Begin your weekend with an intensive workshop that will energize and prep you for what is sure to be a memorable and fun few days. Each class offers an opportunity to spend a three-hour block of time with a respected master teacher exploring a topic in depth. Class size is limited and a separate registration is required.



Intensive Class Cost & Registration Information

• Intensive Classes are from 10am – 1pm Friday, May 26

Separate registration and fee required

• Class size is limited – reserve your spot early!

• Registration fee: $65, includes lunch immediately following (OR $125 for an Intensive Class only WITHOUT a Folk College registration)




Choice of  Intensive Classes:

Taught by Jay Best & Henry Koretzky (Level 1-2, IS)

In this special workshop designed for beginners and advanced beginners of all instruments, we'll address basic folk music skills that will help you get the most out of the weekend. We'll particularly look at how to learn tunes by ear, how to jam, how to play backup, how to play melody, and how to play well with other musicians.


Taught by Lucy, Margot, and Shane of Buffalo Rose (Level 1-5, S)

Meet the songwriters of the acclaimed Buffalo Rose band, and learn the ins and outs of songwriting from them. This will be a session of illuminating instruction and fun!


Taught by Benedict & Valerie Turner (Level 2-5)

This workshop will introduce a wide variety of roots percussion instruments and techniques: washboard, bones, hambone, and shakers, as well as tips for keeping your percussion playing rhythmic and interesting. Bring any of your own percussion instruments, and there will also be plenty available for you to use during the workshop.


Taught by Byrce Rabideau of Buffalo Rose (Level 2-5)

The mandolin is a wonderful little instrument that can do so much with melody, rhythm, and backup. We'll look at some common problems and pitfalls and learn approaches to make your playing shine.


Taught by Jeff Berman of Appalasia (Level 2-5)

The many possibilities of the mountain dulcimer are part of the beauty of this extraordinary Appalachian instrument. We'll look at right and left hand techniques that will allow your playing to have a better flow and bring more variation of expression into your musical vocabulary. We'll especially look at rhythm, exploring different approaches to phrasing, timing, articulation, and expression.


Taught by Sparrow Smith of Resonant Rogues (Level 3-5)

In this class, Sparrow will share tips and techniques for getting the most out of your piano accordion. The direction of the class will be driven by student interest, so bring your questions.


Taught by Keith Josiah Smith of Resonant Rogues (Level 3-5)

Tips and techniques for getting the most out of your guitar playing, including left-hand techniques to make your playing more fluid, approaches to chord playing, and a solid look at rhythm, phrasing, timing, and expression.


Taught by Maura Shawn Scanlin of Rakish (Level 3-5)

Using Irish and Scottish tunes, Maura will teach bow patterns, including slurs that produce a lilt or over beats to create natural back-beat in reels; and melodies embellished through forms of ornamentation, such as rolls, trebles, and cuts.













May 26-28, 2023


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