We are proud to be able to offer our guests free
concerts with a program of world-class performers who will
entertain from mid-morning until into the night. Check our schedule
page for the days and times of each performance.
2016 Native Rhythms Performers
Performers (listed alphabetically)
Performers (listed alphabetically)
2016 Native Rhythms
"Braveheart Meets Last of the Mohicans .
. . at Woodstock" is a colorful description
of this award-winning Celtic Indian Arvel Bird’s live
his violin, fiddle, Native flutes and Irish whistles, Bird
weaves a powerful tapestry of music and stories.
He performs nearly 160 shows a year at a variety of
venues from music festivals to concert halls where the
audience gets a glimpse into his Native American heart and
Classically trained as a violinist, Arvel Bird's
compositions and performances encompass an extraordinary
love of diversity—from traditional Celtic tunes and
bluegrass standards to his original Native American and
Celtic rock orchestrations.
In his youth, Bird’s first private violin teacher in
Salt Lake City, UT encouraged him to play from his soul.
Prophetically, she said, “Arvel, no one will remember if
you’re the best or the fastest, but they will remember
attended Arizona State University on music scholarship
later transferring to Champagne/ Urbana, IL where he
studied classical violin with renowned Hungarian violinist
and teacher, Paul Rolland at the University of Illinois.
Bird credits Mr. Rolland with perfecting his
a young adult, when Bird struggled with feelings of
uncertainty as a violinist, he recalled the most important
lessons he learned from these two brilliant educators.
And now during his performances, you will be able
to feel that energy as he is transported to the place
where he’s no longer playing the violin, the violin is
he worked to develop his own music style and a large and
loyal following, Bird went wherever the music called him,
which led him away from classical and towards Bluegrass,
Appalachian, Folk and Celtic. During his years in the
Midwest, Bird won the Indiana State Fiddle Contest four
times while still perfecting a variety of musical styles.
Bird returned to Arizona in 1986 and hired by Glen
Campbell to tour worldwide for the next six years.
1991, he continued to tour with Campbell and moved to
Nashville, TN, later adding tours with Loretta Lynn, Tom
T. Hall, Ray Price, Louise Mandrell, Clay Walker, and
he began composing and recording his own music, the result
was a fusion of both his Scottish (Clan Kennedy) and
Native American (Southern Paiute) roots that are uniquely
his own and intricately woven throughout his songs.
of Bird's favorite aspects of touring is that it has taken
him to Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand,
Canada and in prestigious locations including the SkyDome
in Toronto, Ontario, Royal Albert Hall in London, England,
Smithsonian Museums in DC and NY, Hochstein Performance
Hall in Rochester, NY and the Kennedy Space Center in
Cocoa, FL just to name a few -- with symphonies, chamber
orchestras, large festivals and more, logging over 500,000
road miles. As he winds up his 11th year of full-time
touring, Bird gives no indication he’s ready to slow
down any time soon.
he prepares for his 2015 tour, Bird is looking forward to
working with local Fisher Houses which is best known for a
network of comfort homes where military and veterans’
families can stay at no cost while a loved one is
receiving treatment. A
new facility is being built in Arizona, where Bird is
planning a new concert to beneﬁt the Fisher House
in honor of his brother-in-law, Mike Dyer, a Viet Nam
veteran, Purple Heart recipient and local Chaplain of the
Purple Heart Society; and his own wife, Kimberly
Kelley-Bird, a Viet Nam era veteran.
has released 23 CDs, two EPs and two DVDs, earning him
numerous music awards. One of his most cherished is for
his classical recording, Tribal Music Suite: Journey of a
Paiute, a Celtic and Native American concerto, that earned
him Best Instrumental Album and Best Producer/Engineer
(with Grammy-winning producer Tom Wasinger and Nashville
engineer Chas Williams) at the Canadian Aboriginal Music
Awards. Other awards include Artist of the Year as voted
by peers and fans as well as numerous Best Instrumentals.
continuously evolving music is delighting audiences
worldwide. One of his recent albums of note is Titanic
Centennial: Commemorative Special Edition, is an
orchestral Celtic tribute to the passengers, crew and
musicians aboard the Titanic, released in 2012 and
distributed in several countries including Ireland,
Australia, Canada and the United States.
his 13 years in Nashville, Bird built a master recording
studio, to help him launch his own independent record
label, Singing Wolf Records, to support most of his future
recordings. Initially this gave him his own haven to write
and record his own music and later to record hundreds of
songs and album projects for songwriters and independent
artists all over the world.
enjoying the life of concerts and festivals, Bird is also
active in community outreach projects for local school
assemblies, community centers, and social clubs where he
facilitates a variety of music and spiritual workshops and
performances at retirement centers, nursing homes and
based in Nashville, TN, Bird is permanently on the road,
connecting with audiences the old-fashioned way. . . live.
