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(guitar, cittern, mandolin, vocals) Jim is an award-winning songwriter and instrumentalist with a clear tenor voice that earned him honors with Hot Shandy as a three-time finalist for College Entertainer of the Year. He is the founding Director of the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops at Warren Wilson College, and in 1994, was awarded the first Fellowship in Songwriting and Composition from the North Carolina Arts Council. With numerous album and performance credits, including appearances with Emmy Lou Harris and Tom Paxton, Jim's original songs have been covered by such artists as Mike Cross, the Smith Sisters, Cucanandy & the Shaw Bros., and have been featured on NPR's Thistle & Shamrock. View our discography. In the world of graphic arts, his cover designs for the Swannanoa Gathering’s catalogs have won nine design awards, he's been a two-time finalist for Photoshop World’s Guru Awards, and he has consulted on website design for several luthiers.
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(wooden and silver flutes, tinwhistle, vocals) Beth grew up studying classical music. She was a member of the Charlotte Flute Choir when she was captivated by Celtic music and is very comfortable in both genres. She is an active session musician, and appears on numerous recordings by such artists as singer/songwriter Johnsmith, hammered dulcimists Jerry Read Smith and Jim Taylor, and Grammy-winning songwriter Jon Vezner. View our discography. She has performed on NPR's Mountain Stage, served as the music director for Highland Repertory Theater's production, A Mislaid Heaven, and currently plays with The Magills, the contra dance band, Fly By Night, and various other musicians. She also has a thriving private music studio, teaching tinwhistle and flute and a regular blog on the power of music in community. She and Jim are regular performers at Asheville's Biltmore Estate and The Grove Park Inn, and their music has been featured on NC Public Television and NPR. They also lead bi-monthly community sings as part of the "Intersections" series at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre.
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(fiddle, low whistle, guitar) Andrew started Suzuki method violin at age 9 but soon discovered a passion for Irish music. Over the next few years he studied with such masters as Seamus Connolly, Liz Carroll, Tommy Peoples, Martin Hayes, Brendan McGlinchey, James Kelly, Brian Conway and Brendan Bulger. Andrew is a four-time gold medalist at the New York Fleadh Cheoil, and has twice competed at the All-Ireland Championships in Ireland. He served as an instructor in Irish fiddle at the Swannanoa Gathering for two years, and in 2005 released his first CD of Irish fiddle music, Drive & Lift, featuring John Doyle on guitar and bouzouki, and John Skelton on flute. Cuts from that CD have been featured on several compilation CDs as well as on NPR's Thistle & Shamrock. He is a founding member of the Celtic trio, Midnight at Kittredge, and has ten years experience as a voiceover actor for radio and TV commercials. In April of 2007, Andrew was featured in the Asheville Bravo Concerts’ “Rising Star Showcase” at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville. He recently graduated with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in ethnomusicology, and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to develop a multimedia fundraising project called Mau a Malawi: Stories of AIDS, to benefit AIDS patients and their families in Malawi, east Africa. Learn more at the project's website: www.storiesofaids.com