Instructors 2017

  • Mike Compton, Director Mandolin Magazine calls him a player with “a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin…one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere.” Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist; solo, ... more
  • Skip Gorman For over half a century Skip has enjoyed singing, playing and performing an impressive and varied palette of traditional American and Celtic folk music. As an accomplished singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist, Gorman has completed ... more
  • Sharon Gilchrist Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American acoustic music scene. Whether you have seen her playing mandolin, thumpin’ the upright bass, singing a traditional ballad or performing one of her original pieces, ... more
  • Rich DelGrosso Rich is a widely regarded exponent of the music of the African American mandolinist; a writer/editor for Blues Revue magazine for sixteen years and Mandolin Magazine for eleven. He has published four instruction books for ... more
  • Adam Tanner Old-Time Mandolin Track—New for 2016. Adam Tanner grew up in northern California and was exposed to early country music by his older brother who was learning the guitar during the Bluegrass boom of the 1970’s By 13 ... more
  • Lauren Price Lauren Price began playing mandolin around the age of nine, and has devoted most of her time to studying and learning the mandolin style of Bill Monroe. She grew up listening to the old-time, traditional ... more
  • Mark Royal Hailing from Ohio County, Kentucky, birthplace of Bill Monroe, Mark stays true to his roots as an avid follower of the Bill Monroe mandolin performance style. A fixture on the western Kentucky regional bluegrass scene, ... more


  • Alan O’Bryant Alan O’Bryant (aka OBanyon) is best known as a singer, songwriter and banjo player with The Nashville Bluegrass Band. Originally from Reidsville, NC his career in Nashville spans some forty-plus years of recording, producing, ... more

New for 2017 Fiddle Track!

  • Glen Duncan (in his own words) I was born May 26, 1955 in Columbus, Indiana. My parents were Carlton and Carol Duncan. My Dad was in the Army when I was born and my mother and I ... more
  • Buddy Spicher Buddy Spicher was born July 28, 1928 in DuBois, PA. He is the fiddler heard on all the great albums of the last 30 years and is one of the preeminent fiddle players of our ... more

Rhythm Hoss & Jam Boss

  • Raymond Huffmaster A guitar rhythm hoss who played with the Osborne Brothers, Raymond Huffmaster also was friends with Monroe, Baker and the Blue Grass Boys. A man with a heart the size of the sun, Raymond will ... more
  • Mississippi Chris Sharp Singer/Songwriter and Silver Wolf Records recording artist, Mississippi Chris Sharp was born under the influence and musical heritage of Jimmie Rodgers in Meridian, Mississippi—their shared home town. He was an original cast member and technical/post-production ... more


  • Paul Duff After building his first mandolin in 1982, Paul became fascinated with the array and diversity of skills, many from a bygone era, required to successfully build a mandolin. In the almost three decades since, he ... more
  • Will Kimble After studying music and playing guitar for years, Will Kimble rediscovered bluegrass music in his late twenties and began playing a mandolin his father Fred had built. A move to North Carolina where his dad ... more
  • Tom Ellis Tom Ellis grew up near Houston and enjoyed woodworking in his teens—mostly building surfboards. He built his first mandolin in the summer of 1972, and after graduating from college with a degree in photography in ... more

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