This is where Arvel’s emotionally driven performances
thrive, igniting concert venues, symphony halls, festivals
and more, leaving his audiences inspired, transﬁxed
Kelley (615) 406-3689 or
Native American Music Award
winner, and three time nominee, Scott August is a
nationally acclaimed composer, producer, keyboardist and
Native American flute player known for his forays into
World Music. His music has been featured on the
nationally syndicated radio shows “Hearts of Space”
and “Echoes” as well as receiving airplay on the the
digital networks XM, Sirius and DirecTV.
One of the nation’s most
influential Native American flute players, August was a
headline performer at the 2006, 2007, and 2011 Zion
Canyon Flute Festival as well as the 2008 and 2009
Yosemite Flute Festival, 2011 Musical Echoes and 2012
and 2013 Native Rhythms Festival. He is
known for both his award winning music and knowledge of
the Native American flute. In July 2005 he opened for
Dr. Wayne Dyer at the International New Age Trade Show
and he was a musical guest at the 2005 TED conference.
Echoes radio says "August
has always been a cut or two above most native flute
players... He layers guitars, keyboards and all kinds of
percussion into his compositions, moving from world
fusion to airy ambiences."
August has also composed music
and sound design for hundreds of films, commercials and
video projects, for clients such as NASA, The Discovery
Channel, Lexus, Chevrolet, HBO, Nabisco, and Minolta.
The Los Angeles Times has called his music
"shimmering and luminous."
August began his musical
training on cello and piano, and became interested in
world music when he was given as African kalimba at age
10. He discovered Native
American flutes in 1996 during a trip to the Acoma
Pueblo in New Mexico. Its haunting sound captivated him,
and he soon began adding native flutes to his
recordings. He founded Cedar Mesa Music in 2001.
Scott's latest release, Hidden
Journey, received the award for Best Native
American Album at the 10th Annual Zone Music
Reporter (ZMR) Music Awards ceremony on May 17th, 2014.
The ZMR awards are voted on by panel of international
Broadcasters (Show Hosts) who have reported their Top 20
Playlists to ZMR between December 2012 and November
2013. Scott's Lost
Canyons also won a ZMR Award for Best
Native American Album in 2009.
Steven Rushingwind & Nelson Rios
International Two Time Native American Music Award (NAMMY) winner, Four Time
Indian Summer Music Award winner (ISMA), and Three Time Time New Mexico Music
Awards (NMMA) Winning Artist, Steven Rushingwind is of Cahuilla/Opata decent. This
California based musician has been playing Native Flute for over 12 years. His music is
deﬁned as Native American, World Beat and New Age Fusion. Steven and Michael
Mucklow of Tijeras, New Mexico, formed the duo, Rushingwind and Mucklow. The duo
have won and have been nominated for numerous awards internationally. Recently
Steven was nominated for Best Indigenous Entertainer of the Year at the 2015
Indigenous Music Awards.
Steven has won Best New Age Recording for Rushingwind & Mucklow’s album, “Among
the Ancients” (NAMMY 2013) and “Bridge” at the 15th Annual Native American Music
Awards (NAMMY 2014) held at the Seneca Casino in Allegany, New York. The
Rushingiwnd and Mucklow album, “Stronghorse”, made it into the ﬁrst round of the
Grammy considerations for 2015. Steven has released his third solo album, “Red
Beaten Path” November, 2014, through Hen House Studios in Santa Monica, CA. This
album has been currently been nominated for Best Flute CD for the 2015 Indigenous
Music Awards in Winnipeg Canada, and also received 4 nominations for the 2015
Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) to be held September 12, 2015.
Steven tours with his group Rushingwind & The Native Groove, featuring Nelson Rios.
