Guitar Intensives is delighted to welcome back Grammy-winning guitarist Mike Dowling.    He draws inspiration from deep in the musical bag of American roots guitar firmly grounded in authenticity and possessed of a musical soul as old as the vintage music he favors. Fluent in several styles and difficult to pigeonhole, Mike has captured the hearts of acoustic music fans throughout the world with his engaging voice, self-deprecating wit, and elegant interpretations of an arsenal of old blues, swing, ragtime, and original compositions

“I don’t play guitar when Dowling’s in the band. You don’t take the game warden fishing” — Jethro Burns



ANDRA FAYE  (picture coming) 

It’s no wonder that Andra Faye is an inspiration to so many!  A versatile multi-insumentalist, she plays mandolin, fiddle, bass and guitar — all of which she plays  in Sapphire — Uppity Blues Woman.   As if that were not enough, Andra is a powerful vocalist.  We look forward to welcoming her to Guitar Intensives where she will teach Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals and Harmony, and Band Labs.


A multi-instrumentalist and singer long recognized as an interpreter of ’20s and ’30s blues, Martin Grosswendt was once described by Utah Phillips as “a rumor in his own time.” As a more recent writer has said, “While his name is not a household word, among musicians and fans of country, blues and folk, he is sort of an underground legend, a musician of extraordinary talent.” He plays six- and twelve-string guitar, mandolin, five-string banjo, fiddle, bass, Cajun accordion, and Dobro. Martin is equally at home playing the old-time music of the Southern Appalachians or the Cajun and Creole music of Southwest Louisiana.

Known for his blues guitar and mandolin work, Martin has been a performer, session musician, and teacher for nearly four decades. For the last several years he was music director for and taught at Banjo Camp North, Mandolin Camp North and Old Time Music Camp North in Massachusetts. Martin has performed and taught at festivals and camps throughout the Northeast. His most recent recording is Call and Response, a collection of pre-war acoustic blues.

SCOTT BALLENTINE (picture and bio coming)