Eliza Gilkyson is a 2-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg.
Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”
Her latest release on Red House Records, The Nocturne Diaries, produced by her son Cisco Ryder, is a journey through the dark night of the soul that ends at the light of dawn with a sense of gratitude and a stubborn little ray of hope.
Eliza is an active member of the Austin music and political community, including the environmental organization Save Our Springs, and she is a co-founder of 5604 Manor, an Austin-based resource center that promotes political activism and community involvement around issues of race, patriarchy and global injustice. Visit Eliza’s website for more information.
Joe Craven is a musician in the broadest sense of the word. Contagiously curious about musical sound, Craven plumbs the depths and outer reaches of his creativity with a flair for both the whimsical and the profound, as well as a refreshing openness about the vehicle he uses to get there. A former 17-year-member of the David Grisman Quintet, Joe Craven is a one-man band and his tool box includes a wide variety of string and percussion instruments as well as found objects. For 30 years, he’s recorded and performed with an incredibly diverse list of artists, including David Lindley and Jerry Garcia.
A visual artist, former museologist, actor and award winning creativity educator, Joe has a unique gift for transferring his enthusiasm for music to audiences and fellow musicians alike (though the two categories are hardly separate: members of a Joe Craven audience can become musicians by the end of the show). Working with all ages from pre-schoolers to adults, Joe has made his workshops, lectures, and artist residencies the stuff of legend. Director of RiverTunes Music Camp and Co-Director of the Wintergrass Youth Academy, the multi-talented Craven also emcees music festivals nation-wide, performs session work, and contributes music and sound effects to projects ranging from computer games to film soundtracks. Find out more at Joe’s website
Gail Dreifus bought her first guitar at“Goodwill” at the age of 14 and has been writing songs since she could string a series of basic chords together. Starting with songs of protest and heartfelt love songs, Gail also writes about nature and history. Inspired by living in YosemiteNational Park, she developed a program of original songs about the park which has been performed for over 25 years for children and their guardians. Her songs are catchy, appealing and it is surprising to note how much information is incorporated in the lyrics.
Gail has produced seven CDs for National Parks across the United States and has performed them with her children’s band, “Recycled String Band.” This band was formed in 1990, and continues to delight audiences with songs about nature and ecology. Her writing credits include an award from the National Park Service in Washington, DC for her musical Interpretation and presentation of national parks and monuments. Gail has performed at conventions, libraries, schools, museums, radio and television and for her students. She teaches English and History in a one-room school in El Portal, CA. Aside from writing and performing children’s music, Gail is part of Colorado Road band, which performs the bands original music throughout California. Find out more at Gail’s website.
Adam Burns is a musician and educator based in Mariposa, California. Adam combines rock, folk, ska and eastern European influences to create music that is both energetic and richly melodic. He performs regularly around California with his band, Bootstrap Circus, and teaches music in El Portal and Mariposa.
Adam grew up in rural England and moved to California in 2004. He worked as a Field Science Educator for NatureBridge in Yosemite for seven years before transferring his education skills to music. In 2010, Adam launched the Beat Harvest music education program with a mission to inspire people to make music and teach them the skills they need to do so. In his teaching, Adam focuses on unleashing creative potential and collaboration with other musicians. His goal is to teach his students not only to play their instrument, but also how to use music to express themselves and build community.
(Sleepy) John Sandidge
Sleepy John, Born on a mountain top in Tennessee! Well really in Santa Monica, lived in Los Angeles til the late 70’s and then moved to Santa Cruz and got involved with radio (KAZU (Moved on), KZSC (Current), KHIP (Fired), KUSP (Fired), KSCO (Really Fired), KKUP (Current) and KPIG (Current (Not Fired Yet)). I have been a broadcaster since 1983. I am also involved in the concert promoting field for about the same time frame.I currently do a LIVE music show (Please Stand By) on KPIG. We have completed over 1000 shows. I have been involved in the music business for almost 40 years. I enjoy good food, bad movies and long walks on the beach.