The Native Groove had the honor of performing for the Aboriginal People’s Choice
Awards in Winnipeg, Manitoba in September of 2014, RNAFF, 2014 and 2015. Steven’s
music can also be heard as the theme song on the PBS show “Southwest Stories with
Steve Brown” and the short ﬁlm “O! Track” along with the documentary “Horses and
Renegades”. Rushingwind & The Native Groove will be touring throughout the USA in
2015 & 2016 so stay tuned.
Discography: Solo Albums
|Cloud Runner (2009)|
|Sacred Grounds (2011)|
|Red Beaten Path (2014)|
Rushingwind & Mucklow
|Ancient Elements (2010) (1 NAMMY NOMINATION,1 New Mexico Music Award)|
|Among the Ancients (2011) (1 NAMMY, 2012, 2 ISMAS, 1 New Mexico Music Award) |
|Bridge (2012) (NAMMY 2014, 2 ISMA , 1 New Mexico Music Award)|
|Strong Horse (2013) (1 NAMMY nomination, 1 NMWA nom, 4 ISMA nom)|
Rios creates the tonal rhythm that sets a band on fire!
His Latin and Afro-Cuban grooves are currently the pulse of
Gloria Estefan, and have been heard with Carlos Santana,
and with Temple of Funk (Funk/Jazz/Latin). He has
performed and recorded at the 2006 and 2007 Winter NAMM
Shows in Anaheim, CA with Karl Perazzo (percussionist,
Carlos Santana Band).
Using his music to help bring
harmony and balance to the global community, Rios opened
for Chubby Checker at the September 11th - 911 Benefit
Concert at the Philadelphia Armory. He lit up the stage
at the 2001- 2007 Ford - Mercury-Lincoln Outdoor Shows.
Rios joined Levito (out of NYC) as main act at Disney
World’s Epcott Center, Animal Kingdom and Magic
Kingdom from 2002 - 2006.
Rios has recorded with luminaries David Mora
(owner, Harbor Records, La) and Horacio El Negro
(drummer, Carlos Santana Band). Previously endorsed by Latin Percussion, Nelson
has given drum clinics at Guitar Center teaching
Afro-Cuban rhythms with Professor Dwight Baldwin, and
with Richie Gajate Garcia.
He is currently sponsored by Tycoon Percussion,
and has taught clinics at Native Rhythms Festival
(Melbourne, FL) and at Potomac Native American Flute
Festival (Arlington, VA).
melodic rhythms inspire passion for life, drawing
audiences into the full potential of the moment.
does it mean to think "flute outside the box?"
Jonny Lipford takes an age old instrument and uses it to
create not only the traditional sounds, but also sounds
that are new and not commonly linked to the Native
American style flute - a voice all his own. In
every song you hear, you'll experience the unbridled
passion of an individual who has experienced far more
than many people his age. Jonny's innate sense of
composition and mature understanding of melody touches
the soul. Jonny's hands play out melodies that are
uniquely pure, invoking a variety of emotions that will
warm your heart and leave you astonished at his musical
technique. Whether it be a jazzy beat, spirited tune or
a heartfelt ballad that you desire, you will surely be
Jonny Lipford, who started his musical journey at the
young age of 13, continues to shares his music with
audiences across the United States and broadcasts world
wide. Lipford has been featured on NativeRadio.com,
the worlds largest collection of broadcasted Native
music, as Spotlight Artist with the debut of his first
release. As a composer of his own original music, Jonny
has been recognized as a two time NAMA Nominee, ISMA and
JPF Nominee and NEMA Winner. Along his journey, he has
shared the stage with many notable musicians including
Mary Youngblood, Mark Holland, Jeff Ball, Arvel Bird and
Michael DeMaria. Most will find it hard to believe
that one so young could have mastered the flute so
perfectly. With a love and respect for all types of
music, Jonny awakens these genres, making him a true
virtuoso in this industry.
honored us in 2009 by selecting the Native
to launch his third and then latest CD, Turn the Page.
Now, Jonny’s 7th CD
of the Rain Horse, encompasses a new environment –
something new, yet reminiscent. 15 new songs that take
on a more “world music” feel. For the first time,
Lipford breaks out his bamboo transverse flutes,
creating one of the album’s most memorable songs, Moon
available in February, 2012, Jonny has released an instructional
Your Native American Flute, to share his knowledge
and techniques on the Native American Flute in a
one-on-one easy to follow DVD that will bring your flute
playing to the next level.
