Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and genre-bending artists in contemporary roots music, Danny Barnes’ musical interests are varied and adventurous.
Steve Baughman is known for his fingerstyle and clawhammer guitar playing, which draws on Celtic, Appalachian, and various ethnic and folk traditions.
Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. Learn to accompany jigs and reels and other traditional Irish dance tunes in Flynn's Irish Backup Guitar course on Peghead Nation.
Mike Compton is a Grammy- and IBMA award-winning artist and a passionate teacher and advocate for the mandolin. Mandolin Magazine calls him "a certified mandolin icon."
A banjo player of uncommon grace and facility, Wes Corbett has recorded and performed with numerous musicians, including Joy Kills Sorrow, the Bee Eaters, the David Grisman Quintet, and Molly Tuttle.
Ian Coury has been accruing professional awards and accolades since the age of 12. Today, he’s one of Brazil’s most-respected virtuosos of the ten-string mandolin.
Fingerstyle guitarist Stevie Coyle co-founded the popular contemporary string band the Waybacks. He has also been an actor, comedian, sword-swallower, and now, a guitar store owner
Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity, and contagious passion to all things banjo.
One of the prominent voices on the mandolin in Irish music, Marla Fibish brings a musicality and excitement to the tradition that is not often heard on the mandolin. Marla will teach you to play with a traditional Irish feel and authenticity.
Grammy Award–winning multi-instrumentalist Cathy Fink’s career includes 50 years of performing, teaching, and recording. She has taught guitar, banjo, ukulele, and harmony singing, at numerous workshops and camps, and she is the 2021 IBMA Mentor of the Year.
Guitarist Teja Gerken has been deeply involved with the contemporary fingerstyle guitar scene for more than 20 years. A Peghead Nation co-founder and producer, Teja hosts the cream of the crop of the fingerstyle guitar community in his advanced fingerstyle course.
Sharon Gilchrist has performed and/or recorded with Darol Anger, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Uncle Earl, and many other luminaries in the acoustic music scene, on both mandolin and upright bass.
Sharon Gilchrist teaches:
Mark Goldenberg is a guitarist who has played on records for numerous artists, including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia, Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton, and, yes, William Shatner. He played lead guitar for Jackson Browne from 1994 to 2010.
Zoe Guigueno is a bassist, singer, and songwriter who performs with the Grammy-nominated string band Della Mae, Klezmer/Yiddish group Tsibele, and string-pop quartet Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards.
Preternaturally adept at old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, and a host of international fiddle styles, Brittany Haas is one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation.
Orville Johnson is a Seattle-based singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, and, above all, instinctive and sensitive musician. He's also Peghead Nation's blues guitar guru.
Evie Ladin’s polyrhythmic clawhammer banjo style, resonant voice, and percussive dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
Bluegrass, old-time, and swing fiddler Chad Manning plays with the David Grisman Sextet, the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, and Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. An avid instructor, having taught hundreds of young fiddlers in the fiddle studio he shares with his wife.
Marcy Marxer is a multi-instrumentalist, studio musician, performer, songwriter, and producer with 30 years of experience and a shelf of impressive awards. She's also a tireless ambassador for her beloved ukulele.
Tony McManus is recognized throughout the world as one of the leading guitarists in Celtic music, adept at both fingerstyle and flatpicking, as well as a myriad of styles, including classical and baroque music played on the steel-string guitar.
Bruce Molsky is "one of America's premier fiddling talents" (Mother Jones) and a two-time Grammy nominee. The first permanent visiting professor in Berklee College of Music's American Roots Program, Bruce is the go-to guy for the next generation of fiddlers.
Matt Munisteri is a freewheeling and virtuosic guitarist and one of today’s primary exponents of 1920s and ’30s acoustic jazz guitar.
Grammy-winning guitarist Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original flatpicking guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. In addition to being a co-founder of Peghead Nation, Scott teaches a variety of guitar courses.
Fiddler and folksinger Emerald Rae brings the duo of strings and song to a new plateau with mesmerizing dexterity. Roots Music Report hailed her as “a spell-caster of no small skill."
John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation, a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions of the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes.
Lauren Rioux and Brittany Haas
Lauren Rioux and Brittany Haas teach the Creative Jam Skills course on Peghead Nation. Lauren is most well-known for her online string education site JamwithLauren.com, while Brittany is of the most influential fiddlers of her generation.
Lauren Rioux and Brittany Haas teaches:
Grammy-nominated violinist and composer Alisa Rose is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in American fiddle traditions as well as classical music, she attracts attention for her expressive lyrical voice on the violin.
Martin Hayes’ assessment of Dale Russ as “one of the greatest fiddlers I know in Irish traditional music” is shared by all who hear him. Dale has been playing Irish fiddle since his move in 1973 from his native Connecticut to Washington State, where he is now regarded as “the shining jewel of Northwest fiddle players.”
Lissa Schneckenburger’s fiddling and singing, documented on numerous acclaimed solo albums, has been charming the world since she was a youngster, and her class on learning by ear has been a favorite at festivals and music camps.
Lissa Schneckenburger teaches:
Adrianne is an in-demand guitar teacher in Marin County, California, where she specializes in teaching beginning guitarists to play and sing the songs they love.
Joe K. Walsh
Known for his exemplary tone, technique, and taste, Berklee College of Music mandolin instructor Joe K. Walsh is emerging as one of the best mandolinists of his generation.
Called “a perfect musician” by jazz guitar legend, Bucky Pizzarelli, mandolinist Aaron Weinstein is one of his instrument’s rare jazz masters.
With his gorgeous tone, dead-on intonation, and unrelenting musical creativity, Mike Witcher is one of the best resonator guitar players in the world.
Milwaukee-born singer, guitarist, and voice teacher Dede Wyland’s 1980–1987 work with Tony Trischka and Skyline brought her international acclaim and made her a role model for a generation of younger female musicians.
Stash Wyslouch is a bluegrass guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Despite his heavy metal beginnings, bluegrass has been central to Wyslouch's life for the past 15 years playing with groups such as Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters and Tony Trischka’s Early Roman Kings.
Doug Young is a fingerstyle instrumental guitarist based in the San Francisco South Bay area. He is the winner of the 2011 International Acoustic Music Award in the instrumental category.