|Jefferson's Fiddle - Artist's Biography|
|Deby Benton Grosjean is an accomplished fiddler, successfully melding the virtuosity of classical technique with the spontaneity of Celtic folk. She is a multifaceted performer--she’s been a workshop instructor, recording artist, conductor, orchestrator, producer and competitor and she enjoys fiddling for dances.
Her latest recording, Healing Well, is a tonic of beautiful melodies drawn from the wellsprings of Celtic traditions. Deby has appeared on over forty recordings with groups such as Journey, No Nation, Illumine and VTR Cinema. She was featured on Mary Mc Laughlin’s Celtic Requiem.
Deby’s film score credits include Ken Burns Not for Ourselves Alone, and she’s prominent throughout A Midwife’s Tale. A teacher of distinction, for twenty years Deby has been an active participant and on the faculty at Alasdair Fraser’s Scottish Fiddling School and Sierra Fiddle Camp.
Since starting her formal classical training at age eight, Deby has received awards in national and regional fiddle championships, she was three-time teen champion of MTAC Solo/Ensemble Competitions, and she received honors in college.
“Her recordings will capture your heart and dance your feet.” (Connection Magazine)
|William Coulter has been performing and recording traditional music for over twenty-five years. In 2004 he was awarded a Grammy for his contribution to The Pink Guitar, a collection of solo guitar arrangements of the music of Henry Mancini.
Collaborations have been a mainstay of his career and include many recordings including Simple Gifts - Music of the Shakers with cellist Barry Phillips, Emma’s Waltz with mountain dulcimer guru Neal Hellman, Song for our Ancestors with classical guitar virtuoso Benjamin Verdery, and Time to Sail with Irish singer Eilis Kennedy.
Musical travels have taken him to places far and wide including Taiwan, England, Portugal, New York, Nova Scotia, Toronto, Oregon, Hawaii, and even an occasional gig in his home town of Santa Cruz, California.
Upcoming projects include a second recording with Benjamin Verdery called Happy Here and a book of his most requested arrangements.
As a teacher William maintains a classical guitar studio at UCSC and is busy in the summer at camps such as the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, National Guitar Workshop, Chris Norman’s Boxwood Flute Camp, and the Rocky Mt. Fiddle Camp. William earned a master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory, a second master’s degree from UCSC, earned in 1994, in ethnomusicology with an emphasis on traditional Irish music, language, and song.
Photo by Lars Johannesson
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