Dan Faiella (folk ensembles) is a guitarist specializing in traditional Celtic music. Trained as an accompanist through years of playing for New England contra dances and alongside Irish fiddlers, he has performed at venues and festivals around the country with numerous traditional music groups, as well as in a duo with his sister and longtime musical collaborator, fiddler and singer Liz Faiella. In his solo playing, Dan’s fingerstyle arrangements of traditional songs and tunes draw extensively on techniques and ornamentation from traditional idioms such as Celtic harp playing and sean-nós singing. He has taught at various camps and festivals, including Maine Fiddle Camp, Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts, and Boston Celtic Music Festival, in addition to ensemble and private lesson teaching.
Mike Stockbridge (banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele) started his professional journey in music over twenty five years ago. He has attended both Berklee College of Music and the University of Maine at Augusta, receiving a Bachelors of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the latter. Mike has continually worked as an in-demand music educator all over Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, including time spent at such institutions as Phillips Exeter Academy, Rivertree Arts, the Tony Boffa School of Contemporary Music, and the Robert Frost Charter School. Mike is currently the general music instructor at Polaris Charter School and a faculty member of the Nashua Community Music School and Concord Community Music School.
Liz Faiella (folk, jazz, & popular music department chair, fiddle, folk ensembles) received her B.A. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. A Music School alumna, she performs Celtic and New England music with her brother, guitarist Dan Faiella, at premier New England folk venues including Club Passim, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the New England Folk Festival, and the Acadia Trad Festival. Liz has shared the stage with celebrated New England folk musicians including David Surette, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and Grammy winner Dan Zanes, among others. In 2015, the NH State Council on the Arts selected her to conduct fieldwork on New Hampshire’s contradancing history.
Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is an award-winning fiddler who grew up playing dances and concerts around New England. He was first recognized as part of New Hampshire’s culture at the age of 12, when he was the youngest member of the delegation representing the state at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He has toured nationally with bands in various genres, performed across Ireland, and released multiple recordings of Celtic music that can be heard on radio stations around New England and in the British Isles. He has also written soundtracks for audiobooks and television and appeared as a guest on over 75 albums. He performs around 200 shows each year with multiple groups, mostly with his own project, the Jordan TW Trio. In 2013, Tirrell-Wysocki was awarded the title
Audrey Budington (fiddle) – A Music School alumna, Audrey Budington received a B.M. magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was awarded a scholarship and studied extensively with the likes of Darol Anger, Maeve Gilchrist, and Eugene Friesen. Audrey has amassed a performance resume like no other. She was selected by Grammy award-winning arranger and record producer Rob Lewis to play in a house band for the TV show pilot Legendary. She has shared the stage with such luminaries as Rosanne Cash and Esperanza Spalding, opened for Black Violin, and was a guest artist for Darlingside. Audrey holds a certificate in Suzuki Book One and enjoys teaching beginner violin as well as New England, Irish, and Scottish fiddle styles to students of all