(Electronic Press Release)
is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who 'feels' the music
with a sincerity and honesty which can't be faked. Randy
Granger's name deserves to be listed with other renowned
Native American flute players, both Native and Anglo,
because he obviously has both the chops and the artistry
to warrant it."
-- Bill Binkleman long-time New Age music critic
and singer-songwriter Randy Granger blends elements of
southwest music like Native American flutes with world
percussion, distinctive vocals and other worldly Pan
instruments like the Halo, the Hang and Moyo. NPR’s
All Things Considered profiled Granger and the Hang in
2007 in a feature called “Like Water Over Bells.”
unique sound and energy of Granger’s live performances
has earned him headline status at many Native American,
World and less conventional festivals around the U.S.
His YouTube channel has 1.3 million views. He’s been
nominated for and won many awards including the Indian
Summer Music Awards, Native
American Music Awards (NAMMY’S),
New Mexico Music Industry Awards, US Songwriting
Competition and many others. A composer and
recording artist, his music is used by professional
Dance companies, websites, commercials, film and
documentaries. Granger’s music is heard on the Hearts
of Space, Sirius “Mystic Soundscapes”,
World and Native American radio programs worldwide, podcasts and programs
around the World. The 2008 release “A Place Called
Peace” reached #12 on the New
Age charts and won him a finalist nomination for the
Award” recognition award from New Age radio
programmers and music directors. New Mexico Magazine
layered with the sounds of a variety of flutes and
percussion instruments, “A
Place Called Peace” offers more depth
than some flute solo recordings you might find.” A
recent concert at White Sands National Monument in
September 2012 attracted an audience of over 2,000, the
largest in their Full-Moon concert series.
The New Mexico Music Commission produced a short film about Granger and
his music that aired on KOAT-TV
in Albuquerque and on all of the states PBS stations and
continues to show regularly around the area. Their
Sounds” is uploaded to the music commission YouTube
page. In 2012 PBS
chose him as their first subject to launch a new program
Spotlight” featuring half-hour programs of
selected area musicians and bands.
2010 release Pura
Vida This is Pure Life fused his musical background
as a percussionist, singer and guitarist with his more
recent instrumentation offering a more fleshed-out sound
and expanding his audience. His cover version of Leonard
Cohen’s “Hallelujah” blends Native American flute, the Halo, guitar and
harmonized vocals is a top requested song on many Native
American radio programs. Granger is a noted dynamic,
engaging and energetic performer. As one Facebook fan
noted after a performance at the Yosemite
Music and Art Festival in 2011; “The
energy coming off the stage….it was amazing. Like the
walls were going to explode from it.”
has performed at several National Monuments, such as White
Sands National Monument, Casa
Grande Ruins, and Zion
Canyon and for the Centennial celebration at the Gila
Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico.
Other festivals he’s performed for include the Sundance
Film Festival, International
Native American and World Flute Festival, the
prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market, The Gathering
of Nations, Yosemite
World Music Event, New
Mexico State Fair,
World of Faeries Festival (Chicago), Indian
Summer Festival in Milwaukee, Casa
Grande American Indian Music Festival, Native
Rhythms, Zion Canyon Native Flute Festival and
hundreds of community concerts, Renaissance Faires,
house concerts, small theaters and venues including the
Chapel in Houston, Texas.
Granger has going for him as a live musician and
performer is a sound so unique no solo act performing
live shares currently. Granger’s music has been
referred to as Southwest
Contemporary and Southwest
World which weaves Native flutes, percussion,
storytelling, vocals in an engaging set paced for
energy, meditative pieces with showcase numbers on the
Double-Barrel flute, a wicked Hang/Halo solo. One Jazz
ensemble director referred to Granger as the “Human
Vocal Chord” for his versatility and accuracy.
Granger tours as a solo artist he layers and loops
sounds akin to Emogen Heap but with a mystical southwest
vibe. He often performs with other musicians on tour,
which have included R. Carlos Nakai, Coyote Oldman, Skip
Healy, Peter Phippen and many others in impromptu or
rehearsed sessions. Granger’s ease with all styles or
music and back ground make him a popular “sit in”
guest on stages.
is a Native of New Mexico whose researched DNA ancestry
includes Mayan (Choltan) and Apache among other tribes.
