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Friday - January 19th, 2018

4:30pm

Check-in starts

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Workshops

6:15pm - 7:15pm

Workshops

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Evening Showcase Concert

8:00pm - ...

Late-night off campus

 

 

 

Saturday - January 20th, 2018

9:00am

Check-in starts

9:30am - 10:30am

Workshops

10:45am - 11:45am

Workshops

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Workshops

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Workshops

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Tea Time

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshops

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Evening Showcase Concert

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Dance

8:00pm - ...

Late-night off campus

Sunday - January 21st, 2018

1:00pm

Check-in starts

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Workshops

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Workshops

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshops

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Evening Showcase Concert

8:00pm - ...

Late-night off campus


Friday - January 19th, 2018

4:30pm

Check-in starts

 

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Creating Harmonies - Annie and Channing - Classroom 1 What is harmony? Does it always sound ‘good’? How do different singing traditions and specific individuals sculpt music through their harmonic choices? We’ll explore these questions together in this all-levels basic technique workshop. We’ll start simply, singing common intervals so our voices become more familiar with the relationships between pitches. Then we’ll work with a simple melody, exploring possible harmonies and playing with the varied emotions different combinations can evoke. Depending on group size we may do this in small groups or pairs. Whoever is comfortable doing so will share their newly made harmony with the group, so that we may see the wide range of possibilities!

Beginning Old Time Fiddle - Arielle Luckmann - Classroom 2 Wether you are new to playing or just dusted off your fiddle, join musician Arielle Luckmann for a beginner old time fiddling workshop. We'll learn a tune or two by ear, focusing on simple, singable patterns. We'll practice kicking off without panic and learn any basic lyrics that might accompany. This workshop will be accessible, fun, and send you home with confidence to play old time music! 

Developing Your Own Style in Fingerstyle - Jamie Stillway - Classroom 3 Has your fingerpicking groove developed into a rut? As fingerpicking guitar is often taught via specific songs, the advancing player might begin wondering how to embellish the tunes in his or her repertoire, or maybe even how to improvise freely, instead of always playing by rote. This workshop is intended to give you some new ways to practice and to set your own path as a fingerstyle player. We’ll discuss ways to develop thumb/finger independence via scales and harmonized string pairs, incorporating new right hand techniques such as banjo rolls, and but not least, ways to develop a meaningful relationship with your metronome. 

Music Improv for the Terrified (2 hour session) - Kat and Jenna -  Classroom 4 Making up music isn’t something only other people can do!  Whether you’re a novice or an expert instrumentalist or singer, all you need is bravery and a sense of play.  We’ll be using music and movement exercises to get there, and make music ranging from freeform improv to more structured song-like forms.  Bring your voice and/or any acoustic instrument (or electric with an amp that can stay at an acoustic volume).

Ukulele: Beginning Chords and Songs - Patti Rathburn - Conference Room You will learn three or four chords and several songs to be on your way to joining the many people of different cultures, ages and musical tastes who express themselves through the ukulele. A few ukes will be available for class. 

 

6:15pm - 7:15pm

DADGAD Ideas for Guitar - Adam Johansson - Classroom 1  Bring your DADGAD tuned guitar. Chords, fingerpicking, who knows!? 

Flatpicking Guitar - Eli West - Classroom 2 In this class, we’ll briefly explore the guitar's role as a melody and accompanying rhythm instrument, working on techniques and practice habits to get out in front of the learning curve. Themes will include melody playing and leads diverging from the melody. We’ll talk about "leading from the middle” as well as “leading down low” (bass lines and transition tools).

What is the Hardangerfiddle? - Olav Luksengård Mjelva - Classroom 3 What makes the hardangerfiddle special and how does it work? This presentation will focus on what makes this instrument unique and how it is used. 

Music Improv for the Terrified (2 hour session) - Kat and Jenna - Classroom 4 Making up music isn’t something only other people can do!  Whether you’re a novice or an expert instrumentalist or singer, all you need is bravery and a sense of play.  We’ll be using music and movement exercises to get there, and make music ranging from freeform improv to more structured song-like forms.  Bring your voice and/or any acoustic instrument (or electric with an amp that can stay at an acoustic volume).

Adult Beginner's Panel Discussion - Tony Kuphaldt - Conference Room Are you a beginning musician, struggling to improve while balancing the demands of adult life?  Are you thinking about learning an instrument for the first time?  Perhaps you have been playing for a while, but still consider yourself a novice and would like to accelerate your learning?  Is there anything you wished you knew when you were first starting, and would now like to share with others?  For all of you out there, this is a workshop dedicated to sharing encouragement and wisdom for adult learners of all instruments.  We will avoid focusing on specific details of instruments (sorry, we won't be helping you with that "F" chord on your guitar), but we will share practical tips for optimizing your practice sessions as well as identifying and overcoming obstacles.  Instruments are welcome, but we will probably spend most of the time just talking with each other. 

