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The Peacham Acoustic Music Festival includes workshops to please every musical palate.  This fine group of musicians will be sharing their experience and expertise on their instruments, voice,  song-arranging, song-writing, and more.   The workshops will be held at the Peacham Congregational Church and other locations in the village center.
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  rose.r.kent@gmail.com  
Workshop Schedule


August 19


Church Social Hall


Sunday School Room




Workshop Tent #1


Firehouse Tent


9:00–10:15 am



Band Scramble 



Darcie Feller

Yoga Wake-Up


10:30–11:45 am





Bob Amos

 Harmony Singing


Gary Darling 

Bluegrass Jam


Family Contra Dance



12:15–1:30 pm



12:00-3:00 PM 






Afternoon Church Concerts  See the Performance Schedule




Morris Dancing 
Demonstration outside gym
 Midnight Capers 
Morris & Sword





12:00-3:00 PM 






Green Room for Church Concert Performers

Authorized Access Only 




Afternoon Church Concerts  See the Performance Schedule





Workshop Details:
Instrument Petting Zoo

This is a project of the Young Tradition of Vermont organization.  A collection of instruments will be available all afternoon in the church social hall for young, curious or aspiring musicians of any age to pick up, play, and experience.  Zookeepers will be available to assist zoo visitors throughout the day. 

Location – Church Social Hall - 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Band Scramble - Join A 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 4:30 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

Fifth Business - "Group Sing" 

Masters of balladry and group singing, Fifth Business will lead this workshop in the art of making "a joyous noise"!  This will be a “voices-on” session where participants will indulge in the unique pleasure of joining together in song. There will be some lyrics prepared to share, and singers will be encouraged to introduce their own favorites.  Of course, most of the interesting songs are about people behaving badly, so it will be more “All For Me Grog” than “Kumbaya.”  This workshop is open to all voices and levels of participation.   

Location – Sanctuary in the Church - 9:00-10:15

Dana & Susan Robinson - Southern Old Time String Band Workshop 

Fiddle, banjo, and guitar players will learn a couple of Southern Old Time fiddle tunes (by ear and by rote), and learn how all the pieces fit together to achieve that driving sound! This workshop is for intermediate players. (Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, and tenor guitars all welcome)

Location – Church Social Hall - 10:30-11:45 am

Bob Amos - "The Art of Harmony Singing"

Bob Amos will demonstrate and teach the participants how to find harmony parts, and to sing in three or four part harmony. No previous experience necessary. All are welcome to participate. No previous experience  is necessary.

Location – Sanctuary in the Church - 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Doug Perkins -  "Flat-picking Fiddle Tunes" 

Doug Perkins is a virtuosic acoustic guitar player, who has enlivened many of Vermont’s most popular bands.  This workshop will focus on traditional fiddle tunes.  It will be most appropriate for intermediate players, but will include some jamming that anyone can join in, regardless of experience.  

Location – Sunday School Room in the Church - 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Gary Darling of Bayley Hazen Boys with the GrassFed Boys – "Blue Grass Jam"

Come join an informal jam with Gary Darling of the Bayley Hazen Boys.  Rumor has it that the GrassFed Boys will be joining in. All are welcome to listen and/or participate.  

Location – Jam Tent - 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Del Rey - "Ukulele Blues Party"

Jugband and blues songs orchestrated for the ukulele, with playing and singing parts for several levels of player. We’ll work on getting that old-timey sound on your uke, with the right rhythm, chord positions and where to find the melody. Plus we’ll try and listen to each other and play together.  We’ll add parts for basic chords, strumming, picking and singing. Basic level: be comfortable and confident with first position chords and able to keep time while changing between them. By ear, no TAB.

Location –Sunday School Room in the Church - 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm 

Annie & The Hedonists - "Mega Jam"

"Great singing, great musicianship, authentic and real. Most of all, a heck of a lot of fun! If this is hedonism, I’m in!"
- Ellen Rocco, Station Manager, North Country Public Radio

Don't miss this chance to join in as Annie & The Hedonists lead the way on this musical mystery jam!

Location – Jam Tent - 12:15 pm - 1:30 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. 
The term "Morris Dance" can describe a variety of regional English folk dances. We dance in the style of the Cotswold region. The various styles and a brief history of Morris dancing will be discussed. 

Location –Gym - 12:15 pm - 1:30 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  rose.r.kent@gmail.com  

Access to the workshops is included as part of the Saturday Day Pass ticket, the Saturday All Access ticket or the Weekend ticket.
To purchase tickets on-line at Catamount Arts, go HERE
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!