2017 FACULTY

 

MIKE DOWLING 

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   

MARTIN GROSSWENDT

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 

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  

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 Faye.  

GERALD ROSS 

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. 

MARTIN GROSSWENDT