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.
This page is currently under development and
will see additional performers listed as we announce them.
2018 Native Rhythms Performers
Performers (listed alphabetically)
2018 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
(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
Randy McGinnis, international performer, is the
Native American Music Award Winner - 2017 Native American Flutist of the
Year. In 2010 he was the NAMA award winner for
Best Musical Compilation and has been nominated for six additional NAMA awards.
He is a Cherokee Native American and brings his incredibly beautiful and rich culture to the stage. Speaking in his Native language along with the haunting music from his flutes creates an unforgettable atmosphere. Read all about him on his website
www.randymcginnis.com and listen to samples of his music from his six CD's. You may also listen to his channel on Spotify, Pandora and YouTube. Join us for an evening of amazing music that will feed your soul.
When Randy shares his art, it not only includes
incredibly beautiful music, but he brings a rich history
of his Cherokee people to his performances. He includes
the beautiful Cherokee language in his performances,
often wearing his traditional regalia on stage. He is
committed to doing his part to keep the Cherokee
language and culture alive and has assisted in teaching
it to many people.
Randy founded the Smoky Mountain Flute Circle in
Townsend, Tennessee and was presented a prestigious
award from famed Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai
for the promotion, preservation, and education of the
Native American flute. He served on the Advisory Board
for the International Native American Flute Association
and was on the Board of Directors for the Renaissance of
the Native American Flute. Randy also served on the
Board of Directors for the Smokey Mountain Heritage
Center. He currently serves on the Board of
Directors for the Flute Tree Foundation.
For more information and to hear tracks from his five CD’s go to:
|Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle
2016 Native American Music Awards "Artist of the
Year"! Grammy Member, ASCAP Member, Shelley Morningsong (N. Cheyenne) has recorded five
sensational Native American, Contemporary albums and has emerged as one of New Mexico’s finest Native
performers. Morningsong has received three Native American music awards, among other awards and accolades,
including Native American Music Awards “Record of the Year” for 2011 (Full Circle).
Shelley's husband and musical partner Fabian Fontenelle (Zuni/Omaha) adds a breathtaking and beautiful
element to their performance with his traditional northern plains style dancing, storytelling and drumming.
Fabian is an original member of the American Indian Dance Theater. Both Shelley and Fabian were touring
members of the famous Robert Mirabal's Musical “Music from a Painted Cave” feature on PBS Special
Performance's. Shelley and Fabian have been featured in several magazine's such as Cowboys & Indians,
Native Peoples and New Mexico Magazine.
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.
again, Ed will lead out "cultural encounter", a
program of music, dancing, story-telling with a strong
educational overtone. The Friday performance is
specifically directed at young people as the heart of our
School Day presentation. Be sure to check out: "Becoming
Drawing 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 Harris.
Annette Abbondanza (Painted Raven), of Cherokee and Sioux ancestry, is 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 creatures.
She has written, recorded, and produced two of her own CDs, as well as nine CDs released by
and many other releases by regional artists and youth. 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, One World Music Awards, 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 DiLiberto.
Holly Harris (Red Feather), a Native Floridian of Cherokee heritage, is a multi-instrumentalist specializing
in the Native American flute hand drums, percussion and other instruments. She has performed at various Flute
festivals, including Green Frog Moon Festival, Musical Echoes, SunWatch Flute Festival, RNAFF, Sarasota Native
American Festival, Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival, and The
Native Rhythms Festival. Historically
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
Rhythms Festival, as well as being invited to join
Painted Raven. She has contributed to the 5 most recently
released Painted Raven CD’s, and as a member of Painted Raven, has been nominated for several Native American
Music Awards and has won several Indian Summer Music Awards.
Together 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.
Painted Raven is anticipating the release of their tenth CD this November at the
Native Rhythms Festival in
Melbourne, FL. Their brand new CD titled Sacred Spiral, features the meditational and healing sounds of the
Native American flute, combined with nature sounds, chimes, Tibetan bowl, and soothing synths.
and other Painted Raven’s CDs will be available for sale and autographed at the event.
Additional information about Painted Raven is available online at:
Painted Raven also appears on:
YouTube ( www.youtube.com/user/PaintedRavenMusic )
FaceBook ( www.facebook.com/PaintedRaven2 )
Twitter ( twitter.com/PaintedRaven2 )
2017 Flute Players' Competition Winner
Deb earned a place on the 2018 program by virtue of winning the
2017 Native Rhythms
Festival Flute Players' Competition. Congratulations,