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FreshGrass Announces 2015 Workshop Series

FreshGrass Workshop SeriesNorth Adams, MA -- Lively workshops focusing on instruments, bluegrass techniques — and known to break into legendary jam sessions — are a signature feature of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) FreshGrass festival. This year’s workshop lineup is a who’s who of Americana music talent, led by the inimitable finger-picker, Happy Traum; Berklee College of Music’s American Roots Music Program; and Grammy Award-winner Alison Brown. FreshGrass takes place on September 18–20, 2015, and turns all of MASS MoCA into a stage with a bold lineup of top-tier musicians, luthier demonstrations, pop-up concerts, family programming, downtown camping, and the FreshGrass Award — celebrating fresh talent through competitions in band, duo, banjo, and fiddle categories with more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. The 2015 lineup of performers includes Dwight Yoakam, Punch Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan, Greensky Bluegrass, Houndmouth, Alison Brown, Willie Watson, Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin, Peter Rowan, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Mr. Sun, Flatt Lonesome, The Ballroom Thieves, Birds of Chicago, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, Cat and The Moon, and a FreshGrass tribute to Johnny Cash.

Bluegrass Music's Holder Brothers Awarded Share America Foundation Scholarships

Garrett Holder (second from right) receives the 2015 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship and Trevor Holder (second from left) is designated as a future recipient by Randall Franks (third from left). Others joining the presentation are (from left) Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary. (Share America photo by Jane Scroggins)Ringgold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its 2015 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Georgia. The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV's "In the Heat of the Night." The scholarship honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. Guitarist Garrett Holder, 18, of Ringgold, Ga. was selected as the recipient of the 2015 scholarship. Holder’s 14-year-old brother Trevor, who began playing banjo at age 11, was selected as a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Designee.

Banjo Greats Gather at Grey Fox for Keith-Style Banjo Summit July 17

Bill Keith with Jonny CodySurely a highlight of this year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival will be a very special Keith-Style Banjo Summit hosted by Béla Fleck and Tony Trischka. Joining them to honor the music and enormous influence of Bill Keith will be a “Who’s Who of Banjo” including Noam Pikelny, Mike Munford, Eric Weissberg, Marc Horowitz, Mike Kropp, and Ryan Cavanaugh, along with Bill Keith himself. The 90-minute Keith-style banjo gathering will be on Friday, July 17 beginning at 7:00pm at the Creekside Stage.

Banjoist extraordinaire Bill Keith (beaconbanjo.com) is one of just a handful of musicians to have a whole style named after him.

Audio-Technica Expands Online Video Series Exploring Mic Techniques

Audio-Technica Banjo MicAudio-Techcnica expands their online video series by exploring Mic techniques in real-world applications. Their new videos cover mic techniques for various instruments including banjo, brass instruments, dobro, mandolin, organ, piano, saxophone, small ensembles, stereo techniques, strings and woodwinds. Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, has posted the latest videos in its series exploring different aspects of mic technique, mic placement and more. Utilizing some of Audio-Technica’s most acclaimed and popular products – including 40 Series, Artist Elite®, 20 Series and others – these videos illustrate various tips and tricks for capturing audio in real-world applications.

Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Video Competition

Monroe Mandolin Camp Video CompetitionNashville, TN -- Announcing the Inaugural Monroe Mandolin Camp Annual Video Scholarship Competition. Mon Man Camp is looking or fun, creative videos of candidates performing a Bill Monroe composition, and telling us why this music is important to them! The winning candidate will be awarded a full scholarship, including tuition, lodging, meals, and t-shirt to the September 9 - 13, 2015, "Mon Man Camp" being held in Kingston Springs, TN (just outside of Nashville).

