Alex Caton founded the Mountain Road Fiddle Camp in 2005 after she fell in love with the Brazenhead Inn in West Virginia. Her aim was to create a musically productive and fun atmosphere for her fiddle students to learn new material and jam on familiar tunes, plus try their hands at something new–such as dance, drum or guitar. The camp has outgrown her wishes to become an annual event that teachers, family members and students (fiddle as well as singers, dancers, guitarists, bassists, Irish drummers and banjo players) all look forward to with excitement.
Alex Caton is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and music teacher who has dedicated her life to passing on the tradition of old-time and Irish music. She teaches privately out of her home, in workshops and camps throughout the States, and plays with a wide variety of groups across the globe. Alex’s recent Cds, that span from traditional Irish, Old Time to Early Country and Bluegrass sounds, have received many accolades and praise from reviewers of folk and traditional music worldwide. In 2009, at only 34 years of age, Alex was nominated for a Virginia Heritage Award for her dedication to the preservation and continuation of traditional forms of music. Though known for her respect for the traditions, she is most highly praised for her ability to keep the traditions alive by adding her own personal style and interpretation. For Mountain Road Fiddle Camp she teaches primarily Irish and/or Old Time fiddle, banjo, and singing.
Alex Davis was an original member of BRIMS during its formation in the early aughts. Alex initially studied Irish fiddle with Tes Slominski and Sara Read and concertina with Paddy League and Aaron Olwell. More recently Alex has learned from Rose Conway Flanagan and Andy Cleveland. In addition to working with BRIMS, Alex teaches reading at Jack Jouett Middle School and is an announcer for WTJU’s Celtic themed Atlantic Weekly Part 2, heard on Saturday mornings.
Peter Winne is a singer, guitarist, banjo-picker, and flatfooter currently living in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. During a three year stint in Virginia from 2008 to 2011 he played in a duo with Alex Caton while working for Charlottesville-based bluegrass record label Rebel Records. In between Virginia and Connecticut he performed with Tumbling Bones, a traditional folk group based in Portland, Maine. With Tumbling Bones, Winne participated in the State Department-sponsored program American Music Abroad, which sent the band to perform, lead workshops, and collaborate with local musicians all over Eastern Europe. Somewhere along the way, he picked up a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology from NYU with a focus in traditional gospel quartet music. He presently works as the head gardener at the nation’s oldest public rose garden.
Since moving to the States over 25 years ago, Pat Egan has been in constant demand as a teacher and performer. He is a regular staff member of both the Catskills Irish week in East Durham, NY and the Baltimore Irish Trad Festival in Maryland. Pat has also taught at the O’Flaherty Irish Retreat in Dallas, TX as well as at Mountain Road Traditional Music Camp in West Virginia. He has toured extensively across the country and globe with many fine musicians including the famed band Chulrua and with Alex Caton. Pat currently lives in Northern VA where gives private lessons and performs regularly. He is particularly known for his use of Standard tuning in Irish music.