Erynn Marshall (Beginning Fiddle) has played fiddle for over 35 years. She holds a MA in ethnomusicology and beginning in 1998 conducted fieldwork with elder musicians in West Virginia and Kentucky which led to a book and field recording Music in the Air Somewhere (West Virginia University Press). A native of Canada, Erynn now makes Galax her home and with her husband Carl Jones recently released the CD Sweet Memories Never Leave. Erynn has also taught at Sore Fingers (UK), Augusta, Blue Ridge Music Week and the American Festival of Fiddle Tunes and has produced an instructional DVD.
John Harrod (Early Intermediate Fiddle) of Shelby County, Kentucky first learned old time music from Darley Fulks, Bill Livers, Asa Martin and Lily May Ledford. In the 1980’s he produced a large and influential body of field recordings of musicians around central and northeast Kentucky. These can be heard on Rounder’s Fiddle Music of Kentucky (2 volumes) and Along the Ohio’s Shores. John performs with the band Kentucky Wild Horse and can be heard on their CD Spirits of the Lonesome Hills. He has taught at Cowan for 10 years and has also taught at Augusta and the Festival of America Fiddle Tunes.
Don Rogers (Intermediate Fiddle) has deep roots in Kentucky old time music. His grandfather and great uncles recorded on the Gennet label in the 1930s as the Kentucky String Ticklers. His father, Donnie, plays guitar with the Kentucky Clodhoppers. Don is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and singer who performs at regional festivals with Kentucky Wild Horse, with young traditional musician Jeri Katherine Howell, and with the Green Genes, rock band. Don is also a songwriter whose work can be heard on Spirits of the Lonesome Hills.
Jamie Wells (Advanced Fiddle) is an influential fiddler from Johnson County, Kentucky. He performed for 15 years with the Bottom of the Barrel Bunch and later with the Trough Sloppers. He has performed widely at regional festivals including the Kentucky Folklife Festival, Morehead Fiddler’s Convention and the Celebration of Traditional Music. Jamie’s fiddling and original tunes can be heard on the Trough Sloppers’ CD Turnip Town. He has mentored a new generation of mountain fiddlers through teaching at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, Augusta and Hindman Settlement School’s Family Folk Week.
Jesse Wells (Advanced Fiddle) from Johnson County, Kentucky first learned fiddle from his father Jamie. He graduated with a degree in guitar performance from Morehead State University and now serves as education coordinator for MSU’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. Jesse is a versatile multi-instrumentalist who has played in a number of old time, bluegrass and rock bands; currently he plays with the Clack Mountain Stringband and Kentucky Wild Horse. He also hosts a Sunday afternoon program of old time and bluegrass music on WMKY 90.3 FM.