 

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Evening Showcase Concert at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 1207 Ellsworth St.

Jamie Stillway

Eli West

SVER

 

Late-Night Off Campus...

Honey Moon Meadery - 1053 N. State St. (all ages, no cover)

 

Green Frog Acoustic Tavern - 1015 N. State St. (21+)


Saturday - January 20th, 2018

9:00am

Check-in starts

 

9:30am - 10:30am

Rhythm Guitar - Mark Kilianski - Classroom 1 This workshop will compare and contrast the nuances of Old Time and Bluegrass rhythm guitar playing.  Techniques for getting different sounds out of the guitar will be discussed, as well as the guitar’s role in a stringband relative to the other instruments.

Fiddle Tunings 101 for All Levels - Amy Alvey - Classroom 2 Geared toward fiddler's that never leave standard (GDAE), this workshop will dig into different tunings, starting with the most popular, known as "cross" tuning. We'll break down the fingerings, apply it by learning a tune, and explore the endless possibility of resonating your fiddle to it's full potential. Time permitting, examples will be shown of other common tunings like GDAD, Calico (AEAC#), DDAD, ADAE, and "Bug" tuning, made infamous by the Horse Flies. Tips on instrument care will be provided while you slip and slide into these wonderful, resonant tunings.  

Ergonomics For Musicians (2 hour session) - Flip Breskin - Classroom 3 Sustainable musicianship! We all want to still be playing when we're fabulous old geezers (or geezesses). The trick is to pay attention to what's happening from your fingertips on back. Take advantage of body mechanics, how your brain learns patterns, how gestures burn in, what to do if you've already "learned it wrong." (For guitarists, learn an F chord with no pain & no strain.) Comfort, efficiency, focus, and kindness to your body.

Tunes from Norway Beginning/Intermediate - Olav Luksengård Mjelva - Classroom 4 Come learn beautiful tunes from Norway. This class is good for those who can pick up tunes by ear, but consider themselves beginning or intermediate fiddlers. All instruments are welcome, will be taught on fiddle.

Tunes and Techniques for Mandolin - Jack Dwyer - Conference Room We'll learn a couple fiddle tunes on the mandolin, and cover some useful picking techniques to help you play smoother, faster, and more rhythmically.  Tunes will be taught by ear, phrase by phrase.  Recording devices okay.

Cello in Traditional Folk Music - Nathan Bontrager - Social Hall This class is for cellists who are interested in learning not only melody, but also techniques (such as percussive bowing, double stops/chords and plucking) for use in a variety of folk and traditional music contexts, including American Old Time and Celtic Music. No written music will be used, and you will learn how to play better by ear and how to add rhythm, timing and groove to your playing. All levels are welcome.

Basic Harmony: Creative Communion - Paul Russell - Concert Hall The process of developing Deeply Felt Understanding of Basic Harmony reveals a cornucopia of possibilities for beautiful musical expression and delightful creative communion. All you need to participate in this workshop is an open mind, a willing heart, and your own voice. If you play a folk instrument, bring that along too!

 

10:45am - 11:45am

Intermediate-Advanced Old Time Fiddle - Janie Rothfield - Classroom 1 This class is for fiddlers and violinists who have 3 plus years playing experience or who can easily play in tune and at a medium tempo at a jam. Previous experience with old time music is not required. We will teach several tunes, by ear, from the Old Time tradition, with an emphasis on adding a variety of bowing rhythms and patterns that will add musicality and speed to your music and take your playing to the next level! 

Fiddle Tunes for 3 Finger Melodic Banjo - Jack Dwyer - Classroom 2 We'll learn a couple fiddle tunes on the banjo, using the 3-finger melodic style.  Tunes will be taught by ear, but tab will also be provided.  We'll also talk about ways to get quicker at picking songs up in a jam setting.  Recording devices okay.

Ergonomics For Musicians (2 hour session) - Flip Breskin - Classroom 3 Sustainable musicianship! We all want to still be playing when we're fabulous old geezers (or geezesses). The trick is to pay attention to what's happening from your fingertips on back. Take advantage of body mechanics, how your brain learns patterns, how gestures burn in, what to do if you've already "learned it wrong." (For guitarists, learn an F chord with no pain & no strain.) Comfort, efficiency, focus, and kindness to your body.

