Dear Old Dad has posted the working draft of the workshop schedule for the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat.
It is not complete, but it will give you an idea of the volume of activity and number of workshops at the Retreat.
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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
- Hammered dulcimer workshop/demonstration
- Native American basket weaving ($10.00 for materials)
- Lap dulcimer
- Songwriting and singing
- Guitar tricks
- The host of Saturday Open Mic
- Early (minstrel) Banjo
- Mountain Dulcimer
- Banjo set up and building tips
- The host of the Banjo Building Round Table Discussion
Joe and Rosa Hopkins:
- Gospel singing
- General joy!
- 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
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
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 http://www.marylandfolk.com and/or by calling (410) 968-3873.
Retreat flyer – full page
Retreat Flyer – half page
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.