Participants are encouraged to be on time, be courteous to others, do not eat in the workshop rooms (water bottles are ok), and enjoy your time with these fine musicians.
Rose Dedam is our workshop coordinator. If you have questions, please contact Rose at telephone (802) 592-3068 or via email at email@example.com
The workshop schedule as of May 5, 2016 is as follows:
Check back from time to time as this schedule is subject to change!
Instrument Petting Zoo
This is a project of the Young Tradition of Vermont organization. A collection of instruments will be available all day in the church social hall for young, curious or aspiring musicians of any age to pick up, play, and experience. Attendants will be available to assist visitors to the zoo throughout the day.
Location – Congregational Church Social Hall - 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Band Scramble - Join the Band
A Band Scramble is when folks attending the festival throw their names in a hat. A random drawing results in groups containing 3-5 players. These groups are now a band and they have the day to get together with their band mates, pick a band name and arrange a tune to be presented before a live audience at 5 PM in the Church. A winning band will be chosen by the classic applause-o-meter method and will receive an appropriate prize for the winning effort. A facilitator will be present to assist in the drawing and organization of the bands -
Drawing and Organization - Sunday School Room in the church - 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Performances - Sanctuary in the church - 4:30 pm- 5:00 pm
Katie Trautz - Shape Note Singing: Early New England Harmony
Join Katie Trautz for a morning Shape-Note Sing! Experienced singers and non-experienced singers are both welcome to join in this tradition of early New England harmony singing. The music, both ancient and contemporary, is comprised of hymns arranged in three and four part harmony. Though the tradition has been somewhat secularized in New England, the powerful music is still an active part of southern Appalachian Church culture. Shape-note singing has been popularized by movies such as 'Cold Mountain', and our Vermont-based teen chorus program 'Village Harmony'. Come one, come all, join the folk choir! Music reading experience is a plus, but the tunes can be learned by ear as well. Photocopies of the music will be provided.
Location – Sanctuary - Church - 9:00-10:15
David Fickes - Bowing Techniques for Violin and Fiddle
Have questions about a specific bow technique? Having difficulties with a tricky piece of music? Show up for an informal public workshop to receive and watch instruction on topics such as bow hold, bow control, string crossing, and more! David Fickes is a rising senior at the University of California Santa Barbara pursuing a Bachelor of Music in violin under Mr. Yuval Yaron.
Location – Congregational Church Social Hall - 9:00-10:15
Cosy Sheridan - Songwriting
For the past 20 years Cosy Sheridan has taught classes in songwrititng, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country. Join her for a songwriters workshop.
Location – Sanctuary in the Church - 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Doug Perkins - Guitar
Doug Perkins specializes in improvisational flat pick guitar in a wide variety of styles, from jazz to bluegrass.
Location – Sunday School Room in the Church - 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Bayley-Hazen Boys – Blue Grass Jam
Bring your instrument and join the Bayley-Hazen Boys for a blue grass jam. Everyone is welcome to participate. Be sure to bring your favorite tune to share when your turn in the circle comes up.
Location – Workshop Tent - 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Bob & Sarah Amos - The Art of Harmony and Duet Singing
Singout! Magazine has called Bob Amos "one of the most consistently interesting and intelligent songwriters in American music." In this workshop Bob and his daughter Sarah will share tips and techniques for harmonizing and duets.
Location –Sanctuary - in the Church - 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Annie and the Hedonists - Particapatory Blues Jam
All instruments and voices are welcome. We'll be playing songs and instrumentals - 12 bar and other blues progressions. Styles may include Delta blues, Chicago, New Orleans, even some Boogie Woogie and Swing along with some Riffing and Scatting.
Location – Workshop Tent - 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Location – Sunday School Room in the Church - 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Midnight Capers Morris & Sword - Morris Dance Workshop
The Midnight Capers
Morris and Sword will demonstrate dances from our own Kingsbury Branch
tradition. We will teach a simple jig and a traditional stick dance.
Location –Gym - 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Double Cajun Fiddles - Cajun Dance: Two-Step Workshop
Alec Ellsworth and Katie Trautz are a Vermont based duo, playing traditional old-time and Cajun music. They have traveled to Louisiana numerous times, where they’ve learned and shared Cajun and Old-time music, bringing the southern traditions back to their home-state of Vermont.
Alec will teach the Cajun Two-Step dance style in a 45 minute workshop followed by a Cajun dance where dancers can polish their two-step skills. The dance will also include waltzes.
Location –Gym - 4:00pm - 5:30 pm
For questions, suggestions, or if you need more information, please contact Rose Dedam, Workshop Coordinator at telephone (802) 592-3068 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to the workshops is included as part of the Saturday Day Pass ticket, the Saturday All Access ticket or the Weekend ticket.
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Tickets may also be purchased at the festival registration area on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday.
All Peacham Acoustic Music Festival venues are smoke and alcohol free!