Garry has been flatpicking the guitar for most of his life. In his teens he heard Doc Watson and was hooked. He’s won the Western Canada Flat-picking Championship title three times. He is a founding member of 5 on a String, a Vancouver area bluegrass band that has been together for over 25 years. With the band he has played festivals throughout the Pacific northwest, playing guitar, as well as singing baritone vocals and the occasional lead. Garry has been leading workshops, mainly guitar but also mandolin, almost as long as he’s been in the band. He’s been playing mandolin for about 15 years and has recently been working on his bass chops.
Anne Louise Genest, who often performs under the stage
name Annie Lou, is an artist who walks with the spirit of an old storyteller, creating folk songs steeped in the flavours of oldtime, mountain, and traditional country and bluegrass music. She has spent years chronicling the rural lifepaths of Canada, writing songs to tell the tales of the hard-hit, hard-won victories of these everymen and women.
Genest writes songs that have a way of breaking the heart, and in the same breath puts it back together again. Beautifully creative songs and tunes range from rousing and boisterous to gentle and poignant, and map a homescape of hard-drinking grandmas, rural dancehalls, blue collar fashions, small towns, big cities. All delivered with a vocal warmth evocative of the sweet tones of Kate and Anna McGarrigle blended with the raw emotion of Hazel Dickens.
A Juno and multiple WCMA nominee, Genest is also committed to sharing the joy of music through teaching in both individual and group settings. She has taught at Nimblefingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Workshop, the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp, Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop, and at the Big Swig Banjo Camp, and has a private teaching practise at her home in Parksville, BC.
Gordie has been playing Scruggs style banjo since 1970 and in 1989 became a founding member of B.C.’s longest running bluegrass band “5 on a String”. He has led banjo workshops at many of the regional bluegrass festivals in B.C. and has been an instructor at the “Cabin Fever Bluegrass Workshop” and the “Gavin Lake Fiddle Treat”.
Closer to home, Gord hosts the BAMA Bluegrass Circle, every 2nd and 4th Thursday at the Bergthorson Academy of Music in Pitt Meadows B.C. as well as teaching the 5 string at home and on Skype. Gordie’s teaching method focuses on recognizing the essential building blocks that are necessary for the enjoyment of making music with other musicians.
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Keith Yoder has been teaching full-time since 1994 on guitar,
banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and resophonic guitar. In addition to private and group lessons he also teaches via the internet.
Keith has taught at the following music camps:
108 Cabin Fever Bluegrass Workshop Nimblefingers
Keith Yoder’s Bluegrass Jam Camp Walker Creek Music Camp – CA
Merlefest Jam Camp – NC Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp – TN
Colorado Roots Music Camp Acoustic Music Camp – TX
Swan Valley Jam Camp – ID Strawberry Jam Camp – IA
Riverfolk Jam Camp – MI SEMBA Jam Camp – MN
Kalona Jam Camp – IA Great Northern Bluegrass Jam Camp - IL
Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy – TN
Keith specializes in getting everyone involved learning in an interactive way regardless of their skill level. Students should expect to play a lot and have a great time learning how to apply new skills on the spot.
In addition to teaching, Keith has been performing over 35 years at numerous festivals and events across the U.S. and Canada.
Anne Louise Genest
Penny Malmberg is a story telling, singing, songwriting people
person with a contagious zest for life. She grew up in the eastern
townships of Quebec and moved to Alberta in 1979. While she
started playing guitar at the age of 13, it wasn’t until her early 40’s
and her kids were grown that she dusted off her guitar and started
writing songs. She and her husband Jim formed the string band
Back Porch Swing in 2003 and have spent the last 14 years touring western Canada playing bluegrass, swing, folk, and songs they penned in a style of their own they call “Cowjazz”. When not busy writing songs, singing lead and harmony parts, playing rhythm guitar, fronting the band, and being head fashionista, you just might run into her at your local thrift store while she’s out on the road.
Kathleen Nisbet is a fiddle player and singer from Vancouver, BC Canada. Classically trained at the Vancouver Academy of Music, She returned to her métis roots, pursuing more traditional fiddle music. Since then she has worked with artists in a variety of genres. A collaborator and regular accompanist with Compaigni v'ni dansi Metis traditional dance, she also has composed music for independant modern dance. Recent Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol with Pacific Theatre and Salmon Row with Mortal Coil.
Kathleen is an active member of Vancouver's thriving bluegrass and folk scene, performing and touring regularly with her band Viper Central with whom she has recorded three albums. She has toured with Vancouver bands, The Fugitives and CR Avery and has made guest appearances with Hedley, Fred Eaglesmith, The Belle Game, and The Vicious Cycles to name a few. She works regularly as a studio musician and has numerous studio recording credits. She is a teacher at Saint James Music Academy where downtown eastside kids are provided free music lessons.
