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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
The workshop schedule as of May 5, 2016 is as follows:
Check back from time to time as this schedule is subject to change!


August 20


Church Social Hall


Sunday School Room




Workshop Tent 


Peacham Gym


9:00–10:15 am


David Fickes

Bowing Techniques

for Violin & Fiddle


Band Scramble 


Katie Trautz  

Shape Note Singing



Yoga Wake-up

Peacham's own Karen Gallas will lead this great way to start the day!



10:30–11:45 am




Doug Perkins




Cosy Sheridan




Bayley Hazen Boys

Bluegrass Jam


 Family Dance



Caller:  Luke Donforth

Music: Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones


All levels, all ages 

All Welcome

(Not a workshop -

just a great dance)



12:30–1:45 pm



12:00-3:00 PM 









Bob & Sarah Amos

Duets and Harmony Singing


Annie and the Hedonists

Participatory Blues Jam  


Morris Dancing 
Demonstration outside gym
Workshop inside gym
 Midnight Capers 
Morris & Sword



2:30–3:45 pm



12:00-3:00 PM 






Green Room for Church Concert Performers

Authorized Access Only 




Afternoon Church Concerts  See the Performance Schedule





 Contra Dance


Caller: Luke Donforth

Music: Cantrip

Cajun 2-step Workshop 
Followed by a Cajun Dance

4:00- 5;30

Music: Cajun Double Fiddles

Instruction: Alec Ellsworth

Workshop Details:
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. 
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 - 12:45 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  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, go 
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!