Gordon Gower: Flute/Whistle/Sessions 101
Gordon Gower is an accomplished concert flute, low whistle, and tin whistle player who has a deep reverence for the Sligo/Roscommon style of playing. A desert transplant for many years, the soft spoken young man from Leominster, Massachusetts has made a number of pilgrimages to Ireland to study and hone his craft. He has spent time studying with the likes of Clareman Eamonn Cotter, Belfast-born Marcus O’Murchu, and cutting-edge virtuosos from Dublin, Eamonn de Barra and Alan Doherty. In recent years, Gower has made stage appearances with Matt Molloy of The Chieftains, Liz Carroll and John Doyle, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Laurence Nugent, and All-Ireland Champion fiddler players Maire Egan and Sheila Maguire. In 2011, Gordon recorded his debut solo album, Between Friends, with All-Ireland finalist Zac Leger and the nationally recognized singer/producer Blake Pullen. Gower now resides in Tucson, Arizona and maintains a busy schedule teaching lessons and playing gigs across the southwestern United States.
Louis Scuderi: Accompaniment/Singing
Louis sings and plays the mandolin, bouzouki, and guitar among other instruments, though he started out on the cello. His music is most strongly influenced by the folk music of Scotland and Ireland as well as contemporary American Folk. He has been playing traditional music since the age of eleven and has been a regular session player and a member of several bands, most notably as the lead singer of Celtic Waves, the premier Celtic band residing on Oahu, Hawaii.
Louis grew up in Albuquerque, NM, and now resides there again after over a decade away. He studied physics and astrophysics in college and graduate school, specializing in extrasolar planets, planetary sciences, and the planet mars. He currently teaches physics at Bosque School, a local independent school in Albuquerque.
Kari Lapins: Fiddle/Irish Dance
Kari Lapins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona
and founded Grand Canyon Celtic Arts Academy in 2009. She started violin at age eight in the Suzuki method and
discovered fiddling in her teen years. Since then, she has studied Celtic (mainly Irish) fiddling with Liz Carroll, Randal Bays, Kevin Burke, Daire Bracken, Ciaran O Maonaigh, Alasdair Fraser, Ellery
Klein, John Carty, Liz Knowles, Brendan Hendry, Troy MacGillivray, and Liz Doherty. She has performed at the Northern Arizona Highland Celtic Festival, Phoenix Irish Festival, Los
Angeles Irish Festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest, NAU’s Curry Music Camp, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Knoxville Tune Junkie Weekend Concert.
She taught fiddle classes to all ages at NAU Community Music and Dance
Academy from 2004-2016, in addition to private fiddle and violin students. Since 2004, she has taught Suzuki violin lessons and Music Mind Games in private, small group, and school settings.
Lapins danced and competed with McTeggart Irish Dance School for many years and taught Irish dance in Flagstaff for four years before moving to Knoxville. She has completed 8 of the required 12 A.C.R.G. Grade Exams.
She founded Living Traditions Presentations in 2004 and won the Viola Award in Music in 2012. In 2016, she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband and has become very involved in Traditional Irish Arts of Knoxville and the music scene.