Norwegian and Swedish Tunes - SVER - Classroom 4 A presentation on traditional music from these countries. Learn about types of tunes and instrumentation, similarities and differences, etc. Feel free to come with questions.

Tough Chick Songs in the Bluegrass & Country Tradition – Kat Bula - Concert Hall Not every woman in these genres is a “little darlin’” whose “ramblin’ man” never came home… or a murder victim.  Empowered women hang around here too, if you look hard enough!  Let’s sing ‘em up into the limelight.  We’ll do some classics you might have forgotten and some you might not know, some that predate the feminist movement(s) and some newer ones. Singers and instrumentalists of any gender are welcome to participate (all levels, all instruments)!

Functional Alignment for Musicians - Sarah Schermer - Conference Room Improve your technique and expand awareness of your body. Prevent overuse injuries with simple stretches, exercises and breathing.

 

Lunch Break

 

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Tunes from Sweden Beginning/Intermediate - Anders Hall - Classroom 1 Come learn beautiful tunes from Sweden. This class is good for those who can pick up tunes by ear, but consider themselves beginning or intermediate fiddlers. All instruments are welcome, will be taught on fiddle.

Norwegian Tunes on Diatonic Accordion Beginning/Intermediate - Leif Ingvar Ranøien - Classroom 2 Tunes will be taught on diatonic accordion but all instruments are welcome.

Rhythm Ideas for Folk Music - Jens Linell - Classroom 3 Bring yourself and explore rhythms as a group.

Janie Rothfield and Nathan Bontrager - Old Time Music Class - Classroom 4 Come join Janie and Nathan from Hen’s Teeth and learn to play a song and tune or two from the American Appalachian Old Time Tradition and how to play and sing in an Old Time Stringband setting. Acoustic string instruments (such as fiddle, mandolin, clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass) and singers are welcome. For intermediate level musicians who can play at a moderate tempo.

Dancefloor 101 - Jack Dwyer - Social Hall Get out on the dancefloor with comfort and confidence!  We'll cover all the basic steps of country two step, waltz, and cajun, plus how to lead and follow, and other small but important tips to becoming a better dancer.  If we have time, we'll do some fancy stuff at the end.

 

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Tunes from Sweden Intermediate/Advanced - Anders Hall - Classroom 1 Come learn beautiful tunes from Sweden. We will focus more on bowing and the nuances of the tunes. All instruments are welcome, will be taught on fiddle.

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo - Nathan Bontrager - Classroom 2 This class is for people who can already play at a moderate tempo in G and double C tunings and who want to add more rhythm and melodic techniques to their playing. We will learn several tunes by ear and show you how to add slides, pull offs, hammer on’s, drop thumb, chords and more melody to make those old time tunes really shine! Don’t forget your capo and long clawhammer nails! 

Tamborine! - Jens Linell - Classroom 3 Come see what this instrument can do and try it for yourself. Bring a tambourine if you have one.

Accompanying Swedish and Norwegian Music on DADGAD Guitar - Adam Johansson and Leif Ingvar Ranøien - Classroom 4 Learn how to accompany a Swedish or Norwegian tune with DADGAD tuning. Best for those who already are somewhat comfortable with DADGAD tuning.

Open the Door!  A Natural Voice Workshop - Linda Allen - Concert Hall Participants are invited to play, sing, dance, and fall in love with the sound of your own voice.  All ages and abilities are welcome!

Slower Than Dirt Beginner Old-Time Jam - Josh Larios - Library All instruments and levels are welcome at this slow-paced jam. We'll all be playing the melody (or backup chords/root notes) together without passing solo breaks around the circle. Some tunes have lyrics and vocalists are welcome to sing along, but this will mainly be an instrumental tune jam. Tunes will be drawn from the list at http://slowerthandirt.org/core-tunes/, so if there's one you particularly want to play, let me know! 

 

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Tea Time - La Famille Leger

 

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Story of a Song - Eli West - Classroom 1 Cultural, racial, and musical appropriation.  A Lomax listening session.   What the high road in arranging a song while limiting appropriation?  We’ll listen to 3 versions of a song, pre-and post- radio, recorded by Alan Lomax, and talk about cultural context.  Race, economics, and audience all play a big role.

Fiddle Music of Benton Flippen: Intermediate/Advanced - Amy Alvey - Classroom 2 When you hear "round peak fiddling", most go straight to Tommy Jarrell as the ultimate source, but Benton Flippen had a unique voice within that tradition that was equally compelling. We'll listen to some of his recordings, learn a tune, and delve into his bowing and lics so that you can apply it to your own playing.

