Traditional Roots Music Workshop
July 15-17, 2010

We're really excited about the Second Annual Traditional Roots Music Workshop coming up July 15-17, 2010 at World Fellowship Center in Albany NH.

We'll be exploring various strains of traditional instrumental and vocal folk music: music of, by & for the people. Not just entertainment, this music has helped build communities, tell the news and sound calls to political action. Our emphasis is on singing and playing together. During the weekend, we'll teach traditional folk songs, fiddle tunes, how to learn by ear, group and harmony singing, playing your instrument in an old time string band, jamming skills, creative backup and more. Styles include Appalachian, blues, old time bluegrass, shape note and New England contradance music.

We'll also explore the folk process, how songs change as they travel from regions and generations, and some of the history around them. Some coaching will be available on individual instruments including fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, dulcimer, piano, etc. There will be various opportunities to play and sing together, culminating in a dance on Saturday night.

We hope you can join us for a wonderful time of singing and playing traditional music in the White Mountains. Whether you are just starting or have been playing for years, this camp will help you move to the next level in a supportive community atmosphere. You can either attend select classes or come for the whole event.

Rates are truly affordable: $25 half day, $45 full day, or $80 for both full days. If you'd like to stay at World Fellowship Center, please visit here for their housing rates.To register call World Fellowship Center at (603) 447-2280, or email us for more information.

Seth & Beverly


Thursday, 7:30 PM: Tracing Branches of the Family Tree

Songs, tunes and song themes live and transform through centuries, changing as they are taken up, traded, borrowed, forgotten, revived, and sung by evolving groups of people. We'll trace a few of these threads together.

Friday, 10 AM: Round Singing

Singing rounds is an easy way to get started with harmony, and also just plain fun. We will learn and sing rounds from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again. All rounds will be taught by ear; no music reading ability is required. Open to all ages and levels.

Friday, 11 AM: Old-Time Fiddle Tunes

We'll explore traditional American string band music which was originally based around fiddle and banjo, later adding in other instruments such as mandolin, guitar, dulcimer, autoharp, piano and bass. Class will learn to play a few old-time fiddle tunes, and we'll discuss adding in techniques such as double stops, slides, shuffles, bowing patterns and more. For any instrument.

Friday afternoon 1:30 - 3 PM: Autoharps, Dulcimers and Other Accompaniment Instruments (with Beverly)

Got an autoharp you've been promising yourself you'd pick up more someday soon? Fretted or hammered dulcimer, or other folk instrument, sitting in the closet? Bring them on down and we'll get started playing them, or add to the skills you already have.

Acoustic Roots Guitar (with Seth)

Acoustic guitar styles such as blues, bluegrass, folk and old time country are at the foundation of many modern guitar styles. We will do an overview of various acoustic roots styles including fingerpicked Piedmont blues and ragtime as played by artists such as Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten; open tuned Delta slide guitar such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson; Mother Maybelle Carter's style thumb lead which also inspired Woody Guthrie, Lester Flatt and evolved into bluegrass flatpicking, and more.

Saturday, 10AM: Old Time Songs and Tunes

Throughout much of American history, music was an integral part of daily life. People sang while working, and to spread news of current events. Many played instruments for entertainment and dancing at the end of the work day. We will start the morning with unaccompanied singing, and then learn to play some of those songs and other tunes on instruments.

Saturday afternoon 1:30 PM: group sing after lunch, followed by: Old Time Songs and Tunes continued, until 3 PM.

Saturday, 7:30 PM Family barn dance with Seth and Beverly. Open band!

Where: World Fellowship Center, just south of Conway, NH

Contact Information:
Beverly: 603-941-4947

Shana: 603-539-1967