Malia Furtado: Malia’s musical journey began at the age of 3 with classical violin lessons and took a turn, for better or for worse, with the discovery of bluegrass at age 7 when she attended her first festival, Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention. Since then, Malia has performed with a number of different groups, taken home a range of prizes, and graced the stage of numerous venues up and down the East Coast. Malia has given private lessons in both bluegrass and classical since 2006. Other teaching ventures include appearances on two Murphy Method instructional DVD’s and leading fiddle workshops at various festivals.
Dave Van Deventer: David Van Deventer (a.k.a. Fiddlin’ Dave) has been studying the folk origins of the fiddle for over 30 years. David is Co-owner of Shepherds Ford Productions, the company that produces the annual Watermelon Park Fest and River and Roots Festival at Watermelon Park Campground in Berryville Va. He is a fiddle and banjo instructor, as well as an active member of Furnace Mountain, The Woodshedders, and David Via and Corn Tornado.
Stacey Sinclair: She’s Canadian, she plays fiddle, what more is there to say! Stacey is originally from Canada, a country with a long history of fiddle music. She blends this influence with her classical violin training when she plays American Bluegrass. Stacey is a founding member of Split String Soup, and performs with several other area bands. Stacey also teaches the next generation of musicians as a violin instructor at Reston Music and has coordinated children’s activities for Shepherd’s Ford Productions at Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival.
Gina Clowes: Born and raised in Front Royal, Virginia, Gina began touring up and down the east coast in her tween years with her siblings, earning countless ribbons from fiddlers conventions, a strong reputation in the regional bluegrass scene, and a stamp from Bluegrass Today as “absurdly talented”. She later played in a number of regional acts (Blue Light Special, New Girls Nite Out, On the Run, Bud’s Collective) and has made her international touring exposure with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers soon after joining the group. She is sought after as a teacher privately and at camps across the country. Her new album, True Colors, which was released in September 2017, debuted on bluegrass Billboard Charts at #13, had a number one hit on Roots Music Report, has appeared on Bluegrass Today’s Grassicana Charts, and has received sparkling reviews from critics.