Cordova Camp Faculty
The Barefoot Movement (Nashville, TN)
The Vinyl Floors (Anchorage, AK)
Members of the Ke Kukui Foundation (Vancouver, WA) -
The Barefoot Movement - Guest Artist Band from Nashville, TN
Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you're seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. With two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities for this act are endless. The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they were guests of the American Embassy, and in September of 2014, they received a Momentum Award, naming them "Band of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
The Vinyl Floors - Local Guest Artist Band from Anchorage, AK
The Vinyl Floors, a young four-person band, plays at community events around Anchorage from the Mayor’s inauguration to the Earth Care Jamboree. They have released a CD and are a positive example for young people.
Tyson Alteri - Guitar, Songwriting, Mandolin (Bluegrass Camp and Adult Classes)
American rambler, mountain climber and nature lover Tyson James has lived a life of music. Raised in a musical family he went to college for biology and soon after started traveling in search of music and the mountains. He grew up playing early American Blues with his uncles, studied Flamenco in Spain and Son Cubano in Cuba. He has played music from coast to coast in New York, Colorado, San Francisco, and Nashville. He’s been to the top of America’s most beautiful mountains, walked in her oldest forests and sailed her western seas. He’s enamored with American Folk movements including those driven by Bill Monroe, Woody Guthrie, David Grisman extending to the likes of Willie, Waylon, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry. While residing in San Francisco in 2009 he was a founding member in the award winning San Francisco based Bluegrass Band, 49 Special. In 2011 he relocated to Nashville in search of a new sound. There he has had the opportunity to play and record with a number of Nashville Cats such as acclaimed bassist Mike Bub and George Jones' fiddler Billy Contreras. With them he recently recorded his first solo album entitled “Tyson James and The Nashville Players” which can be described as Bluegrass, Country, Rock and Soul. He can be found playing on Broadway in Nashville and elsewhere throughout the country. He is currently working on a project of his second album and a related short novel both entitled "American Gypsy".
Pete Bowers - Clawhammer BANJO, guitar (ADULT Classes)
Pete has been playing traditional American music since he was in high school in Pennsylvania. He taught himself to play the banjo from the classic, How to Play the Five String Banjo by Pete Seeger, and was influenced by the likes of Doc Watson, Norman Blake, John Hartford, Tommy Jarrell, Gid Tanner, and the Highwoods String Band. Except for an inexplicable decade-long hiatus, he has been active in the music scene in Alaska ever since he moved to Fairbanks in the 1970s, playing first with One Size Fits All, later traveling and recording a CD with Five Buck Fiddle. He wrote an article for Old Time Herald in 2009, “Old Time Music in Alaska: Then and Now”. He currently plays in several bands, including Lost Dog, whose monthly square dances in Ester Alaska have an enthusiastic following, and the eclectic bluegrass/country band, Rock Bottom Stompers. He jams at as many festivals as he is allowed in to, often with a loose pick-up band, Hog Heaven. His most recent musical venture is with the two family collaboration, Norris Bowers Band, who recently recorded Gin Chicken (“high octane old time music with a bluegrasser’s eye for drama and harmony”). His son Ryan (bass, vocals) and daughter Aurora (fiddle, vocals) continue the family musical tradition in admirable fashion.
NANCY GALAMBUSH - MOUNTAIN DULCIMER (Bluegrass camp)
Known in Eastern North Carolina, where she lives, as a respected mountain dulcimer instructor, Nancy Galambush has gotten many off to a good start on this American folk instrument. She has taught for over 10 years and recently completed her course work for a certificate in teaching the dulcimer through Western Carolina University. In addition to teaching, she coordinates a dulcimer club, a regional workshop, and plays in two performing groups - Dolce Dulcimers and Flat Mountain Dulcimers. The latter has recorded two CDs. Nancy began playing the dulcimer over 15 years ago when her husband built her first instrument from a kit.
