This is the 2021 Schedule for Your Review
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Start Strong

Start your weekend off with an exciting pre-event intensive class held just before the rest of the festival gets going.


All classes begin at 3 pm on Friday, September 10, 2021 and end at 5 pm.


Class size is limited and a separate registration fee is required.


2021 Intensive Classes


TLC for Beginners with Jay Best & Holly Foy

In this special workshop designed for beginners, we'll take a gentle approach to how to be musicians, with emphasis on skills that will help you get more out of the weekend. We'll particularly look at how to learn tunes by ear, how to jam, and how to play well with other musicians.

For all instruments, beginner to advanced beginner level.


Problem Solving for Guitar with Henry Koretzky

This workshop will cover the many possibilities of the guitar: chords, melody, rhythm, slides, hammer-ons, tone, picking and fretting hand technique, and much more.  Come prepared with questions about whatever you're curious about and/or struggling with on guitar.

For intermediate and advanced level guitarists.


Fiddle Techniques with Simple Gifts

We'll look at right arm and left hand techniques for getting a good tone, varying your sound, and playing ornaments in various styles. You'll learn bowing patterns that will give your fiddling a more fiddly sound, and we'll work on playing chords and rhythm to accompany other instruments.

For intermediate and advanced level fiddlers.


Old Time Banjo with Brett Ridgeway

We'll review the frailing stroke, explore drop-thumb styles, with special focus on double and triple thumbing. Learn to accompany traditional dance tunes and songs and pick out melodies and solos.

For all levels beyond beginner.


All Things Mandolin with Russ Rentler

We'll cover left hand exercises to improve speed and flexibility; basic right hand techniques including pick holding and tremolo; and using double stops and drones to flesh out your playing. If there's time and interest, we'll look into alternate tunings and how to play a blues progression.

For all levels beyond beginner.


Autoharp Beyond the Basics with Larry Mutti

In this autoharp intensive we’ll explore options for both strumming and chording hand technique, as well as choosing and adapting tunes to suit your autoharp and your voice. Participants should come with a good familiarity with the chord bar layout on their own 'harp, and with a favorite tune in mind that we might play together.

For all levels beyond beginner.


Singing with Gayla & Gene Mills

Singing is the most natural thing in the world, but no matter how well you sing, you can improve with attention and practice. We’ll discuss how to listen, breathe, sing in tune, craft your phrasing, use your voices as a rhythm instrument, find the right songs, and care for your voice. And we’ll sing!

For all levels.










Simple Gifts








Two woman, lots of instruments, with the sound of the world in their hearts.


2022 Faculty TBD


Henry Koretzky



Contact us: (814) 643-6220 •