Andy Reiner, an award-winning fiddler, composer and educator, began playing at age five with the Reiner Family Band. He has since developed his own style featuring creative, rhythmic melodies, and thoughtful fusing of world styles. Earning a BM in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Andy into a flurry of touring and teaching around the globe - including Heavy Metal with Devil in the Kitchen, Folk/Hip-Hop with FiddleFoxx, Swedish/Appalachian with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Electronic/Celtic with Firecloud, and Bluegrass with The Earth Stringband, which toured Southeast Asia on the 2011 American Music Abroad tour for the US Department of State. Andy currently tours both as a solo artist and with groups Half Pelican (featured in the soundtrack to the Netflix series, "Godless"), Darol Anger and the Furies, and Whitewater Ramble.
Andy’s compositions for string orchestra have been performed by the Berklee World Strings at the Kennedy Center, the Berklee Performance Center, and national ASTA conventions. Two of his original pieces have been published by national music publishers - "Loonacy" on Wingert-Jones and "Blue Sky Basin" on Grand Mesa Music. His tune "The Dissent" was the 2017 winner of the NeASTA Fiddle Tune Contest. Andy teaches students and leads teacher trainings in fiddle styles, improvisation, composition and rhythm fiddling at universities, public schools, privately, and at music camps across the US.
Many of Andy's string orchestra works, fiddle tunes and songs are influenced by mountains and nature. Also known as the "Skiing Fiddler," Andy skis every month of the year and has skied while playing the fiddle top to bottom on double black diamond runs at Silverton, CO and Mt. Baker, WA. He plays his fiddle on 14,000' mountain summits with his fiancée and musical partner, cellist Dr. Joy Adams, of Half Pelican.
Jerry Bryant - Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Sea Shanty Master
Jerry brings to Rustic Roots an enthusiasm for making music the old fashioned way: free of amplifiers, stages, and formalities. A nationally-known scholar of traditional sailor songs, Jerry’s repertoire of chanteys, drinking songs, and bawdy verse is deep. He has also explored the roots of American, English and Irish balladry, and brought back gems that are still hair-raisingly alive hundreds of years after they were created. Jerry loves signing ancient songs around campfires – a perfect match for this camp.
A surprising variety of instruments have made their way into the orbit of the songs Jerry sings. For this year’s Rustic Roots he’ll share his skill on guitar and uke (though we expect him to also pack his concertina, banjo, bones and whatever else he can fit in the car).
Jerry has brought the power of traditional music to audiences all across the continent. He’s been a mainstay of the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival since 1984, and has sung performed from California to Maine. He was on the faculty of the Meadowlark Music Camp for 14 years, and has released several recordings. A songwriter, too, he follows the tradition for inspiration, creating future folk songs.
Raised on a small farm in Spokane, Washington, Joy Adams began playing the cello at age 15 and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Despite a string of classical adventures that included winning Musicfest Northwest, attending the Aspen Music Festival, soloing with the Spokane Symphony, and touring with the Selden String Quartet, Joy ultimately returned to her roots, joining an old-time band, the Windsor Folk Family, during her last year at Eastman. Recipient of a Mancini Fellowship at the Frost School of Music (where she also taught bluegrass songwriting, contemporary improvisation, and led the Frost Fiddle Band), Joy completed her Doctorate in 2016. She teaches for the American Music System and Denver School of the Arts, and has been on the faculty of fiddle camps in Boston, Charleston, Maine, Connecticut, NYC, Idaho, Colorado, and continues to present workshops around the country. She has made over a dozen concerto appearances with orchestra and has shared the stage with major artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin, Chic Corea, and Gloria Estefan. Recent highlights include releasing Trifecta, a CD of Indian fusion music, publishing Fiddle Club Favorites for the cello, presenting at the 2017 APME conference, becoming a Codabow ambassador, touring the Southwest with fiddle-cello duo Half Pelican, and performing throughout the country with Darol Anger and the Furies. She maintains a busy career as a session musician, and you can hear her all over the soundtrack of the recent Netflix showGodless. In her spare time, Joy enjoys eating pie and climbing on things.
Rustic Roots teaching artists are inspiring players, educators, jam leaders and chefs. Some workshops are instrument specific but many include mixed instruments or even just voices and are geared towards jamming strategies/repertoire and musical goals.
