Breton step dance team Twistycuffs; 1st place flatfooting winner at Hoppin’ John Fiddlers Convention and 3rd place winner at Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival. She has learned from and continues the steps of Ira Bernstein, Robert Dotson, Phil Jamison, Rodney Sutton, Thomas Maupin, and others. She plays old time fiddle and sings in her band The Puddle Jumpers String Band and is building her business specializing in hand knitwear design and instruction as The Roving Knitter. therovingknitter.com
Mark Palms Mark Palms – a musician who studied the heritage of traditional music knee-to-knee with cultural giants from West Virginia to West Africa. Founder of the award winning bands The Raisin Pickers, Alafrique and Creole du Nord, Mark continues to honor the legacy of traditional masters and shares what he’s learned at music camps and festivals.
Big Paul AKA Bird; Big Bird. Mysterious cooking and rub-board impresario. Full bio coming soon.

And more to be announced!!!

2015 Staff

Chas Justus Chas Justus, hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, was born to play the guitar. He plays with a confidence and diversity that belies his young age being able to seamlessly switch from any of the numerous blues styles he’s mastered to country jazz and the Southwest Louisiana guitar styles that he has fallen in love with. Not only has his guitar playing been featured on numerous albums to come out of the Louisiana music scene but also his songs have been on quite a few albums, including Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy’s Grammy Nominated Adieu False Heart. His individualistic guitar playing, singing, and songwriting mark Chas Justus as one of the next Southern troubadours with a new song that sounds refreshingly old.
Blake Miller Grandson of well known accordion builder Larry Miller, Blake has been surrounded by Cajun music and culture his entire life. Hailing from the small town of Iota Louisiana, Blake, a fluent french speaker and songwriter, managed to acquire a degree in Francophone studies from The University Of Louisiana at Lafayette, and in the mean time founded the popular young Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and became a member of the premiere Louisiana roots band The Red Stick Ramblers. He has also served stints in just about every other cajun/creole band of note including Balfa Toujours ,Les Malfecteurs and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole bringing his strong cultural identity and accomplished musicianship to the world.
Nadrine Landry and Sammy Lind Nadine Landry and Stephen “Sammy” Lind are members of the internationally acclaimed Foghorn Stringband, out of Portland, Oregon, USA.Nadine Landry was born and raised in a musical family on the Gaspe Peninsula on the east coast of Quebec. Equally comfortable on guitar and upright bass, she has leant her talents to various bands ranging from old time to honky tonk to swing and Cajun. Described as deeply passionate and powerful, her voice has been capturing the hearts of fans across North America, Ireland, England, Scandinavia and Australia. Born in Minnesota, Stephen “Sammy” Lind has established himself as one of the most critically acclaimed old time fiddle players in the country. Co-founder of the Oregon based Foghorn Stringband, Stephen has traveled the world playing and teaching a vast repertoire of tunes from Appalachia and the Midwest. His playing reflects tremendous respect and passion for all the fiddle players and old recordings he spent countless hours learning from. Together they play fiddle tunes, early country and Cajun songs. Their new recording “Granddad’s Favorite” reflects their versatility in genres and instrumentation. Alternating between fiddle, banjo, guitar and accordion, they play true to the roots of American music with energy and respect. They are members of the Foghorn Stringband, the Dirk Powell Band, the Cajun Country Revival and have collaborated with Alice Gerrard, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum and Tim O’Brien.
Eric and Suzy Thompson Eric & Suzy have devoted their lives to the pursuit of weird and obscure old-time American music – warped fiddle tunes in odd tunings, cinematic ballads, country blues songs that contain mysterious metaphors, early Cajun music with incomprehensible French lyrics and backwards chords. Using fiddle, mandolin, guitars, Cajun accordion, banjo (and the occasional odd instrument such as the ten-stringed cuatro) they bring these early 20th century sounds right into the present day.Eric’s flatpicking on guitar and mandolin is exceptional for its purity of tone, speed, and soulfulness; Suzy is a powerful singer, an award-winning fiddler and Cajun accordion player who has apprenticed with older generation Louisiana Cajun musicians under an NEA Fellowship. Founding members of many influential roots music groups including the Black Mountain Boys, Any Old Time, the Klezmorim, and the California Cajun Orchestra, Eric and Suzy have also worked with Maria Muldaur, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, Jerry Garcia, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, the Savoy Doucet Cajun Trio, and many other fine musicians.
