2019 Schedule

times, rooms, and content subject to change

Friday - January 25th, 2019

4:30pm

Check-in starts

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Workshops

6:15pm - 7:15pm

Workshops

7:30pm - 9:15pm

Evening Showcase Concert

8:00pm - ...

Late-night off campus

 

 

 

Saturday - January 26th, 2019

9:00am

Check-in starts

9:30am - 10:30am

Workshops

10:45am - 11:45am

Workshops

11:45am-1:00pm

Lunch Break

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Workshops

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Workshops

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Tea Time

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshops

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Dinner Break

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Evening Showcase Concert

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Contra Dance

8:00pm - ...

Late-night off campus

Sunday - January 27th, 2019

1:00pm

Check-in starts

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Workshops

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Workshops

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Workshops

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Dinner Break

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Evening Showcase Concert

8:00pm - ...

Scottish Ceilidh Dance


Friday - January 25th, 2019

4:30pm

Check-in starts

 

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Old-Time Guitar Back-Up: Step-by-Step - Carl Jones - Classroom 1 In this workshop we’ll learn how to think small. By using less strings and knowing how each note of the chord climbs or descends, we'll hone our melodic back-up guitar skills and have fun. We'll apply that approach to a few fiddletunes and broaden our guitar horizons. 

Ergonomics for Musicians - Flip Breskin - Classroom 2 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.

A Small Good Thing: Mandolin Basics for Beginners to Intermediates - Ted O’Connell - Classroom 3 Ted O'Connell will share 6 or 7 tips that can have a major impact on your playing. While there's no substitute for 10,000 hours of practice, sometimes the right tip for the right musician at the right time yields left results, er, great results. If you find yourself playing the mando like a guitar or uke, this workshops is for you. Ted is a member in good standing with the Prozac Mountain Boys and The Scarlet Locomotive.

Mountain Fiddle Tunings  - Erynn Marshall - Classroom 4 Level: Advanced (but all levels welcome to audit). If you've ever been interested to know more about alternate tunings on the fiddle and love the sound of drones - this is the class for you! First Erynn will demonstrate a bunch of tunings and great tunes in different tunings. You can listen and/or record. Then she'll teach a tune. Tunings covered will include DDAD, AEAE, AEAC# and more. Rosin up your bow and get ready for the drone zone!

Ukulele: Beginning Chords and Songs - Patti Rathburn - Conference Room You will learn three or four chords, basic strumming patterns 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. 

Swing Guitar Workshop - Walker DiTrani - Social Hall An introductory guitar workshop, explaining how to play in the style of Django Reinhardt. This workshop is meant for intermediate players who are looking to gain a more expansive understanding of swing guitar. The following subjects will be discussed. Swing Guitar basics: Discussing the guitar itself, petit bouche/grand bouche, Styles of plectrum, Methods for extracting the characteristic tone from you instrument. Rhythm playing: Roma swing chord voicing, Common progressions/turn arounds. Lead Playing: Differences between blues and Jazz, Breaking free from the pentatonic, Melodies based on chord shapes, Scales/Arpeggios.

6:15pm - 7:15pm

Songwriting: On the Trail of a Song - Carl Jones - Classroom 1 In this workshop, I mainly want to encourage everyone to give them selves a license to noodle and just make it a habit to be creative on a daily basis.  We will explore some ideas together and hopefully surprise ourselves with some great song sparks that inspire us to enjoy the rambling, unexpected, and fun journey that songwriting can be. Bring your instrument of choice if you like, a pad and pencil, recording device, or just an open mind. I may play a few song examples along the way but mainly just keep it in mind that anything can happen and it is a good thing! (all levels)

Beginners Pannel - Tony Kuphaldt - Classroom 2

Sing and Play Fiddle (or cello) at the Same Time! - Colleen Freeman - Classroom 3 No need to be jealous of guitar players...it is totally possible to accompany your voice with your instrument! In this workshop, I will guide you through some simple ways to begin getting comfortable with musical multitasking. This workshop is designed with intermediate to advanced players in mind but any level players are welcome to sit in. Please come with your instrument in tune!

