Instructor of Mandolin, Bluegrass Guitar, Fiddle, and Banjo
Jack Dwyer is a multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, fiddle), singer/songwriter, and teacher based in Portland, OR. He works on the Adjunct Music Faculty of Lewis and Clark College, conducts workshops, and performs across the United States.
In January 2013, he collaborated with fellow Portland mandolinist and Lewis and Clark adjunct Tim Connell to release Mando Planet, a collection of instrumental world music mandolin duets. They performed a few months later at the 2013 Wintergrass Bluegrass (Bellevue, WA), and continue to bring their music to new audiences as Mando Planet. Jack’s newest project is a multi-instrumental vocal duet with Portland fiddler Ellie Hakanson that explores bluegrass, classic country, old-world folk, and original repertoire. They are currently in pre-production on their first CD. Jack also performs under his own name and releases original music periodically through his website, including his latest effort: Collected Songs Vol. 1.
In addition to his own projects, Jack works occasionally as a sideman for more established artists like Northwest guitarist Scott Law, and Chicago-based swing mandolin guru Don Stiernberg.
Jack was a gigging musician in New York City before he entered his teens, and years of playing have put him onstage with many great musicians including Peter Rowan,Bill Keith, Jesse Cobb, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, The Mammals and others.