Folk College 2022  Schedule

*Schedule subject to change

 

Folk College is full of great workshops, concerts, singing and dancing.
The 2022 schedule will be announced in the near future.

 

 

This is the a previous Schedule for Your Review
Check back for the 2022 schedule

 

 

Friday, May 22, 2020

 

10 am - 1 pm Intensive

(SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

See Intensive page for Intensive descriptions

 

Taught by Andrew Brown of Appleseed Collective

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

Learn the fiddle styles of the Nordic countries from a native of Norway. We'll look at rhythms, styles, harmonies, and ornamentation of these styles, and you'll have a chance to try a Norwegian Hardanger fiddle.

For intermediate/advanced fiddlers

 

Taught by Brandon Worder-Smith of Appleseed Collective

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 explore techniques and approaches to make your playing really shine.

For all levels beyond beginner

 

Taught by Cathy Fink

We'll look at various approaches to the frailing stroke, explore drop-thumb styles, and experiment with different banjo tunings. You'll learn to accompany traditional dance tunes and songs and pick out melodies and solos.

For all levels beyond beginner

 

Taught by Marcy Marxer

his workshop will take your ukulele playing to the next level as Marcy shares tips and techniques for playing this wonderful little instrument. We'll look at chords, theory, strumming and improvising to get the most out of your uke.

For all levels beyond beginner

 

Taught by Richard Sleigh

We'll touch on all aspects of singing and playing the blues, including

theory, improvisation, chord patterns and stylistic approaches. You'll

have a clear path for finding your own way to sing and play the blues by

the end of the session.

For all instruments and voices, all levels beyond beginner

 

Taught by Judy Minot

We'll explore simple yet effective ways to use the piano in folk music. You'll learn to play chords and to “strum” along to your favorite songs, just like a folk guitarist does. Playing chords on the piano follows a simple formula, unlike guitar chords which come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t take long to learn how to develop simple chordal accompaniment into something that will make you sound like you’ve been playing the piano for years. With these skills you will learn to play and sing your favorite songs, accompany a singer, or join in a jam! This class does not require a lick of note reading. Please bring a keyboard and headphones, or contact us if you need to borrow.

For all levels beyond beginner

 

Taught by Ellis Delaney

Learn to approach your songwriting with an undefended heart. Ellis will share her songwriting processes and the many strategies she uses to generate and explore song ideas. She will help you prime your brain and open your heart to support creativity and identify and utilize strengths you have that you may not always see to keep those songs coming!

For all levels.

 

Taught by Simple Gifts

In this special workshop designed for 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.

 

1:00 pm General Folk College Registration Opens

 

1:30, 2:30 & 5:30 pm Newcomers’ Orientation & Walking Tour

 

3:00-4:00 pm Workshops

Shelley Kelley

(for all)

Appleseed Collective

(for all)

Richard Sleigh
(instruments welcome, all levels singers)

Jay Best (all instruments, novice)

Vidar Skrede & Randy Gosa

(all instruments, novice)

Wayne Fugate

(all instruments, intermediate)

Henry Koretzky

(all instruments, advanced)

Judy Minot

(all instruments, novice to advanced)

 

4:15-5:15 pm Workshops

Shelley Kelley

(for all)

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

(instruments welcome, all levels singers)

Henry Koretzky

(instruments welcome, all levels singers)

Wayne Fugate

(all instruments, novice)

Judy Minot

(all instruments, novice)

Tasana Camara & Kelly Armor

(all instruments, intermediate)

Vidar Skrede & Randy Gosa

(all instruments, advanced)

Ryan & Brennish Thomson

(all instruments, novice to advanced)

 

5:30-6:30 pm Dinner

 

 

7:00pm Concert:

 

After the Concert

(for all)

(all instruments, intermediate to advanced)

(all instruments, beginner to novice)

(for all)

(for all)

 

11:00pm Late jam at the dorm

(all instruments, novice to advanced)

 

 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

 

7:00

Yoga for Musicians - Judy Minot

In yoga we work to balance effort with relaxation. We pay detailed attention to what the body is doing, and we practice breathing deeply to help us relax and become flexible and strong. These are all great things for musicians to work on! Even if you’re “not a yoga person” there’s plenty of benefit here. If you have your own mat, please bring it. (a few will be available).

