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Don Julin

 Don Julin 

Author of the best selling Mandolin For Dummies teaches the basics of mandolin playing. Starting out with holding the mandolin, and holding the pick, followed by playing your first few tunes and strumming your first few chords. Julin is a mandolin player, a commercial composer, recording engineer, and best-selling author, and he works really hard at everything he does.

Don Thomsen

Don Thomsen (with Floating Crowbar ) beginner topics, Irish mandolin methods, swing methods.   A member of Floating Crowbar, Don performs Celtic music on mandolin and octave mandolin. He is a veteran member of countless swing bands, including the Jive Five.  Don teaches fiddle and mandolin.

Ken Glastre (with Big Red Barn) mandola for voice and backup. A member of Spokane’s Big Red Barn and Two Bit Jugband, Ken has been active in the Spokane music community for over thirty years. He provides and engineers sound for countless auditorium and outdoor music events, he manages his own instrument repair business, and performs on guitar and mandolin and vocals in music settings ranging from bluegrass to swing.

Daniel Gore (with Alma Brasileira) advanced mandolin methods. A member of Spokane’s bluegrass band Brown’s Mountain Boys and the Brazilian Choro group Alma Brasileira. Dan learned mandolin from his dad in North Carolina where he is from.

Sam Lyman Blues, Celtic 509-432-5723 blues technique and vocal backup.   With years of experience performing mandolin blues and swing with bands in the Pullman-Moscow area, Sam will instruct a topic on blues styles for mandolin and another in old-time music for mandolin.

Rick Rubin (with Floating Crowbar) Luthier--in –residence. Rick is our luthier and repairman in residence this year. He now repairs stringed instruments in his home based shop, but worked for many years at Lundin’s Violins and later, Dutch’s music. Rick is also a member of the Irish band Floating Crowbar.