Meet the Song Camp Italy Faculty
Songwriting, Performance & Music Career Faculty confirmed for Song Camp Italy 2023 include:
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.”
Beppe Gambetta is one of the world's most respected flatpickers, a master guitarist, researcher and composer born in Genova, Italy in 1955 who developed a style of concert presentation that brings American and European Roots to speak together with one voice. In his unique approach, Gambetta blends energetic grooves with passionate melodies, giving new life to sources from different times, periods and places. In addition, the original music he composes gives contemporary influences to traditional roots music.
Bonnie Hayes is an esteemed singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and educator. She wrote two of the songs on Bonnie Raitt's Grammy-winning Album of the Year "Nick of Time", and her songs have been recorded by Cher, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Robert Cray, David Crosby, Adam Ant and Booker T and the MG's.
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.
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.
Songwriting & Guitar
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.
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
Performance & Music Career
“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.