Dylan has been playing guitar since his early teens. At the age of 13 he started teaching workshops to young guitar players after school and on weekends. In his teen years he played lead guitar in a metal band and perfected his shredding skills. That band produced 2 albums and played regularly at Ottawa venues like Café Dekuf, Mavericks and Babylon.
After graduation Dylan decided to put school on hold and dedicate his time to perfecting his music skills. He now studies & plays Gypsy Jazz and Finger Style Acoustic guitar, influenced by guitar legends like Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Reed, Django Reienhardt, Frank Vignola. He also enjoys all forms of Rock, Blues, Folk, Country and Jazz.
Dylan offers patient instruction, encouragement and support for students, whatever their level. Students will appreciate the practical knowledge that he brings to music instruction through his own learning and playing experiences.
Al Wood is a multi-talented performer and songwriter with a deep reverence for the blues and traditionally based roots music. Wood’s heart-on-the-sleeve vocals, harmonica-playing and guitar work make for adventurous live shows and recordings with his band Al Wood and the Woodsmen and various projects. Make no mistake, harmonica is Al’s first love – and he was practically born with one in his hand – learning classic country numbers and other melodic standards from his father in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario from age five onward.
Al has been playing professionally and performing for over twenty five years in countless contexts wherever the demand may dictate. Harmonica-wise Wood is a player who specializes in the Chicago tradition with a unique personal flavour developed through incorporating such unconventional influences and styles of hardcore real country, melodic jazz and funk-oriented material. This approach enables Wood to garner sideman gigs in addition to his own thing. Al is a fixture on the bar and festival circuit – and his recorded original songs gain extensive radio airplay on CBC, DAWG FM etc. Al fell in love with the blues back in the mid-80s as a teenager and decide to make it a major pursuit! Hands-on interaction like this only feeds that more!
Anna’s talent has taken her beyond Nova Scotia’s rich music scene, to share stages with the likes of The Beach Boys, Blue Rodeo, Don Ross, and Ron Hynes. Endless offers to play private & corporate functions and to collaborate with other musicians in shows & recordings speak to her versatility as a performer.
Sam Allison is a multi-instrumentalist and roots musician. He makes up one half of award-winning band Sheesham and Lotus and has co-produced their records with fiddler Teilhard Frost. Sam has performed with Jenny Whitely , Serena Ryder, Evelyn Parry, Luther Wright and Peter Appleyard.
Evan studied violin at the Rimouski Conservatory in Quebec and played with the OSE (Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire) for five years. He recently received his Master’s degree in music from the University of Ottawa in May 2013 and has been playing with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Evan plays violin with two bands here in Ottawa and has been teaching violin for ten years.
Alexis is from Ottawa, Canada and has been playing fiddle since the age of ten and has been influenced by Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish traditions. Alexis has performed at festivals, ceilidhs, and solo concerts throughout Canada and the United States, and has toured North America, the United Kingdom, and Ireland with Riverdance, The High Kings, and The Paperboys.
Matt Aston B. MUS, a native of Ottawa, has been an active performer since 1996 and a teacher for over ten years. As well as the in-depth musical education Aston received while studying performance at Carleton University, Matt has actively sought out a wide range of styles and approaches to the drum set. This search has lead to further study with world-class teachers in Toronto and New York City.
A manager at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, Wendy is also a nutrition consultant, triathlete, and professional touring musician. She performs over 100 shows a year nationally and internationally with her group, The Celtic Rathskallions and duo, Celticity, with Arthur McGregor.
Wendy has a B. Music and B. Education from Queen’s University and is a published writer. Her children’s storybooks Maddie’s Moon and A Tune For Maddie, and her music book, Maddie’s Beginner Whistle Method are available at OFC Music.
Brian is a passionate musician and vocalist with over 25 years of experience on stage and in studio. Musical genre’s include, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Soul and Funk.
With extensive experience as both side and front man, Brian has performed in many projects including bands such as “Red Engine”, “Moetown” and “Soul Obsession”. He’s also played the lead role in a production of The Who’s rock opera, “Tommy”.
Brian’s focus is on performance and building confidence. Whether you’re just starting out and are looking for “your voice” or want to expand on your repertoire, Brian has a practical but gentle approach and listens carefully to his students.
Justin has had a guitar in his hand since he was 5 and has been teaching guitar since he was 14. He has performed extensively with many bands including his current one, Tindervox and has worked with songwriters in Nashville and Atlanta. He has been a band coach for the Bluesfest “Be in the Band” program since it started and has been teaching at OFC since he finished up his studies in music at Carleton University in 2008. He has an easy going attitude and a practical, straight forward teaching approach.