Monroe Mandolin Camp Announces Two Showcase Performances

Monroe Mandolin CampOn Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the Monroe Mandolin Camp Instructors Mike Compton, David Davis, Skip Gorman, David Long, Casey Campbell, and Mark Royal (plus all-star backup band), will be performing LIVE on Music City Roots, showcasing that traditional bluegrass roots style mandolin playing created by Bill Monroe. What a fantastic night to showcase our world-class instructors, and to shine a spotlight on Bill's music! We'll create our own Monroe-Mandolin-Mania! Show starts at 7pm. You can attend in person at The Factory in Franklin, TN, or view via the live telecast from the comfort of your own home. For details of where to go for the broadcast via Lifestream, visit Music City Root's webpage.

Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to jam?

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen.

15th Anniversary Banjo Camp North Celebration May 15-17

Banjo Camp NorthBanjo Camp North is a three-day celebration of the five-string banjo, featuring instruction, demonstrations, concerts, and jamming presented by some of the best and best-known banjoists on the planet. They provide in-depth instruction in Bluegrass, Old Time and Folk styles. We always have top-flight fiddlers and guitarists on hand as well to lead classes on those instruments and provide support onstage at faculty concerts and demos and at the many jams that run throughout the weekend. In addition, this year we’re excited to offer classes on singing and harmony vocals at several levels.

Original Blue Grass Boys Special Presentation at Monroe Mandolin Camp

Monroe Mandolin Camp 2015Original Blue Grass Boys giving a Q&A and demonstration. One-On-One knee to knee private individualized tutorials with an instructor of your choice. An opening night jam where you don't know who of Nashville's finest will show up to hang out and play tunes with you. Learning the Art of Mandolin Construction from world-class luthiers Paul Duff and Will Kimble (and rumor has it that Steve Gilchrist may make it this year as well)! The camp is excited to present to you four of Bill Monroe's greatest-and enduring-sidemen. They are Glen Duncan, Tom Ewing, Mark Hembree and Blake Williams, who entered Monroe's band between 1979 and 1986.

Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to Jam?

Annie SavageRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen. No, it's not a new music book or DVD (though we do offer those) ... it's an opportunity to come together with others like yourself, in your area -- people with the same goals -- and start making music together.

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

 Celebrating American Roots MusicBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM) explores the rich traditions in American music through New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. Acquired from the Smithsonian Institution by BCMM, the installation once served as one of the Smithsonian's traveling exhibits. New Harmonies will be on view beginning March 18, 2015 and continuing through September 30, 2015.

WoodSongs Invites Teachers to Music & Arts Education Seminar

WoodSongs Classroom ProjectTeachers and Home School Parents of Central Kentucky are invited to a very special half-day seminar Saturday April 25th from 1:00 until 4:30pm to explore how to help your students learn a true appreciation for the art of music and how it positively affects their lives, families, friends and community. As a leader in the arts, don't miss this opportunity to bring excitement, enjoyment and learning to your classrooms. For FREE. This is a very special one day seminar to explore this topic and sample the new WoodSongs Classroom project for your students. The WoodSongs Arts & Music Seminar will be held in the Duthie Theater in the Anne Hart Raymond Building on the campus of beautiful Midway College in Midway, KY (20 minutes from Lexington).

Nominations Open for Third Annual Music Educator Award

Music Educator AwardThe Music Educator Award to be presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

Celtic Fiddle Camp Coming this March in Nebraska

The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, NebraskaThe Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be hosting a special "Schoolhouse Celtic Fiddling Camp", for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt. The camp will be on Wednesday, March 11 - Friday, March 13, from 9 AM to 1 PM. You can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.

Darrell Scott Announces Four-Day Songwriting Workshop

Darrell ScottNashville, TN -- SongFood is pleased to announce a Songwriting INTENSIVE, led by Darrell Scott, to be held at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN from May 25-28, 2015! Get ready for 4 full days of instruction and guidance to songwriting led by Grammy Award nominee Darrell Scott. Immerse yourself in the vibrant setting and vibe that Music City (Nashville) has to offer while you discover the spiritual concepts that fire the creativity behind songs. Greenhorn or seasoned pro, this workshop is for you!

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