JFFC 2017 INSTRUCTORS


MANDOLIN
Joe K. Walsh
Nina Weisman

Joe K. Walsh - Traditional and Progressive styles

 

Hailed by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” and by Vintage Guitar Magazine as “brilliant”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, flatpick guitar hero Scott Nygaard, folk star Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow have taken him all over the global and musical map. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Bela Fleck to Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. After a number of award-winning years as mandolinist with bluegrass stars the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between an inventive string band called Mr Sun (featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy and Ethan Jodziewicz) a duo with Grant Gordy, and his own band. An avid educator, Joe is a mandolin instructor at the Berklee College of Music. He teaches regularly at music camps throughout North America and beyond, and teaches online through Peghead Nation.  


Nina Weisman - Monroe style


Nina Weisman is a fixture in the Central and Northern California bluegrass scene.  She's mentored many young mandolin players over the years, and is a natural-born teacher.  She's won several regional picking contests, and boasts a long list of performance credits with many California-based bluegrass bands.  When not picking on her mandolin, you can find Nina sporting a ranger's hat and leading a group or two around one of our beautiful National Parks.  Nina was a great addition to the 2013 Camp, and is remarkably patient with - and encouraging of - all students of the mandolin.  We're proud to have her back again in 2017 as the lead instructor for "beginner-mediate" mandolin pickers.