A life-long musician he’s toured as a solo artist but
also with Jazz and Rock groups as a percussionist.
He’s professionally performed lead in several operas
and musicals, been a hired choral member, taught drums
and guitar for 15 plus years, mastered Mariachi music,
Cowboy music and worked as a Jazz solo artist for
parties and receptions. He’s worked as a session
musician, composer, arranger, songwriter and pick-up
musician. A true journeyman.
addition Granger has presented and facilitated workshops
on the Pan instruments, playing music in Hospice and
playing the Native American Flute at many festivals,
including the International Native American and World
Flute Association conferences.
2010-2011 Granger was forced to stop touring and
promoting to care for his partner diagnosed with stage
IV pancreatic cancer. The caregiving experience, helping
someone pass on, hospice, grieving, settling an estate
all have found their way into Granger’s newest
Medicine was released in the spring 2012. He has
volunteered his flute music in Hospice for many years
and donates his time and talent to many fundraisers for
charities, so this is a natural extension. In concert he
tells the story of caregiving and helping a loved one
die before he performs “Hallelujah” always an
emotional highlight of his concerts. He is becoming an
advocate for caregivers as well as pancreatic cancer
Green Silverhawk's life with the flute began many years
ago as he was being transported to life saving
open-heart surgery and went into cardiac arrest, sudden
cardiac death. While in this state he went into the
"white light", and had a near-death experience
and vision. His life was forever changed.
Dock is of Creek and
Cherokee blood and three months after leaving the
hospital his wife Cindy took him to his first Indian
powwow to learn more about his heritage. There the Lord
led him to the Native American flute. A year later he
began using the flute in the same hospital as a chaplain
and uses the medicine of the flute and power of prayer
in the Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Critical Care
Unit at Tampa General Hospital. Today Silverhawk is
considered a pioneer of using the flute in this manner
and is requested at other hospitals as well as TGH.
His ministry has been
featured on local Tampa Bay television NBC, CBS, FoxTV,
PBS and national NBC NEWS. He has also been featured in
the Tampa Tribune, St Pete Times, and local radio
Silverhawk is the founder
and spiritual leader of the American Indian Christian
Circle of Thonotosassa, Fl., one of the first churches
of it's kind in the country. He is a co-founder and
Chairman of CONAM (Committee On Native American
Ministries) of The United Methodist Conference of
Florida. He is a co-founder of the annual CONAM
Spiritual Gathering in Leesburg, Fl. Dock is also the
founder, with Mike Knight's help, of Silverhawk
Native American Flute Gathering, an annual event.
Dock has the distinction
of being the first place winner of the flute playing
competition of the first Musical Echoes. The second year
he was asked to be the chaplain and a judge at these
competitions and still serves in this capacity now. He
recently had the extreme honor of being asked to
represent the American Indian people of the Tampa Bay
area and lead off the grand opening ceremonies with
prayer and flute songs for the Tampa Bay History Center.
More recently, Dock was
voted "Artist of the Year" for 2009 by the
Greater Brandon Arts Council, the first Native American
and the first non-visual artist to win this award.
Silverhawk also plays and
speaks at numerous events and churches as well as
hospitals and federal prisons.
Dock's life wish is to
continue to be used by Creator and His Son to bring
peace, comfort, and healing to those in great need
through the power of prayer and medicine of the flute.
"I pray He continues opening doors for me to serve
Him, and uses me until He calls me home".
WindDancer, dancer, flutist and educator, is a Nanticoke
Indian who was born and raised on the eastern shore of
Maryland in a family and culture that has a very close and
unique relationship with the land. "We hunted,
fished, and grew crops for our well being and, in growing
up this way, learned how to live with our animal brothers
and sisters and all the wonderful creatures belonging to
our Mother Earth and Father Sky. Nanticoke Elders are
beautiful people who taught me the precious things of our
While a member of the U.S.
Military, Ed was president of an American Indian dance
group that toured the Hawaiian Islands. He has
successfully performed before audiences in Europe and
across the United States where his gifts as a flutist,
dancer, and educator continue to keep him in demand as a
presenter at schools and at cultural and civic events.
"I use my gifts from Creator to educate people and
have dedicated my life to this path."
