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Jim Page

Jim Page was named by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine as "One Of The 50 Most Influential Musicians In Seattle History." Having recorded 21 albums over the course of a 40-plus year career and written a mountain of songs Page is a force to be reckoned with. Originally a California native Jim Page has called Seattle and thePacific Northwest "home" since 1971. His songs have been covered by The Doobie Brothers, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, Michael Hedges, and Roy Bailey. He has toured in 13 countries including the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, most of northern Europe, and Taiwan. Renowned lyricist Robert Hunter says, "If Jim Page ain't the bastard son of Woody Guthrie I'm T-Bone Walker," and Bonnie Raitt says, "I'm a longtime admirer." The late Utah Phillips said it best: "If you\xe2\x80\x99re ever going to get the message, this is the messenger to get it from."

Steve Palazzo

Steve Palazzo's rich amalgam of traditional bluegrass, blues and old-time country music, along with an enormous repertoire speak to a lifetime immersed in playing, building and teaching acoustic guitar. His mastery of American Roots guitar styles and heartfelt vocals always make for a compelling performance.

A highly sought after teacher, Steve has taught at numerous music camps across the country while simultaneously cultivating and maintaining a prodigiously successful private teaching practice since the late 1980's.

Eddie Pennington

Eddie Pennington has been an instructor at PSGW many times since 1989. His style of playing is the Western KY Thumbpicking style popularized by the late Merle Travis, and later incorporated by such greats as Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Pennington was raised near the same area in Western KY as Travis, and was able to often visit Mose Rager the man that Travis credits most for helping him learn to play.

Eddie Pennington, a licensed funeral director/embalmer and the Caldwell County Coroner, has been involved in the folk and traditional music world since 1992. In 1986 & 1987 Eddie won the National Thumbpicking Contest in Mt. View, Arkansas, and helped establish the International Thumbpicking Contest called The Home of the Legengs thumbpicking contest in Muhlenberg County, KY. He has played many National folk festivals. Other appearances have been: the Smithsonian Institution's American folklife festival in Washington DC., the 1996 Olympics, in Atlanta GA, and the NPR radio series Folkmasters & American Routes. He was part of the tour Masters of the steel string guitar in 1999, and 2000. He has been to France playing his style of music. Not only has he taught at PSGW, but also at Augusta Heritage and SAMW music camps. He is scheduled to play at the Kennedy center in Washington DC in April 2002. In 2001 he was awarded the first traditional artist award in the KY Governor's Award in the Arts. In Sept of 2001 he was awarded the nations highest award in the traditional arts, The National Heritage Fellowship Award, by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC, and joins the ranks of such trditional artists as Doc Watson, BB King, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Wayne Henderson, and John Cephas. Eddie often performs with his son Alonzo and daughter Rosebud at festivals and universities. He can be reached for bookings at or 270-365-5152.

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Ken Perlman

Ken Perlman may be best known as a banjo-picker, but he is also a world-class fingerstyle guitarist and guitar teacher. He is adept at old-time blues, ragtime and just plain folk, but his specialty is Celtic and Southern U.S. fiddle tunes arranged for fingerpicking. These tunes are played with a sparkling attack and active bass line, which gives them a sound that has been described as being reminiscent of Renaissance- and Baroque-era lute music. He has written several guitar instruction books, including "Fingerstyle Guitar," "Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar," and "Fingerpicking Fiddle Tunes." He also writes guitar instructional columns for periodicals such as "Acoustic Guitar" and "Sing Out!" For more info go to

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Ron Peters

Veteran Seattle guitarist Ron Peters has played professionally for many years appearing on the stage and recording with many acts including: The Manhattan Transfer, Jennifer Scott, Lance Buller, Stephanie Porter, The Northwest Sinfonietta, Pearl Django, Sylvia Herold and Katy Bourne, to name just a few. Ron is also a founding member of the eclectic Seattle jazz ensemble Touché. When not performing he teaches privately and at music camps and workshops in the US and Canada. Ron has taught at PSGW since 1995.

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Janet Peterson

Janet lives in Bellingham, Washington, and is a sign language interpreter for the deaf and deaf/blind. She is a member of the band Motherlode, and she is one of the year-round Coordinators for PSGW.

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Faith Petric

Faith was born on September 13, 1915 in a log cabin on a homestead near Orofino, Idaho. Real pioneer stuff! She remembers singing in her preacher-father's church at the age of three, hasn't stopped singing since, and has no intention of doing so. She is that rare being of this time, NOT a singer/songwriter. As Utah Philips says, "Faith doesn't make up songs, she harvests them ... these outrageous and wonderful songs, culled from a bevy of extraordinary minds, represent those wild, satirical, quirky, offbeat, and endearing traits that characterize the lady herself."

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Stacy Phillips

Stacy Phillips is a dobro and violin player, and the author of thirty books and DVDs on various aspects of these instruments. He performs in bluegrass, jazz, contra dance, salsa and musically uncategorizable bands. Stacy is a featured performer on the award-winning Great Dobro Sessions album and has the statuettes in his freezer to prove it.

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