Folk College

May 24-26, 2024


Folk College 2024 Schedule

Folk College is full of great workshops, concerts, singing and dancing.




2=advanced beginner





E=taught by ear

M=sheet music provided
P=instruments provided
D=discussion, no playing

Workshops are for all instruments unless otherwise indicated

2024 Schedule

Friday, May 24, 2024

Friday, 10 am to 1 pm Pre-Event Intensives

Separate Registration Required​

Basics for Beginners — Simple Gifts

Singing for All — Sally Rogers

Guitar Techniques — Micah Nicol from The Ruta Beggers

Mandolin Techniques — Jean Baptiste Cardineau from The Ruta Beggars

Fiddle Techniques — Natham Bishop & Tom Krumm from Midnight on the Water

Cello — Danio Hawkins from Midnight on the Water

Bass — Noah Harrington from The Ruta Beggars

Old Time Banjo — Howie Bursen

Bluegrass Banjo — Trevin Nelson from The Ruta Beggars

Harmonica — Richard Sleigh

West African Percussion — Kelly Parker & Lori Russo

Folk College Begins

Friday, 1 to 3 pm

Body Percussion — Eric Ian Farmer

Songs of Social Justice — Sally Rogers

How to Learn Melodies by Ear — Jay Best

Hearing Chord Changes — Howie Bursen

How to Play a Solo — Henry Koretzky & Wayne Fugate

Pennsylvania Tunes — Rachel Hall

Quebecois Tunes — Kalos

Blues Theory — Richard Sleigh

Friday, 4:15 to 5:15 pm

Try a Ukulele — Jay Best

Songs of the ’60s — Eric Ian Farmer

How to Write a Song that Changes Your Life — Shanna in a Dress

How to Jam — Henry Koretzky

Arranging Bluegrass Songs — The Ruta Beggars

Mediterranean Tunes — Gypsy Funk Squad

Weird & Wonderful Tunes — Midnight on the Water

Scottish Tunes — Kalos

Friday, 7 pm Faculty Concert

Simple Gifts

Gypsy Funk Squad
Shanna in a Dress
Midnight on the Water

Friday, After the Concert

Beginners Jam — Simple Gifts

Rise Up Singing — Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen

Celtic & More — Kalos

Songwriter’s Circle — Shanna in a Dress & Micah Nicol

Drum Circle — Gypsy Funk Squad, Kelly Parker & Lori Russo

Friday, 11 pm

Yoga — Trevin Nelson

Dorm Jam — Eric Ian Farmer & Wayne Fugate

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Saturday, 9:30 - 10:45 am

Try a Cajon — Rodney Azagra & Eric Ian Farmer

Performance Pizzazz — Shanna in a Dress

Alternative Gospel Songs — Henry Koretzky

Awesome Easy Tunes — Nathan Bishop & Dani Hawkins

Reading Rhythm — Lori Russo

New England Tunes — Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald

Balfok Tunes — Jeremiah McLane

Chord Substitutions — Rachel Hall

Mandolin Clinic — Wayne Fugate

Backup Guitar — Howie Bursen

Mini Lesson — Jay Best

Saturday, 11 am to 12:15 pm

Try a Banjo — Jay Best

West African Drumming — Kelly Parker

Songwriting Hooks & Melodies — Shanna in a Dress

Singing for Beginners — Eric Ian Farmer

Band Groove Exercises — The Ruta Beggars

Irish Tunes — Ryan McKasson & Jeremiah McLane

Non-Western Scales & Rhythms — Gypsy Funk Squad

Jazz/Swing Improvisation — Tom Krumm

DADGAD Guitar — Eric McDonald

Harmonica Techniques — Richard Sleigh

Mini Lessons — Karen Hirshon

Saturday, 1:45 to 3 pm

Try a Fiddle — Simple Gifts

Intro to Belly Dance — Gypsy Funk Squad

Jean Ritchie Songs — Sally Rogers

Easy Waltzes — Rachel Hall

How to Learn Melodies by Ear — Wayne Fugate

Metronome Games — Richard Sleigh

Contradance Band Practice — Midnight on the Water

Jamming with Members of The Ruta Beggars — The Ruta Beggars

Old Time Banjo — Howie Bursen

Bluegrass Fiddle — Sam Stage

Mini Lesson — Henry Koretzky

Saturday, 3:15 to 4:45 pm

Folk Band Rehearsals

Saturday, 7 pm Faculty Concert

Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen
The Ruta Beggars

Saturday, After the Concert

Contradance with Open Band — Midnight on the Water & Bob Nicholson

Singing Jam — Eric Ian Farm

Jamming with The Ruta Beggars — The Ruta Beggars

Open Mic with Feedback — Simple Gifts

Saturday, 11 pm

Dorm Jam — Jay Best & Lori Russo

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Sunday, 8:45 to 10 am

Try a Harmonica — Richard Sleigh

Hymn Singing — Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen

Effortless Mastery — Trevin Nelson

Secrets of Storytelling — Shanna in a Dress

Meet the Cumbush, Oud, and More — Jack Lowry

Easy West Virginia Tunes — Jay Best

Performance Tips — The Ruta Beggars

Slides, Slip Jigs, & Polkas — Nathan Bishops

Writing Fiddle Tunes — Kalos

Tunes with Flats — Dani Hawkings & TOm Krumm

Open Mic with Feedback — Rachel Hall & Eric Ian Farmer

Sunday, 10:15 to 11:30 am

Try a Mandolin — Henry Koretzky

Harmony Singing — Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen

Health & Wellness for Musicians — Trevin Nelson

How to Practice — Noah Harrington

Easy Versions of Common Tunes — Simple Gifts

Old Time Jam — Jay Best

Beyond the Melody — Wayne Fugate

Creating Instrumental Harmonies — Nathan Bishop & Tom Krumm

Scandinavian Tunes — Dani Hawkings

Filipino Tunes — Gypsy Funk Squad

Accordion — Jeremiah McLane

Sunday, 1:15 to 2:15 pm

Folk Band Rehearsals

Sunday, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Folk Bands Student Concert

Sunday, After the Concert

Last Jam — Henry Koretzky & Eric Ian Farmer

*Schedule subject to change