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, a powerful vocalist & talented multi-instrumentalist, tours & records with partner, Scott Ballantine, with two CD releases. Their latest project,  “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” , released by the VizzTone Label Group, is receiving rave reviews.  She has toured the world with her previous band, Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women, and is a well-respected vocal coach & stringed instrument teacher both in individual and group settings. She has taught at guitar camps from coast to coast, and is looking forward to returning for her 5th year to Guitar Intensives in Bar Harbor, Maine!


Scott Ballantine is from Indianapolis, Indiana and a lifelong professional guitarist.   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 Faye.  


Gerald Ross is comfortable with just about every type of “roots” music there is, from western swing, bluegrass, Hawaiian, blues, jug band music, jazz standards, Tin Pan Alley, New Orleans rhythms to boogie-woogie, and he plays it all on guitar, lap steel, Dobro and ukulele. 

He’s performed in concert with Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson, Johnny Gimble, Riders In The Sky, Brownie McGhee and many others. Gerald won the Solo Artist Category of the 1993 WEMU Jazz Competition and has appeared many times on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

These days, Gerald is one of America’s best-known performers, entertainers and advocates for the ukulele. He’s released six ukulele CDs, published instructional materials, and is very much in demand as a music festival instructor. 



Rolly Brown, a consummate musician and teacher, has done it all!  He’s  been a solo performer, sideman, studio musician, radio producer, and teacher.  And he plays it all – from folk, blues, jazz, swing, bluegrass, and original finger style guitar. While he’s won national championships for his out-of-this-world flatpicking, he’s also fantastic at fingerstyle. This will be his second year at Guitar Intensives’ Mainely Guitar Week.   l.

Rolly has done numerous videos, and has recently recorded several instructional videos for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop.