Roots of American Music Week

Roots of American Music

June 24-30, 2018, Inaugural Program

Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for a week of instruction, sharing, and fun with music for students with an interest in learning more about and increasing their skills in popular areas of acoustic American Roots Music. There will be an emphasis on increasing self- confidence in performance as well as increasing technical skills.

All classes with the exception of the “Scratch” class are taught at an intermediate/advanced level. Teachers are assuming you already have some knowledge of your instrument- or singing.

2018 Instructors and Classes offered:  (Class times are found on the schedule.)

Chris Brashear: Mandolin, Flat Pick Guitar and Country Duets with Gerrard
Alice Gerrard: Ballad Singing, Country Duets with Brashear
Ernie Hawkins: Texas Blues Guitar, Piedmont Blues Guitar
Frank Lee: OT Clawhammer Banjo, 3 Finger Bluegrass Banjo
Del Rey: Ukulele Blues Party, Memphis Minnie Guitar Styles
Suzy Thompson: Blues Singing, Fiddle Rags and Blues
Dowdle, Gordon, Whitley: Scratch Band

We have an amazing line up of talented instructors, many of whom are accomplished songwriters.  Although we do not have a specific song writing class this year we will be hosting instructor moderated song writing circles everyday after lunch, as well as an open mic in the evenings.

DAILY SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

  • Breakfast
  • Morning classes: 8:45 -10:15 and 10:30 -12:00
  • Lunch
  • Song Writers Circle
  • Afternoon Class: 2:30-4:00
  • Workshops 4:15-5:15
  • Dinner
  • Instructor concerts, Open Mic, Formal and Informal Jamming

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P.O. Box 6785
Mars Hill, NC 28754