Eugene Chadbourne: In a career spanning 40 years Guitar/ Banjo/ Electric Rake innovator and avant garde legend Eugene Chadbourne has fronted the trio Shockabilly and collaborated with John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Aki Takase, Jimmy Carl Black of the Mothers of Invention, Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, The Violent Femmes, Camper Van Beethoven and many, many more. He is the author of a guitar style that defies description. His music blends free improvisation, country, bluegrass and pop music.
Ned Ferm: Ned Ferm is an internationally acclaimed performing and recording multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, improviser, producer, composer, educator, and organizer. Already, he is known as an important contributor to Jazz, Rock, Folk, Pop, and Roots music. Perhaps best known for his work on saxophone, his artistic voice has been heard throughout Europe and North America on stages and recordings and in classrooms since he began playing the violin at age four. Born in 1982, and raised on a farm on an island off the coast of Maine, Ned fell in love with music at a very early age and has amassed an impressive resume. Whether he is playing huge concert halls in Italy or recording in the deep woods of Canada; giving a master class to conservatory students in Estonia or teaching beginners in Denmark; organizing school concerts or an entire festival on Mount Desert Island in Maine; Ferm always brings with him the professionalism and charisma that has allowed him to flourish around the world.
James Gilmore: James Gilmore is a guitarist, composer and improvisor. He leads the James Gilmore FreeTet, which has featured Vattel Cherry, Laurent Estoppey, David Menestres (Polyorchard), Shawn Galvin, Joe Westerlund (Megafaun), Casey Toll (Mt. Moriah), Daniel Hall (The Old Ceremony) and Tatsuya Nakatani, as well as a jazz trio with Aaron Gross and Jon Curry (ZooCru, Ninth Wonder). He has performed with Eugene Chadbourne, Jeb Bishop, and many others. James is a member of the label and collective Out and Gone Music which released his ‘Bag of Tricks vol. 1’ in October 2017. His compositions have been performed by the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and he was co-organizer of the Varipop Music Festival in Durham in 2016. He runs a yearly Free Improvised Music series in the Triangle region of North Carolina.