September 7-9, 2018

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 7, 2018 and end at 5 pm.


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


2018 Intensive Classes TBD



2017 Intensive Classes


Folk Music Skills for Beginners with Ryan & Brennish Thomson

In this special workshop designed for those who are fairly new to their instruments, we'll address 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, how to play backup, how to play melody, how to play well with other musicians, and how to get the most out of your practice at home.

For all instruments, advanced beginner.


Irish Fiddle with Deborah Colón

Learn to play Irish fiddle and give it a true Irish sound, including bowing patterns, left-hand ornaments, and more.

For intermediate/advanced level.


Backup Guitar with Karl Colón

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

For intermediate/advanced level.


Mandolin with Henry Koretzky

Learn how to get the most out of this versatile instrument with tips and techniques to take your mandolin playing to the next level.

For all levels beyond beginner.


Harmonica with Richard Sleigh

Focusing on the 10 hole diatonic harmonica in standard tuning (also known as a blues harp), you will learn 3 main scale pathways that open up the entire 3 octave range of the instrument for playing in any style and a range of keys. We will also look at tongue blocking, pucker style playing, note bending, breath control, and how to increase volume and tone control without playing harder.

For all levels beyond beginner.


Vocal Techniques with Scott Elkins

We all have voices, and they are all a little different, but there are similar things we can get them to do.  We'll look at vocal volume, when to over enunciate, when to slur, how to sing through your nose, and when not to, and how to make it sound right; how to growl, crack, dip, do vocal hammer-ons, or pull offs, double dips, triple dips, etc. Anyone can sing a song, but what is more important is to learn the building blocks to make any song sound unique.

For all levels.








Simple Gifts








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


2018 Faculty



2017 Faculty


Henry Koretzky

Kelly Parker & Lori J. Russo

Fiddling Thomsons

Diana Wagner

Judy Minot

Betsy Gamble

Jay Best

Richard Sleigh

Scott Elkins




Heritage Musician

Ed Hansen