Hands-On Workshops


Tottenham Bluegrass Hands-On Workshops


Saturday June 16th, 2018

Hands On Workshops - Tottenham Bluegrass Festival

There are many ‘hands-on’ workshops that you can participate in when you come to the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival.


Tottenham Workshop Instructor Bios – 2018


10:00am Bass – Gary Glen

Gary Glenn has lived in Hamilton , Ontario all his life and grew up playing guitar in garage bands in the late 50’s. He got an opportunity to play bass at a professional level in a Rock band in the 60’s , playing schools , dances and outdoor concerts in the Hamilton Area . At the age of 21, he started playing bass in bar bands, playing some Country and Rock, and did some studio work at Grant Avenue studios. He was introduced to Bluegrass music in the early 70s .He started playing banjo in some Bluegrass groups and fell in love with the sound of the stand up acoustic bass. Gary has played on most of the stages in the Ontario Bluegrass scene and a few south of the border over the last 40 years. Some bands he played bass with are, Grass Works, Larry Good, Hill Brothers, New Haven, Rhyme N Reason, Concession 23, Hard Ryde ,and Grasstic Measures. Gary has recorded on some Bluegrass projects ,playing bass With Emory Lester, Carl Goodman, Rocky Hill, and Ray Legere . Gary also

was awarded the Canadian Bluegrass Bass player for 1990 and was nominated for 2016. He is still very active in the Bluegrass scene with a busy schedule for 2017 with his new group “BIG JOHN”. Gary is a multi-instrumentalist; and also plays mandolin and banjo.


11:00am Mandolin- Ray Legere

RAY LEGERE is a 2016 New Brunswick Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee as well as being the 2003 ECMA (East Coast Music Award) Winner for “Bluegrass Artist Of The Year” which he also won in 1996. The Amherst, Nova Scotia native is becoming known as one of Canada’s premiere fiddle/mandolin players. Ray is a Master Award winner of the Eastern Division Bluegrass Awards in the categories of Mandolin and Fiddle " Player of the Year and was selected winner of the 1983 Open Mandolin Championship in Woodstock Ontario. In 1986, Ray went to the Walnut Valley Open Mandolin Championship in Winfield, Kansas and took home 1st prize, an A style Nugget mandolin (which he considers to be the Stradivarius of the mandolins).

Ray has accomplished many accolades, the most notable playing a concert filling the shoes of an ailing Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass Music in 1982. His love for Bluegrass has found him playing alongside his heroes, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Tony Trischka, Doc Watson, Bela Fleck, … and is well respected amongst them.

Ray has toured with Tony Rice, the Lonesome River Band, Green Mountain Bluegrass, Lynn Morris Band, Allison Brown and filled in with many US artists. Michelle Shocked invited Ray to tour throughout Australia, Canada, and the USA. As an ongoing performer of many styles, and playing great stages like the Grand Ol’ Opry and Carnegie Hall, Ray currently performs with his own band Acoustic Horizon (with Pickin’ Partner Frank Doody) and Grasstic Measures with Jim Collette.

Ray has recorded on hundreds of sessions and has transcribed some of his solos into a lesson video for mandolin and guitar. Ray has been playing his Paganoni F-5 at the festivals. Doyle Lawson used it on some earlier Country Gentleman LP’s. Be sure to checkout this gem.


12:00pm Banjo-Denis LePage

Denis LePage has been a part of the bluegrass music scene in Canada since the mid 70’s. He was a founding member of London Ontario’s Dixie Flyers and performed hundreds of shows and festivals with the band. After leaving the Flyers, he joined the Hamilton area group, Station Road and continued to perform across Canada and the US. In 1985 Denis formed the group Limited Edition along with his brother Mitch, Mike Higgins, Larry Brisbois and fiddler Roly Lapierre. This band played at the first Tottenham Bluegrass Festival.  Later, Denis stayed involved with bluegrass playing with members of various bands and  attended informal jam sessions and concerts. Denis is one of the most recorded banjo players in Canada, having cut three

albums with the Dixie Flyers, two solo banjo instrumental albums, two albums with Station Road and one with Limited Edition. He has recorded with many other artists as well including Richard Gully, Walter Ostenek,  Willie P. Bennett and others and has played on hundreds of commercial studio sessions. Both individually and with various bands,Denis has been a featured guest on several television and radio shows.

He wasawarded the Northern Bluegrass Committee Banjo Player of the year award several times between 1975 and 1985 and was the winner of the Carlisle Banjo Contest in 1976. He has been been featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter, has book of banjotablature to his credit and has published numerous instructional videos on his website banjoden.com

Over the years, Denis has played with many great US and Canadian banjo players in workshops, on stage or in the studio including Alan Munde, Ben Eldridge, David Jack,Bob Black and many more. His banjo style combines rhythmic,  hard-driving bluegrass, fiddle tune influenced melodic and jazz. He has written many tunes featured on both his solo and on group albums and continues to write original innovative material for the banjo.


1:00pm Fiddle – Leslie Dawn Knowles


Born and raised in Los Angeles into a musical family, Leslie began playing violin at the age of 4 and embarked on a classical career while still in her teens. In 1975 she joined the first violin section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and remains happily a member there. A call from a friend in 2003 inquiring about joining Toronto band Roses in the Snow launched Leslie’s bluegrass career, and from there led to seven years with well known band Hometown Bluegrass which enjoyed many regular appearances at the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival and others. Now happily Leslie is the newest member of BentTree Bluegrass, and looking to a bright future of good music and happy times.


2:00pm Guitar – Jason Jones

Tottenham Bluegrass Guitar -Jason JonesJason Jones is 24 years old and has been playing music for the past 10 years. He first studied music at Mohawk College and now continues his studies at the University of Toronto. He performs music anywhere from rock to acoustic jazz. His interests also include arranging and writing music. He is strongly influenced by Tony Rice, and the progressive side of Bluegrass. Jason is a good example of “The Millenials” who are“ upping the ante” for Bluegrass instrumentalists. Bring your guitars and trade licks with Jason, who hails from Lindsay, Ontario.


3:00pm- TBA