Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, festival emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe Craven has made music with many folks ranging from multi-string instrumentalist David Lindley to Blues slide guitar master Roy Rogers to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and groups from Psychograss to The Persuasions to The Horseflies.
He was percussionist and fiddler for mandolinist David Grisman for almost 17 years and was special guest with fusion banjo player Alison Brown and her Quartet for almost 7 years.
On Sept. 6, Craven will join his daughter, Hattie, on stage at Bluegrass at the Lake for the second year in a row. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., he will provide a free workshop on how anyone can create music and rhythms.
Always looking for the next expression and object to make music with, Craven is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached or not; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever. He has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy nominated projects. Craven has performed at festivals and theaters worldwide, from Hardly Strictly to The Kennedy Center and from CA Worldfest to Carnegie Hall, where he joined folks like Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor to help celebrate Stephane Grappelli’s 80th birthday concert.
A Cum Laude graduate in both Museology and Aesthetics and an award-winning educator for nearly 20 years, Joe?s clients include numerous schools, universities, teacher in-services, detention centers, special needs facilities, music camps, American String Teacher?s Association and corporate clients such as Wells Fargo and Enloe Medical Center. He is the Director of RiverTunes Music Camp and is Co-Director for the Wintergrass Youth Academy. And no matter who Joe?s connecting with – a community workshop in Costa Rica, a university lecture and demonstration in Washington, or on stage in front of thousands of school kids in Scotland – Craven?s at home and loving every minute.