Fiddle Workshop: The Life and Music of Melvin Wine - Erynn Marshall - Classroom 4 Level: Intermediate - Advanced. Melvin Wine was born April 20, 1909, in Stout’s Run, Braxton County, West Virginia to a particularly musical family. His mother and grandfather were ballad singers and his father and great-grandfather were fine fiddlers. Melvin received both the Vandalia award as well as a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts and was considered a national treasure. Although a master musician with a very traditional style Melvin was known most for his warm nature and hospitality. He played fiddle right up until he passed away - a month before his 94th birthday. In this class we will share some stories of Melvin Wine and Erynn will teach one or two of his signature fiddle tunes that were passed down in his family for generations. Video-taping is welcome. Recording devices are encouraged.

Ukulele: Fingerpicking on the Uke - Patti Rathburn - Conference Room This class is designed for those who are already playing basic chords and strumming patterns on the uke. You will learn fingerpicking patterns, be introduced to tablature, and play several arrangements using those skills. A few ukes will be available for class.

Holistic Harmony - Paul Russell - Social Hall

 

7:30pm - 9:15pm

Evening Showcase Concert at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 1207 Ellsworth St.

Quattlebaum

The DiTrani Brothers

Tracy Spring

Giant’s Causeway

 

Late-Night Off Campus... 

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


Saturday - January 26th, 2019

9:00am

Check-in starts

 

9:30am - 10:30am

Open Up Your Banjo - Quattlebaum - Classroom 1 A workshop for beginner/intermediate banjo players looking to expand their boundaries. Working on everything from proper stretching techniques to mapping out the neck and expanding your improvisational skills. We'll work on different chord shapes, changing positions and expanding scales from those positions. Scruggs, Melodic, Single String, Clawhammer, Jazz, Classical, Parlament Funkadelic, who knows what your banjo holds until you open it up. 

Playing Nice with Others - Kevin Fazio - Classroom 3 Mom was right--listen, share, be a friend… Whether a living room jam or a live band performance, ensemble playing is richly rewarding when done well.  We’ll discuss roles of various instruments, switching roles, playing out front, playing in support, playing fill and using dynamics.  We’ll also cover different strategies for applying these concepts in an acoustic jam as opposed to a live performance with a sound system.  All instruments welcome.

Guitar: Speed Dating Alternate Tunings, Part 1 - Tracy Spring - Classroom 4 Want to spice up your chords? Give your left hand a little vacation? Alternate tunings can render beautiful, colorful arrangements with just one or two-fingered chords! We'll play simple arrangements of well-loved songs and explore moveable chord shapes in these tunings: Drop  D, DADGAD and Low C and perhaps one more.

Old Time Country Song Repertoire and Time Line, Part 1 - Laura Smith - Conference Room Explore the 1920s in Country Music with legends such as Uncle Dave Macon, Charlie Poole,  Carson Robson, and the Carter Family.  We’ll learn songs that were being recorded and put them in the context of what was happening in Country Music at that time (all levels; instruments voices welcomed).

Composition for Budding Creatives - Paul Russell - Concert Hall

Slower Than Dirt Beginner Old-Time Jam - Josh Larios - Social Hall 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! 

 

10:45am - 11:45am

Stringband Class - Carl Jones and Erynn Marshall - Classroom 1 In this old-time ensemble class, Carl and Erynn will play several of their favorite, southern, fiddle and banjo tunes at slow and faster tempos. All instruments are welcome. We will form an all-star stringband – having fun playing tunes from West Virginia, Round Peak, Mississippi and everything in-between. It will be like a jam with tips on old-time style, rhythm or chord back-up.  Repertoire will be taught quickly by ear during the workshop. Recording devices are recommended. You are invited to join this group of merry music makers! 

Brazilian Guitar - Stuart Zobel - Classroom 2 We will learn the rudiments of Brazilian guitar, focusing on a few different styles (samba, choro, bossa nova and baião). We work on some comping patterns as well as the baixeria - literally "bass stuff" that is so central to Brazilian music. Participants will leave with materials covering different rhythms and common chord voicings. All levels will be accommodated.

Generating Excitement with a Fiddle - Brian Lindsay - Classroom 4 Bowing and technique to develop lift, swing, and all that good stuff to give character and life to a tune.

