Alan Munde began his long career in bluegrass music with the 1968 recording of Poor Richard’s Almanac featuring Sam Bush and Wayne Stewart, followed by a traditional grounding in bluegrass music as a member of Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1972 Alan joined his college picking friend Byron Berline in the forward-leaning bluegrass group Country Gazette. Alan continued as the anchor of the group for 21 years. Along the way, he recorded many highly regarded albums including Banjo Sandwich, and the Festival Favorites series. Alan participated in the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deep in Bluegrass. His most recent recording is a duo CD with mandolin player Billy Bright titled Bright Munde. To learn more, visit www.almundesbanjocollege.com and www.alanmundegazette.com.
Bill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo. In the last three years, Bill has performed all across North America, Canada, England, Russia and Germany and has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He hosts the annual California Banjo Extravaganza along with his monthly Bangers & Grass concerts in Kensington. His brand new CD is Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us, with Fletcher Bright and Norman Blake and he is the author of Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies. To learn more, visit www.billevansbanjo.com.