Catherine Planet

Catherine Planet shares her time between Québec and Louisiana. Fiddler, songwriter and teacher, she develops projects, as La Chasse-Balcon, on the progression of French Canadian traditional music in today’s popular culture. Member of Le Winston Band and Rose Vagabond, she mixes Québécois and South Louisiana repertoire to create a sound connecting French roots together. Besides, she accompanies several artists, as well as playing her own material. Catherine is also involved in many explorative music improvisation projects.
Kevin Wimmer

Kevin Wimmer has been playing fidle since the tender age of three. He performed frequently with Dewey Balfa and learned the essence of the tradition directly from him. Over the years he has performed most notably all over the globe with Preston Frank and the blues and swing inspired Red Stick Ramblers. Kevin is now a full time member of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, bringing a creole flavor exhitibed by his unique fiddle repertoire and his powerful vocals.
Becky Hill BECKY is a percussive dancer, square dance caller and choreographer. She apprenticed with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and Rhythm in Shoes and has studied with an array of percussive dance luminaries such as Eileen Carson, Sharon Leahy, Sandy Silva and Ira Bernstein. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Davis & Elkins College, where she coordinates The Mountain Dance Trail of Augusta Heritage Center and co-directs the Appalachian Ensemble. She is often seen performing with Good Foot Dance Company. www.rebeccahill.org
Rosie Newton Rosie Newton grew up immersed in the rich folk music scene of Woodstock, NY, and began playing the fiddle when she was eight. Newton attended college in Ithaca, NY, where she studied Viola Performance.  While in Ithaca, she found herself swept up by the area’s music scene, which infused her with a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of roots music. During this time she also developed a love for singing, and this, in addition to playing fiddle, forms an integral part of her performance.Newton’s interests now span a wide range of musical styles, from Irish and old time to country and pop. She recently toured the Northeast playing zydeco fiddle with Louisiana legend Preston Frank. Newton currently performs in a duo with Richie Stearns, and plays with The Duhks, Red Dog Run, the Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy and occationally The Pearly Snaps. She has recorded two CD’s with her duo projects: The Pearly Snaps, self titled, in 2010, and Tractor Beam, Richie and Rosie, in 2013; and recently released a CD with Red Dog Run. Her fiddling can also be found on the new Duhks record, Beyond the Blue. Newton has taught fiddle at Sunshine Coast School of Celtic music, the Taylor Music Festival and the Black Pot Camp. She has appeared at major US music festivals (Rhythm & Roots, Newport Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, MerleFest, DelFest) and has performed with Natalie Merchant, Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), and Jefferson Hamer (Anaïs Mitchell/Child Ballads). She hopes to continue traveling the world, meeting musicians of all kinds, and exchanging with them her own musical perspective. rosienewtonmusic.com
Jesse Milnes Jesse Milnes along with Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter as well as his father, Gerry Milnes. They now make their home in central West Virginia. www.emmyandjesse.com
Anna Roberts-Gavalt ANNA Roberts-Gevalt, 28 is a versatile and passionate multi-instrumentalist. Classically trained on the violin in Vermont, she fell in love with the sound of banjo in college, moved to the mountains, and learned with master musicians in Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina. She is a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player (WV State Folk Fest, Kentucky Fiddle Contest); was awarded the Berea Archive Fellowship for a series of biographies of female fiddlers; served three years as artistic director of Kentucky’s traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; was a 2014 fellow in the State Department sponsored international music residency OneBeat; and is an in-demand video artist, collaborating with Kristin Andreassen, Cuddle Magic, Rachel Ries and Ben Sollee. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. http://www.annaandelizabeth.com
Tom Mitchell Tom Mitchell is a hard driving swing/jazz guitar player and singer. His “true to style” interpretations of this music make him a much sought after performer and teacher. As a teacher and performer Tom has worked at many music and dance workshops and camps such as Ashokan Fiddle and Dance, Pugeot Sound Guitar Workshop, The Swannanoa Gathering, The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and The Augusta Heritage Workshops. Tom’s love of swing guitar shines brightly through his playing and his extensive knowledge and appreciation of jazz history and tradition teamed with a whimsical improvisational style makes him a joy and a pleasure to play with and to listen to. http://www.tommitchell.us/
Jean Bertrand JON BERTRAND, guitars, was raised in the thriving hub of Jeff Davis Parish that is Pine Island or Crapeauville where he began life as a cowboy. He began playing guitar and quickly became a rhythm machine, playing with Dexter Ardoin, Cory McCauley, and the Lost Bayou Ramblers. Jon’s major influences are Cory McCauley, Harry Choates, the Hackberry Ramblers, Iry LeJeune, Austin Pitre, and Sonny Meaux. Jon completed his studies at UL in French. Jon is a rocker, and he is influenced by many groups, not just Cajun.
