Fall Newsletter 2018 – Coming Next Summer

Dates for the 2019 workshops:

Mando & Banjo Week, June 30-July 6
Fiddle Week, June 30-July 6
Traditional Song Week, July 7-13
Celtic Week, July 14-20
Old-Time Music & Dance Week, July 21-27
Contemporary Folk Week, July 28- August 3
Guitar Week, July 28- August 3

We have several big news items for next year starting with a re-ordering of our programs.

• For 2019, Mando & Banjo and Fiddle move from Week 5 to our Week 1 slot, and all the other programs shift down a week in the schedule, back to the calendar weeks they occupied prior to last year.

• After 23 years at the helm, our Master Music Maker and multiple Grammy-winner Al Petteway has stepped down as Guitar Week Coordinator, and long-time Guitar Week staffer Greg Ruby has taken over Al’s duties. We thank Al for all he has done for the Gathering and hope to see him around for many summers to come.

• After stepping in on short notice to organize our office last spring and shepherd us through the summer workshops, Acting Operations Manager Rebecca Bond has decided go back to her role as Housing Coordinator, and we’re very pleased to announce that our new Operations Manager is veteran Gathering attendee and volunteer Puck Askew, who is already familiar with our programs and many of you and should be a great fit for us.

• Our new academic building came online just in time for last summer’s programs and has now been christened Myron Boon Hall. We look forward to putting Boon to good use each summer.

• After 27 years, we have had to discontinue our shuttle service to and from the Asheville airport. Visit the Asheville (AVL) airport’s website for other ground transportation options.

• We are having a new, integrated database/website built for us that should streamline and automate many of our processes. It should be ready and in place by the time you read this.

We will again offer a full Children’s Program during our Traditional Song, Celtic and Old-Time Weeks. For those families bringing small children, we will continue to provide evening childcare during those weeks at no additional cost.

The Swannanoa Gathering is structured around what we call an ‘open format’, which allows students to create their own curriculum and take as many classes as there are periods in the day. We require that students register for specific classes, but allow them to switch after the first day into another, open class if they find they have made an inappropriate choice. After this ‘settling-in’ period, we expect that students will remain in those classes, and we discourage drop- ping in and out of classes during the week. This structure allows students considerable flexibility, and is an essential element of our program’s character and appeal. Many of our classes may include musical notation or tablature, though in general, we emphasize learning by ear.

Classes generally have a maximum of 15 students. Some may have more or less than this figure due to the nature of the subject or the discretion of the instructor, and limits for each class will be indicated in our catalog. Several of the 2018 workshops filled up early last year and we expect that trend to continue as more of our programs approach their limits, and although our schedule of classes is not currently complete, pre-registrations from this newsletter  are  strongly  encouraged. While it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get all the classes you want, pre-registration definitely gives you the best chance at doing so. Folks may register with a tuition deposit of $100 and may reserve housing without a deposit. The deadline for pre-registration is Feb. 8. Pre-registrants will be sent a class schedule as soon as it is ready and given priority in class assignments. Full  payment  is  required  by  May  31  to  guarantee a space. After that date, class reservations will be unconfirmed until we receive the balance. If we are holding a space for a student in a class that is full, and their balance is unpaid after May 31, we may release that space to another student.

At present,we are completing our staff selections for next year, but many of our instructors have already confirmed. The online version of this newsletter will be continually updated with the most current staff roster.


Here’s a peek at the 2019 lineup…

Fiddle Week, June 30-July 6

Moves back to our Week 1 slot where it first began, and will explore such fiddle styles as bluegrass, old-time, progressive, swing, blues/improv, Irish, Brazilian and more and will continue its integration with several features of Mando & Banjo Week. Coordinator Julia Weatherford’s staff currently includes our Master Music Maker and improv wildman Joe Craven, legendary swing fiddler Andy Stein, Irish fiddling great Liz Knowles, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes of the bluegrass band Nine Mile, Old-Time Week Coordinator Erynn Marshall, Andrew Finn Magill on Brazilian choro, Scottish fiddler Laura Risk, and progressive fiddler Alex Hargreaves. The program also includes the multi- talented Josh Goforth, bassist Kevin Kehrberg, gypsy jazz guitarist Greg Ruby and Nora Garver teaching beginning fiddlers.


Mando & Banjo Week, June 30-July 6

Features classes in blue- grass, old-time, Celtic, swing/jazz, newgrass & more for both instruments as well as a few classes in guitar accompaniment. The program continues to be integrated with Fiddle Week through common jams and Band Sessions that encourage players in both programs to form bands that will work up a few tunes throughout the week. Mike Marshall heads up the mandolin staff, which also includes bluegrass greats John Reischman and Alan Bibey, progressive mandolinist Matt Flinner, swing mandolinist Don Stiernberg, classical master Caterina Lichtenberg, blues player Steve James, choro & jazz mandolinist Tim Connell, guitarist Ed Dodson, Mandolin for Dummies author Don Julin and David Surette doing double duty on Irish mandolin/tenor banjo and guitar. Tony Trischka and Bill Evans will be instructing the bluegrass banjo players, and old-time pickers Paul Brown and Terri McMurray will teach clawhammer-style banjo. Next year we will again feature a Luthier’s Exhibit with several of the country’s best builders. Lynn Dudenbostel will once again be onhand to offer repair services.


