Lex Baas

Lex began playing mandolin 25 years ago initially in the style of Bill Monroe and then branching out more broadly. Lex played with Great Northern and the Grandview Cut in Vancouver for many years. He loves music of all kinds and is a supportive, caring tutor who believes that everyone can play!

Judy Brown

Judy Brown is a Canadian roots music singer, songwriter and guitarist, influenced by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison and Muddy Waters. Judy’s musical journey began with touring the Alberta oil patch before moving to Toronto where she performed in local clubs and music festivals. In 2016 she moved to Nelson BC to be close to family and surround herself with that city’s rich and supportive arts community. In 2017, Judy recorded her Gary Kendall/Teddy Leonard co-produced debut album “Say It” in Toronto and can be heard in the Kootenays with her Nelson band as well as appearing as a solo or duo format. She also returns each year to perform with her recording band back in Ontario.

Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart

Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart (aka Jack n Jel) are a dynamic, collaborative, flexible, fun and funny workshop and performance powerhouse. Doing nine ukelele workshops every week in Australia for the last six some years has really helped hone their uke and vocal teaching skills. They like to explore the emotional canvas with the uke, vocal harmony and other instruments, be they happy, sad, insightful or funny.

Jenny Lester

Jenny Lester is a dynamic Canadian Bluegrass performer and recording artist who has established herself as an important singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her original songs  are carefully crafted in the bluegrass convention while at the same time displaying a contemporary freshness and vitality that breathes new life into the fabled “high lonesome” sound.  Listen to The River, Mother Nature and Me or Mountain Girl to be taken away to your special memory on a river or the feeling of returning home after a long journey.

Gary Nielsen

Gary started playing guitar during the big Folk Music Scare of the 1960s.  He learned by listening to records, poring through instruction books and from watching  and talking to other guitar players. Then in 1999 he discovered the Old Standards . . . the great tunes by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and many others whose work has survived the test of time. To play this new repertoire he had to expand his knowledge of swing chord shapes and rhythms, which he uses to play Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz and Bossa Novas. He currently teaches Swing Guitar in Kamloops and is  a part of the band Doc and the Disorderlies.   

Natasha Sayer

Natasha Sayer has been playing, singing, writing and performing in and around Calgary for almost three decades, currently performing with harmony-driven folk quartet Magnolia Buckskin and eclectic indie pop group, The Fragments. Solo pursuits include her latest album Notes to Self (2016), which explores the depths of love, family, loss and personal redemption, and her children’s album Big Bad Bantam Rooster (2009), which was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award. Natasha is a passionate elementary school music teacher and mother of two who enjoys playing competitive roller derby, motorcycling, yoga and lake swimming.

Marvin Walker

Marvin is a Grant MacEwan Music Program graduate and “Roots” music drummer who has played extensively locally and in Vancouver and Edmonton. He has performed with Powder Blues, k.d. lang, Jim Byrnes, Billy Cowsill, Tim Williams, Bo Diddley, and with local artists What It Is, Mystery Train, Clinton Swanson, Bessie Wapp, and Hair of the Dawg.