About Bill Gregg

Bill Gregg started piano lessons when he was six. By the time he was eleven years old he was accomplished on piano, organ and accordion and began performing professionally. At fourteen he began playing with the rock band, The Travelers.

 

After graduating from high school he enlisted in the US Navy, graduated from the Defense Language Institute and began learning stringed instruments. Bill taught himself to play guitar, fiddle, banjo, autoharp, mandolin harmonica and dulcimer and learned folk music directly from the old masters such as Kilby Snow, Slim Bryant & Lily May Ledford. He has performed on radio and tv including the legendary public television series The Bluegrass Ramble. He has played and presented workshops at folk and bluegrass festivals for nearly forty years. 

 

In 2012 Bill won the coveted Leonard Reid Award at the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering. In 2013 he was hired to teach actress Emily Dorsch to play the autoharp for her role as an ethnomusicologist in the stage production of Black Pearl Sings. Also in 2013 he received a New York State grant with matching private foundation funds to give public programs on blues guitar. In 2014 he presented a day-long program on American mountain music at the Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira, NY. In the spring of 2019 he presented a workshop on blues fiddle for the 75th New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) in Mansfield, Mass.

 

Bill teaches instrumental music at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts and at his studio, Harmonic Resources, both in Trumansburg, NY. He also composes, performs and records electro-acoustic music as well as original compositions for classical guitar.

 

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