Traditional Song Week, July 7-13

Promotes a wide variety of traditional singing styles. For next year, Coordinator Julee Glaub Weems’ program welcomes CMA, ACM and Grammy Award-winning singer Suzy Bogguss, the ‘freedom songs’ of Reggie Harris, Irish vocalist Nuala Kennedy, gospel choir leader Kathy Bullock, Master Music Maker and host of NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock Fiona Ritchie, multi-talented Appalachian musician Josh Goforth, Riders in the Sky’s Ranger Doug, folk songwriter Joe Newberry, Karl Scully from the Four Irish Tenors, Appalachian ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, Nashville guitarist Tim May, old-time country musician Mark Weems, Sing Out! Radio founder Matt Watroba and guest artists Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Scottish singer Ed Miller, and old-time musician Carl Jones.


Celtic Week, July 14-20

Welcomes new staff members mandolinist Dave Cory and whistle player Shannon Heaton, and features the return of Scottish fiddlers Alasdair White and Mari Black, storyteller Máirtín de Cógáin, guitarist Owen Marshall, singer Dave Curley and bodhran player Anna Colliton. They join fiddlers Liz Carroll, Katie McNally, Caitlin WarbelowColin Farrell and Liz Knowles, Irish guitarist and singer John Doyle, Lúnasa’s Colin Farrell, Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford, guitarist Eamon O’Leary, Irish singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy, Celtic Week Host John Skelton, ballad singer Len Graham, harper/concertina player Gráinne Hambly, piper Kieran O’Hare, harper Billy Jackson, sean nós dancer Siobhan Butler, Scottish singer Ed Miller, fret wizard Robin Bullock and more. Back after a brief hiatus are fiddler Rose Flanagan and accordionist John Whelan.


Old-Time Music & Dance Week, July 21-27

Is one of the Gathering’s original programs and its oldest. Coordinator Erynn Marshall has lined up another great staff, featuring Brad Leftwich, Bruce Molsky, Carl Jones, Paul Brown, Travis Stuart, Kay Justice, Linda Higginbotham, Sam Bartlett, Abby Ladin, Rachel Eddy, Ben Nelson, Ron Pen, Ellie Grace, Don Pedi, Greg & Jere Canote, Kari Sickenberger, Vollie McKenzie, John Holland- sworth, Tatiana Hargreaves, John Herrmann, Gordy Hinners, Evie LadinSheila Kay Adams, Meredith McIntosh, and Master Music Maker Phil Jamison. Guest Master Artists include Bruce Greene, Thomas Maupin, Daniel Rothwell and more. Classes will include fiddle, claw- hammer banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, clogging, square dance, dance calling, southern harmony singing, string band, shaped-note singing and more.


Contemporary Folk Week, July 28- August 3

Offers an inspiring week of artist development for all acoustic perform- ers. Classes include song- writing, performance, vocal coaching and more, taught by an outstanding lineup of seasoned professionals passionate about their art and equally passionate about inspiring others to develop their own unique gifts. Next year we welcome back Grammy-winners Kathy Mattea and Tom Paxton, singer/songwriters John Gorka, Nora Jane Struthers, Peter Mulvey, and Master Music Maker and creative dynamo Joe Craven. We’ll also have on hand veteran staff Jon Vezner, Don Henry, Ellis Paul, Amy Speace and Vance Gilbert. New this year, ex-Solas vocalist Moira Smiley joins Camela Widad on the vocal coaching staff and Asheville’s own David Wilcox joins the songwriting staff. Kim Richardson returns as Contemporary Folk Week Host.


Guitar Week, July 28- August 3

Offers classes in fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar in a wide variety of styles, as well as ukulele. New Coordinator Greg Ruby has continued retiring Al Petteway’s tradition of excellence by adding newcomers Grant Gordy, longtime guitarist with the David Grisman Quintet, fingerstyle champ Christie Lenée and world music guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto. We welcome back fingerstylists Clive Carroll, Jamie Stillway, Steve Baughman and blues players Steve James, Del Rey, and Scott Ainslie, Celtic guitarists Robin Bullock and Tony McManus, jazz guitarist Sean McGowan, bluegrass player Ed Dodson and per- cussive fingerstylist Vicki Genfan. Patrick Landeza returns to teach Hawaiian slack-key guitar and uku- lele and orchestrate the end-of-week luau. Guitar tech Randy Hughes will offer maintenance tips, and this year’s Luthier’s Exhibit will feature the guitars of master luthiers John Slobod (www.circaguitars.com), Tom Doerr (www.doerrguitars.com), Jonathan Razo (www.razoguitar.com) and Tyler Robbins (www.robbinsacoustics.com), as well as a selection of amazing instruments from the inventory of Dream Guitars located in nearby Weaverville, NC.