Artists on the faculty of Folk College lead workshops, coach student bands, perform concerts and lead jam sessions.
Award-winning duo Atwater-Donnelly performs a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry.The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astonishing array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, limberjack, mandolin, harmonica, feet and more.
Henry Koretzky is a mandolinist, guitarist, and singer from Harrisburg, PA, who has performed in a wide variety of styles and groups, from bluegrass with Cornerstone, Sweetwater Reunion, and High Strung; klezmer with The Old World Folk Band; old-time with the duo Rootbound; as well as swing, celtic, contemporary folk, and contradance music. He has taught at Folk College in previous years as part of The Keystone Rebels and as part of a duo with singer-songwriter- guitarist Kevin Neidig, and has also been a staff regular at Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering.
As a pianist, Judy is at home in many styles of music including jazz, classical and contra. She plays English Country Dance music with the band Kestrel, and Irish music with Patrick Clifford. Some years ago her experience at Folk College prompted her to take up the piano accordion. Much easier to haul around than a Steinway, that instrument has opened the door to many rich musical possibilities and ensembles. As a bandleader, Judy often can be found conducting large groups of musicians who have never rehearsed together, including at the Mt. Airy Contra Dance and the Northeast Squeeze-In, in addition to the Folk College Contra Dance Band. Her teaching is focused on helping musicians find simple, and perhaps unexpected, ways to improve and enjoy their playing. She explores ideas about achieving mastery, both as a musician and a martial artist, in her blog, Kotsu Kotsu.
Folk Gathering's host band is two women (Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon) playing twelve instruments, performing styles that range from old time to Celtic to Klezmer and beyond. Combining tradition with innovation, Simple Gifts creates some of the finest arrangements in folk music today: swing fiddle creeps into a Romanian dance, spoons show up in an Irish reel, and the concertina ventures far beyond styles considered traditional for that instrument. Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, Simple Gifts switches with ease among two violins, concertina, mandolin, banjolin, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, piano, and percussion.
Laura Alexander will be leading the student run workshop on Balfok Tunes on Saturday.
Dianne Bowser will be part of the workshop on Easy Instruments: Which Should You Play Next? on Saturday. She is a mountain dulcimer player and thinks you should be too.
Michael Carr will be leading the student run workshop on Songwriting on Saturday.
Phil Capp will be leading the student run workshop on Barre Chords for Guitar workshop on Saturday.
Mel DeYoung will be part of the workshop on Easy Instruments: Which Should You Play Next? on Saturday. He will showcase the harmonica.
Janet Leise will be leading the student run workshop on Music for Special Needs workshop on Saturday.
Larry Mutti will be part of the workshop on Easy Instruments: Which Should You Play Next? on Saturday. He will showcase the autoharp.
Ken Sharp will be part of the workshop on Easy Instruments: Which Should You Play Next? on Saturday. He will showcase the hammer dulcimer.