Flatpicking Guitar - Mark Kilianski - Classroom 3 This workshop addresses the techniques and the history of Bluegrass flatpicking.  We will trace the progression of lead guitar in acoustic country music by focusing on players like Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and contemporary luminaries of flatpicking.  Approaches to improv, phrasing, and borrowing from other instruments and styles may also be discussed.

Tunes from Norway Intermediate/Advanced - Olav Luksengård Mjelva - Classroom 4 Come learn beautiful tunes from Norway. We will focus more on bowing and the nuances of the tunes. All instruments are welcome, will be taught on fiddle.

The CircleSong SongCircle: Making Musical Mandalas - Paul Russell - Conference Room Join this dynamic & light-hearted singing circle formed in the spirit of creative communion and improvised play. Bring an open mind, a willing heart, and your own voice. For an example: visit THIS WEBPAGE.

Novice Old Time Fiddle: Getting Started on Old Time Fiddling - Janie Rothfield - Library This class is for people who are just getting started playing the fiddle/violin with 6 months plus playing experience or who are new to old time music. We will focus on how to learn melody and tunes by ear (not as hard as you think!), several simple bowing rhythms and how to play a classic old time tune. 

 

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Evening Showcase Concert at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 1207 Ellsworth St.

Hen's Teeth

Mjelva/West

Linda Allen

Queen's Bluegrass

 

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Contra Dance

 

Late-Night Off Campus...

Honey Moon Meadery - 1053 N. State St. (all ages, no cover)

Reverie Machine

 

Green Frog Acoustic Tavern - 1015 N. State St. (21+)

8:30pm - Hoot & Holler

10:00pm - SVER

Advance tickets HERE


Sunday - January 21st, 2018

1:00pm

Check-in starts

 

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Harmony Singing Repertoire - Annie and Channing - Classroom 1 Join us in learning two part harmonies to some beautiful traditional songs. All abilities and experience levels are welcome. We will be teaching everything by ear, with lyric sheets and recordings provided. All singing will be done as a group in a relaxed and welcoming space. The workshop will begin with vocal warm ups and a demonstration of some two-part harmony techniques and styles. Come learn a few beautiful songs and make new friends that you can continue singing with long after the workshop ends!

Left Hand, Less Demand: What Your Left Hand is Trying to Tell You About Playing the Fiddle - Anna Schaad - Classroom 2 One of the keys to fine fiddling is understanding how the instrument best works with the beautiful body you've been given.  This is sometimes referred to as technique, but it's so much more.   If you deconstruct the workings of your left hand and start to work with it instead of against it, your playing can improve dramatically.  Fiddling is not supposed to be a battle between the mind and the body.  I will show you some basics of how to hold your instrument and how to use your left hand, and more importantly, why.  I will give you some exercises you can do at home to further your relationship with your left hand, not to mention your arm and neck!  For beginner to intermediate violinist/fiddlers.

Old Time Guitar Workshop - John Hatton - Classroom 3 This workshop will cover what I call the three basic rhythm patterns for Old Time back-up guitar. We will put them all together with a bit of theory, and add some accents to make it our own.

Ruthie Dornfeld Workshop - Fiddle Blues - Classroom 4 Blues fiddle tunes are a lot of fun to play, expressive and open to improvisation.  I'll teach a fiddle blues by ear and show you which notes make the best slippery slidey ones, how to add cool double stops, and do some back-up and improvising. If you can play scales in G, D, A , and C and know a few tunes by heart, you should be able to follow along just fine.

Instrumental Harmonies - Geoff Goodhue - Conference Room - Learn consonant instrumental harmony lines to accompany fiddle tunes in both major and minor keys.  Fiddle, mandolin and guitar players welcome.  Intermediate instrumental lead playing proficiency and basic chordal theory required.

French-Canadian Jam - La Famille Léger - Social Hall Join Seattle's La Famille Léger for a French-Canadian jam session! With Louis Léger (dad) on accordion, Devon Léger (son) on fiddle, Dejah Léger (daugther-in-law) on piano, and Barbara Richert (mom) on guitar, this family band has been hosting French-Canadian sessions in Seattle and the Northwest for over a decade. This jam session will be like an old-fashioned French-Canadian kitchen party, so come warm up with some hot hot tunes!

 

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Finding the Perfect Key for Your Song - Bryan Bowers - Classroom 1 Let’s look at finding your perfect singing key for every song.  How do you do this?  Each song is like another friend, and every friend needs to be treated differently.   When you find that perfect key for a song, you have honored the song and magic happens.  Bring your water to keep your voice wet and come and have fun. 

Theory, Ear Training, and Transposition - Geoff Goodhue - Classroom 2 Learn scales and modes commonly used in improvisation.  Practice analyzing and notating chord progressions using roman numerals to help modulate quickly between keys and communicate chord changes to players using capos.  Participants should have an understanding of major and minor chords and scales.

