Originally from Bloomington, Ill., Sean Barth learned to play clawhammer and two-finger-style banjo while learning tunes from some of the best musicians in the region. Sometimes he has facial hair; sometimes he doesn't.

Keith Dudding first heard pickin' music in his hometown of Fairmont, Minn., where a high school friend, Mark "Pete" Nelson, introduced him to John Hartford's Areoplain, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will The Circle Be Unbroken?, and Old & In The Way. Since 1993, Keith has hosted Down Yonder, the bluegrass and old-time music show heard Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m. on KDHX 88.1 fm.

Hailing from Virginia Beach, Va., Michael Banvard started focusing on old-time music while attending graduate school in Austin, Texas. He has dabbled in a number of musical traditions with several instruments, never expecting to find that the fiddle would become his primary axe.