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Peach Blossom Farm Fiddle and String Camp 2012 Registration Open

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Peach Blossom Farm Fiddle and Strings CampOver two hundred pastoral acres high in the Appalachian mountains of Southwestern Virginia welcome you to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures and tranquil spaces of Peach Bottom Farm! This year's Fiddle & Strings Camp is just the way to do that. Here is a rare opportunity to experience Appalachia's music and heritage while receiving intensive and fun-filled instruction with local, national and world renowned professional instructors. Located in Independence, Virginia near both MerleFest and Galax, the region is rich in traditional music and is also near Virginia's Crooked Road of musical heritage.

The annual fiddle and strings camp supports Genres including Appalachian Old Time, Bluegrass, Canadian Old Time, Classical, Contest-style, Irish, Scottish, and Swing. Peach Bottom Farm is located in the heart of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains near "Merlefest" and Galax, Virginia.

This year's camp begins June 12th and continues through June 15th. Registrations have been increased to 30 participants. Their goal is an "intimate family-feel" camp, where students receive as much personal attention as possible, and why we limit the size of our camp.

Take advantage of our local, national and world class instructors and take any classes you like. We also offer Guitar (rhythm or finger style), Mandolin, Bass, Banjo (claw hammer, Irish tenor, or Bluegrass), as well as dance, (Buck Dancin' and Clogging). This year's instructors include:

Paul Anastasio
A versatile violinist/fiddler and considered one of the foremost authorities on Joe Venuti's swinging approach to jazz violin. Paul also worked with some of the top Western Swing/Country bands. A music historian and authority of Mexico's Tierra Caliente music Paul brings a vast collection of styles with him to share.
Shane Cook
Shane rates at the top of the short list of the finest fiddlers in the world today", says the Canadian Fiddlers' Hall of Fame. Shane is a master of several fiddle styles including Canadian Old-Time, Scottish, French-Canadian and Texas-style.
Matt Combs
Matt is a versatile performer, instrumentalist, writer, producer, and teacher. He has worked with some of the best names in country, bluegrass, and old-time music. His deep understanding of music has led him to the Head of Fiddle Dept of Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music.
Stanley Widener
Classically trained Multi-genre instrumentalist, Stanley is a fantastically patient and gifted teacher.
Brian Grim
The legendary Albert hash taught tunes to the likes of Bruce Molsky and our very own Brian Grim. The "real deal" in mountain string music. Shane Cook said of Brian, "one of the most powerful fiddlers I've seen."
Brandon Davis
garnishing many wins in guitar, Brandon's students brag on his fun and engaging teaching style.
Kyle Dean Smith
teaching B.G. Banjo & Guitar , You can hear Kyle on April Verch's latest C.D. "That's How We Run"

The Fiddle & Strings Camp offers a rare opportunity to experience Appalachia, its Music & Heritage while receiving intensive and fun-filled music instruction by our staff of local, National & World Class professional instructors. Bring your favorite stringed instrument, (we're not just for fiddle), and/or dancing shoes. All ages and levels of motivated strings players welcome. You'll have ample opportunity to interact with outstanding teaching staff, while immersed in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

Students can expect to receive instruction in theory, technique, improvisation, note reading, good practice habits, improving tone and intonation as well as new repertoire. There will be at least five hours of instruction per day in an environment that is filled with the music and its roots.

Visit PeachBottomFarm.com for the details, registration and more.dd

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