Travis Stuart began playing the banjo as a young teen in Haywood County, North Carolina. He is a respected banjo player and multi-instrumentalist known for his rich style and solid accompaniment. Travis has toured the U.S. and internationally with The Stuart Brothers , Dirk Powell Band, Riley Baugus, The Reeltime Travelers, Martha Scanlan and step dancer Ira Bernstein. Travis learned from old-time masters such Red Wilson, the Smathers Family, Snuffy Jenkins, and Byard Ray. He is dedicated to performing and teaching old-time music. A respected teacher, Travis has taught at music camps around the country and abroad. For the last 13 years he has led the JAM Junior Appalachian Musicians program in Haywood County, North Carolina. Travis has recordings with The Stuart Brothers and has performed on many recordings and films.
Robby Robertson grew up playing music with friends and family around Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. He plays for dances and gatherings that aren’t too far from home and has taught old-time music to kids through the JAM program in Haywood County for the last 17 years.
Cary Fridley is an Appalachian singer, bassist, and innovative educator. Her style is rooted in tradition, and has evolved to embrace all styles of traditional country, blues, folk, and jazz. She is a published songwriter, recording artist, and bandleader, singing and performing in western North Carolina for over 15 years. She is currently a member of the Adjunct Fine Arts Faculty at AB-Tech in Asheville, NC, and teaches old-time guitar at two regional JAM (Junior Appalachian Musician) programs, Haywood County and Buncombe County.
Bob Willoughby started playing as a 5 year old in the mid-1950’s. He spent his evenings learning to accompany his grandfather, an accomplished Old-Time fiddler in rural West Tennessee. By age 10 he had learned to play a handful of stringband instruments by ear including fiddle, guitar and bass. Bob’s unique style on piano and fiddle have taken him around the world to Denmark, Germany, Ireland, England, Scotland, Shetland, Canada, Puerto Rico, and France. Bob also accompanied many fiddling greats, including Johnny Gimble, Buddy Spicher and Kevin Wimmer. He spent years playing for the Fiddle Puppet dancers. Bob is truly a multi-genre musician, comfortable in a tuxedo or overalls, with a repertoire that includes Old-Time, bluegrass, gospel, blues, early country, jazz, swing and cajun. While he is perhaps happiest playing acoustically for late-night dancers in a dimly lit hall, Bob’s versatility shone through while touring with a gospel quartet, playing and singing harmony in a bluegrass band, and rockin’ jazz standards on a grand piano at a 5-star resort hotel music listening room.
Maddy Mullany has been playing and performing fiddle tunes since the age of 9. Growing up in New Mexico, she learned a repertoire from her parents (both fiddle players) and local musicians; however, since moving to Asheville in 2012, she has been exploring Western North Carolina fiddle tunes as well as Round Peak styles. Maddy now plays banjo, fiddle and guitar in various bands. Maddy studied Art with a minor in Traditional Music at Warren Wilson College. Since getting her degree, she has been on several music tours internationally, including a fusion project with a traditional band in rural China, and a tour playing for the Bailey Mountain Cloggers in Colombia. These tours culminated in recorded albums of Jenny and the Hog Drovers, and the Georgia Horseshoes. Maddy is excited to be joining the staff of the Haywood JAM program. She teaches tunes learned from source recordings, by ear, with a focus on rhythm and bowing patterns.