Begin your weekend with an intensive workshop that will energize and prep you for what is sure to be a memorable and fun few days. Each class offers an opportunity to spend a three-hour block of time with a respected master teacher exploring a topic in depth. Class size is limited and a separate registration is required. Intensive classes are held just before the start of Folk College.



Intensive Class Cost & Registration Information

• Intensive Classes are Friday, May 27, from 10am – 1pm

Separate registration and fee required

• Class size is limited – reserve your spot early!

• Registration fee: $65, includes lunch immediately following (OR $125 for an Intensive Class only WITHOUT a Folk College registration)




Choice of  Intensive Classes:

Taught by Karen Hirshon & Linda Littleton of Simple Gifts (Level 1-2)


In this special workshop designed for beginners and advanced beginners of all instruments, we'll address basic folk music skills that will help you get the most out of the weekend. We'll particularly look at how to learn tunes by ear, how to jam, how to play backup, how to play melody, and how to play well with other musicians. Simple Gifts, the creators and hosts of Folk College, are well-known for their fun and inclusive, yet powerful, workshops and teaching style.


Taught by Eric O'Daly of Appleseed Collective (Level 1-5)


You'll learn a series of exercises and games designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of your own unique voice. You'll have a chance to sing in harmony with others, as well as singing as a soloist. There will be plenty in this workshop both for those who are brand new to singing and for experienced vocalists. You'll leave with tools and exercises to continue your exploration of singing on your own.


Taught by Brandon Smith of Appleseed Collective (Level 2-5)


The mandolin is a wonderful little instrument that can do so much with melody, rhythm, and backup. Study with Brandon Smith, a veteran mandolin and fiddle player with the award-winning band Appleseed Collective. We'll focus on melodic playing, picking technique, and improvisation.


Taught by Cathy Fink (Level 2-5)


We will explore both the old-time clawhammer/frailing style and old-time fingerpicking. We’ll look at the details of ergonomics, clarity, tone, timing and form. Based on the group’s experience, we’ll work on repertoire for both clawhammer and old time-fingerpicking. Learn how to create variations to a tune as well as make song accompaniments more interesting. Bring your questions!


Taught by Marcy Marxer (Level 2-5)


Playing the ukulele is a friend maker and a fun maker. We’ll learn strums, chord progressions and repertoire that will take your ukulele playing to the next level. Ready to learn the mystery of chords beyond the third fret? Want to find a scale anywhere? Dying to take your first solo on ukulele? Come on in - we’ll have fun, fun, fun.


Taught by Judy Minot and Rachel Hall (Level 2-5)


We'll explore the most basic ideas behind using piano in folk music. You'll learn to find the chords, where on the keyboard to play them, and the best rhythms to back up other musicians, singers and dancers. It doesn’t take long to learn the basics and from there you can take your folk piano playing in many directions. This class does not require a lick of note reading. If you have a keyboard, please bring it, and a pair of headphones, and contact us in advance if possible if you need to borrow one.
For all levels beyond beginner. This workshop is also appropriate for strong musicians who don't play piano, especially if you have really solid rhythm.


Taught by Andrew Brown of Appleseed Collective (Level 3-5)


Tips and techniques for getting the most out of your guitar playing, including left-hand techniques to make your playing more fluid, approaches to chord playing, and a solid look at rhythm, phrasing, timing, and expression. Music will be taught by ear and from tablature.
For intermediate/advanced guitarists.


Taught by Vidar Skrede & Patrik Ahlberg (Level 3-5)


Learn the fiddle styles of the Nordic countries from natives of Norway and Sweden. We'll look at rhythms, styles, harmonies, and ornamentation of these styles, and you'll have a chance to try a Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. We'll work by ear, with music provided after the workshop.
For intermediate/advanced fiddlers.


Taught by Richard Sleigh (Level 3-5)


We'll touch on the main aspects of singing and playing the blues, including theory, improvisation, chord patterns and stylistic approaches. By the end of the session, you'll have a clear path for finding your own way to sing and play the blues. For all instruments and voices.