A highly regarded musician
and head dancer at many Pow Wows, Ed has the honor of
being adopted into a Lakota family, the Medicines of
Wakpala, South Dakota.
inspiration from Mother Earth, Native culture, nature
and wildlife, and combining the ancient Native American
flute with today's modern instruments and musical
styles, is what creates the signature sound of Painted
Raven, the Native American flute and World Music
project of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Annette
Abbondanza, joined by flutist and percussionist, Holly
being self-taught on guitar, keyboards, bass, drums,
Native American flute, and several other instruments,
has performed at many festivals, concerts and benefits
across the country, while devoting most of her musical
career to furthering the efforts of various charitable
organizations, including Native American, social,
environmental, and wildlife causes.
Annette draws her songwriting inspiration from
her love and respect for the earth and all living
She has written, recorded, and produced two of
her own CDs, as well as seven CDs released by Painted
Raven, and many other releases by regional artists
She has shared the stage with many folk music
legends, including Tom Paxton for the live broadcast of
the public radio production “The Chords are Stacked”
at the historic Hershey Theatre.
Annette’s music has received awards and
multiple nominations, including Meet The Composer Award,
ISMA- Indian Summer Music Awards, and Nammy- Native
American Music Awards, as well as being aired on many
local, national, and international radio and web
broadcasts including NPR's “Echoes” with John
is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in the Native
American flute, and is also very gifted on drums,
percussion and other instruments.
She has performed at various Flute festivals,
including Green Frog Moon Festival, Musical Echoes,
SunWatch Flute Festival, RNAFF, and Native
Often accompanying other musicians, her
individual talent for playing the Native American flute
gained attention after
being awarded 1st place in the 2013 Native
Rhythms Festival Flute Players Competition.
This accomplishment opened more doors for her
musically, including becoming a featured performer at
the 2014 Native Rhythms Festival, as well as being
invited to join Painted Raven.
as the next phase of the continually evolving musical
soundscape known as Painted
Raven, Annette and Holly grace the stage as one of
the Native American Flute world’s very few female
ensembles and bring with it a unique warmth, combined
with an energy and diversity that showcases the amazing
musical versatility of the Native American Flute.
is anticipating the release of their eighth CD this
November at the Native Rhythms Festival. Their brand new
CD titled Crossroads,
features Native American flute music with a wee bit
of Celtic influence.
Crossroads and other Painted Raven’s CDs will be available
for sale and autograph at the event.
information about Painted Raven is available online at: www.painted-raven.com
Raven also appears on:
2016 Native Rhythms
Whitefox Stall is a Native American of the
Southeastern Muskogee Creeks. As a tribal dancer in
men's traditional dance Billy won many awards. He then began teaching tribal
dance to youth and in 1985, was gifted his first flute
by a student's father. It was a cedar flute given to
him by Quana Parker, Jr., and of course this changed his
life. With his interest now
focused on tribal flute music, he sought knowledge from
his Uncle Clyde concerning rivercane flutes.
He played his Native
American Flute Music and made his Old-Style Rivercane
Flutes for the next few years, until in 1998 he released
his first professional CD, "Sacred
Billy was made Vice-Chief
of the Red Heart Clan of Alabama in 2003, a significant
event and great honor in his life. In 2009, Billy was asked to
join the Southeastern Elders Council and was
re-appointed by Governor Crist to his 3rd consecutive
term as a Florida State Commissioner on Human Relations.
In 2005 Billy was
Flutist of the Year, winning that year's Native American
Music Award or NAMA with the release of his second disk,
entitled "When the Wind
Billy shares his
Creek ancestry through international recordings of
Native American flute music and storytelling. He enjoys
touring the country sharing his music and stories of his
heritage. Billy Whitefox is also a national champion
Flute Maker, well known for his old-style techniques in
making rivercane flutes.
Tortorelli is a master bamboo flute designer and player.
Being raised in a musical family, he had access to many
instruments, and went on to perform in rock bands
throughout south Florida. Eventually he longed for
simpler pastures, and retreated to the forests of north
Florida. With a collection of rare and exotic
instruments, he was inspired by the beauty of the nature
and harmony there. He discovered and nurtured an
abundance of bamboo on his land, and commenced expanding
his growing flute collection with flutes of his own
design. His music and concerts were so loved by
surrounding communities that he became known as
"Medicine Wind" for the healing quality of his
peaceful gatherings. He started his own company and
commenced a successful recording career, as well as
doing custom flute designs for fine arts festivals.
and Ken Holt
Johnny Kee started playing on a
borrowed friend's guitar while in junior high school.
