From David: I like to stay upbeat on here, but I have to say I'm thankful to be alive--yesterday at this time, Rebecca Lomnicky and myself were crashed into head-on at high speed quite seriously by a drunk driver (whom was arrested)... My car (The Subaru, not the mighty green Geo) was completely totaled--we were both wearing seat belts and the airbags deployed and saved us, so the brave Subaru did its job...we were not completely unscathed however; quite scraped, burned, and twisted, but thankfully nothing seems broken or punctured. We are quite shaken up about it & so glad it wasn't worse-- we are just laying low and recovering today, but please do send good vibes--thanks! Thanks to Pete & Lynda Haworth for taking care of us in the aftermath.. Hope y'all are well... I'll be in touch soon




(May 24, 1941)

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1. The Blue Grass Hoppers, Los Angeles

2. New Roads, Reseda

3. Fiddlers of Troy, Santa Monica

4. Honorable Mention: Acoustic Shadow Band, Los Angeles

Traditional Banjo - Advanced

1. Scott Linford, Los Angeles

2. Andy Roberts, Mariposa

3. Josh Gurney, Los Angeles

4. Honorable Mention: Ken Leiboff, San Jose

Traditional Banjo - Intermediate

1. Miles Young, Oakland

2. Milena Reed, Culver City

3. Doug Newman, Santa Monica

Traditional Banjo - Beginning

1. Rosy Nolan, Los Angeles

2. Ashley Atkinson, Los Angeles

3. Patrick Thuss, La Canada

Bluegrass Banjo - Advanced

1. Casey James Holmberg, Los Angeles

2. Mason Unthank, Santa Clarita

3. Dennis Nowack, San Diego

4. Honorable Mention: Gary Laskowski, Simi Valley

Bluegrass Banjo - Intermediate

1. Richard Dodge, Huntington Beach

2. Aaron Wardell, Marlow, NH

3. Heidi Lindblom , Huntington Beach

Bluegrass Banjo - Beginning

1. Tyler Goldstein, Torrance

2. Jackie Preciado, Los Angeles

3. Piper Keesee, Toluca Lake

Fiddle - Advanced

1. Nathaniel Copeland, Julian, CA

2. Jesse Olema, Sherman Oaks

3. Grant Wheeler, Los Angeles

4. Honorable Mention: Anya Sturm, Santa Monica

Fiddle - Intermediate

1. Stephanie Nagler, Los Angeles

2. Ellie Kroskrity, Venice

3. Georgia Pike, San Pedro

Fiddle - Beginning

1. Sophie Yera, Santa Monica

2. Henry Sullivan, Santa Monica

3. Charlotte Bradley-McKinnon, Pasadena

Mandolin - Advanced

1. Kirby Cool, Oakland

2. Roland Sturm, Santa Monica

Mandolin - Intermediate

1. Anya Sturm, Santa Monica

2. Mary Zangerle, Moorpark

3. Doug Newman, Santa Monica

Mandolin - Beginning

1. Emily Unthank, Santa Clarita

2. Claire Masters, Valencia

Flat-Picking Guitar - Advanced

1. Jonah Warschaw, Woodland Hills

2. Cory McClintic, Los Altos

3. Bob Schetter, Tehachapi

Flat-Picking Guitar - Intermediate

1. Mark Humphrey, Santa Monica

2. Ryan McLaughlin, Alaska

3. John Drake, Fountain Valley

Flat-Picking Guitar - Beginning

1. Matthew St. Claire, Bakersfield

2. Piper Keesee, Toluca Lake

3. Rachael Koscelnick, Bell Canyon

Finger-Style Guitar

1. Pete Steinberg, Los Angeles

2. Jonah Warschaw, Woodland Hills

3. Douglas Newman, Santa Monica

4. Honorable Mention: Jill Fenimore, Los Angeles

Other Instruments

1. Ken Leiboff, San Jose [Harmonica]

2. Chris Teuber, Venice [Harmonica]

3. Terry Okey, Los Angeles [Slide Dobro Guitar]

4. Honorable Mention: Pedro Arevalo, Malibu [Dobro]


1. Leeann Skoda, Los Angeles

2. The Gazelles and Friends, Los Angeles

3. Skylar Keesee, Toluca Lake

4. Honorable Mention: Machine Gun Housewives, Santa Monica

Best Backup Instrument

1. Simon Petty, unknown [Guitar]

2. Larry Schallert, Canyon Country [Guitar]

3. Ken Leiboff, San Jose [Guitar]

Flatfoot Dancing - Youth (12 & under)

1. Harmony Svetska, Oxnard

2. Eden Perryman, Ventura

3. Rae Low, Los Angeles

Flatfoot Dancing - Young Adult (13 - 30)

1. Afton Coombs, Los Angeles

2. Olivia Warren, Moorpark

3. Danielle Hernandez, Simi Valley

Flatfoot Dancing - Adult (31 - 65)

1. Aedan MacDonnell, Sierra Madre

2. Evelyn Eisele, Santa Rosa Valley

3. Craig Schoenbaum, Culver City

Flatfoot Dancing - Senior (66 & up)

1. Hap Palmer, Woodland Hills

2. Pat Arnold, Torrance

Oldest Musician

Stan Shapin (1937), Orange - Advanced Traditional Banjo

Youngest Musician

Rae Low (2009), Los Angeles - Flatfoot Dancing (Youth)



(November 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016)

Guy Charles Clark (November 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016) was a Grammy Award winning American Texas country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer. He has released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. Guy Clark won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You.

