October 15-18, 2015

Banjo I
Terri McMurray

We’ll explore the basics of good banjo playing in the clawhammer technique through the repertoire of the famed Round Peak Mountain section of Surry County, North Carolina.  You’ll learn tunes, and gain insights into good timing and style and how to achieve them. 

Class Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Terri McMurray started playing banjo, guitar and banjo uke as a youngster.  She won the Galax, Virginia banjo contest in 1982, co-founded the Old Hollow String Band with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin, and went on to play with the Toast String Stretchers and Mostly Mountain Boys.  Terri studied banjo with famed Round Peak musician Tommy Jarrell, and has taught nationwide at camps and festivals since the 1980s. 


Banjo II
Carl Jones

In this class, we will focus on the claw-hammer style of banjo and learn some great tunes along the way. We will hone our right and left hand techniques with exercise and a nice dose of music theory stirred in for maximum "up the neck" comfort and fun. This will also help make more intricate tunes easier to play. Our goal will be to add to our repertoire and boost our banjo skills in a relaxed, cheerful setting.

Class Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Carl Jones is a respected American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Originally born in Macon, Georgia, Carl presently lives in Galax, Virginia. He is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original songs about the joys and tribulations of day-to-day life in the South. Carl's songs have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice, and others. In the 1980's, he played mandolin with James Bryan, Norman and Nancy Blake as part of the Rising Fawn String Ensemble. Carl currently has an Old Time mandolin DVD to his credit and many CDs as well. The latest recording features a collection of all original songs and tunes titled Traveling Star. He is widely respected for his fine musicianship on many stringed instruments and is a popular teacher at music camps all over North America and Europe. Carl performs regularly with fiddler Erynn Marshall and with the Bow Benders. For more information, visit his website at www.dittyville.com.


Basket Making: Weaving an Authentic Appalachian White Oak Egg Basket
Sue Williams

This class will teach weaving an oak basket.  Students will scrape, trim and size weavers as they weave the basket.  Due to time constraints, the basket rims, ribs, ties, and initial weaving will be set up so the student will be ready to weave.   Each student should finish a 7-inch White Oak Egg Basket.   A slide show showing a standing White Oak Tree including break down of each step required until the basket is finished will be shown.  An example set of baskets made up in stages to show how the basket goes together will be available for student viewing.  

Class Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Sue Williams has been making baskets for over 40 years and White Oak Baskets 30 years.  She has won best of show as well as grand champion at such places as the Tennessee State Fair and the Cannon County White Oak Fair.  She has been teaching White Oak Basketry at the University of Tennessee Clyde York 4 H Training Center first as an apprentice teacher and for the past 10 years as master teacher.  She has taught at the Cannon County Arts Center as well private classes in several other venues. 


Fiddle I
Paul Brown

This class is full and we are no longer accepting students. If you wish to be added to a wait list for this class, contact Sarah Nee at folkschool@campmcdowell.com. We'll explore the basics of playing Old Time fiddle: keeping time, tuning, making notes, drawing the bow and understanding melody. We'll also consider repertoire and styles of Old Time fiddling through listening, singing, whistling, demonstration and discussion, since listening to and thinking about music are two profoundly important activities in becoming a good player. Our goal in this fun class is for you to leave with a toolbox and skill set that will prove useful for many years to come. It will benefit you to listen to as much Old Time and Bluegrass fiddle music as possible before you arrive.

Class Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Paul Brown learned his first songs and tunes from his mother, who learned them herself from adults in central Virginia when she was a child. He’s won numerous first-place banjo prizes in contests throughout the south, and has been teaching at camps and festivals since the 1970s.  He’s a respected recording producer. He played and studied for years with iconic fiddlers and banjoists including Benton Flippen, Robert Sykes, Luther Davis, Fields Ward and Tommy Jarrell. 


Fiddle II
Erynn Marshall

This class is full and we are no longer accepting students. If you wish to be added to a wait list for this class, contact Sarah Nee at folkschool@campmcdowell.com. This class will be an introduction to Old Time fiddling and we will learn some beautiful tunes from West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Alabama. The focus will be on learning by ear, bowing patterns, left hand ornamentation, and exploring nuances that make southern fiddling different from other styles. Secrets to great tone and playing with ease will be revealed.

Class Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Erynn Marshall has carved out a niche for herself as an old-time fiddler in North America and abroad. She has played for thirty-five years, performed and taught at many music camps in the US, Canada and England and learned old-time music from visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers and singers. She has authored the book, Music in the Air Somewhere (on West Virginia fiddle and song traditions), filmed an instructional DVD and recorded four CDs: Calico, Meet Me in the Music, Shout Monah (Haints) and Tune Tramp which features 45 traditional musicians from across North America. Erynn has won many awards including a prestigious first place in fiddle at "Clifftop," (The Appalachian Stringband Festival), in West Virginia and was the first woman and person from outside the US to do so. Erynn teaches and performs often with husband Carl Jones or the Bowbenders - an old-time stringband featuring Erynn, Carl, Kenny Jackson and Bobb Head. For more information, visit her website at www.hickoryjack.com 


Guitar I
Joyce Cauthen

The goal of this class is to become great at backing up Old-time lead instruments and playing in jam sessions.  We’ll work on confidently playing boom-chuck strums with alternating bass notes and a few basic guitar runs, using a flat pick.  We’ll also work on figuring out a tune’s chords by ear rather than from chord charts. Mainly we will all develop our skills by having fun playing lots of tunes with our class fiddler, Jim Cauthen.