 

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast

 

 

8:45-9:15 am Orientation

Meet the staff, sign up for a folk band, and get oriented as to what’s happening for the rest of the weekend.

 

9:30-10:45 am Workshops

John McCutcheon

(for all)

Cathy Fink

(for all)

Wayne Fugate

(for all)

Karen Hirshon & Linda Littleton

(for all)

Tasana Camara

(for all)

Marcy Marxer

(for all)

Judy Minot

(mostly discussion, novice)

Richard Sleigh

(all instruments, intermediate)

Shelley Kelley

(novice to advanced)

Brandon Worder-Smith

(intermediate/advanced)

Ryan & Brennish Thomson

(all instruments, novice to advanced)

Jay Best

(all levels)

 

11:00-12:15 Workshops

John McCutcheon

(for all)

Brandon Worder-Smith

(for all)

Wayne Fugate

(for all)

Jay Best

(for all)

Eric O’Daly

(for all)

Ellis Delaney

(for all)

Henry Koretzky

(all instruments, novice)

Randy Gosa

(all instruments, intermediate)

Andrew Brown

(novice to intermediate)

Vidar Skrede

(novice)

Tasana Camara & Kelly Armor

(for all)

Karen Hirshon

(all levels)

 

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch

 

 

1:45-3:00 pm Workshops

John McCutcheon

(for all)

Richard Sleigh

Linda Littleton

(for all)

Kelly Armor

(for all)

Ellis Delaney

(for all)

Vince Russo & Eric O’Daly

(all instruments, novice)

Shelley Kelley

(all instruments, intermediate)

Judy Minot & Jay Best

(all instruments, intermediate)

Rachel Hall

(all instruments, advanced)

Andrew Brown

(intermediate to advanced)

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

(for all)

Henry Koretzky

(all levels)

 

3:15-4:45 pm Folk Band Rehearsal

Based on the form you filled out during orientation (Saturday 8:45 am), you’ll be assigned to a band that will rehearse with the help of a staff coach and then perform at Sunday’s Student Concert. There will also be an option to join a non-performing band. Band lists and locations will be posted in Von Leibig Lobby. If you haven’t filled out a folk band form, go to the lobby and we’ll figure out where to fit you in.

 

5:00-6:00 pm Dinner

 

 

7:00 pm Faculty Concert

 

After the Concert

udy Minot, Jay Best, & Rachel Hall will lead an open band.
Bob Nicholson will teach and call the dances.

John McCutcheon

Vidar Skrede & Randy Gosa

 

11:00 pm Late jam at the dorm

This jam is held at the dorm so you can jam until you're ready to roll into bed! This jam will include a mix of styles and a mix of vocals and instrumentals.

 

 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

 

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast

 

8:45-10:00 am Workshops

Jay Best

(instruments welcome, all levels singers)

Eric O’Daly

(for all)

Rachel Hall

(discussion - no playing)

Tasana Camara & Kelly Armor

(for all)

Ellis Delaney

(for all)

Judy Minot

(for all)

Henry Koretzky

(all instruments, novice)

Richard Sleigh & Wayne Fugate

(all instruments, intermediate)

Ryan & Brennish Thomson

(all instruments, intermediate)

Vidar Skrede & Randy Gosa

(all instruments, advanced)

Cathy Fink

(all levels beyond beginner)

Marcy Marxer

(all levels beyond beginner)

Brandon Worder-Smith, Vince Russo, Andrew Brown

(intermediate to advanced)

 

10:15-11:30 am Workshops

Rachel Hall

(for all)

Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer & Kelly Armor

(for all)

Shelley Kelley

(for all)

Tasana Camara

(for all)

Brandon Worder-Smith

(for all)

Jay Best

(for all)

Ryan & Brennish Thomson

(all instruments, novice)

Judy Minot

(all instruments, intermediate)

Vidar Skrede

(all instruments, intermediate)

Randy Gosa

(all instruments, advanced)

Ellis Delaney

(novice to intermediate)

Wayne Fugate

(all levels beyond beginner)

Karen Hirshon & Linda Littleton

(for all)

 

11:45 am Group Photo

Bring your instrument and smile!

 

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch

 

1:15-2:15 pm Band Rehearsal

Another rehearsal with the same band as yesterday

 

2:30-4:30 pm Student Concert

 

After the Concert

Jay Best & Henry Koretzky

(for all)