Eamon O’Leary Eamon started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to New York City in the early 90’s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely, performing with many of the great players in Irish music. In 2004 he and fiddler Patrick Ourceau released the album Live at Mona’s. Eamon has taught at many traditional music programs in the US and also records and performs original music. His last solo record, Old Clump, was released in 2012. https://eamonoleary.bandcamp.com
Harold Bernard Cajun and zydeco dance teacher extraordinaire and recipient of the 2015 INDStyle Award.
Kelli Jones-Savoy The “Jolie Blonde” of the bands T’Monde and Feufollet, Kelli Jones-Savoy has been playing fiddle since the age of fifteen and started out playing old time music in North Carolina, where she is from. In 2006 she moved to Lafayette, Louisiana to study dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and learn Cajun fiddle as well. She has been living there since, soaking up the culture and playing with bands such as the Magnolia Sisters, Double Date (with husband Joel Savoy, Linzay Young, and Emma Young), her father Carl Jones, and many local wonderful Louisiana musicians, including members of the Pine Leaf Boys, the Red Stick Ramblers, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and her fellow band mates Drew Simon and Megan Brown. She has also traveled beyond Louisiana to perform and teach at festivals throughout the United States, including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camp, Augusta Heritage Center Cajun & Creole week and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. www.tmondecajunband.com | www.feufollet.net
David Greely David Greely’s French Louisiana music is opening a new wing in his tradition. David has taken the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to new level of sophistication without losing its urgency and texture. In solo acoustic performance, he sounds like two or three fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it’s someone else singing. Presenting his concerts in English or French, he embraces all the aspects of his heritage that a fiddle and voice can reach- ancient ballads, cane field blues, yearning waltzes and fiery two steps, and melds his ancestral legacy with his own adroit compositions and stories of the rich souls who kept this music and language alive.http://www.davidgreely.com
Sabra Guzman Before relocating in early 2015 to Lafayette, Louisiana, Sabra Guzmán had been a part of the Virginia Blue Ridge landscape since 2007, where she’d become a fully entrenched member of the burgeoning old-time & country music scene of the Appalachians and beyond. A founding member of the award winning old-time band Old Sledge and Old Buck, Sabra is well known for her solid guitar & bass skills, her unique vocal stylings, and her captivating stage presence. She has been seen at many prestigious venues & festivals – Freight & Salvage, Pickathon, Blackpot, Club Passim, The Los Angeles Old Time Social, The Ark, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots – and received a coveted first place Traditional Old Time band at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival. Sabra brings a musicianship and her unique approach to all projects, regardless of genre or instrumentation. Currently, in the SW Louisiana area, you can see Sabra performing with her honky tonk band, Sabra & The Get Rights, and her new old-time group, Get Up Rounder, as well as playing upright bass for other local roots bands in Lafayette. sabraguzman.com
June Drucker One of the most respected bass players in Old Time music today, June’s knowledge on bass also extends to Country, Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Cajun and backing up singer songwriters. A the founding members of the Heartbeats, with Tara Nevins, Rose Sinclair and Beverly Smith, and later playing with The Renegades, The Freight Hoppers and The Horseflies, she has performed across the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. She has taught bass at music camps including Ashoken southern week, Festival of American fiddle tunes, The Swannanoa Gathering and Augusta Heritage as well as appearing on E Town, Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion. Currently she can be found playing either bass or drums with Cajun bands Krewe de la Rue or Yankee Chank, or with Paula Bradley’s Honky Tonk, Jump Blues band The Twangbusters. She also does violin family bow rehair and restoration for several music stores and in her home shop in Massachusetts.
