Contemporary Folk Week - July 27-August 2, 2014
Contemporary Folk Week celebrates this 23rd Gathering with another group of great artist/instructors offering a wide variety of classes designed to put music back where it belongs – in your hands. Whether you’re trying out material at a local ‘open mike’, a performer with some experience, a working musician looking for some help in reaching your next goal, or someone who would simply like to feel more confident pulling your guitar out at a gathering, we’re here to help, and you’ll have more fun and inspiration than you can imagine in the process. Our top-notch staff of experienced professionals, knowledgeable in the various aspects of both the art and business of the contemporary folk world can help you achieve your goals. In addition, our limited enrollment and small campus encourage community-building at its best – frequent and informal interaction between students and staff with whom you’ll have much to share, all doing our utmost to ensure that you go home energized and empowered to make the most of your music.
We are pleased to welcome first-time Gathering instructors Jim Lauderdale, Don Henry, Amy Malkoff and Amy Speace, along with a number of your (and our) favorites from previous years, including Kathy Mattea and Jon Vezner. Choose from a wide variety of songwriting, performance, vocal and creativity classes which all stress supportive interaction among staff and students and individual attention to students’ needs. Each day’s schedule will address both artistic and commercial questions and concerns, while also providing time for sharing music on an informal basis, and social activities will include open mikes, concerts, song circles, special events, and spontaneous music-making. Contemporary Folk Week runs concurrently with Guitar Week using the same schedule, so it’s easy to take classes in either program. Please do note, however, that the open mikes are open only to those who have declared themselves to be Contemporary Folk Week students and are taking at least two classes in the Contemporary Folk Week program.