Bronwyn Keith‐Hynes is a Boston-based bluegrass fiddler originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. She began playing fiddle at the age of three and grew up playing Cape Breton and Irish traditional music, before becoming enamoured with bluegrass music as a teenager. Accepted on a scholarship to attend the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music at age 16, she graduated in 2012 with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. Bronwyn is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. She has performed with Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, The Milk Carton Kids, Anais Mitchell, The Deadly Gentlemen and Tony Trischka, among others. Bronwyn is a founding member of the IBMA Momentum Award-winning Boston-based bluegrass band Mile Twelve, and can be found touring with them all over the planet. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS and in 2015 won first place in the Freshgrass Fiddle Contest. Bronwyn has been on staff at Berklee College of Music teaching string lessons at The Five Week Program for several years. She also teaches privately throughout the year in Boston, and world-wide via Skype.
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 a new instructional CD out 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.