September 15-17, 2017

A Fun, Friendly Weekend of Music

2017 Schedule

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is full of great workshops, concerts, singing and dancing.

Below is the current schedule.*


Friday, September 15, 2017


Friday 3:00 pm Intensive Classes (separate registration required)

Start your weekend off with an exciting intensive workshop held just before the rest of the festival gets going. Class size is limited and separate registration required.


Choice of:

Irish Fiddle with Deborah Colón

Backup Guitar with Karl Colón

Mandolin with Henry Koretzky

Harmonica with Richard Sleigh

Vocal Techniques with Scott Elkins

Folk Music Skills for Beginners with Ryan & Brennish Thomson


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Friday 4:00 pm Jamming

This will be a fun, relaxed jam for all levels.


7:00 pm Staff Concert

You'll get to hear each faculty member perform.


After the Concert

Sing & Jam

Irish Session



Saturday, September 16, 2017


8:00 to 9:00 am Breakfast (all meals for those who bought meal package)


8:30 am Greetings & Introductions



9:00 to 10:00 am

Beginners' Jam

Try the Bagpipes

West African Drumming

Singing Basics

Understanding and Playing the Blues

Pennsylvania Tunes



10:15 to 11:15 am

Try a Banjo

Rhythm Basics

Spirituality in Mountain Music

How to Learn Tunes by Ear

19th Century Village Music

Exotic Tunes



12:00 to 1:00 pm


1:15 to 2:15 pm

Honoring Pennsylvania Heritage Musician Ed Hansen

An important initiative of the festival is to examine the traditional music of rural Pennsylvania–to gain a better understanding of what Pennsylvania music is and to preserve and perpetuate this musical heritage. Each year we identify a musician with a unique musical background and perspective, invite them to the festival so that all can learn from them, and honor them as a Pennsylvania Heritage Musician. This year, we honor Ed Hansen.







2:30 to 3:30 pm

Celtic Songs of War and Outlaws

How to Play Tunes You Don't Know

Try a Fiddle

Conquering Stage Freight

African American Folk Music


Jamming with PA Heritage Musician Ed Hansen

A mix of singing and instrumentals, especially featuring Pennsylvania Heritage Musician Ed Hansen.


3:45 to 4:45 pm

Harmony Singing

How to Jam

Try a Ukulele

Solo Performance Tips

Contradance Band Practice

Greatest Hits Irish Tunes


5:00 to 6:00 pm Dinner


7:00 pm Concert:

Simple Gifts, Changeling


After the Concert




Anything goes in this jam - songs, instrumentals, old time, Celtic, blues, and whatever songs/tunes you want to suggest.


12:00 am

Midnight Hymn Sing




Sunday, September 17, 2017


8:00 to 9:00 am Breakfast



9:00 to 10:00 am

Hymn Singing

Easy Dance Tunes

Beginning Harmonica

Variations on Irish Tunes

New England Tunes

Rhythm Guitar


10:15 to 11:15 am

West African Drumming

Shape Note Singing

Hearing Chord Changes

Improvising Melody Backup on Songs

Arranging Traditional Tunes

Harmonica Beyond the Basics


11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Arranging Songs for Performance

Easy Old Time Tunes

Modal Tunes

Pennsylvania Tunes

Beginning Jaw Harp

Irish Fiddle


12:45 pm Lunch


If you have time, come by the Blacksmith Shop to help clean up. We also need volunteers with laptops to help enter the data from the evaluations.



Act 48 credits issued through the Intermediate Unit 11.


* Schedule subject to change





Simple Gifts









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


2017 Faculty


Henry Koretzky

Kelly Parker & Lori J. Russo

Fiddling Thomsons

Diana Wagner

Jerry Trusty

Betsy Gamble

Jay Best

Richard Sleigh

Scott Elkins




Heritage Musician

Ed Hansen