Meghan Bryant (Beginning Fiddle) from Floyd County, Kentucky made her first appearance on the CCMMS stage with her teacher Jamie Wells at age eight. She continued to study with Jamie at the Mountain Arts Center and later with Jesse Wells as CCMMS’s first Charlie Whitaker Memorial Apprentice. Megan is currently a freshman majoring in traditional music performance at Morehead State University. She has served as a teaching assistant at CCMMS several years and to complete the circle, she is mentoring the 2018-2019 Charlie Whitaker Memorial apprentice, Lilly Smith.
Megan Gregory (Advanced Beginner 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 Marshall (Early Intermediate 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.
John Harrod (Intermediate Fiddle: Cross Tuning) 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. June Appal Records recently released his first solo recording Johnny Come Along. John has taught at Cowan since its founding and has also taught at Augusta and the Festival of America Fiddle Tunes.
Tatiana Hargreaves (Advanced Fiddle) is a dynamic young fiddler who performs both old time and bluegrass music. She has toured with artists such as Bruce Molsky, Gillian Welch and Darol Anger at venues including SXSW and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. Tatiana completed a BA in ethnomusicology from Hampshire College in 2017 and now teaches bluegrass fiddle at UNC- Chapel Hill. She currently tours with banjoist Allison de Groot and will be releasing their first full-length album in 2019.
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. They have 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.