Chris Coole (Banjo, Week 1)
Chris Coole got his first banjo when he was 17 years old after falling in love with the sounds of folk and early country music, and is now an in-demand performer and teacher of both banjo and guitar at workshops and festivals across Canada and the U.S.. Over the years Chris has been a key contributor in the Toronto bluegrass scene playing solo and with bands like The Foggy Hogtown Boys, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, and The Dave Francey Band. Chris is known as a unique and grounded songwriter, and his songs have been covered by artists including Megan Lynch and Bill Evans. Apart from his own albums, Chris can be heard as a sideman and/or producer on over 150 recordings by artists such as Sylvia Tyson, Jim Cuddy, Natalie MacMaster, Cara Luft, John Reishman, and April Verch.
Cathy Fink (Banjo, Week 1)
Cathy Fink is a Grammy-winning performer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been playing old time banjo for over 30 years. She has won the West Virginia State Banjo Contest three times, and her CD, Banjo Haiku, has become a classic in its genre. Cathy’s teaching skills have been honed at music camps throughout North America, and she has released banjo instructional DVDs on Homespun Tapes. Cathy performs and records with Marcy Marxer, with whom she has toured around the world.
Fred Keller (Mandolin, Week 2)
Fred Keller is back at Kitchen Party after a several year hiatus, and we are so excited to have his kind spirit and great energy back at the camp. A gifted mandolinist, Fred played with Bluegrass trio The Whistle Pigs, and has now devoted his career to the music of America’s “Deep North” – Minnesota, that is. As a passionate historian, Fred incorporates his research of times-past into his music, and he collects folk tunes everywhere he visits. While Bluegrass may be his specialty, Fred’s playing is influenced by the Blues as well as Irish, Ragtime, and Tin Pan Alley music, and he has a wealth of knowledge to share with both beginner and seasoned players.
Daniel Koulack (Week 1 Fiddle, Week 2 Banjo)
Daniel Koulack, whose music includes a broad range of genres, is a respected multi-instrumentalist and teacher on the Canadian music scene. At eleven years of age he bought a banjo with money saved up from his paper route, and a year later he made his professional debut at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Twice-nominated for the Junos, Daniel has released three solo albums and regularly collaborates with Canada’s best musicians across genres. Daniel has been a beloved teacher at KLKP for many years, and his bass playing is a constant on our concert stage.