Featured Performers

Tina Louise Barr will be a featured instructor-performer in 2022; others to be determined.

Tina Louise Barr is a virtuoso performer of the autoharp, and her amazing clarity on the autoharp has won recognition in her field. Tina Louise Barr has both performed and given instruction at the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering in Pennsylvania, the Willamette Valley Autoharp Gathering in Oregon, the Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival in Arizona, and the California Autoharp Gathering. Tina Louise Barr is a staff member of the international music publication Autoharp Quarterly Magazine, and she is a recipient of the Modesto Area Music Association (MAMA) Award, the California Bluegrass Association Service Award, and the California Autoharp Gathering Lifetime Achievement Award.

John Gwinner is a versatile musician who plays mandolin, fiddle, dobro, electric lap steel, and guitar. His music draws from a diverse range of musical styles, rooted in a rich mix of Americana. John and Tina’s interest in music had them both involved in radio broadcasting at community FM stations, and John continues to host a folk and bluegrass program at California State University, Stanislaus. John has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about the pioneers of country music, and he is an avid fan of early jazz-influenced western swing groups led by band leaders such as Milton Brown and Bob Wills.

Tina Louise Barr and John Gwinner perform as “Hot Wire” and will be featured during our Cambria Picking in the Pines autoharp festivities. Fasten your seat belt, it will be a lively show!