Workshop Schedule

SATURDAY • JUNE 15 • 2024

WORKSHOPS

DEAN JOHANESEN – 9:30 – 10:20 

ASCAP PRO WORKSHOP – UTILIZE YOUR PRO TO EARN MONEY PERFORMING YOUR ORIGINAL MUSIC

What is a PRO or Performing Rights Organizations? How do they work for original songwriters? Did you know you can submit your live set lists for income as a member of your PRO? Dean Johanesen will be sharing his knowledge and experience as an ASCAP Songwriter and Publisher. This workshop will go over the basics about PRO’s. What they are and what they do. Dean will be discussing how to join, how to upload your original songs and how to submit your setlists to earn money from performing your original music at participating restaurants, venues, festivals etc.

LOREN FROM THE UNEASY MESSENGERS – 10:30 – 11:20 AM

HARMONICA IN THE RACK

Attention harmonica players! For over 40 years, Loren has been playing harmonica while either strumming the guitar or banjo. If you would like to learn to play the harmonica in a rack, this is the workshop for you! Please bring your “C” or “G” harmonica and rack along with one other activity to do such as guitar, washboard, or even knitting. Loren will teach you all his tips and tricks and will demonstrate a couple of harmonica and guitar blues numbers. Harmonica players don’t miss this one!

JEREMY DION – 11:30 – 12:20 PM

BEND IN THE MIDDLE – MUSIC AND MENTAL HEALTH

Award-winning singer-songwriter Jeremy Dion is a licensed therapist by day who offers toe-tapping folk therapy by night. His engaging workshop, Bend in the Middle blends original music with a discussion on mental health and wellness. This dynamic, fun-for-all-ages workshop is insightful, uplifting, and leaves participants feeling connected, hopeful, and humming a tune. 

ANGELA PERRY – 12:30 – 1:20 PM

FEEL THE RHYTHM – DRUMMING WORKSHOP

Here is your chance to learn some basic and advanced drumming rhythms, rhythmic patterns, rhythmic songs and the musical history to rhythm. Angela teaches a hands-on workshop – with buckets and drumsticks – where individuals will be moving, working together, collaborating, and creating music. By the end of the workshop, folks will have created a rhythmic song. For all of you wannabe drummers, this is the perfect opportunity for hands on playing!

ROSE – WILD IRISH FIDDLE – 1:30 – 2:20 PM

IRISH MUSIC: UNDERSTANDING TUNES THROUGH DANCE

There is nothing more fun and exciting than Irish music! Kate will go through how tunes are structured as a “question and answer” format. By doing the actual dance steps, she will help participants to both feel and hear the differences between different kinds of tunes such as jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and slides. The workshop will finish with a fun, collective dance. This is a workshop for both musicians and the general public. No musical or dancing experience is necessary!

ROBERT QUINDARO – 2:30 – 3:20 PM

CUSTOM LOUDSPEAKER DESIGN

Have you ever considered designing your own loudspeaker? If so, this is your chance. Robert works as an audio electronics and acoustics designer and knows everything you want to know about the process. He will cover loudspeakers, key pieces of a loudspeaker system, and the design and build process. This is a workshop for everyone, so you do not have to have technical experience or knowhow. Come and find out about custom loudspeakers and start on the journey of designing your own!

TOM TUERFF – 3:30 – 4:20 PM

HUMOROUS SONGS

Do you have a great funny song that you have written? Would you love to share it, or maybe you are just a “fan” of the humorous genre. This is your chance to perform, sing, or just laugh along! During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to perform an original funny song and to explain how you came to write it or what your inspiration was. If you are interested in presenting your song, please come prepared to play. 

MIKE PADAN – 4:30 – 5:20 PM

BLUES TRICKS & JAMS

Here is your chance to learn all about jazz and blues guitar playing! Mike will use his electric guitar and looping pedal to delve into the world of jazz and the blues. The workshop will include simple explanations of jazz and blues chord progressions and how to identify keys and harmonic scales. Mike will also explore some of the tricks that you can use to play in open music jams. This is a chance for you to add blues and jazz to your guitar playing skills!

SUNDAY • JUNE 16 • 2024

WORKSHOPS

LOWELL WEBB – 9:30 – 10:20 AM

MANDOLIN

Ready to get your Mandolin on – then this workshop is for you! Lowell will introduce style including repetition, limitations and personalization. He will cover hearing and playing melodies with fretboard tips, and helping you get your little finger in the game. You will learn all of this using beginning and intermediate bluegrass and fiddle tunes. He will also introduce you to his favorite learning software and answer all of you mandolin questions. Grab your mandolin and get ready to learn!

