Drummer Anthony Fung, from Richmond Hill, Ontario is a sophomore at Berklee College of Music pursuing a dual degree in Jazz Performance and Music Production & Engineering. While still in high school, he was the selected drummer for the 2010 Berklee Five-Week Summer Jazz Workshop and the 2011 Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. He currently studies at the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the tutelage of Danilo Pérez. Fung has played at numerous jazz festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the JEN conference, and the Ottawa Jazz Festival. He has performed with Benny Green, Joshua Redman, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin, Hal Crook, Darren Barrett, the Vince Mendoza Orchestra, and Terence Blanchard. He has studied with Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Hart, Ralph Peterson, Ari Hoenig, Dennis Mackrel, and Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo.
Ellie Buckland is a fiddler and a singer-songwriter from a musical family in the artistic community of rural Maine, where listening to, singing, performing, and absorbing music was an extensive part of her childhood. This background led her to Berklee College of Music, where she is currently in her fourth semester. She brings a spirit of joy and light to the stage, performing old folk songs, new Americana, and original songs in an acoustic roots style.
Pianist, vocalist, and composer Sarah McKenzie is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts where Hugh Jackman, Marcus Graham, Lisa McCune, and many other leading Australian musical and theatre performers also trained.
While in Perth, she completed a bachelor of jazz degree, won the Jack Bendat Scholarship, the Hawaiian Award for Most Outstanding Jazz Graduate, and the Perth Jazz Societies Award for leading the Most Outstanding Group of the Year for 2008. She also sung backing vocals along side Michael Buble in the Call Me Irresponsible tour.
Combining three untamable voices, two wild guitars, and mesmerizing percussion, Los Rumberos de Massachussets have conquered stages, clubs, and bars all around, from Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, to Jurmala, Latvia, stopping in Madrid and Moscow along the way. The trio was born on the streets of Boston as an acoustic experiment seeking an intimate connection with the audience. Their style is a mix of rumba, Latin rock, huapango, blues, and reggae. They currently collaborate with LamonAyd, a promoting company founded by Ann Kreis, university guidance counselor at Berklee, and Javier Limón, producer and winner of multiple Grammy Awards.
John Mailander and Molly Tuttle are individually renowned musicians currently studying at Berklee College of Music and joining together to perform their dynamic blend of original acoustic music. Together, Mailander and Tuttle create an honest and soulful mix of original and traditional music that respects the past while also looking toward the future of acoustic music. They have performed together at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, and the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival, as well as at many venues throughout Boston and California.
John Mailander is a San Diego–based musician in demand for his performance, instruction, and studio work. Playing in a variety of styles on the fiddle, mandolin, and various other stringed instruments, he has become known for his soulful approach as a soloist, improviser, and writer. Mailander has shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten, Tony Trischka and Territory, Tim O’Brien, Christopher Guest, and Darol Anger. He regularly appears with Chris Stuart and Backcountry and in 2012 he released an instrumental EP with the Boston-based TriMountain Sessions.
With nearly two million viewers on YouTube, Molly Tuttle is making a name for herself in the acoustic music scene and has been featured in Bluegrass Now, Flatpicking Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar magazines. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, in 2012 she won Best Female Vocalist and Best Guitar Player awards from the Northern California Bluegrass Society and first place in the prestigious MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Tuttle has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and her active performance schedule has taken her to numerous festivals and venues across the United States and Canada, including the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the Strawberry Music Festival, and the Freight and Salvage.
Tuttle and Mailander, joined by classmate Matt Witler, perform Tuttle’s “You Didn’t Call My Name” in this video:
At 19 years old, Kate Cameron has a soulful country flair with a driven Boston edge. She is best known for her energetic and unique live performances, as well as her instinctive songwriting ability. Growing up on the South Shore of Massachusetts, she sang everything from acoustic singer-songwriter material to pop, classic rock, and blues, and she is self-taught on the guitar, keyboard, and mandolin.
At age 16, she developed an interest in country music and realized it was the perfect genre to infuse with many styles in addition to showcasing her songwriting talent and powerful chops. In the summer of 2012, Cameron played an extensive 44 live shows, additional open mics, and live radio performances. She is hired by Country 102.5 WKLB Boston to perform and host many promotional events. Her ability to entertain large venues and eclectic audiences with just her voice, guitar, and personality is an impressive experience.
These days, you can find Cameron in Boston, where she is a sophomore at Berklee College of Music majoring in songwriting.
Bronwyn Keith‐Hynes is a Boston-based musician originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 16, she graduated in 2013 with a diploma in Violin Performance. Keith-Hynes is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across many genres, including bluegrass, Irish, Cape Breton, and old‐time music. Her playing, improvising, and writing is informed by four years of intense immersion in the Boston acoustic music scene and time spent studying traditional Irish and Cape Breton music before moving to Boston. While at Berklee, she studied with Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Matt Glaser, John McGann, Wes Corbett, and Mark Simos.
Keith-Hynes has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts; The Inter‐Celtic Festival in Lorient, France; and the Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival, among others. She toured France in 2012 with the international Irish music and dance show Celtic Dances, and she has also performed with Tomaseen Foley’s Irish Times show alongside Grammy winner Bill Coulter. She performs regularly with artists from the Boston area, including Annalivia, Mark Kilianski and the Moonshine Ramblers, and George Clements and BB Bowness.
Marny Lion Proudfit is a singer-songwriter hailing from the mountains of Utah, currently residing in Boston. She is an alumna of Berklee College of Music and is now recording her second full-length album.