September 11-13, 2020

A Fun, Friendly Weekend of Music

Start Strong

Start your weekend off with an exciting pre-event intensive class held just before the rest of the festival gets going.


All classes begin at 3 pm on Friday, September 6, 2019 and end at 5 pm.


Class size is limited and a separate registration fee is required.


2019 Intensive Classes


Singing with Hasee Ciaccio

An intensive class on how to sing, how to sing better, how to harmonize, and how to arrange songs. Depending on class interest, we can also touch on songwriting.

For all levels of singers.


Old Time Fiddle with Sam Gleaves

Exciting tunes from the southern Appalachian region will be taught by ear, breaking the tunes down phrase-by-phrase. Some time will be given to the stories of the fiddlers and their communities to place the music in its cultural context. No written music will be used, but the progression will be paced according to the group so we can all enjoy learning together.

For all levels beyond beginner, but before taking this class, students should be able to play a few fiddle tunes from memory.


Guitar Backup with Brennish Thomson

The focus will be on being a strong, solid backup player. We'll look at rhythm, chords, and right-hand techniques in old time, blues, Irish, folk, and country styles.

For all levels beyond beginner.


Old Time Banjo with Brett Ridgeway

We'll review the frailing stroke, explore drop-thumb styles, with special focus on double and triple thumbing. Learn to accompany traditional dance tunes and songs and pick out melodies and solos.

For all levels beyond beginner.


West African Drumming with Kelly Parker

A thorough look at the rhythms and techniques of traditional West African drumming, exploring the role of each drum and then putting it all together. Drums will be provided or bring your own.

For all levels of drummers, including total beginners.


TLC for Beginners with Jay Best

In this special workshop designed for beginners, we'll take a gentle approach to how to be musicians, with emphasis on skills that will help you get more out of the weekend. We'll particularly look at how to learn tunes by ear, how to jam, and how to play well with other musicians.

For all instruments, beginner to advanced beginner level.








Simple Gifts








Two woman, lots of instruments, with the sound of the world in their hearts.


2019 Faculty

Hasee Ciaccio


Sam Gleaves



Henry Koretzky

Richard Sleigh

Fiddling Thomsons

Scott Ellkins

Jay Best

Brett Ridgeway

Kelly Parker

Bob Nicholson

Larry Mutti

Holly Foy

Kate Spry

Paul Fagley



Heritage Musician

Patsy Hollobaugh




Contact us: (814) 643-6220 •