Sean Watkins from the Grammy winning band Nickel Creek, and Indian tabla player Ty Burhoe were added last week to the already stellar lineup of musicians scheduled to perform at the 7th annual Summer String Summit concert July 6, 2011 in the College of the Siskiyous Kenneth Ford Theatre in Weed.

Produced by renowned acoustic musicians and educators Tashina and Tristan Clarridge, the Wednesday night concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

It will again bring together many influential and innovative musicians from the worlds of bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, old-time and Swedish folk music for an evening of music and dance.

Six-time Grand National Fiddle Champions and northern California natives Tashina and Tristan Clarridge have, literally, grown up in the company of these musicians. Acclaimed in their own rights, both have risen to become sought-after performers and teachers in the new American acoustic tradition.

“This show is absolutely the dream show of the year for anybody interested in acoustic music, strings or fiddling,” said Grammy nominated fiddler/composer Darol Anger.  “I’ve watched these young artists grow up. They are the future, but they’re happening right now. Bring your kids and watch their ears grow big and their eyeballs pop.”

The String Summit is supported by the Siskiyou Arts Council. Tickets are available at Village Books in Mount Shasta, Music Coop in Ashland, Ore.; and from BrownPaperTickets.com (24/7 Hotline: 1-800-838-3006). Tickets will be available at the door and can be purchased with cash or by check.

Cost for adults is $20 in advance or $22 at the door. It’s $5 for children 12 and under in advance or $7 at the door.

For more information, visit the website: www.SummerStringSummit.com

• Darol Anger – Grammy nominated fiddler/composer Darol Anger was a founding member of the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, and his own Republic of Strings. See: www.darolanger.com

•?Bruce Molsky – Appalachian fiddle master Bruce Molsky explores traditional music from a broad range of cultures. His has collaborated with Mike Seeger, Bill Frisell, Mozaik, and the Grammy nominated Fiddlers 4. See: www.brucemolsky.com

• Tony Trischka – Grammy nominated banjo legend Tony Trischka was called “One of the most impressive banjoists alive,” by Billboard; and “The godfather of what’s sometimes called new acoustic music” by the New York Times. He has played banjo with Bruce Springsteen, Steve Martin, Ralph Stanley, Doc Watson, The Boston Pops, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, and Bela Fleck. See: www.tonytrischka.com

• Roger Tallroth – Guitar virtuoso/composer Roger Tallroth will journey from Uppsala, Sweden to make his Summer String Summit debut. A master of traditional Swedish folk music Tallroth  pioneered a powerful approach to 12-string guitar, in a tuning he invented himself. See: www.Vasen.se

• Brittany Haas – Old-time fiddler Brittany Haas tours the world with folk/bluegrass sensation Crooked Still. She has performed with Steve Martin on The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live. See: www.crookedstill.com

• Jeremy Kittel – US National Scottish Fiddle Champion and jazz violinist Jeremy Kittel is a member of the Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet and has appeared at the Kennedy Center, and on A Prairie Home Companion. See: www.jeremykittel.com

• Nic Gareiss – Nic Gareiss “may be the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene,” Boston Herald. The Bay City Times calls him “mesmerizing – a whirling dervish in tap shoes.” He has collaborated with The Chieftains, Alasdair Fraser, and Liz Carroll, performing throughout North America, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium and Australia. See: www.nicgareiss.com

• Billy Contreras – Widely recognized as a jazz violin cult genius, Nashville recording artist Billy Contreras has recorded for Willie Nelson and currently tours with George Jones.

• Tashina Clarridge – Tashina Clarridge, the 2005 Grand National Fiddle Champion, has performed at Carnegie Hall with Grammy winning bassist Edgar Meyer and has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and others.

• Tristan Clarridge – Five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and brilliant cellist Tristan Clarridge tours internationally with folk/bluegrass sensation Crooked Still. He has toured with Natalie MacMaster, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and Bruce Molsky.

Their quartet The Bee Eaters, featuring hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman, will debut their soon to be released CD, Oddfellows Road, at this show. See: http://beeeaters.com

• Maeve Gilchrist has been called by Dirty Linen “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity. See: www.maevegilchristmusic.com