songwriter Matt Meighan can be heard frequently at Artichoke and throughout the Pacific Northwest, playing his own songs and those of songwriters he admires.
Matt's teaching approach is to help create an environment where students' own wisdom is helped to emerge. "The goal is not the passing along of the teacher's knowledge, nor the passing along of anyone's knowledge: the course sessions are meant to provide occasions for individual insights and encouragement." - poet William Stafford.
Matt studied writing at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Tibetan Buddhist-founded Naropa Institute in Boulder, where he earned an MFA in writing and poetics.
Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for sixteen years. Beth's music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.
Beth began her musical journey in Lubbock, a high plains Texas town with a uniquely rich musical heritage that includes Buddy Holly, Natalie and Lloyd Maines, Mac Davis, and Joe Ely to name a few. When she wasn't dodging tornadoes and dust storms, Beth was studying classical piano, violin, harp, and voice and contemplating the greatness of her Dad's record collection.
With big dreams of becoming a musician, Beth left west Texas to study voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina. A detour from her classical studies led her to Austin, where she picked up a degree in literature and a guitar. Beth began writing her own songs and quickly discovered a feeling of musical freedom that she has been hooked on ever since. Sixteen years, thousands of shows, nine albums, three cars, and numerous awards later, Beth has never looked back.
Since moving to Eugene, Oregon, Beth has immersed herself in the northwest music scene, including working on staff with the Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy for three years as an instructor and host of the Sunday Community Celebration.
"Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat - a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice." - Washington Post
Winner - Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest
Winner - Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Contest
Winner - 2nd Place - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Contest
Winner - Wildflower Festival Songwriting Contest
Finalist - Telluride Troubadour Contest
Winner - Top 20 Acoustic/Folk Category - Unisong International Songwriting Contest
Beth's website: www.bethwoodmusic.com
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