Janet Beazley is an accomplished bluegrass banjo player, singer, songwriter, and teacher. She is a founding member of Chris Stuart & Backcountry, a Bluegrass/Americana band that focuses on the original material of acclaimed songwriter Chris Stuart. CSB has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, and in the Middle East.
A veteran music educator, Janet has taught banjo, harmony singing, music theory, ear training, song writing, improvisation, and band ensemble skills at numerous bluegrass workshops, including the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, Summergrass Kid's Camp, Midwest Banjo Camp, American Banjo Camp, Banjo Camp North, Rivertunes, Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week, Munich Banjo Camp, and Sore Fingers Bluegrass Week in the UK.
Janet was the focus of the profile article in the December 2011 issue of Banjo Newsletter, and her solo CD, 5 South, spent one month on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Survey Chart for Top 15 Albums. The song, “Julia Belle,” spent eight months on the Top 30 Songs Chart, reaching #9. Janet produced and engineered all of the CSB band albums, as well as solo projects by IBMA award-winner Chris Stuart and flat-picking guitar virtuoso Eric Uglum.
Janet is also an expert on Renaissance and Baroque performance practice, and holds a Doctorate in Early Music Performance from USC. She teaches Early Music at UC Riverside, is in demand as a clinician at Early Music workshops throughout the Western US, and performs on historical flutes, recorders, and viola da gamba with several Renaissance and Baroque chamber ensembles in the So Cal area, including her own group, Accenti. She enjoys teaching bluegrass banjo, penny whistle, recorder, flute and viol to players of all levels of expertise.
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