ERIC MADIS and PETE MARTIN
The music of guitarist-singer-composer Eric Madis reflects his diverse and deep roots in American music: blues, jazz, country and Hawaiian. Eric has released five CD’s on Luna Records, and his music has appeared on film soundtracks, television and radio. Although best known for his solo and group work, Eric’s guitar artistry has appeared on numerous recordings and he has performed with a diversity of recording artists, including Chicago bluesman Big Walter Horton, Hawaii’s Fabulous Farden Family, ukulele virtuoso Bill Tapia, swing violinist Paul Anastasio, and poet-author Nicki Grimes. Eric was a 1981 Kerrville Festival New Folk finalist, a 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz finalist, and he has received multiple award nominations from Washington Blues Society and the Northwest Area Music Association. Eric has taught guitar classes and workshops throughout the US and Canada, currently teaches for Dusty Strings Music School in Seattle and his online guitar lessons with JamPlay.com are popular worldwide.
Some great musicians leave their mark in history by impressive superhuman ability and performance skills. Other important influencers leave a legacy of lucidity, an uncanny ability to explain, to make the complex simple and repeatable on a mortal level. Such is the case with Seattle area mandolinist/fiddler Peter Martin.
You've probably known him from his articles in Mandolin Magazine, and you may have had the good fortune of attending one of his west coast workshops or participated directly in a private Skype lesson. If you're in the latter camp, you'll agree that Pete's foremost gift to the mandolin world is clarity.