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2019 Instructors

Dave Curley

Dave Curley is one of Ireland's leading multi-instrumentalists, vocalists and a champion step dancer. Hailing from Co. Galway on the west coast of Ireland, Curley has brought his wealth of talents to the largest of stages in North America and Western Europe. He has performed at the prestigious Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, recorded with Grammy award winners Ron Block, Jeff Ta...
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Finn Magill

Multi-instrumentalist, All-Ireland fiddle finalist and Ropeadope Recording artist Andrew “Finn the fiddler” Magill has watched his career surge ever since the 2016 release of his 2- disc concept album Roots (which debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts) & Branches. Raised at The Swannanoa Gathering, Magill has learned and carved out a name for himself in Irish, American and Brazilian m...
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Jeremy Wade

Jeremy Wade is an active instructor, composer, and performer based in the Central Kentucky area. He has served as the Director of Percussion at George Rogers Clark High School since 2016, and at Lexington Christian Academy since 2008. As a clinician and music arranger, he has shared his talent with a number of performance ensembles throughout the Ohio Valley. A versatile performer, Jeremy ha...
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Jil Chambless

Alabama native Jil Chambless has played an active role in the Celtic music scene for more than 25 years. As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil brings to any audience a wonderful listening experience from haunting ballads and upbeat songs to toe-tapping tunes with a smooth delivery that never fails to bring both smiles and tears in every performance. Jil performs on stage at Celtic festivals...
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John Skelton

London-born flute and whistle player John Skelton is probably best known to American audiences from his work with The House Band, with whom he recorded eight albums on the Green Linnet label. He has also released a solo album, One At a Time, and Double Barrelled, and Two Tone two highly regarded albums of flute duets with Kieran O'Hare, as well as a series of tune collection books, A Few Tunes, A ...
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Josh Dukes

Josh Dukes is an All-Ireland champion accompanist and a highly sought after music teacher in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. A multi-instrumentalist whose talents embrace the ceili drums, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, flute, and tin whistle, Josh has established a reputation for providing sensitive, tasteful accompaniment for traditional Irish music. As a young high school student, Josh studied ...
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Kari Lapins

Before moving to Knoxville in 2016, Kari Lapins danced, competed, and taught with the McTeggart School of Irish Dance in Flagstaff, Arizona. She is currently a freelance musician, serves on the board of Traditional Irish Arts Knoxville, teaches violin and fiddle, and the best job, being a mom. She is excited to assist Katelyn in teaching the Ceili dance class!
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Katelyn Dunn

Katelyn Dunn started Irish Step dancing at the age of eleven in her home state of Minnesota. She instantly fell in love with this rhythmic dance so rooted in Irish culture and history. Katelyn has performed and competed throughout the United States and has also taught several Irish Dance workshops for various modern dance schools. After years of performing and competing, she is now working toward ...
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Keith Carr

Keith Carr plays Irish bouzouki, tenor banjo, and mandolin.  He is most well known for performing as half of the Irish traditional duo “Lilt” (www.liltirishmusic.com), in which his partner is flautist Tina Eck.  Over the past decade Lilt has recorded three CD’s and has been favorably reviewed by The Boston Irish Reporter, Irish Music Magazine, IrishPhiladelphia, the NY Irish Echo, and more.  In ad...
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Rebecca Baumbach

Rebecca Rose, originally from Northern California, started playing violin when she was 6 years old and soon after developed an interest in fiddle, especially Irish music.  She earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters of Education in Music Education from University of the Pacific.  Rebecca learned Irish music by attending workshops a...
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