Jefferson Hamer Jefferson Hamer’s voice and original songs are often compared to American legends Neil Young and Gram Parsons, and his guitar playing demonstrates a deep awareness of British, Irish, and American folk styles. He is equally adept in the classroom and on-stage, and over the past 15 years he has shared his experience and passion for music with hundreds of students of all ages and abilities. Jefferson is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. www.jeffersonhamer.com
Matt Sircely Matt Sircely is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and independent journalist living in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains near Port Townsend, Washington. Sircely is best known for his work as a founding member of Hot Club Sandwich, a Django-inspired ensemble in Seattle, and a leading acoustic jazz band in the US for more than a decade. Sircely has performed with many of the his major influences, including David Grisman, David Bromberg, Buell Neidlinger and Danny Barnes.mattsircely.com
Mark Palms As a music educator, Mark Palms has long had a passion for traditional music and finding his role in passing it along. An interest in musical heritage led Mark to found Fruge Records, dedicated to preserving cultural music and ever since his grandfather played and sang old songs he’s pursued performing and songwriting. He founded the string band The Raisin Pickers, Creole du Nord and more recently Alafrique a collaboration between West African and American traditional music.
Emolyn Liden Emolyn Liden is a Brasstown, North Carolina native, raised on a sheep farm a few miles from the John C. Campbell Folk School, where traditional music, dance and craft were, quite literally, all around. She started clogging, morris and contra/square dancing at a young age. Her dancing resume now boasts: present member of the Green Grass Cloggers of Asheville; past member of the Cane Creek Cloggers of Chapel Hill; percussive dance duo performances with renowned, Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval; member of Cape Breton step dance team Twistycuffs; 1st place flatfooting winner at Hoppin’ John Fiddlers Convention and 3rd place winner at Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival. She has learned from and continues the steps of Ira Bernstein, Robert Dotson, Phil Jamison, Rodney Sutton, Thomas Maupin, and others. She plays old time fiddle and sings in her band The Puddle Jumpers String Band and is building her business specializing in hand knitwear design and instruction as The Roving Knitter. therovingknitter.com/a>.
Zack Pozebanchuk Once a childhood prodigy, Zack studied extensively at the prestigious Juliard School of Music, graduating first in his class after only 1 year of study. He went on to teach his professors for 3 years before being dismissed for having an affair with the jazz piano teacher which led to a dark phase of despair and drug use. He was rediscovered under a bridge in Orange County, California, taken to a mental hospital and rehabilitated. You can now find Zack living in Louisiana.
Corey Porche Corey Porche has traveled the world bringing Cajun and Creole culture to the masses through his music and his inventive approach to teaching Cajun and zydeco dance. His other life as a couple’s counselor comes through in his open and intuitive teaching style and can get even the most reluctant pupils moving their hips on the dance floor.
Trevor Stuart The Stuart Brothers are world renown for their masterful performances of Appalachian fiddle and banjo duets. Trevor and Travis were born and raised in Bethel , a rural farming community in Haywood County, NC — an area of magical beauty where the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains meet and once the ancient Cherokee settlement of Sonoma. These majestic ranges surrounded the young brothers with the rich musical and cultural environment of Appalachian fiddle tunes, Baptist spirituals, banjo pickers, all night square dance shindigs and poetic tale weavers.www.stuartbrothersmusic.com
Big Paul AKA Bird; Big Bird. Mysterious cooking and rub-board impresario. Full bio coming soon.


