2007 Workshop Faculty

heart of Centrum’s Country Blues Workshop is its faculty. Each year,
led by Artistic Director Phil Wiggins, we scour the continent to bring
you the best teachers and players–masters who are steeped in the
traditions of acoustic blues. Their knowledge, stories, musicianship
and commitment to the community are part of what makes this week such a
special celebration of the blues.

Blues Singing
Gaye Adegbalola   more info

Andra Faye   more info

Gospel Choir
Shirley Smith     More info on Gospel choir page.

Robert Belfour    more info
Lurrie Bell     more info
John Cephas     more info
Eleanor Ellis      more info
Eric Freeman   
Cheick Hamala Diabate      more info
Steve James     more info
John Miller     more info
Del Rey     more info
Paul Rishell     more info
Lauren Sheehan     more info
Elijah Wald     more info
Mike “Lightnin’” Wells     more info

Terry “Harmonica” Bean     more info
Allen Holmes (overblow technique) more info
Annie Raines     more info
Phil Wiggins more info


Henry Gray     more info
Erwin Helfer     more info
Judy Laprade more info
Annieville Wooden more info

Keyboard Accordion
Jude Taylor

Blues Step Dance Tradition (Buck dance, Buck Jump)

Rush McAllister
more info 

The Blues Muse
addition to the above performers, poet Kim Addonizio, a student of the
Mississippi saxophone (a.k.a. the “harmonica”), will be hanging out at
the Port Townsend Country Blues Festival. She will give a special
presentation of poetry suffused with the blues. The time and date of
this performance will be announced later—she’ll decide at the Festival
exactly what she wants to do! Addonizio is one of the United
States’s most highly regarded poets. The author of four books of
poetry: The Philosopher’s Club, Jimmy & Rita, Tell Me, and What Is
This Thing Called Love
, she is also the author of a book of stories and
a novel, Little Beauties. She also released has a word/music CD with
poet Susan Browne: Swearing, Smoking, Drinking, & Kissing. Her new
novel, My Dreams Out in the Street, will be released in July.

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