Darol Anger is a true fiddle guru, unique in his huge range and depth, who has spent over three decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and music from around this world. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, Montreux, and the Republic of Strings. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and a generous sense of humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa.
Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once. Whether with corporate heads in Contra Costa, young men in a juvenile detention center, homeless shelter families, a university lecture in wherever, jamming with Gnawa musicians in Morocco, on stage at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli, on stage with an angel food cake pan in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland… no matter who and what Joe’s connected with, he’s at home and loving every minute.
Peter Wilson has toured and performed since 1978 in coffeehouses, colleges, trains and nightclubs across the US and Canada. He’s a member of the Deadbeats – a long running tip-of-the-hat to the music and songs of the Grateful Dead. He’s a founding member of Paul Emery’s 1000 Kisses Deep – The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Along with his songwriting cohorts, Mountain John Hilligoss and Moe Dixon, they’ve written scores of songs, toured and released a studio CD – Troubadour Camp. At home in Grass Valley, California Wilson has hosted radio variety shows and open mic. nights. His production company, Strings Concerts, presents events and provides support services for presenters and festivals on the west coast.