CFHeading Contemporary Folk Week - July 30-August 5, 2017

Contemporary Folk Weekexpands this year with two more instructors and more classes in songwriting and performance than ever taught by a world-class staff, headed up by folk legends Tom Paxton, our first Master Music Maker, country star Kathy Mattea, and the incomparable Janis Ian. This year, we welcome new staff members Tift Merritt, Joshua Davis and vocal coach Camela Widad, and we welcome back the irrepressible Vance Gilbert. They join Grammy-winners Jon Vezner, and Don Henry, folk stalwarts Ellis Paul, Cliff Eberhardt and Amy Speace, vocal coach Siobhan Quinn and music theory guru Ray Chesna.

Drawing on tradition and innovation, our instructors bring a world of practical and imaginative experience to help you create and perform the music that makes your heart sing. 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 that guitar out in front of others, we’re here to help, and our foundations are support, fun, and community. Our top-notch staff, knowledgeable in the various aspects of both the art and business of contemporary acoustic music, 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, all doing our utmost to ensure that you go home energized and empowered to make the most of your music.

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 note, however, that the Contemporary Folk Week 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.