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Banjo Camp North May 16-18

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Banjo Camp North 2013Banjo Camp North 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.

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.

Banjo Camp North takes place at Prindle Pond Conference Center, 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.

Head on over to to register, get more information and to read about past camps. Always a good time at Banjo Camp North.

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