KATE HAMRE - Bluegrass CAMP DIRECTOR
Kate grew up in Anchorage, Alaska listening to her parents and friends play bluegrass, old time, and folk music. At the age of 14, she joined Bearfoot, a nationally touring band, and played festivals such as Merlefest, Greyfox, Wintergrass, Rockygrass, and Telluride to name a few. As a Compass recording artist, Bearfoot cut their 4th album, called "Doors and Windows" in April 2009, which quickly rose to #1 in the Billboard Bluegrass Charts. Kate is also the director of the renowned bluegrass music education program, "Bluegrass Camps for Kids", which has taught thousands of children internationally in the last decade. Kate has a B.S. in Elementary Education through the University of Idaho, and recently obtained a M.Ed. in Language and Literacy at San Francisco State University.
PATTY HAMRE - SQUARE DANCE (Bluegrass camp), GUITAR (ADULT classes), Guitar (Hawaiian Camp)
MARSHALL HAWKINS - BASS (ADULT classes)
Destany Hawley - Guitar, Songwriting, Vocals (Bluegrass Camp)
Ashley Kanna Li`ihokulani Helenihi - Hawaiian Camp, Hulu & Ukulele (Adult Classes)
Ashley is a 15 year old high school student in Vancouver, WA. Since moving there from Torrance, CA, she has been a student of the art of Hula from the age of 5. As a hula haumana (student), she has had the privilege of learning ancient Hawaiian art forms, such as lei hulu (featherwork), lauhala (weaving), making fresh flower lei, ‘oli (chanting), carving, tapa (making Hawaiian fabric), and strumming the ʻukulele. She is currently studying ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) and has completed a Hawaiian History course, which are both offered by Ke Kukui Foundation in Vancouver, WA. During the summers from 5th-8th grade, Ashley attended a summer cultural immersion program through Kamehameha Schools in Hawaiʻi. Although she was born and raised on the U.S. Mainland, she was able to learn alongside her Native Hawaiian brothers and sisters in Hawaiʻi as though she grew up there. She currently assists her Hula Instructor, Deva Yamashiro, in teaching hula classes for hālau hula Kaleinani o ke Kukui.
Melanie Keenan - Fiddle (adult classes and Hawaiian camp)
BELLE MICKELSON - ADULT classes DIRECTOR
Belle started playing fiddle when she was 10 years old—and has been playing in old time and bluegrass bands since 1975. She has a passion for teaching music and started the Cordova 4H Music Camp 20 years ago. Now she is the director of Dancing with the Spirit, a program to take the music camp idea to Alaskan villages. Color-coded guitar chords and accompanying fiddle tab are used to make music easy for beginners. Belle also teaches an extra curricular acoustic music program for the Cordova schools, directs the Cordova 4H Adult Music Camp, and calls an occasional square dance. She became an Episcopal priest 7 years ago—and loves gospel music, bluegrass jamming, singing, dancing, and fiddle tunes!
Deva Leinani Aiko Yamashiro - Hawaiian CAMP DIRECTOR
Aunty Deva, Native Hawaiian, is originally from Honolulu, Hawai`i, is the hula instructor of Hālau Hula Kaleinani o ke Kukui, a hula school from Vancouver, WA and Beaverton, OR. She is also the Executive Director of Ke Kukui Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share with our community the Hawaiian/Polynesian arts and cultures by promoting education in literature, language, music and dance. Through the hālau (school) she teaches haumāna (students) from ages 3-83 years of age. She has been teaching oli (chant), modern and ancient hula for 20 years starting in Nashville, TN in 1995 and has taught at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus in Oregon and Evergreen School District Adult Education. She is also a licensed massage therapist.
FRED WEISS - ELECTRIC BASS (Bluegrass camp), BASS, GUITAR (adult classes)
Fred started playing guitar at age 16 and bass a few years later. By 1966, he was playing electric bass in a rock and roll band. He now plays both electric and stand-up bass in a variety of Fairbanks bluegrass, country, and Americana bands. He also plays guitar and sings lead and harmony—and is a talented songwriter. One of his bands, the Denali Mountain Boys, released a CD in 2012 which features three of his songs. They have toured in Hawaii, Georgia, and Pennsylvania—in addition to playing many Alaskan gigs. Fred has a Masters in Teaching—and loves teaching everyone—plus learning himself! Last summer, he studied mandolin at the Rockygrass Academy in Colorado. Fred has been on the Dancing with the Spirit staff for the past 5 years--teaching guitar, bass, singing, and square dancing to kids in Alaskan villages.