RICHARD BOGEN – 10:30 – 11:20 AM

BANJO TUNINGS AND STYLES

Banjo players or just banjo aficionados, this is your chance to explore the banjo with Richard Bogen. Richard will discuss and demonstrate early banjo styles such as clawhammer and plectrum banjo. Both were prominent banjo styles before the development of bluegrass banjo in the 1930’s-40’s. He will discuss the various tunings of different banjos, and some of the many tunings for the 5-string banjo. You will learn how to tune your 5th string, how to approach a new tuning system without getting lost, and why you may want to try out different tunings. Don’t miss the only banjo workshop of the festival!

ROD ROBINSON – 11:30 – 12:20 PM

GUITAR TUNINGS: A SAMPLER OF DIFFERENT CHORDS AND EFFECTS WITH DIFFERENT TUNINGS

Guitar players this is the workshop for you! Rod will help you explore several tunings to expand the range and effects of guitar playing. Have you wanted to learn, Dropped D, DADGAD, Open C, or Open G? This workshop will explore these guitar tunings with reference to Celtic and picking styles. Bring a guitar with NEW-ish strings because old strings are inclined to break! 

SCOTT PAYNE – TWO FOOLS ON STOOLS – 12:30 – 1:20 PM

LATIN RHYTHMS

Have you ever wanted to add a little spice to your playing? If so, this is the workshop for you. Scott will explain Latin rhythms, how they vary from the traditional 4 beat rhythm, and how they can spice up just about any genre including folk and rock. He will go over the sounds and various instruments used to achieve these rhythms. You will even get a chance to participate! Don’t worry if you attended this workshop last year, Scott is bringing new information. There will be something for everyone who wants to add a little Latin rhythm to their playing! 

JIG’S UP – 1:30 – 2:20 PM

CELTIC MUSIC SESSION

Are you a Celtic music fan? Would you like the opportunity to try your hand at playing some Celtic tunes? This workshop will offer you the chance to play some tunes from different musical styles: Jigs, Slip-Jigs, Hornpipes, Reels and Marches alongside Jig’s Up. Bring any instrument for melody or rhythm and Jig’s Up will have you joining right in!

KAPPÉ ROUSSEAU – CIRCLESING FLAGSTAFF – 2:30 – 3:20 PM

VOICE UNLEASHED: EXPLORING THE ART OF VOCAL IMPROVISATION

Unlock the expressive potential of your voice in this dynamic vocal improvisation workshop, designed for anyone interested in exploring the spontaneity of their vocal abilities. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or a curious beginner, this workshop offers a supportive environment to experiment with your voice and discover new sounds. You will work on letting go of your inhibitions, exploring vocal textures and colors, developing listening skills, and practicing spontaneous creation! This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to break free from musical boundaries and explore the power and versatility of the human voice. Join Kappé in learning to tap into your inner creativity and to express yourself in ways you never thought possible!

ALEX OLIVERIO – 3:30 – 4:20 PM

EARLY AMERICAN GUITAR STYLINGS -FINGERSTYLE

This workshop focuses on fingerstyle techniques from Early American Guitar music, including 2-finger technique – a la Roscoe Holcomb, 3-finger technique – a la John Fahey, and 4-finger technique – a la Jerry Reed.  Alongside these techniques, Alex discusses and plays through the four types of fingerpicking motion, or ‘rolls’, that banjo players developed.  He will share examples and demonstrate how to utilize these tools to orchestrate tunes, and then you will orchestrate a song together! This is your chance to really “up” your playing techniques!

MARTY PROVINCE – 4:30 – 5:20 PM

DANGEROUS SONGS?! – PEACE, PROTEST & POLITICS

Dangerous Songs is the title from an old Pete Seeger album. Like Pete’s album, Marty begins with English nursery rhymes, and then proceed through Revolutionary, slave, union, and other songs. He introduces songs that folks might not know and then moves to more current writers like Roy Zimmerman, Don Caron, Grant Peeples, Randy Rainbow, and even the “dangerous” side of folks like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. If you are interested in the history of the “dangerous” genre of music, this is the perfect workshop for you.