Most importantly the Camp & Jam is about fun with music through education. The Camp & Jam is part of a 10 year history of providing workshops to musicians, young, old,beginner and experienced alike. In the past we've depended on the performers who travel into the area for the shows and workshops, the teacher goes home and the student is left on his own. This year we have also included local teachers so lasting student teacher relationships can be made. Last year over 100 people participated in the free workshops we offered. And we only see it growing!
Our workshops are completely free, no festival ticket is required and no fee to sit in a class. Donations are accepted and 100% goes to our music education fund. Tri-County Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that hosts the workshops and pays teachers. Local recognized teachers, from private and public schools alike as well as our guest performers from around the country will help make this year's workshops the best and most informative yet.
Jesse Maw lives in the state of Montana, where he has studied music since the early age of 5. He started fiddle music initially, becoming very proficient in the Texas-style fiddle tradition, where he went on to win multiple National Oldtime Fiddle Championships in Weiser, ID, along with many more competitions, in his early teens. Continuing the momentum from fiddle styles, Jesse expanded his musical horizons when he started studying Swing, Jazz, and improvisation. Since then, Jesse has gone on to study and perform in many musical styles, including Country, Fusion, Bebop, Indian Carnatic, Microtonal, and Just Intonation. In addition, he has personally studied across the globe under some of the world's most prominent musicians, including fiddle giants Mark O'Connor, Billy Contreras, and Jimmie Don Bates, jazz violinists Christian Howes and Didier Lockwood, and legendary musical tuning expert, Siemen Terpstra.
Jesse has taught or performed at workshops and festivals across the U.S., including the Shasta Music Summit, the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, and Djangofest Northwest. He also gives private instruction in his spare time. Along with the violin, he plays and enjoys the mandolin, guitar, tenor guitar, and tenor banjo. He also engages in a bit of singing, and one of his personal favorites: whistling.
Having grown up in the beautiful, natural environment that encompasses the Flathead Valley in Montana, Jesse developed a love for the outdoors and a contemplative life style. His interests revolve around continual learning through reading, writing, and listening, in subjects such as literature, philosophy, language, sports, and of course, music, to name a few. Jesse is currently engrossed in making and performing new music, as well as researching and forming ideas when approaching life's subjects from a fresh, musical perspective.
From the Northern end of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Malia grew up surrounded by music. She started playing classical violin at the age of three and at age seven, her family started playing bluegrass after going to the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention. Combining her classical and bluegrass repertoire, she established herself as an award winning musician, placing first at the Loudon County, Chesterfield, Burlington, and Galax Fiddle Contests, to name a few. Additionally, she has performed at some notable venues that include the Kennedy Center, Ryman Auditorium, America's Cup of Polo, ROMP, and the Carter Family Fold. Previous bands she has played in and for include her family band, All 4 Hymn, Blue Light Special, Driving Force, No Speed Limit and Heather Berry.
Although recently on a three-year hiatus to travel and do full-time volunteer work, Malia has returned to her true passion. Malia plays fiddle and sings harmony vocals with Circa Blue.
Zack Top takes over lead vocals and mandolin for the upward moving Nick Dumas (Special Consensus) in the Band North Country.