Mac Traynham is an accomplished fiddler and banjo player as well as a fine guitar player and singer. Influenced by well known and obscure musicians of the past, Mac has developed a hard-driving style of playing which keeps the rhythm going strongly and delights dancers! He teaches at numerous music camps and has won many ribbons from various Fiddler’s Conventions.
Jenny plays clawhammer banjo with a strong sense of rhythm as well as solid old time back-up guitar. She and Mac have played tunes and sung old songs together for over 30 years. Jenny has also taught at music camps and she and Mac have performed for many concerts, benefits, and other community and church functions.
Bill has been playing his instruments in a variety of styles for many years – playing steel guitar for Western Swing and classic Nashville country bands and playing Dobro and rhythm guitar in many local bluegrass bands. At the present time he plays Dobro with the Java Brothers from Radford , Va. He also plays a variety of finger-style guitar music which is heavily influenced by Merle Travis , Chet Atkins , and Doc Watson. Before retiring into the land of music , Bill was an elementary school teacher in Floyd County for twenty years.
Seph learned guitar at age 12 from The Handmade Music School’s very own David Cannaday. He took that knowledge and applied it to banjo and mandolin in his teenage years, and has been teaching lessons and playing with various bands since. Seph released a solo album through Windfall Studios in 2016, and has played a number of high profile shows with The Papa Tom Band since, averaging 120+ performances a year. With almost a decade of experience in teaching, playing, and repairing instruments, Seph is well versed in music theory and practical application.
Andy has played clawhammer banjo and sung in church since childhood. He has performed and recorded with Mac and Jenny Traynham, the Reed Island Rounders, and the Wolfe Brothers, and has taught at numerous workshops. His music is rooted in the playing of Wade Ward, Abe Horton, and Harold Hausenfluck. Andy teaches both fretted and fretless banjo in traditional Blue Ridge clawhammer and thumb lead styles.
Abe first discovered acoustic music at The Floyd Country Store as a teenager. He learned to play from local musicians Bernie Coveney and Mike Mitchell and has gone on to perform and record with many bands and groups since. He currently plays with the folk/bluegrass group Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion, as well as Lynchburg based acoustic band Good Buddy.
David started teaching at 15 years old. He has worked in music stores and teaching studios ever since. David is currently teaching on Thursdays and accepting students for bluegrass banjo, guitar, mandolin, lap dulcimer & autoharp.