2014 Staff

Jesse Lége Jesse Lege defines traditional Louisiana dance hall music. His unmistakeable hard driving style of accordion play and his powerful voice will get even the most staid listener up on the dance floor. Whether he is performing with Bayou Brew or his many friends, Jesse can crank up any old tune to something new and very different than you have ever heard before. www.jesselege.org
Chas Justus Chas Justus, hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, was born to play the guitar. He plays with a confidence and diversity that belies his young age being able to seamlessly switch from any of the numerous blues styles he’s mastered to country jazz and the Southwest Louisiana guitar styles that he has fallen in love with. Not only has his guitar playing been featured on numerous albums to come out of the Louisiana music scene but also his songs have been on quite a few albums, including Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy’s Grammy Nominated Adieu False Heart. His individualistic guitar playing, singing, and songwriting mark Chas Justus as one of the next Southern troubadours with a new song that sounds refreshingly old.
Eric Frey If something needs getting done Eric Frey is your man. The son of a bluegrass bass player, Eric grew up going from jam to jam and festival to festival around his hometown of Clay, Alabama. It was only natural for Eric to play bass and sing which attracted the Red Stick Ramblers to recruit him to Louisiana in 2003. He is not only a versatile bassist (both upright and electric) but also a brilliant lead and part singer and he has been and is becoming well known for his record producing as well as his witty but meaningful songwriting. Oh yeah, he happens to play old-time banjo and loves to research old songs.
Chris Miller Chris Miller grew up in the deep South, but ironically, it wasn’t until he moved to New York City that he turned to roots music and folk as a primary musical focus. A lifelong musician with a foundation in the Jazz tradition, Chris was mentored by the legendary Bunky Green, and went on to receive his Masters from SUNY Purchase. Chris plays a variety of instruments (piano, dobro, banjo, clarinet), but it’s his captivating saxophone style he is known for. Chris has been featured on recordings by major artists including A.C. Newman, Doug Wamble, Mike & Ruthy, the Duhks, The Andrew and Noah Band, and his own Americana project – The Broken Stares. As the newest member of Louisiana roots music supergroup, The Revelers, it’s said that he is the ‘musical glue’ to the Revelers’ unstoppable sound. www.chrismillersax.com
Daniel Coolik A consummate musician’s musician, Daniel Coolik, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, swept into the Lafayette scene in 2009 and quickly added his name to many respectable rosters, loaning his talents to such groups as Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, The Red Stick Ramblers, Les Malfecteurs, and The Yvette Landry Band. Daniel was already an adept multi-instrumentalist in the Asheville, North Carolina scene where he focused on jazz mandolin as well as old time Appalachian traditional music, and has since emerged as a violoniste extraordinaire here in Acadiana. His abilities have taken him all over the globe, including Haiti, Thailand, most countries in Western Europe, and Canada.
Blake Miller Grandson of well known accordion builder Larry Miller, Blake has been surrounded by Cajun music and culture his entire life. Hailing from the small town of Iota Louisiana, Blake, a fluent french speaker and songwriter, managed to acquire a degree in Francophone studies from The University Of Louisiana at Lafayette, and in the mean time founded the popular young Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and became a member of the premiere Louisiana roots band The Red Stick Ramblers. He has also served stints in just about every other cajun/creole band of note including Balfa Toujours ,Les Malfecteurs and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole bringing his strong cultural identity and accomplished musicianship to the world.
Clelia Stefanini

Maybe you haven’t yet heard of Clelia Stefanini, but if you’re at all in touch with the developments in roots music, then you will soon.Clelia is the winner of the 2013 Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival Fiddle Contest. Her fiddling has been described as “Zeus hurling musical thunderbolts from Mt. Olympus,” which only partly describes a musician that, although impactful and powerful, contains a growing subtlety and nuance that betrays her young age and appearance. These days, Old Time music has grown in popularity to such an extent that many hipsters, ex-punk rockers, and “cool kids” have picked up fiddles and banjos and began dabbling in this genre. At this point, it appears Old Time Music has become trendy. Clelia, however, is not following any fad or trend but follows her own path while remaining completely genuine and authentic. Clelia will undoubtedly be known as one of the most distinct and powerful old time fiddlers in the Appalachian tradition. Clelia currently performs all over the world with her father, Rafe Stefanini, who is also a renowned old time fiddler, banjo, banjo player. Both are becoming wonderful singers, as well.
