Megan Lynch Chowning
Megan Lynch, originally from Redding, California, is a seven time national fiddle champion, touring musician, recording artist, teacher, singer, and flatfooter. She recently finished a four year touring stint with legendary country music artists Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan, and has played with bluegrass stars Dale Ann Bradley, Roland White, Larry Cordle, Jim Hurst, Chris Jones, 3 Fox Drive, Due West, Chris Stuart, and BEML (the duo of Bill Evans and Megan). Megan has fiddled and sung on more than two dozen projects, and has several solo fiddle albums available as well as an instructional CD called The Comprehensive Fiddler, as well as duet projects with her husband Adam and clawhammer banjo innovator Adam Hurt. She has taught fiddle at prestigious camps such as Augusta Heritage Week, the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, Sore Fingers Bluegrass Week in the UK, and the California Bluegrass Association Camp, among many others. Megan has also judged the National Fiddle Championships three times, as well as many state championships throughout the country. She’s the director of her own FiddleStar Youth and Adult Fiddle Camps. But sometimes she just likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers.
Born into a family of acclaimed roots musicians, Natalie Padilla was immersed in fiddle and violin music at a very young age and has since grown into a musician of astounding depth and breadth, a performer and educator fluent in a wide variety of genres. Natalie initially studied Texas-Style fiddle under the tutelage of her mother, award-winning fiddler Nancy Padilla, and began winning contests on her own at the age of 6. At that tender age she was named Montana State Pee Wee Fiddle Champion and soon went on to become National Small Fry Fiddle Champion at the National Old Time Fiddler’s Contest (1994), National Young Adult Fiddle Champion (2015), National Twin Fiddling Champion (2015), Rocky Mountain Regional Grand Champion (2015), and RockyGrass Fiddle Champion (2015). A fiery contest fiddler steeped in the traditions of Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Texas-Style Fiddle music, Natalie also has deep roots in classical violin. In 2011, after winning several prestigious student awards, she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Since graduating from UNC, Natalie has continued to explore her love of classical music and has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Boulder Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony and Sphere Ensemble. She currently serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. Building on her Old-Time roots and her rich background in classical music, Natalie has devoted herself to creative roots music in recent years. In 2015 she founded the original new acoustic band Masontown and has since been composing and singing for the group, as well as playing fiddle and clawhammer banjo. Masontown has played extensively throughout the mountain west, released a debut EP in late 2015, and took runner up at the acclaimed RockyGrass band competition in the summer of 2016. As a free-lance fiddler extraordinaire Natalie has also performed in every setting from intimate house concerts to Red Rocks Amphitheater, touching on nearly every form of fiddle music imaginable (from Irish flute of fiddle tunes to new classical pieces to modern bluegrass), recorded in a variety of settings around the country, and shared the stage with such revered talents as Peter Rowan, Frank Solivan, and Pete Wernick. Throughout her deep and diverse musical career Natalie has always been a devoted educator, and has maintained an active studio of private fiddle and violin students since her early teens. She has also been in demand at fiddle and violin camps around the country, teaching for several years at the Montana Fiddle Camp, Fiddle and Flute Weekend Getaway, Brian Wicklund’s Fiddle Pal Camp, and Midsummer Days String Camp, among others. While living in Summit County, Colorado Natalie also taught private lessons and conducted high school and middle school orchestras through the public school system. While Natalie spends almost every waking moment honing her art, craft, and musical pedagogy, there’s a chance you can catch her out and about in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, running or skiing, or at home on an off night, cooking something new and inspiring...while listening to amazing music, of course.
Well versed in a variety of fiddle traditions including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Scottish and Canadian styles, Rachel Baiman is a versatile and dynamic fiddle player. Originally from Chicago, Il Rachel is a winner of the Midwestern Fiddle Championships as well as a two time winner of the Illinois State fiddle Championship and a second place winner of the 2012 Nashville Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in the “Traditional Styles” category. Her love for folk and acoustic music inspired a move to Nashville in 2008, where she earned degrees in Music and Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. In Nashville, she formed 5-string fiddle duo 10 String Symphony, with fellow fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer (of the Jerry Douglas Band). The pair continues to explore and innovate with duo fiddle arrangements for songs and tunes, their most recent album is produced by the great Kris Drever of LAU. She has toured extensively throughout the United States with 10 String Symphony, as well as with her own band, and has appeared at such festivals as Pickathon, ROMP, The Strawberry Music Festival, Merlefest and Blissfest, as well as International Festivals La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France), the Fringe Festival (Scotland), the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival (Australia), The Auckland Folk Festival (New Zealand), and the ArtisTree Festival (Hong Kong). Rachel also enjoys teaching and runs her own week-long fiddle camp in the Chicago area. A recent review by LA's The Bluegrass Situation hailed her a “goose-bump-instigating talent” In 2017, Rachel released her second solo album , “Shame”, which was featured on NPR music’s “Songs we Love”, and favorably reviewed by No Depression, Noisey, and called "A rootsy wake-up call" by Folk Alley.