Folk College 2014
Old Time Guru
The Hot Seats
Sizzling String Band
Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme of Genticorum
Middle Eastern Master
And Your Hosts
Folk College: May 22-24, 2015
• A fun & friendly weekend of playing & hearing folk music!
• Warm, welcoming, fun, music-filled!
• Pick up an instrument and rekindle your love of music
• Plenty to do for musicians of all levels
• For non-musicians: listen, learn, or experiment with folk music
• Held on a small college campus in Huntingdon, PA nestled in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains of Central Pennsylvania.
• 3 concerts, 68 workshops, 2 coaching sessions, jamming, singing, and dancing.
A Truly Special Weekend
Folk College was founded to help more people learn to play music together! It is a non-competitive environment where you can kindle—or rekindle—your love of playing through folk music. Each year the staff includes nationally known musicians and wonderful teachers from a broad spectrum of folk styles. Within one weekend, you’ll have a choice of workshops ranging from old time to Celtic to blues to international, and you’ll get to sing, dance, play, and listen.
Easy to Participate
Many workshops, with subjects like “Learning to Jam,” “Tunes that are Cooler Than They are Hard,” and are designed to encourage musicians who have been “stuck in their living room,” haven't picked up their instrument since high school, or maybe just wanted to play an instrument but never dared!
Folk Bands: Coached by Pros
Culminating the weekend’s activities is the Folk Band Concert. You’ll choose from an eclectic list of folk band options (or make up your own) and be coached by faculty members. Most participants agree that this event is what makes the Folk College experience unique—certainly the audience of your peers is one of the most appreciative you'll ever have!
Full of Gems for All Levels
There's plenty of interest for the intermediate and advanced musician: Folk College participants return year after year and many are teachers and performers in their own right. Whether you explore a new style, take home a new concept, or jam with an erhu, musicians of all levels will discover many gems at Folk College.
Concerts, Jamming, Dancing!
In other words, all the things you'd expect at a gathering of musicians! Each evening features a staff concert followed by staff-led jam sessions. Saturday after the concert, there’s a contra dance with an open band. And the finale on Sunday is the student Folk Band Concert – so you’ll go home with a warm, fuzzy feeling.
So go ahead and browse these pages and our Facebook group. You'll get a sense of how people feel about Folk College, and you'll understand why they keep coming back. Why don't you join us?
Professional development will be offered for school teachers, including Act 48 credit for Pennsylvania teachers.
And If You Love Folk College
You may want to mark your calendar for:
September 11-13, 2015
Join us for a weekend of music workshops, jamming, concerts and dancing at Greenwood Furnace State Park in Central Pennsylvania.
The Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, now in its 12th year, will be held September 11-13, 2015. Musicians of all levels as well as non-musicians who wish to listen or experiment, or pick up a dance step or two, are invited to participate in workshops designed and led by professional instructors. Saturday evening’s highlight will be a concert with Simple Gifts followed by a contradance.
Each year we honor a Pennsylvania Heritage Musician to celebrate their contribution to the musical heritage of our area.
“Six years ago, Folk College completely rekindled my enthusiasm for music. Since then, I haven't missed a year, and I can't tell you how many tunes and songs I've learned, jams and classes I've participated in, and friends I've made.” Gordon Bonnet
“It's rare I get to combine the ultimate in self indulgence with such a sense of community, but at Folk College we are all students of the music and dance we love, sharing what we know and exploring new horizons. Life does not get much better.” Catherine Grigor
“Folk College was one of the most memorable and rewarding weekends of my life.”
“I look forward to Folk College each year like a child looking forward to Christmas. It's music heaven!”
“It gets better each year. Making music together in a welcoming, encouraging environment — what could be better? I've learned so much, in the workshops, in the jams, at lunch, everywhere!”
“I've been involved in various music camps, workshops, and conferences over the years, and none go as smoothly and with such a warm, loving sense of community as Folk College.”