Clark was born in Monahans, Texas, and eventually settled in Nashville, where he helped create the progressive country and outlaw country genres. His songs "L.A. Freeway" and "Desperados Waiting for a Train" that helped launch his career were covered by numerous performers. The New York Timesdescribed him as "a king of the Texas troubadours", declaring his body of work "was as indelible as that of anyone working in the Americana idiom in the last decades of the 20th century."



(May 17, 1948)

DICK GAUGHAN (May 17, 1948, Glasgow) is a Scottish musician, singer, and songwriter, particularly of folk and social protest songs.

Gaughan took up the guitar at the age of seven. Although he later sang in Scottish Gaelic, he is not fluent in that language; he does, however, have a powerful command of Scots. Gaughan sang in Edinburgh folk clubs and became a professional musician in 1970, playing mainly traditional songs on an acoustic guitar. He now writes his own songs as well as performing those of others. Although his approach to performing focuses on the words to the songs, Gaughan is also known as a master of the acoustic guitar. An example of his purely instrumental work is Coppers and Brass (1977).

Gaughan has many and various influences. In his guitar playing one can detect the influence of Doc Watson, Davy Graham and Bert Jansch, but he also claims to have been influenced by musicians as diverse as Hank Williams and Seán Ó Riada. His songs have been recorded by Billy Bragg, Mary Black, Jessica Haines & Mark Kaiser and Capercaillie amongst many others. He has also recorded extensively as a session musician.

Gaughan's interest in composition and orchestration has led to two orchestral commissions from the prestigious Celtic Connections festival: Timewaves (Lovesong to a People's Music) in 2004 and, in 2007, his first symphonic work, Treaty 300, a musical examination of the effects of the Treaty of Union of 1707 on Scottish culture composed for the inaugural concert of the Celtic Connections Youth Orchestra.



(May 16, 1901 – 1982)

BIRCH MONROE (May 16, 1901 – 1982) was a notable early bluegrass fiddler, bassist, founding member of the Monroe brothers, and older brother to Bill Monroe. Birch, along with his brother Charlie left the Monroe family farm in Rosine, Kentucky in the 1920s to work in the booming northern factories of the time. When Bill joined them in 1929 they were working in East Chicago at the Sinclair Oil refinery. There, the brothers played local venues and dances. Birch, with his brothers played on WAE in Hammond and also performed weekly on WJKS in Gary. In 1932, Birch, Charlie, and Bill, along with a friend, Larry Moore, were hired as exhibition square dancers for the national barn dance radio program, broadcast from Chicago. In 1934, Birch chose the stability of working at the refinery to support his sisters while Charlie and Bill went on to perform on KFNF in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Birch later joined Bill in 1946 on a recording session in Chicago; a session that included Earl Scruggs. Birch sang bass on the gospel number "Wicked Path of Sin." Birch would play bass on tour with Bill after Howard Watts left the band. Birch Monroe was also manager, in the early 1960s, of Bill Monroe's country music park, the Brown County Jamboree, in Bean Blossom, Indiana.


(May 6, 1903 – April 5, 1983)

CLIFF CARLISLE (May 6, 1903 – April 5, 1983) was an American country and blues singer. Carlisle was a yodeler and was a pioneer in the use of the Hawaiian steel guitar in country music. He was a brother of country music star Bill Carlisle.

Carlisle was born in Taylorsville, Kentucky and began performing locally with cousin Lillian Truax at age 16. Truax's marriage put an end to the group, and Carlisle began playing with Wilber Ball, a guitarist and tenor harmonizer. The two toured frequently around the U.S. playing vaudeville and circus venues in the 1920s.

Carlisle and Ball first played at Louisville, Kentucky radio station WHAS-AM in 1930, which made them local stars, and later that year they recorded forGennett Records and Champion Records. In 1931, they recorded with Jimmie Rodgers. Toward the end of 1931, Carlisle signed with ARC and was offered performance slots on several radio stations, including WBT-AM in Charlotte, North Carolina, WLS-AM in Chicago and WLW-AM in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cliff's brother Bill Carlisle became his guitarist after Ball left in 1934. During the 1930s Carlisle, who recorded a large amount of material despite a hiatus from 1934 to 1936, frequently released songs with sexual connotations including barnyard metaphors (which became something of a hallmark).

Carlisle toured with his son, "Sonny Boy Tommy," to occasional consternation from authorities in areas where this contravened local child labor laws. He continued to perform on WMPS-AM in Memphis, Tennessee for several years in the 1940s, but by the 1950s had retired from music. In the 1960s, The Rooftop Singers covered his tune "Tom Cat Blues"; in its wake, Carlisle and Ball did a few reunion shows together and recorded for Rem Records. On April 2, 1983, Carlisle died at the age of 79 in Lexington, Kentucky. [WikiPedia]


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May 12-14 2016

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