Chris Stuart

writer / concertinist

I'm a project manager and content strategist (what used to be called a writer/editor) with Cloud & Web Services at UC San Diego. I also teach a copyediting class through UCSD Extension. Contact me at

The background images for this site were taken at the Salk Institute. The building's architect was Louis Kahn who developed his plans from a medieval monastery. It's an intriguing and inspiring space that is worth visiting. 

I once played guitar and banjo, but now I'm hooked on the Anglo concertina and Irish music.

I've been lucky to have songs recorded by bluegrass and folk artists, among them Janet Beazley, Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, Danny Paisley, Larry Cordle, Michael Cleveland, Bobby Osborne, Chris Jones, Sally Jones, Eric Uglum, Joe Mullins, Doyle Lawson, and others.

In 2009, I received the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Song of the Year award for co-writing "Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away," with Ivan Rosenberg, recorded by Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass. Way back in 1993, I was a first-place winner at the of the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest in both bluegrass and gospel categories. And I've taught songwriting, guitar, and harmony singing at music camps and workshops including Sorefingers in the UK, Augusta Heritage Center, the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, Bluegrass Camp Germany, and Walker Creek Music Camp.

But I'm most proud of my two children, Georgia and Jackson, who continually ensorcell me.