Old Time Banjo: Beginning and Lower Intermediate - Laura Smith - Conference Room Learn the basics of how to make lovely sounds on the 5 string banjo.  We’ll work on chords as well as on the basic right hand strum and get you playing a tune.  If you already play, then we’ll concentrate on learning another tune or two (5 string banjo necessary!).

Great Composers Steal: Miners of Traditional American Folk Music - Rich Hinrichsen - Concert Hall Hinrichsen will talk about the trend among American composers to use American Folk Songs in their works. He will give examples from Aaron Copland and Celius Dougherty and perform Celius Dougherty’s arrangement of Shenandoah with Tom on guitar.

Brazilian Rhythms - Brandi Ledferd and Naoyuki Sawada - Social Hall Percussion is central to almost all Brazilian music. As a matter of fact, most other instruments in Brazilian music replicate what the percussion is doing. For this reason it is a good idea to learn about it no matter what instrument you play. We will be focusing on Samba and Baião, which are the foundations for much of the music in Brazil. Participants will leave with materials covering the different components of these rhythms. We will have some instruments for you to use but please bring your own instruments (percussion or otherwise) if you have them. All levels will be accommodated.

 

Lunch Break

 

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Medicine Line Presentation - Jamie Fox and Scotty Leach - Classroom 1 More than just playing tunes, a talk/discussion on the Metis history of how native people and fiddles have developed a culture that is kind of unknown due to the cultural sensitivities of the mixing of European and Native culture and how it is felt today. We will elaborate on the border between Canada/US and how that has contributed a racial divide among Aboriginal people and how Metis music is played throughout the North and South of the "Medicine Line

Fingerpicker’s Toolbox - Tom Bourne - Classroom 3 Tango Cowboys guitarist and lifelong fingerstylist Tom Bourne will help you expand your resources for arranging guitar solos and accompaniments. Bring your guitar and questions! We’ll explore ideas and techniques borrowing from folk, classical, jazz and other styles that you can apply creatively to your own playing.

Guitar: Speed Dating Alternate Tunings, Part 2 - Tracy Spring - Classroom 4 We'll play some simple (one and two finger! OK, maybe three :) arrangements in two alternate tunings commonly used for playing slide guitar, Open D (DADF#AD)  and Open G (DGDGBD). We'll play some simple slide licks in those tunings, so if you have a slide, bring it. (I'll have extras.) Time permitting, we may speed date a third tuning.

Mandolin Rhythms and Chords - John Daughtrey - Conference Room We will cover Mandolin rhythms for Old Time and Bluegrass and beyond. How to move up and down the finger board and play in different positions. Plus playing some chords in different forms. There will be some handouts for chords and double stops.

Choro Jam - Choroloco - Social Hall

Duet Harmonies - Carol and Kathy - Concert Hall Old-time/Appalachian/shape note/Carter Family types of songs.

 

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Metis Tunes - Jamie Fox - Classroom 1 Metis culture and tunes south of the border - Montana.

Cowboy Camp Sing-a-Long! - Rich and Tom - Classroom 2 The Tango Cowboys will lead a sing-a-long of traditional American Folk Songs and familiar cowboy songs written for the cinema in the 1930s and 1940s. Get ready to sing out “Shenandoah,”  “Ghost Riders In The Sky” and other favorites!

Swing Guitar - John Daughtrey - Classroom 3 We will cover common Swing chords and chord changes. Playing sold rhythm in several styles of Swing Music. Learn some basic theory and play a couple of popular Songs. Class will include some handout chord sheets and a song or two.

Irish Tunes - John Whelan - Classroom 4

Duet Harmonies - Carol and Kathy - Concert Hall Duet harmonies for Anglo-Saxon type ballads and songs.

Fiddle! - Scotty Leach - Library Groovy fiddle tunes, anything goes!

Bluegrass Banjo - Kevin Fazio - Conference Room Geared toward beginning and intermediate players, we’ll start with a lesson in tablature reading  and learn some basic rolls as well as a song. We’ll talk about playing lead and backup with other musicians.  We’ll also discuss different playing styles, instrument setup, dynamics, changing tone and some effective techniques to add spice to your playing.  Bring your banjo.

