September 7-9, 2018

A Fun, Friendly Weekend of Music

2018 Schedule

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

Below is the current schedule.*


Friday, September 7, 2018


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

A pre-event intensive is a great way to get a jump-start on the weekend. Separate registration is required for these classes.


Choice of:

Folk Bands with Simple Gifts



Vocal Techniques with Dede Wyland



Scandinavian Fiddle with Carl Rahkonen



Backup Guitar with Richard Sleigh



Old Time Banjo with Jay Best



Mandolin Techniques with Henry Koretzky


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Friday 4:00 pm Jamming – Fiddling Thomsons & Don Wisniewski

This will be a fun, relaxed jam for all levels, also a good way to meet other attendees before things get going.


7:00 pm Staff Concert

You'll meet and hear all of the faculty.


After the Concert

Beginners' Jam - Jay Best &  Don Wisniewski

Instrumental Jam - Simple Gifts

Singing - Dede Wyland & Henry Koretzky



Saturday, September 8, 2018


8:00 to 8:30 am Breakfast

Meals are provided for those who pre-paid. If you've brought your own food, you're welcome to bring it to the food pavilion so you can sit with the group. Mealtime tends to be a prime time for socializing.


8:30 am Greetings & Introduction



9:00 to 10:00 am

Try a Ukulele

1960’s Folk Revival

Singing for Beginners

Learn to Play By Ear

Understanding and Playing the Blues

Backing up a Jig, Reel, & Hornpipe

Fiddle Bowing


10:15 to 11:15 am

Try a Autoharp

Fiddling Across America

Harmony Singing

Easy Contradance Tunes

Cajun Tunes

Old Time Tunes

Guitar Techniques



12:00 to 12:45 pm


1:15 to 2:15 pm

Honoring Pennsylvania Heritage Musician Denny Ricker

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 Denny Ricker.


Instrumental Jam - Don Wisniewski


Jamming – Jay Best



What an incredibly beautiful park this is! Meet at the visitor center for a hike that will help you get to know it better.




2:30 to 3:30 pm

Try a Banjo

Country Songs

Civil War Songs

Practice Smarter, Not Harder

Northern Waltzes

Jamming with PA Heritage Musician Denny Ricker – Simple Gifts

A mix of instrumentals and singing, especially featuring Pennsylvania Heritage Musician Denny Ricker. This will be mostly jamming, but also some chatting and hearing more of the Denny's stories.



3:45 to 4:45 pm

Try a Fiddle

Vocal Techniques

Pennsylvania Songs

How to Jam

Contradance Band Practice

Klezmer Tunes



5:15 to 6:00 pm Dinner


7:00 pm Concert:

Simple Gifts, Dede Wyland & Henry Koretzky


After the Concert



Square and Contradance – Bob Nicholson, Judy Minot, Fiddling Thomsons (Blacksmith West)

Bob will teach and call the dances. Live music will be provided by an open band led by Judy, Ryan, and Brennish, with music and chords provided. Come to dance, play, or both!


Sing & Jam



Sunday, September 9, 2018


8:00 to 9:00 am Breakfast



9:00 to 10:00 am

Beginning Harmonica

Hymn Singing

Easy Old Time Tunes

Playing & Singing Rounds

Irish Tunes

Old Time Banjo Beyond the Basics




10:15 to 11:15 am

Beginning Jaw Harp – Ryan & Brennish Thomson

Jawharp (also knows as Jew's harp) is one of the world's oldest musical instruments, having been traced back to the 4th century BC. You can buy one for $10 at this workshop and learn the beginning techniques.


How to Yodel

Hearing Chord Changes

Pennsylvania Tunes

Rhythmic Backup

Harmonica Beyond the Basics



11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Park History Tour

Protest Songs

Playing With Emotion

Bluegrass Band

Finnish American Tunes

Fiddle Backup





12:45 pm Lunch




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.


2018 Faculty

Dede Wyland



Henry Koretzky

Carl Rahkonen

Fiddling Thomsons

Judy Minot

Jerry Zolten

Richard Sleigh

Jay Best

Brett Ridgeway

Bob Nicholson

Beth & Stephen

Larry Mutti

Paul Fagley

Don Wisniewski



Heritage Musician

Denny Ricker