Class Level: Intermediate

Joyce Cauthen learned to play guitar (as an adult) in order to back up the fiddling of her husband, Jim. Throughout the past 25 years she has performed with two old-time string bands, the Red Mountain White Trash and Flying Jenny, and her playing can be heard on 6 CDs produced by those groups.  She has taught guitar at the Alabama Folk School and the Augusta Heritage Center. 


Guitar II
Hilary Dirlam

This class is full and we are no longer accepting students. If you wish to be added to a wait list for this class, contact Sarah Nee at folkschool@campmcdowell.com. If you're looking for ways to add drive and interest to your guitar backup, whether it's for traditional songs or Old Time Tunes, you'll find what you need in this class. The emphasis will be on bass runs, but you'll learn other ways to add pizzazz to your back-up style. These might include chord shapes up the neck, partial chords and using a capo to "color" a tune. There might be a bit of music theory, including the dreaded circle of fifths, but this will mostly be a hands-on class and you'll have a chance to practice what you're learning since we'll have a melody player on call. If you have specific questions, they'll be addressed and specific tunes and songs will be welcome.

Class Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Inspired by the Folk Revival and Pet Seefer, Hilary Dirlam got her first guitar when she was 14 years old. She has gone on to perform, teach and record on this instrument with the likes of The Arm and Hammer String Band (in the 1970s), Old Time fiddlers Gordon Freeman, Jerry Luncy, Bruce Greene, Alice Gerrard, Mary Gordon and many others. To find out more about Hilary, visit her website at www.hilarydirlam.com.


Mandolin I
Pat Shields

Students will learn the basic keys, picking techniques and chording while learning a simple old time repertoire of common tunes. The tunes will teach you what you need. I'm there to get you over the rough spots. It ain't that hard y'all. I've done this before!

Class Level: Beginner

Pat  Shields is a tune player. He enjoys playing tunes with others. He conforms to the "take one, teach one" method. Learn a tune; pass it on. He enjoys watching the lights come on when someone begins to "get it", and he lives the sigh of relief and satisfaction of a tune learned. Pat has been an Artist in Residence in West Virginia and Florida and has taught mandolin and guitar at workshops and schools around the United States and Australia.


Mandolin II
Sam Bartlett

This class will zero in on the quality that really distinguishes the mandolinist: rhythm. Through the lens of traditional and composed  old-time tunes we will unlock the techniques and practices that   make  your mandolin melodic and metronomic. We will explore the essentials of the picking hand, tremolo and ornamentation and get inside the two and three finger chords that make the mando fun. This will be a fun and funny class. Be prepared to learn by ear, sing along with your instrument (no matter how badly!), and kiss bad habits goodbye. Bring a recording device, an assortment of picks, and a change of clothes.

Class Level: Intermediate

Sam Bartlett noodled on his grandmother’s mandolin at an early age, but did not start learning the instrument until he saw one played at a square dance when he was 16. He has studied mandolin with Tiny Moore and Peter Ostroushko, and pursued the instrument mostly as a dance musician for the past 36 years. Sam has recorded and performed with a huge assortment of old-time musicians over the years, among them: Jeff Goehring, Pete Sutherland, Garry Harrison, Dirk Powell, Paul Brown, and Brad Leftwich. His playing has been featured in two Ken Burns documentaries, and his original music has been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered.


Old Time Repertoire
Mick Kinney

This class is full and we are no longer accepting students. If you wish to be added to a wait list for this class, contact Sarah Nee at folkschool@campmcdowell.com. More than an instrumental class, here's a journey through the many forms of Old Time music. We will be covering versions of favorites as well as obscure pieces in several keys, tunings, and modes. In addition to fiddle tunes, there will be a few songs and novelty numbers to round out your collection. All material will be demonstrated slowly with attention to detail, gradually moving towards playing together at full, natural tempo. This is a multilevel course open to both melody and back-up instruments.

Class Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Mick Kinney has played a variety of guitar for old time fiddlers, singer- songwriters, Contra, Cajun, or Swing dances, documentaries, and commercial soundtracks.  A teaching veteran of  Swannanoa Gathering, Mars Hill, and John C. Campbell Folk School, he is recipient of Georgia Arts and Humanities grants, and the Anita Mathis Award for traditional music education.


Storytelling: How About a Story, Morning Glory?
Elizabeth Vander Kamp

We are made of stories. They weave themselves into who we are and who we are becoming. In this class, we will mine the riches of our memories, experiences, and imaginations to create stories for telling. We will also tap into the greatest gift of storytelling: listening! Through sharing stories, creative writing prompts, improvisation, and active listening, students will craft stories for telling. We will also explore oral history gathering. What stories around us have not been told? Who might we approach with the question, “Could you tell me about the time you ____?”By the weekend’s end, each participant will have a least one story to tell and one story to harvest. 

Class Level: Beginner to Advanced

Elizabeth Vander Kamp has been telling stories since she forgot her homework in the 3rd grade. This led her to the stage of NYC and writing two solo performance pieces. One of the solo works, “The Babe's Back", chronicles the life story of the 20th Century's Greatest Female Athlete, Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Elizabeth toured the United States telling Babe’s tale in over 300 performances. Currently, she works as an Artist in Residence through UAB’s Institute for Arts in Medicine and is a teaching artist through ArtCare. Elizabeth also has a standing engagement in her daughters' bedroom where she tells stories every night. 


Mini Classes

(available during the afternoon to any and all)

Band Lab, Jim Holland

Bass, Kathy Hinkle

Harmonica, Jamie Finley

Ukulele, Charlie Hartness

Singing, Ann Whitley