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

Maryland Folk Retreat Instructors

Dear Old Dad here with a link to the Folk Musicians’ Retreat instructor page.
Workshops on fiddle, songwriting, dulcimer, ukulele, banjo and more.

I am really looking forward to Jared’s early banjo class. He also teaches dulcimer and ukulele. A great instructor.

Diana will host a workshop to help folks get comfortable in a jam (a lot of requests for this one). She will also lead a hootenanny on Friday evening in the dining room.

Guy and Karen will help out with country singing and jamming.
Believe me, Guy is a country music jukebox.

Joe and Rosa will lead a gospel sing-along/jam. You’ll love these folks.

Sarah is a brilliant musician and a gifted teacher. Your fiddle will thank you for spending time with her.

Pete will host workshops in songwriting and singing. You’ll love his creative and entertaining style. I hope that he will again host our Saturday evening open mike.

Lowell will be on hand to answer questions about your banjo, instrument building and woodcarving. He will also have some of his favorite builds on display.

Patrick and I will be doing our thing in groups and one on one as needed.

Call me if you have an idea for a workshop

The 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat

My father and I have been hosting retreats on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for over ten years.

We first hosted the gatherings down the street from where we live in Crisfield Maryland. We loved having the event close to home, but the location was not ideal. We looked around a bit and found an amazing place for the event in Centreville, Maryland.

The Centreville location is a million times more comfortable than Crisfield. In fact, it is so comfortable that we are expanding the event for the 2018 Retreat!

The 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat offers several levels of accommodation. The Riverside Retreat Center, Faith House and camping.

The Riverside Retreat Center is downright luxurious. Hotel-style rooms with big comfortable beds. Rooms are double occupancy with private bathrooms. Linens and towels are provided.

The Riverside Retreat Center also has sunrooms with 24-hour beverage service. You room is only steps away from the workshop rooms and the dining room.

Lodging at the Riverside Retreat Center also includes chef-prepared meals. The food is wonderful. We can accommodate most dietary needs.

Dear Old Dad and I will be the first to admit that the Riverside Retreat Center is a bit expensive. Faith House is a more affordable alternative. Faith House offers informal dormitory-style housing with bunk beds. There are separate bath & shower facilities and a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. There is plenty of space to jam and you are a short walk from the workshops.

Another alternative is the campground. Bring your family, set up your tent and make yourself at home. Camping is close to the Retreat Center, so you won’t miss out on any of the fun. Bath facilities are nearby.

If you are staying at Faith House or camping you have the option of purchasing a ticket for meals in the dining room.

All accommodations include access to every jam and workshop.

We recruit instructors who are passionate about teaching. This event is about the music you make. Nobody will talk down to you or be condescending. This is not a banjo camp. There are no celebrities. This is a musician’s retreat. We are gathering together in fellowship to make music in a beautiful setting.

People contact us saying they feel that they are not playing at a high enough level to take part. I always tell them to stop worrying and come to the Retreat. If you have never been to a jam session the Retreat is a great place to start. If you have been playing for years you will find something to challenge and inspire you.

The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat. A wonderful weekend of music and fellowship accessible to all skill levels and budgets. Register today at http:/ or call (410) 968-3873. We can’t wait to make music with you!

2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat

Help us spread the word about the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!

Download and print out these full page and half page flyers and hand it out at jam sessions and other musical gatherings.

The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat features workshops with skilled and compassionate instructors. There is ample time for jamming, socializing or just taking some time to be by yourself in a beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world.

You can learn more about the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat at and/or by calling (410) 968-3873.

Retreat flyer – full page
Retreat Flyer – half page

2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat fler

Where I Come From

A very long time ago I saw my grandmother throwing out some old cabinet photographs. When I asked her about them she barked at me to mind my own business.

Me being me, I scooped the pictures out of the trash and took them to my grandfather. He didn’t want to talk about them at first, but after I pestered him for a bit he said that these are pictures of my great-great uncle James C Welch and performers from the Emmett Welch Minstrels.

I tried to get more information, but my grandmother wouldn’t talk about it, and my grandfather only knew a little.

The Emmett Welch Minstrels were legendary in Philadelphia and New Jersey as blackface performers, but the dancers in my pictures are all African American. I wish I knew more, but it is cool to have this little window to where I come from.