Kevin Wimmer

Kevin Wimmer has been playing fidle since the tender age of three. He performed frequently with Dewey Balfa and learned the essence of the tradition directly from him. Over the years he has performed most notably all over the globe with Preston Frank and the blues and swing inspired Red Stick Ramblers. Kevin is now a full time member of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, bringing a creole flavor exhitibed by his unique fiddle repertoire and his powerful vocals.
Catherine Planet

Catherine Planet shares her time between Québec and Louisiana. Fiddler, songwriter and teacher, she develops and participates in projects on the progression of traditional music in today’s popular culture. Besides, she accompanies several artists, as well as playing her own material, and created the band Rose Vagabond, that mostly mixes Québécois and Cajun repertoire. Catherine is also involved in many explorative music improvisation projects
Kelli Jones-Savoy The “Jolie Blonde” of the bands T’Monde and Feufollet, Kelli Jones-Savoy has been playing fiddle since the age of fifteen and started out playing old time music in North Carolina, where she is from. In 2006 she moved to Lafayette, Louisiana to study dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and learn Cajun fiddle as well. She has been living there since, soaking up the culture and playing with bands such as the Magnolia Sisters, Double Date (with husband Joel Savoy, Linzay Young, and Emma Young), her father Carl Jones, and many local wonderful Louisiana musicians, including members of the Pine Leaf Boys, the Red Stick Ramblers, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and her fellow band mates Drew Simon and Megan Brown. She has also traveled beyond Louisiana to perform and teach at festivals throughout the United States, including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camp, Augusta Heritage Center Cajun & Creole week and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. www.tmondecajunband.com | www.feufollet.net
Kristin Andreassen Kristin has toured three continents as a member of the stringband Uncle Earl, the “folk noir” trio Sometymes Why, the folk/punk outfit Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard, and as a clogger with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. Her solo album Kiss Me Hello includes the song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes” which has charted on radio shows for both kids and grown-ups. She’s worked with superstar producers John Paul Jones, Mark Schatz & Dirk Powell, been a featured guest on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, and is set to release two new albums in summer 2014: Gondolier (for adults) and The Bright Siders (a collection of songs for emotionally intelligent kids). At home in Brooklyn, Kristin hosts a weekly old time jam, calls square dances and organizes community events like the Miles of Music Winter House Camp. She draws inspiration from great camps where she’s been privileged to teach in the past, including the Rockygrass Kids Academy, Mt. Shasta Fiddle Camp, Voiceworks in Port Townsend, WA, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Memphis and the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV. www.kristinandreassen.com
Bob Willoughby Bob started playing as a 5 year old in the mid-1950’s. He spent his evenings learning to accompany his grandfather, an accomplished Old-Time fiddler in rural West Tennessee. By age 10 he had learned to play a handful of stringband instruments by ear including fiddle, guitar and bass. Bob’s unique style on piano and fiddle have taken him around the world to Denmark, Germany, Ireland, England, Scotland, Shetland, Canada, Puerto Rico, and France. Bob also accompanied many fiddling greats, including Johnny Gimble, Buddy Spicher and Kevin Wimmer. He spent years playing for the Fiddle Puppet dancers. Bob is truly a multi-genre musician, comfortable in a tuxedo or overalls, with a repertoire that includes Old-Time, bluegrass, gospel, blues, early country, jazz, swing and cajun. While he is perhaps happiest playing acoustically for late-night dancers in a dimly lit hall, Bob’s versatility shone through while touring with a gospel quartet, playing and singing harmony in a bluegrass band, and rockin’ jazz standards on a grand piano at a 5-star resort hotel music listening room.
