Owensboro, KY -- At the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, attendees will spend three full days with the finest mandolin faculty and luthiers and up to 50 of the coolest mandolin players you'll find on Planet Earth. With registration for each camp capped at 50, the camp's intimate environment located at the only museum in the world dedicated to the international history of bluegrass music allows for ample opportunities to receive personal, hands-on instruction from each of the legendary instructors of Monroe-Style mandolin. The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in Owensboro, Kentucky near where it all started in the small town of Rosine.
September is mandolin picking time at the International Bluegrass Music Museum where you'll get to hear some of the finest bluegrass mandolin picking around. Here, the best of the best give intimate instruction, tips and demonstrations to the students. There's a great faculty offering a good perspective of the Monroe-Style from differing viewpoints.
Jam with new friends surrounded by Bill Monroe’s artifacts. Eat great barbeque and discover why Owensboro’s famous for barbeque! Experience rare performances by master musicians, onstage and off. Enjoy a total immersion in bluegrass music’s homeland, history and future at the world’s only bluegrass music museum dedicated to preserving the international history and performance art of bluegrass music… all the while surrounded by rare bluegrass memorabilia. Compare, sell or swap mandolins with other players. Be part of the museum and let it become an integral part of your life and music.
The tuition fee for 2013 includes:
- Private room for Friday and Saturday nights at The Sleep Inn of Owensboro. Your reservations will be held in our block, listed in your name by the time you arrive. If you want a smoking room, please be sure to indicate that when you register, otherwise all rooms are non-smoking.
- Friday evening meal and Saturday lunch. Please eat before you arrive on Friday. Classes begin at 1 PM. Breakfast will be available at The Hampton Inn on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday lunch is on your own.
- Camp T-shirt
- Camp Poster
- Admission to the All-Star Faculty Concert
The 2013 8th Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp Staff includes:
- Mike Compton
- Mike Compton, Camp Director, has been performing professionally since 1977 and has performed with many greats including Hubert Davis, John Hartford, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello. He travels the world as part of the Nashville Bluegrass Band and other bands. Mike does numerous workshops and music camps throughout the year. He also composes and teaches, passing along the treasures he acquired from his mentor and friend, Bill Monroe.
- Richie (Dr. Richard) Brown
- Dr. Richie Brown, Associate Director, has been a part-time bluegrass musician in the Boston area since the mid-sixties. Richie's playing is heavily influenced by Bill Monroe's style and "old style" mandolin players. He currently plays mandolin and sings in the Boston-based Reunion Band and serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
- Roland White
- Roland, and his brother Clarence White, formed the nucleus of the Kentucky Colonels. In 1967, Roland was recruited to play guitar with Bill Monroe, a job that lasted for the better part of two years, until White signed on as a mandolin player with Lester Flatt's newly formed Nashville Grass. After a fateful accident, Roland returned to Hashville and joined the band, Country Gazette. Since 1989, he has performed with the Nashville Bluegrass Band.
- Skip Gorman
- Skip Gormanwas born in Rhode Island in 1949. He was introduced to traditional music early in his life at the age of eight, when he received his first guitar and a Jimmie Rodgers record. While growing up he was lucky to have the opportunity to see musicians like the legendary Texas fiddler, Eck Robertson, Bill Monroe and Maybelle Carter at the historic Newport Folk Festival. An encounter with Monroe at age twelve was a pivotal moment in the young musician's life, and aside from being a masterful cowboy singer and fine fiddler, Gorman is one of the premier mandolinists in the style of Bill Monroe.
- Jesse Brock
- Winner of the 2009 IBMA Mandolin Performer of the Year, Jesse Brock has spent a lifetime in bluegrass beginning at the age of nine. He has performed with Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, The Tony Rice Unit and country stars including George Jones and Willie Nelson. Jesse was an integral part of Michael Cleveland's two solo albums and is a solo artist of his own right. Jess has an IBMA award nominated CD, Kickin' Grass. Jesse also teaches mandolin in Yarmouth, Maine at the highly-acclaimed 317 Main St. Music Community School.
Adjunct faculty member Mark Royal, Lutniers Paul Duff and Will Kimble will also be at the camp.
The 2011 Bill Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp was a smashing success. Huge thanks to the sponsors: Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Folk Life, Sleep Inn of Owensboro, D'Addario String Foundation, Mandolin Cafe, and Red Diamond Mandolin.
Registration and additional information is available on the Mando Camp website or by calling 270-926-7891.