2022 Schedule

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is full of great workshops, concerts, singing and dancing. The 2022 schedule will be announced in the near future.


Friday, September 16, 2022


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:

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 10, 2021 and end at 5 pm.


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


2022 Intensive Classes


Rhythm Guitar - Richard Sleigh

Learn to be a better rhythm section for your band or for your own voice. Using a variety of folk genres, we'll cover moveable chord shapes, bass runs, hammer-ons, pull-offs and more.  For guitar players who are used to using a pick and who know at least 8-10 chords.


Mandolin - Henry Koretzky

A survey of all things mandolin, including playing techniques like tremolo and chording, problem-solving, and generally easing the path to mastering the mandolin.
For all levels beyond beginner.


Fiddle - Brennish Thomson

This class is a safe space to air your fiddle grievances, problematic tunes, and general questions all-things bowed. Feel free to come with something in mind, or stick around to learn something unexpected.
Intermediate level.


Autoharp - Larry Mutti

We’ll explore options for both strumming and chording hand technique, as well as choosing and adapting tunes to suit your autoharp and your voice. Participants should come with a good familiarity with the chord bar layout on their own 'harp, and with a favorite tune in mind that we might play together.
For all levels beyond beginner.


Singing - Gene & Gayla Mills

Singing is the most natural thing in the world, but no matter how well you sing, you can improve with attention and practice. We’ll talk about how to listen, breathe, sing in tune, craft our phrasing, and more. And we’ll sing!
For all levels.


Learn to Jam - Simple Gifts

If you haven't jammed or haven't jammed much, taking this intensive will get you ready to join in the jamming fun throughout the weekend.
For all instruments.

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Friday 4:00 pm Jamming –  Fiddling Thomsons

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 - Larry Mutti & Holly Foy

Intermediate Jam - Simple Gifts

Advanced Jam - Richard Sleigh & Brennish Thomson

Singing - Tim Craven, Kim Craven, & Mick Smyer


Friday 10:30 pm

Young People's Gathering - Laura Alexander & Brennish Thomson


Saturday, September 17, 2022


8:00 to 8:30 am Breakfast

Meals are provided for those who pre-paid. If you've brought your own food, you're encouraged to bring it to the food area so you can sit with the group. Students and instructors sit together at meals, and mealtime tends to be a prime time for socializing.


8:30 am Greetings & Introduction



9:00 to 10:00 am

Beginning Percussion - Mick Symer & Karen Hirshon


How to Age Well with Music - Gayla Mills


Patsy Cline Songs - Cathy Petrissans


Easy Waltzes - Linda Littleton


Sarah Armstrong Tunes - Henry Koretzky


Tunes with a Twist - Laura Alexander


10:15 to 11:15 am

Try a Ukulele – Holly Foy


Music Games - Kelly Armor


Songs of Social Justice - Tim & Kim Craven


How to Play Tunes You Don't Know - Henry Koretzky & Laura Alexander


Minor Key Tunes - Ryan Thomson


Playing in a Band - Brennish Thomson


11:30 am Group Photo
Meet at the furnace. Bring your instrument and a smile! If it's raining, we'll postpone until Sunday right before lunch.


12:00 to 12:45 pm


1:15 to 2:15 pm

Honoring Pennsylvania Heritage Musician Saul Broudy – Jerry Zolten

An important initiative of the festival is to examine the musical traditions of 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 Saul Broudy.


Instrumental Jam - Henry Koretzky


Singing Jam - Larry Mutti & Cathy Petrissans

This will be a relaxed, fun time of singing old favorites and perhaps some new favorites as well.

For all voices and instruments.


Mushroom Walk - Kelly Armor



2:30 to 3:30 pm

Try an Autoharp - Larry Mutti


Couple Duos - Cathy Petrissans, Gene & Gayla Mills, Tim & Kim Craven


East African Gospel Singing - Kelly Armor


How to Jam - Ryan & Brennish Thomson


Contradance Band Practice – Holly Foy & Laura Alexander


Jamming with PA Heritage Musician Saul Broudy – Jerry Zolten

A fun jam featuring Pennsylvania Heritage Musician Saul Broudy.


3:45 to 4:45 pm

Music for Non-Musicians: What's Next? – Gayla Mills


Songwriting – Gene Mills


Multicultural Children's Songs - =Kelly Armor


Easy Irish Tunes - Brennish Thomson


Old Time Tunes – Henry Koretzky


Intro to Gypsy Jazz - Ryan Thomson


5:15 to 6:00 pm Dinner


7:00 pm Concert:

Simple Gifts & Rustical Quality String Band


After the Concert

Contradance – Bob Nicholson, caller


Contradance Open Band– Holly Foy & Laura Alexander


Instrumental Jam – Ryan Thomson


Singing Jam - Larry Mutti & Cathy Petrissans



Sunday, September 18, 2022


8:00 to 8:30 am Breakfast


9:00 to 10:00 am

Try a Kalimba – Kelly Armor


Clogging – Cathy Petrissans


Hymn Singing – Tim & Kim Craven, Mick Symers

Hymns and Spirituals, both old and new, will be the order of the day for this workshop. Bring your voice and some of your favorite hymns and we'll all lead this workshop together. Bring your instrument if you play. Song sheets with chords will be provided.
This workshop is free and open to the public.


Rhythm & Phrasing - Richard Sleigh


Old Time Jam - Ryan & Brennish Thomson & Mike Rovine


Sightreading Practice - Laura Alexander & Larry Mutti



10:15 to 11:15 am

Try a Bowed Psaltery – Linda Littleton


Washboard Percussion - Mick Symers & Karen Hirshon


Funny Songs – Tim & Kim Craven


Easy New England Tunes - Ryan Thomson & Mike Rovine


Playing the Blues - Richard Sleigh & Jerry Zolten


Bluegrass Jam - Gene & Gayla Mills



11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Try a Melodica - Cathy Petrissans.

Melodica is an easy, light-weight, inexpensive instrument played by blowing air through a small keyboard while fingering the notes. In this workshop you'll learn how to tune, hold, and play the melodica. We will cover the pros and cons of playing this increasingly popular instrument. And of course we’ll try some songs.


Storytelling - Kelly Armor


Songs About Traveling - Jerry Zolten & Saul Broudy


Super Cool Easy Tunes - Henry Koretzky & Laura Alexander


Backing Up a Singer - Gene & Gayla Mills, Brennish Thomson


Pennsylvania Reels - Simple Gifts


12:45 to 1:15 pm Lunch


1:15 to 2:15 pm

The Last Jam - Henry Koretzky & Cathy Petrissans


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.


2022 Faculty


Rustical Quality String Band


Jerry Zolten



Gene & Gayla Mills

Henry Koretzky

Kelly Armor

Fiddling Thomsons

Larry Mutti

Holly Foy

Cathy Petrissans

Laura Alexander

Bob Nicholson



Contact us: (814) 643-6220 • info@folkgathering.com