David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly's Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, and Australia. He has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency”. David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, compliments Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today.
Originally from Corvallis Oregon, Rebecca began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovering Scottish fiddle music only a few years later. Rebecca has been the recipient of many fiddle awards throughout her career, the most presitigous being in 2009, when she won the invitation only 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. In 2014, Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in Music and Sociocultural Anthropology. She was also awarded the 2013-2014 Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize for outstanding instrumental music performance. In addition to performing, Rebecca is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Shelley Phillips has a Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She plays and tours with The Anjali Quartet and The Coulter/Phillips Ensemble, performs as a duo with her husband, Barry Phillips, sings Shape Note music, and has collaborated with Rumi translator and poet Coleman Barks making two albums of poetry and music. Shelley has appeared on more than 20 albums on the Gourd music label, including her solo albums The Fairie Round, Pavane, The Butterfly, and The Wood Between the Worlds, as well as a duet album with Barry called Wondrous Love. She also has recorded music of the Shakers and produced a benefit album, Verdant Groves, for the Shaker village museums. In addition she teaches at several other summer programs, including founding the Boxwood Flute Festival's children's, teens' and seniors' programs in Nova Scotia and teaching music related crafts at various primitive skills gatherings in the west. Shelley also works as a music director within the Episcopalian church and is the founder and executive director of Community Music School of Santa Cruz, where she runs Celtic Camps for children, teens and adults, concerts, workshops, and other programs. She lives on the foggy California coast with her husband and her very spoiled cat.
John Weed - irish fiddle and Cello
John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 20 years ago. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He attended the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he has studied with Ciaran O'Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin.
Stuart Mason - guitar and mandola
Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 40 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association. He leads workshops and classes in traditional music techniques at music festivals and camps.
Rachel Anne Goodman was bit by the folk bug growing up in Canyon, California surrounded by the burgeoning music scene of Berkeley and environs. Singing was always her passion. When she “grew up” she hosted folk/bluegrass radio shows on public radio stations around the U.S. She is a Peabody award-winning radio producer. Rachel sings and plays Celtic and folk music on guitar and mandolin with her husband, Steve Coulter, and plays in a couple of local bands, “Boss Tim and the Laylows” and “The ‘Dooners”. She has taught singing workshops at our camp in Boulder Creek, CA and Lark in the Morning and will be teaching at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. For her “day job” she teaches journalism at Cabrillo College in Aptos.
Additional Instructors for 2019: Tom Padula – voice Ariel Young – yoga Bob McMurtry – Scottish dancing