 

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Tea Time - Choroloco

 

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Mandomazing! - Carl Jones - Classroom 1 Level: Intermediate. In this class we'll focus on using basic concepts and small 2-string “shapes” to quickly make the mandolin fingerboard much more accessible and less of a mysterious "maze." Insights into scale sections, harmonized scales, and the eye-opening "slants" and "reaches" (chords) will be demonstrated. This will make it easier and more fun to learn a great old-time tune and a bit of song back-up as well. I will aim at intermediate level students but beginners are more than welcome and usually benefit greatly. Advanced players usually enjoy this class too and can get a few new ideas and tricks to put up their sleeves.  Participants are encouraged to bring a recording device.

Playing in Irish Music Session for Fun! - John Whelan - Classroom 2 Irish sessions are a staple of Irish music. A great session can inspire musicians, create community and be a lot of fun.   A poorly organized session can make you want to pull your hair out.   Champion Irish button accordion player, John Whelan, has been playing in and leading sessions for nearly 40 years.  This workshop will help you create a satisfying session for everyone. John will help you use and expand your repertoire to create wonderful sessions.   Whether you have two or twenty people, you can have a great session if you approach it the right way!   Bring your instruments and be ready to start the fun!

Songwriting 201: Lyrics - Ted O’Connell - Classroom 3 For anyone who wants to write better songs, this workshop offers practical tips from a songwriting junkie and award-winning fiction writer. Avoid predictable rhymes. Play loose AND struggle for fresh images. Trip your unconscious mind to discover the "aboutness" of your songs. For beginners and vets alike. Ted O'Connell is senior songster for The Scarlet Locomotive and a member in good standing of the Prozac Mountain Boys. He has performed at McIntyre Hall, The Lincoln Theater, Folk Life, SPACE in Chicago, the Subdued Stringband Jamboree, and of course, ye old Green Frog.

Southern Old-Time Fiddle Workshop - Erynn Marshall - Classroom 4 Level: Intermediate+. This class will delve into old-time style fiddling which is the living tradition found in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina (and now all over the world!).  Secrets of bowing and other characteristics of southern fiddling will be explored as well as getting that “old-time sound.” We'll learn a great tune or two. Questions encouraged. Please bring a recorder to class and your adventurous fiddling spirit!

Duet Guitar Arrangements - Carol and Kathy - Conference Room Duet guitar arrangements for Anglo-Saxon type ballads and songs.

Scottish Country Dance Class - Tess Bowers - Social Hall Scottish Country Dancing has a long history dating back to the 1500s, but experienced a revival in the 1920s and is currently actively practiced in groups here and around the world.  Open to everyone, our workshop will include a demonstration and then focus on some basic figures and formations so that newcomers can get to the fun of dancing. 

Dinner Break

 

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Evening Showcase Concert at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 1207 Ellsworth St.

Erynn and Carl

Carol and Kathy

John Whelan

 

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Contra Dance at BUF with Incognito

 

Late-Night Off Campus...

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


Sunday - January 27th, 2019

1:00pm

Check-in starts

 

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Beginning Cape Breton Tunes - Katie McNally - Classroom 1 We’ll take an introductory look at what makes Cape Breton fiddle music unique. We’ll learn a common Cape Breton tune and talk about bowing and how this gives the fiddle style its ‘accent,’ as well as common left-hand embellishments that you’ll hear in the style.

Expanding Your Chordal Vocabulary - Neil Pearlman - Classroom 2 Feeling stuck in the 3-chord box? This workshop is for you! No matter what your instrument is Neil will help you bring your harmonic sense to the next level through substitution chords, alternate inversions and more extended chord voicings.  Not only will you get a chance to familiarize yourself with the sound of these chords and techniques, but you'll leave this workshop knowing how to start practically implementing them in your own playing. Intended for musicians on any instrument who are already comfortable with finding the I, IV and V chords in common keys. 

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.

Accompanying Tunes with Fiddle or Viola - Shauncey Ali - Classroom 4 We’ll focus on the skills involved with rhythmic and accompanying roles.  Geared toward intermediate/advanced string players interested in looking beyond the melody. 

