Megan Gregory (Beginning Fiddle) was raised in Alabama and now makes her home in Carter County, Kentucky. She started learning fiddle at age 4 using the Suzuki method and began her college career studying classical music. After encountering bluegrass and Mark O’Connor’s fiddle camp, she transferred to East Tennessee State University, enrolled in their bluegrass, old time and country music program and graduated with a major in American folk music. Megan performs an eclectic mix of old time, jazz and bluegrass with her family band Whistle & Fish. She is now on faculty at Morehead State University’s Center for Traditional Music where she teaches fiddle and harmony singing.
Erynn Marshalll (Advanced Beginner 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. This 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.
Linda Jean Stokley (Early Intermediate Fiddle) is a native of Woodford County, Kentucky and is a versatile multi-instrumentalist. She is a recent graduate of Morehead State University, where she earned both a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Traditional Music. After graduating she was awarded a Kentucky Folklife apprenticeship with master fiddler, Jesse Wells. She has worked in the archives at the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music and drawn much of her repertoire from regional fiddle and banjo players. She performs regularly with Morehead-based group, The Local Honeys.
John Harrod (Kentucky’s African-American Fiddlers) 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.
Barbara Kuhns (Intermediate Fiddle) from Medway, Ohio began playing fiddle as a teen, inspired by the Hotmud Family and Van Kidwell. She began going to festivals in Kentucky including the Fraley Family Mountain Music Festival where she was very taken with the music of J.P. Fraley and later was awarded a Kentucky Folklife apprenticeship with him. Barb and her husband, guitarist Doug Smith, perform with the Corndrinkers and can be heard on a self-titled album and The Corndrinkers Still on County Records. Since 2001, she has directed the Fraley Festival of Traditional Music held every fall at Carter Caves State Park.
Jimmy McCown (Advanced Fiddle) is from Pond Creek in Pike County, Kentucky a musical neighborhood that included Paul Smith, Burt Hatfield and Owen ‘Snake’ Chapman. Together with his wife Ada, Jimmy has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Renfro Valley and the Carter Family Fold. Jimmy has recorded several old time CDs including Banjo the Old Time Way and From These Mountains. Jimmy has taught workshops at the Harrietville Bluegrass and Traditional Music Convention in Australia and Banjo Camp North in Massachusetts.