Roots of American Music Week

3rd Annual Roots of American Music Week

This program has been cancelled. Please contact for any questions.

June 7-13, 2020

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.

 Instructors and classes :

Mick Kinney, Jug Band

Brennen Leigh, “The Evolution of Singing in Twentieth Century Country Music” /  “Close Harmony “

Noel McKay, “Close harmony “( with Brennen) /  “Beyond rhythm guitar-the frosting on the musical cake”

Joel Savoy, Cajun Fiddle Harmony, Double Stops and Chords for Fiddlers / Introduction to Improvisation (open to all instruments)

Wilson Savoy, “Boogie woogie/blues piano with a touch of jazz” /  “Cajun Accordion Technique and Songs”

Valerie Turner, “Let’s Sing the Blues” /  Fingerpicking for Country Blues Guitar

Lightnin Wells, Piedmont guitar, /  Mainland Ukulele

  Please choose the schedule tab to see class times.

DAILY SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
• Breakfast 7:00 to 8:30
• Morning classes: 9:00 -10:15 and 10:30 -11:50
• Lunch 12 to 1
• Song Writers Circle 1:15 to 2:15
• Afternoon Class: 2:30-3:50
• Instructor spotlight 4:15-5:15
• Dinner 5:30 to 6:30
• Instructor concerts, Open Mic, Formal and Informal Jamming


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P.O. Box 6785
Mars Hill, NC 28754