Judy Brown is an Alberta born singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bassist now living in Nelson, British Columbia. Her musical style reflects her love of traditional blues and country music and incorporates slide guitar work. Influences of Patsy Cline, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt and Ellen McIlwaine can be heard throughout Judy’s music and her performance style is understated and warmly genuine. Her full-length debut CD “Say It” was recorded in Toronto and released in 2018 and received national and international airplay on blues, folk and country formatted shows. Her song “Roberta” garnered a 2019 Kootenay Music Award Nomination and she toured with her All-Star Ontario based recording band, including appearing at the 2019 Blues Summit in Toronto. In 2022, Judy can be found performing on either guitar or bass, in a trio with guitarist Sam Hurrie, in the duo ‘BlueBirds’ with her partner Donny Walker or with her all-new Judy Brown Band, featuring Holly Hyatt on bass and vocals, Sam Hurrie on guitar and Don Walker on drums and vocals. For more info: www.judybrownmusic.com
Judy will be teaching classes on Blues Slide and Blues Rhythm guitar.
Tina Hebner started playing music as a teenager and fell in love with classical guitar. As an adult she found herself with a collection of ukuleles and discovered how much she enjoyed playing that too! Tina has been teaching music for over twenty years; she has explored music with all ages from preschool to 90 years old. When she’s not having conversations with her music-loving pets or hanging out with her family, you’ll find her at one of the many group ukulele sessions she offers in Kamloops area or teaching private lessons at one of her studio locations.
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. www.jennylester.com/Jenny/Home.html
Dave Scanlan earned a Diploma of Music from David Thompson University Centre, and continued studying acoustic guitar, voice, and songwriting at music camps over the past 25 years. He has played electric bass in rock, roots, reggae, country, folk, and blues bands for over 30 years. Dave also plays acoustic guitar as a solo artist, performing both cover songs and original tunes.
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.
Bessie Wapp is a musician, theatre artist, educator, and Nelson Cultural Ambassador (2015). Based in Vancouver for 13 years, Bessie created original work & toured internationally with two groups: Mortal Coil (stilt-dance theatre) and Zeellia (Eastern European music). Since returning to Nelson Bessie has played Hedwig, Pontius Pilate, Orfeo, and 5 generations of women in her Jewish Lithuanian family. She leads workshops and classes through Oxygen Art Centre, and this fall hopes to restart Nelson’s Blue House Choir and the Common House Choir at 6 Mile.