Meet the Song Camp Italy Faculty

Songwriting, Performance & Music Career Faculty confirmed for Song Camp Italy 2023 include:


John McCutcheon

According to Pete Seeger, “John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader.”

Johnny Cash had this to say about John: “The most impressive instrumentalist I've ever heard."

The Dallas Morning News said “Calling John McCutcheon a 'folksinger' is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player.”



Steve Poltz

Steve's performances offer and deliver pure joy. He co-wrote Jewel's multiplatinum Billboard Hot-100 smash hit "You Were Meant For Me", along with more recent collaborations and co-writes with GRAMMY-winning bluegrass phenom Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, Nicki Bluhm, Oliver Wood and Mojo Nixon.



Matt Backer

The words “Rock Star” get tossed around frequently these days, but Matt Backer is someone who has unequivocally earned the moniker.

Spanning a 35 year career, he has recorded, performed and co-written songs with a diverse range of artists including Julian Lennon, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Sinead O’Connor, Joe Cocker, Aimee Mann, Elton John, Alice Cooper, Bananarama, Cher, Bob Geldof, Belinda Carlisle and Kermit The Frog. He has been the guitarist with multi-platinum '80s superstars ABC for over 20 years.



Paul Reisler

Paul Reisler has written more songs than the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stephen Foster combined—somewhere north of 3,500 compositions. Ok, he has had some serious help from some of his co-writers including a handful of Grammy winning songwriters as well as the over 65,000 children he’s written with in his Kid Pan Alley program.



Susan Cattaneo

In her 20 years teaching Songwriting at Berklee College of Music, Susan Cattaneo has helped students work on over 15,000 songs in all musical genres and styles and mentored over 2,000 artists. She’s taught master clinics at the International Folk Conference and at regional music conferences throughout North America.



"Chicago" Mike Beck

“Chicago” Mike Beck is an ASCAP award-winning songwriter and recording artist who has been touring full-time in the USA and Europe since 2001 as a solo performer and with his band Chicago Mike’s InterGalactic Brother & Sisterhood of Big Eyed Beans.


To hear music and see videos from the Song Camp Italy faculty, view our Song Camp Italy YouTube video playlist.

Click "The Experience" to learn more about the Song Camp Italy approach to teaching the art and craft of songwriting and see our schedule of classes and events.

Times, details and instructors are subject to change. The information posted reflects the most up-to-date information currently available.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Bonnie Hayes and Italian composer and master flatpicker Beppe Gambetta won't be able to join us for Song Camp Italy 2023, but will be part of our faculty in 2024: April 2 - 7, 2024.

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