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



Martin Grosswendt has been exploring the roots and branches of American acoustic music for more than 40 years, whether on guitar, bottleneck, banjo or fiddle!  A master of pre-war blues and other southern traditional music, his fingerpicking, bottleneck playing and singing amaze and move audiences, critics and other musicians alike. He’s known at festivals, concerts and music camps across the U.S., and his musical prowess is matched by his knowledge of the music’s sources and creators, whose stories he weaves into every performance.  Welcome back Martin! 



Andra Faye is known for her strong vocals and her abilities as a multi-instrumentalist. She has been featured on the cover of Mandolin Magazine and was called “First Lady of The Blues Mandolin”, and has been twice been nominated for Blues Music Awards as an instrumentalist. Her love for the blues took her on a journey away from Indiana when she joined a band called Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women; touring the world, and recording for Alligator Records. She toured for 17 years with Saffire until the band decided to retire at the end of 2009. Returning home in 2011 she formed a rootsy band called Andra Faye & The Rays, and began playing as a duo with Scott in 2012, to be able to play all the types music they both enjoy. They released their first CD project in 2013, “Laying Down Our Blues”, to great acclaim, and have begun work on their second recording, planning a release for late 2014. They play & teach regularly in Indianapolis, and also tour & teach workshops across the country.



Scott Ballantine is from Indianapolis, Indiana and a lifelong professional guitarist.   Scott has taught at Guitar Intensives for the last four years.   He is a master of ALL styles — from blues to jazz to folk/pop.  Scott formed the seminal roots band, The Strugglers, in the late sixties in Indianapolis and played with them for many years.   Country, Blues, Swing and Jazz became his passion then and he has pursued those passions ever since—both in performing and teaching (which he has done extensively over the years).   Early on Scott studied with fingerpicking legends Tommy Flint and Pat Webb.   Since 2012 Scott has been playing around the country with blues legend, Andra Fay


Jeff studied music at Berklee College of Music and music education at the University of Maine (B.M. Summa Cum Laude). He is also a Teaching Artist with the Maine Arts Commission. His book of Fingerstyle Etudes for Ukulele is selling well internationally.   Jeff teaches ukulele and guitar in his Belfast, Maine studio, Belfast Guitar & Ukulele Workshop.

He currently is the director of Midcoast Ukes of Belfast, teaches at several non-profit community arts schools, including  Bay Chamber Concerts & Music School, Belfast Homeschool Coop and Sweetland School/Sweet Tree Arts