The next Christmas he got his first guitar as a present
from his parents, and played it in folk groups
throughout high school and college, during the so-called
"folk revival" of the early 60s, meanwhile
adding the banjo and autoharp to his instrumental
offerings. Johnny became interested in the Native
American Flute when his wife returned from a visit with
her sister in Ashville in '06 with a flute music CD. On
a return trip later that fall, he bought his first
flute, and has been making and playing them ever since.
Johnny has been playing and singing in
the church praise band along side talented friend Ken
Holt for maybe 10 years (neither can remember when they
started together, but it was a long time ago!). Ken
brought his rock and contemporary Christian music
background to lead the band, but blended it with
Johnny's folk/gospel/spiritual music experience to
create an exciting eclectic sound.
From a long history of group
performances, Johnny is striking out in a more solo lead
direction, and is thrilled to have the guitar artistry
of Ken Holt on stage with him for Native Rhythms again this
Ken Holt has been writing
songs and performing since the late 60’s. With rock
‘n roll bands, church praise bands, solo, and every
other configuration, Ken has nurtured his love for
music. The kinship with other players on stage and the
connection with the audience, continues to draw him to
new musical projects, all the while stretching and
growing his guitar playing. Ken has attended the Native
Rhythms Festival in past years and agaim looks forward to
performing with his longtime friend, Johnny Kee.
Kokopelli Girl Phipps
Born in Alabama, Sydney has extensively traveled the
country experiencing the wonderful diversity of its
people and cultures along the way.
She has played and performed standard Native
American flute from a very young age, and her unique
playing style has developed a maturity beyond her
As one of the up-and-coming flute players gracing the
Native Rhythms stage this year, Sydney truly enjoys
live performing. She
has earned many accolades including 1st
place at Native Rhythms in 2009, and most recently,
placing 2nd of 97 entrants at Musical
Echoes 2011. She has performed at numerous Native
American festivals and cultural events across the
country including Middle Tennessee State University,
Cheyenne Frontier Days, Moundville Archaeological
Park, Chasco Fiesta Native Venue, The Parks at Chehaw,
and Janney Museum.
Sydney currently demonstrates a flute education program for
the University of Alabama called Fluting
Through the Ages at Jones Archeological Museum
and has shared the stage with talented performers such
as Jan Seiden, Billy Whitefox, Dave McCullen and many
This young lady, known to her friends, students and fans of
all ages as “Kokopelli Girl”, has a unique playing
style and an innovative approach to ancient rim-blown
flutes like the Anasazi, Hopi, and Mojave. It is often said that she “flutes like a
girl” with a lingering warmth and tenderness
uncommonly seen in the modern flute world. At age 18,
she is currently in-studio recording music for one of
many highly anticipated albums, the first of which
will be released in 2012 in time for this year's Native
Come and experience the music of Kokopelli Girl, Sydney
Find her on YouTube at:
and keep an eye out on Facebook for the ever elusive
Kokopelli Girl. You never know where she’ll turn up
For more information and possible event bookings contact her at:
Facebook: Sydney Lee Richmond Phipps
Kimberly earned a place on the 2016 program by virtue of winning the 2015 Native Rhythms
Festival Flute Players' Competition. Congratulations, Kim!
A long-time fan of the Native American flute, Kimberly began learning to play in earnest May of 2012.
Her joy composing and playing for and with others has been nurtured by friends and mentors in the
Riverwind, Southwind, and Central Florida Flute Circles, and at the
Festival. She feels
equal enthusiasm sharing her simple, heartfelt compositions with small audiences at nursing homes,
community centers, and cafes, and with larger audiences at events like the Leesburg Art Festival,
Scrub Jay Festival, and Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering.
Kimberly is honored to have placed in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Native Rhythms Festival Flute Players’
Competitions and to appear as a guest musician on Painted Raven’s Kindred Spirits CD. She credits Annette
Abbondanza and Holly Harris of Painted Raven with prompting her to record, and friends Wes and Pam Dickey
with recording her first demo CD in their living room! Kimberly hopes to release her first professionally
mastered CD, titled One Breath, in time for the 2016
Festival, and to release two more CD
projects soon after.
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