David Greely David Greely’s French Louisiana music is opening a new wing in his tradition. David has taken the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to new level of sophistication without losing its urgency and texture. In solo acoustic performance, he sounds like two or three fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it’s someone else singing. Presenting his concerts in English or French, he embraces all the aspects of his heritage that a fiddle and voice can reach- ancient ballads, cane field blues, yearning waltzes and fiery two steps, and melds his ancestral legacy with his own adroit compositions and stories of the rich souls who kept this music and language alive.http://www.davidgreely.com
Matt Sircely Matt Sircely is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and independent journalist living in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains near Port Townsend, Washington. Sircely is best known for his work as a founding member of Hot Club Sandwich, a Django-inspired ensemble in Seattle, and a leading acoustic jazz band in the US for more than a decade. Sircely has performed with many of the his major influences, including David Grisman, David Bromberg, Buell Neidlinger and Danny Barnes.mattsircely.com
Sabra Guzman Before relocating in early 2015 to Lafayette, Louisiana, Sabra Guzmán had been a part of the Virginia Blue Ridge landscape since 2007, where she’d become a fully entrenched member of the burgeoning old-time & country music scene of the Appalachians and beyond. A founding member of the award winning old-time band Old Sledge and Old Buck, Sabra is well known for her solid guitar & bass skills, her unique vocal stylings, and her captivating stage presence. She has been seen at many prestigious venues & festivals – Freight & Salvage, Pickathon, Blackpot, Club Passim, The Los Angeles Old Time Social, The Ark, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots – and received a coveted first place Traditional Old Time band at the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival. Sabra brings a musicianship and her unique approach to all projects, regardless of genre or instrumentation. Currently, in the SW Louisiana area, you can see Sabra performing with her honky tonk band, Sabra & The Get Rights, and her new old-time group, Get Up Rounder, as well as playing upright bass for other local roots bands in Lafayette. sabraguzman.com
Mark Palms As a music educator, Mark Palms has long had a passion for traditional music and finding his role in passing it along. An interest in musical heritage led Mark to found Fruge Records, dedicated to preserving cultural music and ever since his grandfather played and sang old songs he’s pursued performing and songwriting. He founded the string band The Raisin Pickers, Creole du Nord and more recently Alafrique a collaboration between West African and American traditional music.
Miss Tess Miss Tess is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, bassist, and band leader based in Brooklyn, NY. For the last seven years she has toured nationally fronting her own band, called “Miss Tess & The Talkbacks”. Tess grew up in a musical family to the background sounds of swing, blues, folk, 50s rock n roll, and country music – all sounds and stylings that continue to influence her own songwriting and performances. After putting her first band together in Baltimore, she eventually moved to Boston to study jazz vocals and guitar at Berklee College of Music. Even though her stint at Berklee only lasted 3 semesters, she managed to put together a band and win several awards including “Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year” (Boston Music Awards) and “New England Jazz Act of the Year” (New England Music Awards), and was nominated for many more awards in several different categories. She was also a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. She has since been signed to Signature Sounds Recordings record label and continues to play and tour full-time with her band. “Miss Tess is an unabashed reminder that there’s nothing wrong with casting a wide net… Her versatility is a rejoinder to how we expect to put musicians into neat little boxes according to genre.” – The Boston Globe www.misstessmusic.com
Trevor and Travis Stuart The Stuart Brothers are world renown for their masterful performances of Appalachian fiddle and banjo duets. Trevor and Travis were born and raised in Bethel , a rural farming community in Haywood County, NC — an area of magical beauty where the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains meet and once the ancient Cherokee settlement of Sonoma. These majestic ranges surrounded the young brothers with the rich musical and cultural environment of Appalachian fiddle tunes, Baptist spirituals, banjo pickers, all night square dance shindigs and poetic tale weavers.www.stuartbrothersmusic.com
Corey Porche Corey Porche has traveled the world bringing Cajun and Creole culture to the masses through his music and his inventive approach to teaching Cajun and zydeco dance. His other life as a couple’s counselor comes through in his open and intuitive teaching style and can get even the most reluctant pupils moving their hips on the dance floor.
Lucius Fontenot Lucius grew up in the small town of Mamou where daily meals where more likely to be gumbo or sauce piquante than pizza or hot dogs. He learned to cook at his grandmothers knee and at the camp with his uncles and friends. He has been a part of numerous boucheries. One in which was featured on the “Cajun Country” episode of Anthony Bordain’s No Reservations. Bourdain told Lucius, “you make that on Top Chef, you’d win.” Local, seasonal and organic food is what Lucius loves to cook with. Lucius is a co-creator of the local pop up dinner, Pig & Plough Suppers which is a slow foods dinner series celebrating Louisiana’s foodways by promoting chef collaborations that feature foods grown and raised in south Louisiana. He is also one of the co-founders of the Grammy award winning record label, Valcour Records.
