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Barry Tashian

Barry Tashian has been singing and playing the guitar since he was 8 years old. His career includes opening shows for the Beatles on their last American tour, appearing on the Ed Sullivan show, playing and recording with Emmylou Harris' Hot Band. Barry and his wife Holly tour worldwide as vocal/guitar duet partners. They've recorded seven award-winning albums featuring their own compositions and performed regularly on the Grand Ol' Opry.

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Holly Tashian

Holly Tashian has been playing guitar and singing duets with her husband Barry for 38 years, starting as a country/bluegrass singer in Connecticut and continuing on to record 7 award-winning albums, appearing many times on the Grand Ol' Opry, and playing festivals and concert world wide. She and Barry now live in Nashville where they enjoy songwriting and touring, while continuing to share the joy of music. Holly also plays electric and upright bass.

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Marcia Taylor

Marcia Taylor has been performing and teaching for thirty years. After a degree in classical guitar she found her singing voice. She helped to found the Boston Women's Music Festival and honed her performance skills on New England's folk circuit. She has recorded three albums of original material. Joining the topical/folk/cabaret band Bright Morning Star introduced her to a wider audience throughout the United States and Canada. Marcia currently teaches music and drama at a Quaker school for girls in Providence, Rhode Island. Her cutting edges include writing fiction and telling stories for children and adults.

Paul Taylor

Paul "Walking Stick" Taylor is an Australian storyteller, didjeridoo player, and traveler. Paul loved his initial visit to the U.S. so much that he decided to return in 1992 and commence an extensive Walkabout of the U.S. He is currently based in Laramie, Wyoming - the heart of America's outback. Paul's performances highlight unique historical parallels of America's West with Australia's Outback. For more information on Paul visit his website at

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Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson began his flatpicking career during his teenage years in the early 1960s as a Black Mountain Boy (with Jerry Garcia), and a New York Rambler (with David Grisman). Over the decades he has added his guitar and mandolin artistry to a wide variety of rootsy musical settings, including the Todalo Shakers, Kleptograss, Bluegrass Intentions, California Cajun Orchestra, his duo with his wife Suzy, and their newest band, Blue Diamond Strings. Eric has taught at PSGW, the Santa Cruz Mandolin Symposium, Kamp Kaufman and has several instruction books and videos available through Mel Bay, Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop, and Backbeat Books.

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Sue Thompson

Sue Thompson has played and sung for over 30 years in old time, country, Balkan, Irish and bluegrass bands, including Seattle's legendary Tall Timber and the All Star Cowgirl Revue. She's one of a small number of accomplished women flatpickers, and a dedicated teacher who has taught at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, and Port Townsend's renowned Festival of American Fiddletunes. Sue especially enjoys helping guitarists make the leap from rhythm to lead playing, and teaching singers how to figure out vocal harmonies by ear. Her recordings include Mike Seeger's GRAMMY-nominated Third Annual Farewell Reunion, The Washington Traditional Fiddler's Project, Volume 2. Generations, and the recent Western music extravaganza, Tall Boots, where her fellow musicians nicknamed her "Harmony Part Wizard."

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Suzy Thompson

Suzy Thompson has been exploring all kinds of roots fiddling, mainly from the countryside of the American South, for 40 years. She loves turning other people on to her favorite rough-hewn old-time tunes in various different tunings, Cajun and Creole dance music, early bluegrass and pre-war country blues fiddling. She lives in Berkeley CA, where she is a fiddle instructor for the East Bay Old Time String Band class; she also teaches an ongoing String Band Blues class. In 2010, Suzy was appointed Artistic Director of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (Port Townsend); she is also the founder and director of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, now in its 12th year. In addition to performing in a duet with her husband Eric, she has been part of many bands (Any Old Time; Blue Flame Stringband; California Cajun Orchestra; Todalo Shakers) and worked with many notable roots musicians (Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Del Rey, Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin, Dave Alvin, Laurie Lewis, etc.)

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Katerina Tomas

Katerina Tomás has 22 years of experience as a flamenco and classical Spanish dancer, "cantaora" - flamenco singer, choreographer, dance and singing teacher. She has choreographed Spanish classical and flamenco dances for her own companies, L.A. Olé Flamenco Dance, and Mojácar Flamenco, and for numerous organizations and dance companies and soloists throughout the country. She has taught flamenco and Spanish dance and music at UC Irvine, UCLA, Orange Coast College, Cypress College, and Los Angeles City College. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an unprecedented 8 awards from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for flamenco research, choreography and performance. She received the L.A. Treasures Award from the City of Los Angeles in 2004 for the concert "Cantan los Fuegos – the fires sing – an evening celebrating the music and poetry of Manuel de Falla and Federico García Lorca."

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Barry Truter

Barry Truter was born in India, lives in Vancouver, BC, and has been a traveller for much of his life. His music and songwriting are influenced by the places he has lived and worked including India, Fiji, USA, England, Canada, and a spell at sea working on a tramp freighter.

Barry is a co-founder of the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop (GSGW), and teaches guitar privately and at music camps in the Pacific Northwest. He performs with Vancouver-based folk group Fraser Union. But above all he loves to sing and jam with friends in the kitchen, on the ferry, in a coffeehouse, at a music camp, on a protest march, at a sea festival and wherever live music can be found. As he says, "May there always be the joy of music in all our lives."

Barry's latest solo cd, "Traveller", consists of originals and carefully selected covers reflecting his journeys, and supported by guest appearances from some fine Vancouver musicians.

Molly Tuttle

Molly Tuttle is a virtuoso instrumentalist known for her flatpicking on guitar and her accomplished clawhammer and three-finger bluegrass banjo playing. She has been performing on stage since she was 11 and recorded her first album at age 13. She has appeared at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, The Freight and Salvage, and countless other festivals and venues across the country. This was an exciting year for Molly. She started at Berklee College of music, in October she performed on A Prairie Home Companion and her song Walden took first place in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest.

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