2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat Updates

If you plan on attending Patrick’s session on banjo with harmonica be sure to have a rack and a G harp with you. I will have some available for those who wish to purchase there.

Also, this year we have a chaplain. Rick MacArthur, a banjo picking retired pastor from Colorado has agreed to serve. He will conduct a non-denominational service on Sunday morning before breakfast at the fire ring just outside the center. All are welcome.

Joe and Rosa Hopkins will host a gospel sing/play along immediately after breakfast in the dining hall. Somebody say Amen!

Call me at 410-968-3873 for details.

Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad)

Workshops at the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!

Here is a list of the workshops currently scheduled for The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat.

Feel free to suggest a topic or volunteer to share something.
Times will be posted at the retreat.


  • Banjo and harp
  • Frailing the blues and slide
  • Frailing bluegrass
  • Banjo meditation
  • Playing and singing
  • Photography walk with Patrick

Dear Old Dad:

  • One on one sessions with folks who need a bit of help

Rich Carty:

  • Hammered dulcimer workshop/demonstration

Mary Carty:

  • Native American basket weaving ($10.00 for materials)
  • Lap dulcimer

Sarah Baxter:

  • Fiddle

Pete Glaze:

  • Songwriting and singing
  • Guitar tricks
  • The host of Saturday Open Mic

Jared Denhard:

  • Early (minstrel) Banjo
  • Mountain Dulcimer
  • Ukulele

Lowell Jacobs:

  • Banjo set up and building tips
  • The host of the Banjo Building Round Table Discussion

Joe and Rosa Hopkins:

  • Gospel singing
  • General joy!

Diana Wagner:

  • Jumping into a jam sessionThe host of
  • Friday Evening Hootenanny
  • Lots of folk music stuff

Guy and Karen Stinson:

  • Country oldies on guitar and banjo

Minstrel Banjo at the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat

The 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat will feature a minstrel banjo workshop hosted by Jared Denhard.

Jared sent us this note with a description of the workshop:

Hi Pat-
The Early Banjo Workshop would be an Introduction to stroke style,
discussing similarities and differences from frailing, with
minstrel tuning adapted to modern banjo (gCGBD)
Basic movements from “Briggs Banjo Instructor” (Juba)
2 or 3 easy tunes from early banjo repertoire. (Briggs Corn Shucking Jig, Camptown Hornpipe, Boston Jig)

This looks like a lot of fun! I can’t wait to make music with everybody! Register today at marylandfolk.com or call (410) 968-3873.

Hanging On in a Jam Session

Our friend Diana Wagner will be hosting workshops and jam sessions at the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat. If lack of jamming experience has anybody nervous about attending, this workshop is right up your alley!

Hanging On in a Jam Session
Diana Wagner

Workshop description:
Do you ever position yourself in a jam session so you can watch the guitar player across from you? Do you watch people play with ease in a jam and say, “I wish I could do that!”? Do you wonder how everyone seems to know which chord comes next? This workshop is for beginners who want to keep up in a jam session. Participants will gently learn a little music theory and be playing by ear by the end of the session. Strummers and melody players are both welcome. This workshop will give you a toolbox you can use all weekend!

The 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat is happening on the weekend of June 1-3. Learn more at http://www.marylandfolk.com or call (410) 968-3873.