Old Time Country Song Repertoire and Time Line, Part 2 - Laura Smith - Conference Room Explore the 1930s (and a little ways into the 40s) in Country Music with legends such as the Delmore Brothers, Gene Autry, the Blue Sky Boys, and the Coon Creek Girls. We’ll be learning songs as well as learning the context of what else was happening in Country Music at that time (all levels; instruments and voices welcomed).

Beginner Clawhammer Banjo - Coty Hogue - Social Hall This class will work on mastering the hardest part of clawhammer banjo playing: the frail.  We'll break it down into small steps and have you playing a tune by the end of class.  Suitable for the very beginner and those with some experience. 

 

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Intermediate Cape Breton Tunes - Katie McNally - Classroom 1 In this class we'll dive a little deeper into Cape Breton music, learning a common intermediate tune. We’ll talk a lot about bowing and how this gives the fiddle style its ‘accent,’ as well as common fingered embellishments that you’ll hear in the style.

How to Get the Best Sound from Your Banjo - Harper Stone - Classroom 2 The banjo has a many different interchangeable parts, which combine to create a myriad different sounds. Tone rings, resonators, heads, bridges, tailpieces, strings, mutes, and other factors all contribute to the sound and we'll explore how to adjust your banjo to make it sing and respond in a way that suits your playing style. Whether you play 5-string, tenor, plectrum, banjolele, banjeaurine, or banjo-guitar, bring your instrument and we'll take a look at it. There will also be examples of wildly different banjos that you can try, as well as different heads, strings, bridges, and mutes, in case you'd like to try tinkering with yours.

Guitar, Flatpicking - Eli West - Classroom 3 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).

Beginning Bluegrass Fiddle - Shauncey Ali - Classroom 4 We’ll learn a tune or two then figure out how to give it that high lonesome sound. 

Songwriting: The Essay Method - Tracy Spring - Conference Room Every story needs a beginning, some development, and conclusion. I will take you through the steps of writing a story into a one-page essay, fitting pieces of it into verses/chorus, and then shaping those ideas into lyric. Bring a notebook and an idea for story you'd like to write into a song.

Cape Breton Step-Dance - Neil Pearlman - Social Hall Cape Breton Step-Dance developed out of the Scottish Gaelic dancing that immigrants brought to Canada from the highlands of Scotland. Learn the basic steps for 3 types of tunes along with some context on the role of step-dancing in Cape Breton today. No experience necessary, closed toed shoes recommended.

 

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Story of a Song - Eli West - Classroom 1 Cultural, racial, and musical appropriation.  A Lomax listening session.   What’s the difference between an homage and appropriation?  We’ll listen to 3 versions of a song, pre-and post- radio, recorded by Alan Lomax, of artists like Charlie Butler, Bessy Jones, Vera Hall, and talk about cultural context.  Race, economics, and audience all play a big role.  

The Trapdoors an Hidden Rooms of Clawhammer Banjo (Intermediate/Advanced) - Harper Stone - Classroom 2 This class will look at a variety of ways to move beyond the "bum-ditty" approach to clawhammer banjo. Techniques like "the Galax lick," "alternate string pull-offs," and "the cuckoo roll" will be taught, and we'll explore how to use them for both rhythmic variety and in melodic playing. If we have time we'll also explore some mysterious alternate tunings and explore how to combine all these things to make a familiar tune more engaging. 

Tanya Hladik - Classroom 3 

Functional Alignment - Sarah Schermer - Classroom 4 Improve your technique and expand awareness of your body. Prevent overuse injuries with simple stretches, exercises and breathing.

Inside Bellingham Festival Jam - John Hatton and Howie - Social Hall We’ll play one tune for about an hour (so we’ll know it better for next time). Then we’ll play another tune till we run out of time. We’ll play them real good so it ‘doesn’t suck too bad’ (Midwest colloquialism about fiddle tunes when played ‘right’). Everyone will be ‘happy and gay’, like in the Old Time songs.

Dinner Break

 

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Evening Showcase Concert at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 1207 Ellsworth St.

Coty and Tanya

Eli West

Tango Cowboys

Katie McNally Trio

 

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Scottish Ceilidh Dance at BUF with Katie McNally Trio!