Christian first came into contact with American roots music while attending Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington. Coming off a stint of studying Jazz at the Berklee College of Music, Christian found it refreshing to meet so many young talented musicians playing various styles of roots music like Gypsy Swing, Bluegrass and Old Time. Evergreen was a fertile ground for musicians; many of which have become respected players in the field and he flourished in this collective energy. This spurred him to study ethnomusicology where he traced many of these music’s back to the countries that they originated from. Christian became focused on the point in time when these music’s were brought to America and underwent a metamorphosis that resulted in what we now know to be American music. His repertoire draws from a blend of blues, swing, jug, honky tonk, bluegrass, and old time. Check out his current band Jug-Tonk Stompers.
Aaron’s knowledge base spans from in-depth electronics to proper posture when playing a complex classical piece. He grew up with a guitar in his lap from the age of 6 and has spent time with most common musical styles. His current involvement in the music scene includes playing in Clayton Sabine and the Blackout Lottery, running Headroom Stages music hall, rehearsal/recording/teaching studio on Elliot St., and offering beginning through advanced lessons in many styles of guitar.
Dawn plays the bluegrass banjo and a little ukulele and guitar. Her primarily focus in the shop is overseeing our website management and marketing. She designed our new website and oversees its management and upkeep as well as assisting with photography, graphic design and all things digital. If you don’t see her in the shop, you may find her picking her banjo during a summertime festival or working on new websites for Artisan Web and Print.
Sam is a Brattleboro based songwriter and string player. He has released a handful of solo albums and performs and records with numerous other groups. He recently compiled Imaginational Anthem Volume Five for Tompkins Square Records. In fall 2012 he was in residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. His work has won high praise from NPR, Dusted, Pop Matters, and Blurt Magazine, among others. Learn more here.