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Banjo Camp North Spring Edition Coming May 17

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Banjo Camp NorthBanjo Camp North Spring Edition is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. We have invited several top flight fiddlers and guitarists to teach about playing with other instruments and jamming, and to be on hand to help make those all-night jams something special. Plus we will emphasize banjo and fiddle duet playing. Another area of study is singing, solo and group. This year's Banjo Camp North will take place at the Prindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton, MA from May 17 through May 19, 2013.

Banjo Camp North features 99 Class Sessions, 14 Coaching Sessions, 2 Faculty concerts, 10 to 12 Guided jams, plus Early-bird jams, Freestyle jams into the night, and all the dessert you can eat! Plus a room full of vendors. It's not too late to register, but hurry.

The camp has assembled an outstanding staff with several new teachers including Casey Henry, Ross Nickerson, Adam Hurt, Phil Zimmerman, Riley Baugus, bob Altschuler, Bruce Stockwell and Rich Stillman. Rounding out the staff of Banjo Camp North are Steve Arkin, Alan Kaufman, Mike Kropp, Mike Holmes, Glenn Nelson, Lorraine Lee Hammond, Mike Rivers, Howie Burson, and Martin Grosswendt. As is instantly apparent, this isn't a minor banjo workshop. Some of the finest banjo performers will be on hand to help and guide you through all aspects of the camp.

Prindle Pond Conference Center is a beautiful wooded setting in Charlton, Massachusetts. Registration takes place at the Hilltop Campus. There are two campuses, we will be using both. Buildings are heated, so you don't have to worry about our unpredictable New England weather, but you must bring your own towel, pillow, blanket, and linens or a sleeping bag; Prindle Pond does not provide them. At the Hilltop campus, each building has several rooms, and each room has 2 to 4 bunk beds and a private bath. There is no smoking allowed in any of the buildings. Local accommodations are available in nearby Sturbridge for those who want to bring the family, or just prefer more privacy.

Camp will open Friday at 12:30 PM for registration, jamming, and instruction. Registration will occur beneath the West Building in the Birch room -- look for the giant banjo. We'll have hands-on workshops, round robin demonstrations and guided jam sessions for three days, a Friday night "meet the new faculty concert," a formal concert Saturday night, and lots and lots of time for jamming and getting to know each other. Our resident instrument specialist will be there from 12 PM on Friday and all day Saturday. Lecture-demonstrations about banjo history and setup will be offered. Instrument vendors and makers, plus recordings, accessories and books will be on sale in our market area. Attendees are encouraged to bring banjos and other instruments for sale or trade. Camp ends at about 3:00 PM on Sunday.

Thursday night lodging is available for those traveling a long way, whether driving or flying to BCN. Since people arrive at widely different times, only housing, no food, is available. Jamming with students and faculty invariably breaks out, and just hanging out is a nice, relaxing time between the work-a-day world and the intensive training at BCN. Our goal is learning -- but having a good time doing so.

The weekend will include approximately 120 class hours, plus guided jams at all speeds and levels. After each evening program there will be plenty of time for free jams, again at various levels. Most of the classes are hands on, practical learning situations. A few are demonstrations or mini-concerts, but even in these classes the intention is for you to take something away that you may want to learn or speak with the instructors about later. You are encouraged to bring a recording device of some kind.

The "Coaching Sessions" for all campers has proved to be very popular. They are limited to 4 campers each. We'll have sign-up sheets at dinner where you will be able to pick the instructor of your choice, first come-first served. Each sheet will have room for only 4 campers. Each camper may sign up for one session only. Each camper will determine the topic and level for his or her time with that instructor, and work with the instructor individually but in the small group setting so that all can benefit from the attention given to each. All 4 students will be present for the whole period and the hour and fifteen minutes will be divided equally among those attending.

Several other workshops that have been popular in the past have included Maintaining and Optimizing Your Banjo, Playing With Others, Singing With The Banjo, Stagecraft,Getting The Most From Your Hand-Held Recorder and Recording Techniques. There will be instruction at all levels. All the information and registration materials can be found at

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