Beginner/Intermediate Finger Picking - Andy Friedlander - Classroom 3 - A class for beginner or beginner/intermediate finger pickers focusing on rhythm and rhythm variety. We will also learn to incorporate some techniques like 'pulling off' and 'hammering on’.  For maximum benefit, students should be able to change chords fluidly in the keys of C and G.

Reinventing Pop Songs - John and Margo - Classroom 4 Dive into the treasure-trove of great pop songs from the 50's and 60's that lend themselves to being performed acoustically and simply. We’ll learn the melody, lyrics, harmony and guitar accompaniment to some of our all-time favorite songs. All voices and instruments welcome!

Morten Alfred Workshop - Rhythm Guitar for Dancing and Concert Audiences - Conference Room I will share thoughts and practical solutions that I've learned in over three decades as a concert and dance musician. We'll discuss different kinds of rhythms, how to control the strings and your sound, how your playing can make things easier for dancers, your fellow bandmates, and yourself, how to vary and build on the basics while staying true the tune, and much more.  Anyone is welcome even if you don't play guitar, but just want to play, or listen and talk about rhythm playing.   

French-Canadian Fiddle - Devon Léger - Social Hall Seattle Acadian fiddler Devon Léger will teach tunes from French Canada, both Québec and Acadie (New Brunswick and Maritime Provinces). French-Canadian fiddling is full of fiery joy, noted for its sometimes wild syncopation, crooked tunes, and the seated foot percussion that drives the fiddle for dances. Devon will break down some of the unique elements in the fiddling and will teach at least one Québécois tune and one Acadian tune and will show the differences. Acadian fiddling is very rarely heard these days and there are only a handful of commercial recordings ever made of it, so it will be a special treat to check out this wild and intense fiddle tradition from Eastern Canada.

 

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Right Hand, She's the Man: What Your Right Hand is Trying to Tell You About the Bow and How to Make Beautiful Sound - Anna Schaad - Classroom 1 What is it about that ding dang bow?  That confounding bow hold? It's almost like rocket science!  The bow is a downright spiritual thing.  The hand that wields it with grace and subtle strength is a wonder to hear and behold.  This class will give you some insight into the physics behind the bow/hand relationship.  I love this subject.  So much can happen with your tone when you get into that thing, the bow.  One of the biggest factors in improving your playing is to create better tone.  To have better, more consistent tone, to be able to play loud and soft, sharp and tender, biting and pleading and just plain deliciously,  you need to work on your bowing technique.  I'll give you some exercises, a hard boiled egg, and a whole bunch of great metaphors to put some light on this subject. 

Harmony Singing - Amy and Mark - Classroom 2 Two part harmony will be the focus of this workshop.  Three and four part singing may be touched on as well.  We will dissect different ways to construct a harmony line, using basic music theory as a guide.  Vocal technique, and practice strategies will also be discussed.  Demonstrations and group singing will illustrate all of these concepts.

Beginning Old Time Fiddle - Arielle Luckmann - Classroom 3 Wether you are new to playing or just dusted off your fiddle, join musician Arielle Luckmann for a beginner old time fiddling workshop. We'll learn a tune or two by ear, focusing on simple, singable patterns. We'll practice kicking off without panic and learn any basic lyrics that might accompany. This workshop will be accessible, fun, and send you home with confidence to play old time music! If you attended this workshop earlier in the weekend, join us again for a different tune. 

Québécois-Style Guitar - Déjah Léger - Classroom 4 We will learn some chords and a tune in DADGAD, so come prepared to retune your strings. No prior knowledge of DADGAD or alternate tuning required. You'll leave with the major (and minor) chords you'll need to play along with your favorite French-Canadian tunes. 

The Backroom Quickie - Bryan Bowers - Conference Room So how do seasoned musician’s work up tunes before a gig when they don’t have a lot of time?  Imagine Bryan Bowers and you sitting in a room before a gig.  He’s going show you the basic chords of a tune, and you are going to “work it up” together in a short period of time for the upcoming performance!    Bring your instruments in tune and able to play in G, D, and F, and get ready to have some fun!

 

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Evening Showcase Concert at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 1207 Ellsworth St.

Hoot & Holler

Margo Murphy & John Roberts with Ruthie Dornfeld

Ruthie and Morten

Bryan Bowers Trio

 

Late-Night Off Campus...

Honey Moon Meadery - 1053 N. State St. (all ages, no cover)

 

Green Frog Acoustic Tavern - 1015 N. State St. (21+)