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2023 Metamora Mandolin Gathering Instructors

 

Registration is necessary for these workshops, and can be done the day of the event. There is a cost saving if you register early for all day, which includes five workshops and a midday instructor led jam.

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Scott Napier

Tips & Tricks to Play Faster

Cross Picking Basics, McReynolds style

Scott Napier has been a Professional Musician since 1996 touting two decades of experience. He is the director of the Bluegrass & Traditional Music program at Owensboro Community & Technical College in Owensboro, KY.

A native of southeastern Kentucky, Scott Napier picked up a mandolin as a teenager and has hardly set it down since. Scott began his professional career in 1996 as mandolinist with bluegrass legend Larry Sparks. After leaving the Lonesome Ramblers, Scott spent a year touring with International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning female vocalist Dale Ann Bradley and appeared on her 2006 release “Catch Tomorrow.” Around the same time, Scott was also a member of the house band for many episodes of the PBS series Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour in Lexington, KY. Scott was then recruited by Grammy award-winning artist Marty Raybon to tour the country as part of Marty’s band, “Full Circle.”
Scott joined  The Lost and Found and helped to complete their 2009 album, “Love, Lost and Found” .
Mike Scott of Mike Scott and The Nashville Band asked Scott to join them in 2012 for a twelve-day tour playing bluegrass music in Israel; Scott notes this as a highlight moment of his career, and it remains one of his favorite travel experiences thus far.

In 2014, Scott accepted a full-time teaching position at Hazard Community and Technical College’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM) in Hyden, KY. 

In March 2024 Scott moved to the director position at the Bluegrass & Traditional Music Program at the Owensboro Community & Technical College.
In 2018 and 2020 Scott was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association for their Mentor of the Year award. In addition to his busy teaching schedule, Scott continues to freelance as a player, filling in with various bands for both in-person appearances and recording projects. He also offers private lessons and continues to write songs almost daily. Scott is endorsed by Gibson mandolins, Weber mandolins, GHS Strings, and BlueChip Picks.

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Andra Faye

Mandolin from Scratch

Blues Mandolin

Andra Faye was a member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women from 1992 until their retirement in 2009, and has earned a sterling reputation for her multi-stringed versatility, especially for blues mandolin.

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Lauren Price Napier

Tremolo, Slides & Double Stops

Monroe's Road to Columbus

Music has always had a resounding presence in the lives of twin sisters Lauren Price Napier and Leanna Price. Growing up, both of their parents sang traditional and old-time country songs. As the sisters grew up hearing duet harmony, they naturally became accustomed to singing together themselves. Lauren and Leanna were gifted instruments for their eighth birthday and began taking lessons at age nine, though they didn’t take as strong an interest in bluegrass music specifically, until their mid-high school years. The girls then began attending as many festivals and workshops as possible. Both were recipients of Bill Vernon Memorial Scholarships at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in 2014 and attended the annual IBMA conference for the first time that fall. In 2017, Lauren and Leanna each completed their Bachelor degrees in Traditional Music from Morehead State University.

 

During the spring of 2016, the girls were signed to Rebel Records and subsequently recorded and released an EP that August, thus beginning the pursuit to tour professionally as The Price Sisters. The Price Sisters have now performed at numerous venues and festivals across the United States and were also included in a 10-day tour of The People’s Republic of China in 2015. The sisters  released their first full-length album for Rebel, 'A Heart Never Knows,' in spring of 2018.

The Price Sisters were contracted as 2019 artists in residence with the International Bluegrass Music Museum's 'Bluegrass in the Schools' program. During that time, the sisters performed at 24 elementary schools throughout the Owensboro, KY, area. In February The Price Sisters headlined both nights of the historic University of Chicago Folk Festival and conducted an afternoon workshop with emphasis on sibling vocals and blending harmony singing.
 

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Don Julin

Pentatonic Scales

Improve Your Groove & Increase Your Speed

(not mandolin specific; guitars, fiddles, banjos welcome)

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Caleb Christopher Edwards

Practical Mandolin

Irish Mandolin

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