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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 


Jennifer Curtin

Celtic Singing


Darcie Feller

Yoga Wake-Up


10:30–11:45 am



Paul Asbell

Talks Guitar


Laurie Alsobrook

Mountain Dulcimer


Bob Amos

 Harmony Singing

Bob Amos with the Kawal Family
Traditional Music and Kids


Gary Darling 

Bluegrass Jam


Family Contra Dance



12:15–1:30 pm



12:00-3:00 PM 




Closed to Public 

Green Room for Church Performances


Afternoon Church Concerts  See the Performance Schedule


Laurie Alsobrook

Mountain Dulcimer Jam


Stuart Paton
Burlington Taiko

Japanese Drumming Demonstration and Workshop





12:00-3:00 PM 






Green Room for Church Concert Performers

Authorized Access Only 




Afternoon Church Concerts  See the Performance Schedule



Sky Blue Boys & Cookie

 Acoustic Music Jam 


Location: Outside Gym 

by Food Court

 Midnight Capers 
Morris & Sword

 Morris Dancing   (Demonstration)   12:15-12:45

           (Workshop)            12:45-1:30

Workshop Details:
Laurie Alsobrook - "Mountain Dulcimer"

Laurie hails from the sunny South - Florida to be exact - and she is well known as a teacher and advocate for the mountain dulcimer.  Please join her as she takes you on a dulcimer journey!

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

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 - 1:00 pm

Jennifer Culley Curtin - "Celtic Songs"

Jennifer is a master vocalist with a special fondness of Celtic music.  Come join her as she leads you on a tour of the "auld country"

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

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 - 11:15 am

Bob Amos with the Kowal Family: "Teaching Bluegrass To Kids"

Bob Amos has been working with four youngsters from the very talented Kowal family from right down the road in Groton, Vermont.  This is a great workshop to show how to get kids involved and in fact, passionate - about learning bluegrass. We hope kids will attend this workshop to get a peek at how a master musician and teacher introduces young musicians to the world of Bluegrass!

Location – Sanctuary in the Church - 11:15 am - 12:00 noon

Paul Asbell -  "Talks Guitar:  An open forum where participants can have a conversation with one the finest, most diverse guitar experts in America today.”

Location – Dining Room in the Church - 10:30 am - 12:00 noon

Laurie Alsobrook Mountain Dulcimer 

Come join Laurie Alsobrook, a master teacher and player.  She will take you on a dulcimer journey.   All are welcome to listen and/or participate.  

Gary Darling of Bayley Hazen Boys – "Blue Grass Jam"

Come join an informal jam with Gary Darling of the Bayley Hazen Boys.  You never know who might show up. All are welcome to listen and/or participate.  

Location – Jam Tent - 10:30 am - 12:00 noon

Stuart Paton - Burlington Taiko - "Japanese Drumming Demonstration and Workshop"

Join this master of the Japenese Drumming art as he demonstrates and leads a workshop in this amazing musical form!

Location - Firehouse Tent - 12:00 - 12:50 pm

Laurie Alsobrook – "Mountain Dulcimer Jam"

Come join an informal jam with Laurie Alsobrook.  Open to all instruments.  All are welcome to listen and/or participate.  

Location – Jam Tent - 1:00 am - 2:15 noon

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 – Gymnasium over Town Hall - 12:00 - 3:00 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 –Outside the Town Gym - 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Sky Blue Boys and Cookie - "Acoustic Music Jam"

All are invited to bring an instrument, voice, song suggestion or question and participate in the fun of making music together.

Location – Jam Tent - 2:30 - 4:00 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!