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Donna Ulisse to Launch Songwriting Escape Venture

Songwriting EscapeThree time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee, recording artist and author Donna Ulisse has decided to turn her passion into teaching and sharing what she does in the process of constructing a song, into a traveling workshop called Songwriting Escape. The three day workshops will be taught with a dynamic team she has already tested the waters with and they have developed a carefully thought out curriculum that will accomodate writers of all levels.

Banjo Camp North, 15th Anniversary Celebration May 15-17, 2015

Banjo Camp North 2013If you enjoy banjo, then you need Banjo Camp North! Banjo 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. The 15th anniversary of the camp will be extra special next year.

Luthier Activities at FreshGrass

 Sauve GuitarsThe Fretboard Journal – the boutique magazine for guitar, mandolin, and stringed instrument players – joins Suavé Guitars founder Steve Suavé and a stellar group of artisans for demonstrations and discussions of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, open-back banjo, and guitar.

Irish Music School of Chicago Presents Workshops

We Banjo 3Chicago, IL -- The Irish Music School of Chicago presents two of the most exciting traditional Irish music bands teaching workshops and in concert in August at Chief O’Neill’s Restaurant & Pub. We Banjo 3 will be teaching (6:30 p.m.) and performing (8 p.m.) on August 6, and Beoga will be teaching (5:30 p.m.) and performing (8 p.m.) on August 20.

Frankfort Bluegrass Festival: 2 Days of Family Fun

Chris Jones and The Night DriversFrankfort, IL -- The sound of bluegrass music and the sight of people having fun will be the scene in historic Frankfort, Illinois, the weekend of July 12 and 13. The 4th Annual Frankfort Bluegrass Festival will take place downtown with fun for the whole family. The free, two day event will feature national, regional, and local bluegrass bands with activities, jamming, crafts, and vendors on Breidert Green (located at Kansas and Oak Streets), surrounded by a town square filled with shops, restaurants, and a children’s museum. This is a family event that offers something for everyone at a price everyone can afford!

ROMP Announces Epic Bluegrass Workshop Schedule

ROMP 2014Owensboro, KY -- An experience second to none, our workshops offer attendees the opportunity to pick, play and get acquainted with the most talented musicians in bluegrass music -- at no cost aside from your festival ticket. Advance priced tickets are available for purchase through Sunday, June 15th at midnight.

Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival 2014 Two Months Away

Summergrass 2014Summergrass San Diego is now going into its 12th season! Wow!! What a wonderful and fun achievement. Currently, they are gearing up for another fantastic festival. So, mark you calendar for this premier happening in San Diego County, August 15-17, 2014, at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA.

2014 FreshGrass Workshops Update

Mass MoCA WorkshopNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, offers a comprehensive series of workshops by performers, educators, and industry-insiders. The 2014 FreshGrass festival rolls out its new series of unrivaled workshops by performers, educators, and industry insiders. Learn the tricks of the picking trade from the best in bluegrass music, such as Grammy Award-winning banjo virtuoso Alison Brown of Compass Records, Fretboard Journal, North Adams-based Sauvé Guitars, and the leading online community in roots music, No Depression. Best of all, workshops are free with FreshGrass festival pass tickets.

FreshGrass sets 2014 Workshop Schedule

Alison BrownNorth Adams, MA -- FreshGrass, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music, offers a comprehensive series of workshops by performers, educators, and industry-insiders. The festival offers a multitude of opportunities to learn the tricks of the picking trade from the best in bluegrass music. FreshGrass takes place September 19-21, 2014, on MASS MoCA's campus. In addition to its killer lineup of top-of-their-game performers and a full slate of stimulating workshops, the festival features a contest with over $15,000 in prizes, its own locally brewed beer, luthier demonstrations, children's programming, downtown camping - and an unrivaled experience for fans - the best bluegrass and roots music in the country bouncing off the bricks in every corner of the historic museum campus.

Eric Lambert to Host Guitar Workshop at John Hartford Festival

Eric Lambert and FarmerThe John Hartford Memorial Festival is quickly approaching, taking place May 29-31 at the historic Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in scenic Bean Blossom, IN. Heading into its fourth year, the festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford; one of America’s most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians.

Banjo Camp North May 16-18

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.

2014 Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp Moves to Nashville

Monroe Mandolin Camp 2014The Annual Monroe Style Mandolin Camp which has been hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky is moving to Nashville, Tennessee this year. The camp, scheduled for September 4-7, 2014 will be held at Camp Marymount at 1318 Fairview Blvd. The Monroe Mandolin Camp (Nashville) is a specialized mandolin camp playing and learning the songs and instrumentals of Bill Monroe. The mission of this camp is brilliantly simple: Provide world-class musicians chooled in the music written, recorded, and created by the Father of Blue Grass music-Bill Monroe. This niche genre within the world of bluegrass is important to preserve and keep alive. It is the roots and base for an entire subculture of music within the folk/country/roots/bluegrass scene.

12th Annual March Mandolin Festival set for 2014

David SuretteConcord, N.H. — The 12th Annual March Mandolin Festival will be held March 7-9, 2014, at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, New Hampshire. The 2014 festival will feature Joe Walsh, Marla Fibish, Eric McDonald, and David Surette, with special guest Susie Burke.

Banjo Camp North Sept 27-29 in Charlton, MA

Banjo Camp NorthBanjo Camp North Fall Edition (BCN-FE) is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in bluegrass, old time and folk styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. We always invite 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.

Workshops Announced for FreshGrass Sept 20-22 Bluegrass Festival

MASS MoCANorth Adams, MA -- The FreshGrass Festival at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) has one of the best line-ups in bluegrass and now they have a workshop line-up to match. During the weekend you will be able rest your dancin' feet, and take part in our lively workshop offerings which range from theory classes to instrument-specific playing techniques. All workshops are free with admission. Space is limited so register on the day of the event when you arrive at the festival -- first come, first serve. Workshops will be held throughout the FreshGrass festival weekend, September 20-22, on the campus of MASS MoCA.

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