Growing up in southern Alberta, Jim was raised on a wide variety of music. His mother favoured classical music while his father enjoyed the stylings of The Sons of The Pioneers. It wasn’t until he heard Doc Watson while in medical school that he became passionate about music; doctor by day and musician by night. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Jim has focussed on guitar and mandolin playing bluegrass, old-time music, and early 20th century swing. Since 2003, he and his wife and musical partner Penny have led the string band Back Porch Swing playing extensively around western Canada. Jim has taught music camps for the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society at Camp HeHoHa, and for the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp in Saskatchewan. He has also presented workshops at Blueberry Bluegrass, Shady Grove Bluegrass, Peace Country Bluegrass, and Robson Valley Music Festivals.
Steve Roy is a multi-instrumentalist fron Eliot, Maine.
Most well known as an upright bass player, he also teaches
and plays mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and ukulele. As an upright
bass player, he has toured internationally with a myriad of bluegrass' top acts, including Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Molly Tuttle Band, Joe K. Walsh Band, Matt Flinner Trio, Hit and Run Bluegrass, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Joy Kills Sorrow, John Reischman, Darol Anger, and many others. Steve performs locally around New England as the front man of the avant-garde jazz group Jazzputin and the Jug Skunks, and also performs regularly with Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, David Surette, and many others. Steve is a faculty member at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine and also at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in Portsmouth, NH, teaching bass, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, ukulele and ensembles. Steve has taught at many music camps throughout the USA and Canada, including Nimblefingers Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Workshop (BC), Kaufman Kamp (TN), Camp He Ho Ha (AB), The Woodshed (YT), and many others. Steve is also an archaeologist with field experience in New England and Central America.
Tracy Lynn is a Vancouver Island born singer, songwriter,
performer and music instructor. She began her career singing,
guitar playing, songwriting and her first recording by 9 years
old. As a performer Tracy has worked in various groups and
duos for more than 4 decades. She has developed a fondness
for the intimate performance settings of ‘House Concerts’.
“...I love getting to know people, taking time to hear their stories
and to spend time at their kitchen tables jamming and talking music!” Returning to her Island home in May 2015, Tracy opened a small studio. The idea was to have a location to rehearse and manage her music career as well as a venue to teach from. Within 6 months registration had climbed to 57 students and suddenly SOUND WAVES LESSON STUDIO was established. Tracy offers beginner guitar, jam vocal and performance classes. Her studio is unique in that students have the opportunity to build their own classes. “...music is something that continually increases my life. It provides me such rich experiences with people and helps me process bits of life that are sometimes hard to digest. I want to be a part of a movement that connects people to making music. I want people to reap the benefits music can bring to their
In March 2015 Tracy released THE YOUNG OLD WOMAN cd. This is a fun cd written from the perspective of a 50 something year old woman. With the outstanding musicianship, co-producing, engineering and collaboration of likes of Keith Yoder and Ivan Rosenberg the songs bring to life the humor and challenges of ‘this age’. Kathy
Kallick says: “You have a voice that moves fluidly between that classic country "tear in every word" sound, to a raspy , soulful honky-tonk, and when you sing a gospel song, your voice is sweet and heartfelt. The country songs in the "he done me wrong" vein are so sassy! It's quite a range!” Currently, Tracy is working on a gospel CD at Dove Creek Studios on Vancouver Island. This new project includes Jeff Drummond, Paul Keim, Corwin Fox, Trent Freeman and John Hyde.
I am very excited to be participating as an instructor at the Mountain Fever Bluerass Camp! I see this as a huge opportunity to get to know folks, develop relationships and support students in refining and fine tuning their skills! I love to jam...so be sure to rest up! I see the classes as the learning place and the jams the place to put it in play! I
invite students in my class to send me a note of what you’re hoping to get out of the class and what you’d like me to bring! ~ Tracy
Ivonne Hernandez has mastered Canada’s traditional fiddle music. She embodies the country’s 21st century multiculturalism, and her music reflects the new century’s marriage of cultural influences. A sought after teacher and performer, Ivonne has taught workshops and performed at festivals across the world. A 4 time Grand North American Fiddle Champion, 3 time Canadian Folk Music Award winner and 2 time Western Canadian Music Award winner and Berklee College of Music Honours Graduate, this young fiddler transforms her folk music roots into an exciting and dynamic new form and is an unforgettable performer and teacher.
We had the most amazing leaders for Mountain Fever Bluegrass Camp!