A Hootenanny, Raffle, BBQ & Benefit – Fins & Fiddles 2019

Friends of the Teton River is throwing a big party this week to celebrate fishing, local waterways, and great music in Teton Valley. For the second year, an annual river party transforms into a music-centric event that joins together passions for bluegrass with fly fishing in a collaboration between Friends of the Teton River and the Targhee Music Foundation. FTR development director, Anna Lindstedt, explained that “fishing and bluegrass go together perfectly, and this family friendly evening will celebrate the missions of both organizations, as well as kick off next week’s Targhee Music Camp.”

Come hungry for both food as music as you’ll hear from The Balsamroots, Masontown, Eli West, Eric Thorin & Mike Witcher. Get here a little early and so the kids can a blast being led through folk songs with Thomas Sneed, the Director of Targhee Music Camp and longtime American Roots musician! So grab a plate of BBQ, enter the raffle for some great prizes, and enjoy some sweet tunes with other members of the community. Join these two great organizations for a perfect blend of two local passions, not to mention the amazing food, all while supporting a good cause. The event will be at the Knotty Pine in Victor, ID on August 3, 2019 beginning at 4:00pm.

Targhee Shuttle 

Shuttle leaves Grand Targhee @ 3:30pm
Shuttle picks up in Driggs at the Transit Center @3:55pm
Shuttle arrives at the Knotty Pine @ 4:15PM
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Shuttle leaves Knotty Pine/Victor @ 8:30pm
Shuttle Drops off in Driggs at the Transit Center @ 8:45pm
Shuttle returns to Grand Targhee Resort @ 9:15PM

Friends of the Teton River Who are Friends of the Teton River?

Friends of the Teton River (FTR) is a nationally-recognized leader in science and community-based watershed protection and restoration.  Founded on sound science, they work closely with a diverse group of community members, local stakeholders, regional representatives, and state and federal agencies, to implement on-the-ground projects and programs. They work to protect, restore and improve our water resources for today, tomorrow and for generations to come right here in the Tetons with a vision to be a model for watershed conservation that puts science into practice, celebrates a diverse culture of stewardship, and implements locally based solutions that support Teton Valley’s economy, ecology, and the community.

What is the Targhee Music Camp?

Targhee Music Camp

The 14th Annual Targhee Music Camp is a 3½ day educational event, held August 5-8, 2019 at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming. This camp is the week leading up to the 32nd Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival. Classes begin on Monday morning and end Thursday afternoon. Many attendees arrive Sunday night and start classes at 9:00am on Monday morning. There is an instructor concert Thursday night that  is open to the public. The Grand Targhee Bluegrass festival runs through the weekend of August 9-11, 2019 and you’ll be able to catch a performance by the musicians of the Targhee Music Camp on stage.

The Targhee Music Camp was the brainchild of Tom Garnsey and local mandolin player, Ben Winship. Winship has been actively involved with the festival from its humble beginnings (in an un-mowed field with a small audience in the rain) to its current status as one of the select western festivals which has hosted some of the finest acts in bluegrass – Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien and many others. Garnsey (coordinator of the Targhee Fest and the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival), has run the music festivals for the past 15 years. He wanted to up the ante for the 20th annual Bluegrass Festival in 2005, so together, they decided that a three or four day camp would be a great addition to the Bluegrass Festival.

Get to Know Who’s Playing

Thomas Sneed

Thomas Sneed is a mandolin player and musicologist with an interest in American Roots Music. Sneed toured the country for several years with the Reeltime Travelers. For over 30 years, he has participated in music festivals and gatherings around the world. In 1997, he was a founding member of the old-time stringband, Reeltime Travelers. He brings  a wealth of musical knowledge to the camp and inspires a younger generation with his enthusiasm for sharing old-time music, which never goes out of style!  He is based in Alta, Wyoming where he has been the Director of the Targhee Music Camp since 2011. This summer, Thomas Sneed will continue in his role as Camp Coordinator.

Nolan Strupeck

Nolan Strupeck

Nolan is an 9 year-old aspiring musician with roots to the northwest Indiana/ Chicagoland area. He enjoys traveling the back-roads of the US, attending various music festivals and academies, playing bluegrass, folk, and Americana music along the way.

Eli West

Eli West

This Seattle-based multi-instrumental musician and interactive graphic designer, with an interest in angular phrasing and non-traditional improvisation within the historic precedents of bluegrass and old-time music, enjoys playing both grounds and pushes the ensembles he is involved with. Eli is an active ingredient playing guitar, banjo, and bouzouki with both Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project and John Reischman and the Pine Siskens.

Eric Thorin

Eric Thorin

This highly regarded musician/bassist living on the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains can be found on stage in 2019 in The Matt Flinner Trio with Ross Martin, Danny Barnes’ Space Program and various touring luminaries such as Jim Hurst, Darol Anger, Bonnie Paine, Tony Furtado, Keith Little and more.

Mike Witcher

Mike Witcher

A much-in-demand session player in LA and Nashville, Michael has worked with such artists as Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Peter Rowan, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), and Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), and Fernando Ortega among others. He has played the Grand Ole Opry and Prairie Home Companion many times and you can hear him on hundreds of records, sound tracks, commercials and TV shows.

The Balsamroots Band

The Balsamroots

This local collaboration features Mary Neil (vocals, guitar), Molly Grove (vocals, mandolin), Sage Hibberd (vocals, banjo), Mollie Houkom (bass), Rose Hendricks (vocals, fiddle), and Becky Hendricks (vocals, fiddle). The Balsamroots began playing together in 2018. The six women who make up the Balsamroots bring together interests in a variety of genres, from folk and Americana to old time, Bluegrass, and Irish fiddle tunes. When not playing music together, the members of the Balsamroots can be found playing in the mountains, running businesses, conducting field research, teaching school, and volunteering in the community.

Masontown

Masontown

A lauded fiddle champion and classical violinist. A veteran bluegrass mandolin player and composer. One of Colorado’s jazz guitar greats reborn as a flatpicking sensation. A versatile and innovative 5-string and clawhammer banjoist. An upright bassist with roots running deep in the classical and jazz traditions. These are the individual elements that come together to create Masontown. Their sound is an exciting take on the American acoustic tradition. At once fresh and familiar, the group unites the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and new acoustic music into a sonic melting pot that hearkens back to our deep musical traditions while remaining defiantly modern in conception.