2020 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 four workshops, jams, and the evening show.

Scott Napier


Scott Napier has been a Professional Musician since 1996 touting two decades of experience. He is on the faculty of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music  in Hyden, KY.

He's toured extensively throughout the United States and in countries such as Japan, Israel, and Canada. He is an accomplished mandolin and guitar player, as well as a traditional music composer and songwriter, having written dozens of songs to date. Scott has extensive instrumental and vocal recording experience in the studio, with numerous award-winning bluegrass and traditional music artists. Scott has performed with bluegrass award winning groups such as Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Bobby Osborne, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, The Whites, and more. He has released a nationally acclaimed solo mandolin project, and has developed an instructional DVD for the mandolin. Scott has performed and taught mandolin on a Bluegrass Caribbean Cruise, at a 4th of July Celebration at the Washington Monument, A Prairie Home Companion radio program, and a major motion picture sound track recording. He is still a regular invitee to the International Bluegrass Music Award Conference to speak, perform and instruct on the mandolin, and is a private mandolin and guitar instructor for bluegrass workshops, music composition workshop instructor. Currently Scott is a band member with the international performing group Lost and Found, a group which has been successful on the bluegrass and traditional music circuit for over 40 years

Mark Murkowski

Swing Mandolin

Mark began studying mandolin and tenor banjo in Appleton, WI almost five decades ago.  At the age of 16 he began playing banjo at the Showboat Saloon in downtown Wisconsin Dells, WI for six summers of singalongs and peanut shells.  After college Mark traveled for a Sara Lee owned meat company as a musical goodwill ambassador for six years traveling 200,000 to 250,000 land/air miles per year and performing in 46 states.  Mark has studied with many teachers including swing mandolin master Jethro Burns.  He plays and teaches many styles of music including Dixieland, Gypsy swing, Americana and more.  As the owner of Frank’s Violins he served his Indianapolis area customers for 17 years selling fine instruments.  

Josh hails from Southern Ohio, an area steeped in bluegrass music history. For the last 4 years Josh has been playing mandolin and singing with the traditional bluegrass group Slippery Creek. Their tours span venues and festivals across America. Josh prides himself on his affection for the classic style of bluegrass, and has spent countless hours listening to, and studying the style of mandolin playing made popular by Bill Monroe. Over the years Josh has filled in with several different regional acts, as well as playing regularly with Slippery Creek. His hope is to encourage more folks to keep the traditional style of bluegrass alive and thriving.

Dave Bagdade

Celtic Mandolin

Electric Mandolin

Dave Bagdade is an award-winning mandolin player and an experienced educator, having performed and taught at workshops all over the US and Canada.  In addition to playing regularly as a solo artist and with The Cousin Brothers and the New Trad Ramblers, he teaches Celtic and bluegrass mandolin and guitar at the beginning and intermediate levels.  Dave is also the host and producer of the Kitchen Party Ceilidh and the Rockin’ Dave’s Roots Roundup radio programs.  He has released several albums of original music.

David Slates

Reading Tab and Ensemble Playing

The son of classically trained musicians and teachers, Dave has been involved with music his entire life. As soon as he could walk he was singing with church choirs, and had his first band when he was in 8th grade.  Having played a variety of instruments, Dave's passion has become the mandolin and he has been actively playing it for the last 15 years. Dave is active with the Central Indiana Folk Music and Dulcimer Society and the Sugar Cream Pie Band and Sidetracked. He is a former member of Mandolindy and Rich Murry and the Choosey  Beggars. Dave has been teaching mandolin at the Raintree Music Festival and the Eagle Creek Folk Festival for many years

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