Andy Thacker
Pronouns: he/him/his
Instruments: Guitar, Mandolin
Styles: Bluegrass, Folk, Old-Time, Classical, Rock


Born outside of Chicago, we moved to Virginia when I was 10. I was introduced to old time music via my parents and after quite a few years of playing electric guitar and Classical violin, I developed a passion for Bluegrass at the age of 20. Attended Merle Fest for the first time with a friend and upon arrival walked directly into a performance featuring Sam Bush, Jerry Douglass, Bela Fleck, and Tony Rice. Needless to say, I picked up a mandolin soon after and haven’t put it down since. I regularly travel with my band Love Canon playing 80’s pop tunes adapted to Bluegrass instrumentation and I also spend time performing in a variety of side projects.


Look forward to guiding students just starting out or already on their way in a quest to achieve their musical goals. I aspire to always work to become a better player and share the joy of music with personal heroes and close friends.
“Andy is so encouraging and so good at teaching to a variety of instruments and skill levels all in one class. My mandolin playing has improved drastically since I started taking lessons and classes with him!”