Music School Tutor Bio's

Ashlee Watkins

Ashlee WatkinsASHLEE WATKINS is a singer, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist originally from Newcastle, NSW. She has performed in Australia and the US as a member of the NC-based string band the Haywood Billy Goats and also with her band the New Macedon Rangers. Described by fiddler Bob Herring as having “it”, her powerfully unadorned vocals possess a timeless quality that evokes an uncommon emotional poignance.


Andrew Small

Andrew SmallNorth Carolina native ANDREW SMALL holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University and has toured internationally with artists such as Sierra Hull, Mandolin Orange, Chris Henry, and the North Carolina Symphony. A tasteful and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Andrew has been awarded prizes in old-time fiddle from the Galax and Mt Airy Fiddlers’ Conventions and he is the reigning Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Champion. He has performed in Australia with his bands One Up, Two Down, the Haywood Billy Goats, and the New Macedon Rangers.


Mac Traynham

shaymac banjoMAC TRAYNHAM is dedicated to playing Old Time (OT) music in the style of the 'older generation', many of whom he knew in the Blue Ridge Mountains when he was beginning to play. Playing for native flatfoot dancers and listeners was and still is important to him. In honor of that generation he is dedicated to passing on to others how to play OT 'mountain style' Music.

He has been teaching at old-time music camps since the mid 1990's including Augusta Heritage Workshops, Mars Hill Blue Ridge OT week and the Swanannoa Gathering. He has done workshops at festivals in the USA, UK and Denmark, mostly in Clawhammer banjo for which he is best known. He has also done workshops in OT fiddle, harmony singing, guitar and harmonica. He is an avid collector of songs from the Golden Era of Country Music (before WW2) as well as tunes and songs of his home region near Floyd, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Southwest region. For the past 5 years, he has been an instructor of children who participate in Floyd JAM’s after-school program (Junior Appalachian Musicians). In addition, he has conducted workshops at his home in groups and individually for many years. When not teaching, he is a furniture and banjo maker as well as a performer of OT music.

Shay Garriock

shaymac fiddleSHAY GARRIOCK is a Virginia native and has spent over 30 years studying and striving to emulate “old timers” from Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. His true love of regional styles is from the Blue Ridge of Southwest Virginia where he has lived nearly half his life, and where he was fortunate enough to have visited and learned from a few old timers in the area during the 80’s and 90’s. Most notable of his direct influences was fiddler Hick Edmonds (1913-2008) from Smyth County, Virginia.

Shay has become a respected old time fiddler in Southwest Virginia and has won numerous awards; most notably in 1998 he won First Place at the Appalachian Stringband Festival. He has taught and performed at workshops for the Augusta Heritage Center summer and fall classes, Mars Hill Old Time Week, Suwannee Old Time Music Weekend, The Swannanoa Gathering, the MOTBA festival in St. Paul, MN, and Hoppin John Fiddler's Convention. Shay currently owns and operates a violin shop in Pittsboro, NC where he makes and repairs violins.

Foghorn Stringband

Foghorn stringband croppedFOGHORN STRINGBAND is comprised of four master performers and historians who represent the present day gold standard for the real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music. Each member exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures. They continually and obsessively draw from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy and virtuosity.

The band members are: Stephen "Sammy" Lind – fiddle (and banjo), Caleb Klauder – mandolin, Nadine Landry - rhythm guitar and Reeb Willms - harmony singing.

The FOGHORN STRINGBAND has taught several times at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA, The Sorrento Bluegrass Workshop, Ashokan Southern Week in New York, CBA Camp in Grass Valley, California, MBOTMA festival camp in Minnesota, Old Town School of Folk Music workshops in Chicago, Northern Lights Music Camp in Saskatchewan, Northern Bluegrass Circle Music in Alberta and many more.

Jeremy Marcotte

Jeremy marcotte fiddleJEREMY MARCOTTE has quite a passion for the old time music styles of North Carolina (NC) and Virginia. He started on the clawhammer banjo and then picked up fiddle shortly thereafter. He has taught lessons on the banjo and fiddle to students of all ages getting much experience teaching group lessons and individuals through the Chatham county Junior Appalachian Musicians program in Pittsboro, NC. He enjoys passing down tunes he has learned from local and regional musicians in the hope that they will live on as more people learn them. Students can look forward to learning regional styles of banjo playing in clawhammer and fingerstyle including round peak, Charlie poole, and Piedmont North Carolina fingerpicking. He can also teach old time fiddle playing and tunes from North Carolina and Virginia focusing on the round peak region of North Carolina from the likes of Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham.

Music School Prices

  • 3 days - $300

  • 2 days - $210

  • 1 day - $120

  • Foghorn Stringband Workshop only - $60

Bookings must be accompanied by payment.
Morning & Afternoon Tea Supplied. Inexpensive camping available at Dorrigo Showgrounds Festival Site.

Further enquiries: Bridget Rees
0428 415 078
or contact us HERE.

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