Hazel Ketchum - Guitar, Voice,
Songwriting, (The Hungry Monks)
Salty Dick - Dirty Songs
Richard “Salty Dick” Docker is a professor of ethnomusicology at Harpswell Community College in Cundy's Harbor, Maine. He has studied and performed traditional sailor music and dirty songs for decades, and has crewed on sailing vessels. He has a P.H.D in scatology from Pudendia University. He sings and plays concertina, banjo, and button accordion. His recording “Uncensored Sailor Songs” has earned him fans across the planet.
John Holenko - Guitar, Mandolin,
Songwriting, Grateful Dead Songs,
Multi-instrumentalist John Holenko has been playing and performing music all his life. From Traditional Folk to Classical to Rock, John has performed on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, and historic Medieval and Renaissance instruments, both as a soloist and ensemble player. While receiving degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from The New England Conservatory and University of Southern California, John also played and studied Renaissance music, and later, Medieval music. John performed and recorded with the Medieval ensemble Sonus. John has played with The Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Spoleto Orchestra. His own group, The Hungry Monks, performs original and traditional music, both acoustic and electric. He is also a member of the group Porto Seguro, playing Brazilian chorus and bossa nova.
John runs Hungry Monk Music, a music teaching studio with over 10 teachers, in Charleston, SC. He is also active in the American Music Systems, residencies through the South Carolina Arts Commission, Charlotte Children’s Theatre in Charlotte, NC, and at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center in Ohio, where he has also been Artist-in Residence. John has made a number of recordings including a solo guitar recording, three Hungry Monks recordings, and guest appearances on several other artists recordings. Mr. Holenko has published several editions with Mel Bay Publications.
Hazel Ketchum began her performing and song writing career as a drummer in country bands at age 14. After performing throughout Northern California and Las Vegas, NV Hazel started music school to study classical guitar, lute, voice and composition. Since receiving her Masters in Music from the University of Southern California in 1989 she has had a lively career giving classical concerts, playing with the Medieval ensemble Sonus and lute duo Rossignol. Currently, Hazel performs with her band the Hungry Monks and they have 3 CDs featuring her original songs. Hazel also performs with Irish fiddler Tom Morley in their “band of two” Banna de dhá. Hazel continues to play percussion and drum set with the blues trio The Harrows and lute with the Baroque trio Corde Cantanti. Hazel’s music is also the focus of two children’s CDs “Big as the World” and “Say Darlin’ Say”. In 2012 Hazel premiered her first commissioned work “Heloise and Abelard – a masque” for Counter Tenor, Alto and instrumental ensemble.
Hazel is in demand as a music teacher and directs music studies for the Cooper School, Oak Grove Montessori and Hungry Monk Music. In the summers Hazel teaches with her husband John Holenko for the American Music Camps that have been held at the Berkley School of Music in Boston, Charleston, SC, South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA and Portland, Maine. You can also find Hazel teaching music at Green River Preserve in North Carolina where she her musical performances and classes combine with outdoor experiences. Hazel has been part of the very successful collaboration with naturalist, educator and musican Ian Sanchez. Their project Science Songs Rock has produced one CD and engages children in musical science projects in schools through out the South East. Hazel lives in Charleston with her family and together they run Hungry Monk Music where students of all ages come to play music, dance and sing.
2018 Teaching Artists: Andy Reiner, Joy Adams, Natalie Padilla, John Holenko, Jerry Bryant, and Hazel Ketchum (Weekend Only)
Natalie Padilla - Fiddle, Voice
Born into a family of acclaimed roots musicians, Natalie Padilla was immersed in fiddle and violin music at a very young age. She has grown into a musician of astounding depth and breadth, as well as a performer and educator fluent in a wide variety of genres.
Building on her Old-Time roots and her rich background in classical music, Natalie has devoted herself to creative roots music in recent years. In 2015 she founded the original new acoustic band Masontown, composing and singing for the group, as well as playing fiddle and clawhammer banjo. May 2017, she released her debut solo album, "Paths and Places," produced by mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, with an all star lineup of musicians, including Darol Anger.
Natalie is currently the fiddle professor at the University of Northern Colorado's new Folk and Bluegrass program and teaches at fiddle camps across the country. Along with eduction and performing, exercise, outdoor fun, good food, friends and shared music make up Natalie’s rich life (she’s a very lucky lady).