September 15-17, 2017

A Fun, Friendly Weekend of Music

Start Strong

Start your weekend off with an exciting master class held just before the rest of the festival gets going.


All classes begin at 3 pm on Friday, September 9, 2016 and end at 5 pm.


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


2016 Master Classes

Fiddle Techniques with Simple Gifts

We'll focus on bowing, left hand techniques, how to get a good sound, and how to play backup on your fiddle.

For advanced beginner to intermediate level.


Guitar Techniques with Rachel Eddy

How to be a solid and creative rhythm guitar player.  We'll work on bass runs, flat-picking and cross-picking techniques, and how to provide a solid rhythm back-up for fiddle tunes.

For advanced beginner to intermediate level.


Mandolin Techniques 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.


Voice 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.


Playing in a Band with Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly

This workshop is for all instruments, with a focus on how to play well together in a band setting. We’ll look at rhythm, groove, blend, dynamics, tempo issues, and other elements that give a band a strong, cohesive sound.

For intermediate to advanced level.


Build a Crankie! with Ellen Gozion

A crankie is home-made moving illustration that accompanies a folk song or story, and last year we saw how magical this performance art is! Learn the basics of constructing a crankie scroll and frame, get hands-on experience with various media, and collaborate on a fun project we can complete in class. Materials included.

For all levels.







Simple Gifts









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


2016 Faculty




Early Mays

Henry Koretzky

Ryan Thomson

Jerry Trusty

Diana Wagner

Carl Rahkonen

Kelly Parker

Peggy Shutes Kaiser

Ryck Kaiser

Scott Elkins

Joyce Rossbach



Heritage Musician

George Putt