Zack Pozebanchuk Once a childhood prodigy, Zack studied extensively at the prestigious Juliard School of Music, graduating first in his class after only 1 year of study. He went on to teach his professors for 3 years before being dismissed for having an affair with the jazz piano teacher which led to a dark phase of despair and drug use. He was rediscovered under a bridge in Orange County, California, taken to a mental hospital and rehabilitated. You can now find Zack living in Louisiana.
Big Paul AKA Bird; Big Bird. Mysterious cooking and rub-board impresario. Full bio coming soon.
Brad Leftwich and Linda Higgingbotham Brad Leftwich is one of the foremost old-time musicians in the United States. He is especially regarded for performing and teaching authentic, traditional-style fiddle and banjo. He resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and musical companion, Linda Higginbotham.www.bradleftwich.net/
Thomas Bryan Eaton Thomas Bryan Eaton was born under a full moon on the first day of Spring; shortly there after, he sat down at a piano for the first time and fell in head over heels. A true lover of music in all its forms, Thomas can play pretty much anything that makes noise, but likes to spend his time wandering around the frets of a guitar and singing songs with nice melodies. www.thomasbryaneaton.com
Emolyn Liden Emolyn Liden is a Brasstown, North Carolina native, raised on a small sheep farm a few miles from the John C. Campbell Folk School, where traditional music, dance and craft were, quite literally, all around. She started clogging, morris and contra/square dancing along with her sister at a young age. Her dancing resume now boasts: present member of the Green Grass Cloggers of Asheville; past member of the Cane Creek Cloggers of Chapel Hill; percussive dance duo performances with renowned, Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval; member of Cape Breton step dance team Twistycuffs; 1st place flatfooting winner at Hoppin’ John Fiddlers Convention and 3rd place winner at Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival. She has learned from and continues the steps of Ira Bernstein, Robert Dotson, Phil Jamison, Rodney Sutton, Thomas Maupin, and others. She plays old time fiddle and sings in her band The Puddle Jumpers String Band and is building her business specializing in hand knitwear design and instruction as The Roving Knitter. therovingknitter.com/emolynknits.blogspot.com.

2013 Staff

Al Berard Ann Savoy Anna Gevalt Big Paul Blake Miller Bruneaux Miller Bryan Kyzar Catherine Planet Chas Justus Chris Miller Clelia Stefanini Chris Segura Corey Porsche Daniel Coolik Eric Frey Emolyn Liden Jesse Lege Jon Bertrand Kelly Pitre Mark Palms Matt Gordon Rick Good Rose Sinclair Rosie Newton Sharon Leahy Toby Rodriguez Tom Mitchell Trevor Stuart Wilson Savoy

2012 Staff

Al Berard – Cajun Fiddle Anna Gevalt – Oldtime Fiddle & Crankies Anna Laura Edmiston – Cajun / French Songs Big Paul – Cajun & Zydeco Percussion Blake Miller – Cajun Accordion & Fiddle Chas Justus – Cajun Guitar Chris Segura – Cooking Christine Balfa – Cajun Songs Clelia Stefanini – Old Time Fiddle Corey Porsche – Dance Daniel Coolik – Ear Training / Theory Eric Frey – Bass & Harmony Singing Elizabeth LaPrelle – Ballads & Crankies Eric Thompson – Roots Guitar Jefferson Hamer – Irish & Bluegrass Guitar Kelli Jones –  Harmony Singing & Cajun Fiddle Kristin Andreassen – Clogging, Oldtime Guitar & Singing Linzay Young – Cajun Cooking Rafe Stefanini – Old Time Fiddle Rick Good – Banjo & Harmony Singing Rose Sinclair – Steel Guitar Rosie Newton – Fiddle Sabra Guzman – Bass Sharon Leahy – Clogging, Singing & Yoga for musicians Suzy Thompson – Blues/Country Fiddle Toby Rodriguez – Cooking Zach Pozebanchuk – Bass