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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 August 10, 2017 is as follows:
This should be the final version of our workshop agenda for 2017!


August 19


Church Social Hall


Sunday School Room




Craft Area Jam Tent 


Peacham Gym


9:00–10:15 am



Band Scramble 


Lloyd and April Wright

Gospel Sing Along


10:30–11:45 am



Flynn Cohen of    Low Lily

Moving Beyond the Cowboy Chords” 


Brendan Taaffe




Mean Mary

 Rolling on the Banjo 


Bayley Hazen Boys

Bluegrass Jam




12:30–1:45 pm



12:00-3:00 PM 





Steve Seifert

How Great Grandpa Learned to Play the Mountain Dulcimer


12:00-1:15 pm 

Bob Amos

The Art of  Harmony Singing



Québécois Jam Jeremiah McLane David Boulanger

Owen Marshall


Morris Dancing 
Demonstration outside 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






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 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 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

Lloyd & April Wright - Gospel Singalong

Join Lloyd & April Wright for a traditional morning Gospel Sing!  This workshop is open to all voices and levels of participation.  

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

Flynn Cohen of Low Lily - Moving Beyond the Cowboy Chords”

Can you play the basic open chords (G C D Em Am Dm, etc?). Do you want to learn how to play chords higher up on the finger board? Flynn will give you an introduction to playing up-the-neck chords that sound good on the acoustic guitar, that aren’t barre chords. We will be working in standard tuning (EADGBE) and we will be using a pick. Please bring your guitars and your tuners. Workshop attendees will receive a free Low Lily” pick! There will also be a handout to take home

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

Mean Mary - Rolling on the Banjo

Mary teaches a variety of basic banjo rolls. You will learn how to invent your own unique rolls for songs while adding speed, clarity and STYLE to your playing.  This workshop is suitable for beginning to intermediate players, as well as more advanced players who want to explore another musician’s style.  

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

Brendan Taaffe -  Crankies!

Come join the crankie revolution! Crankies are scrolling illustrations that accompany songs or stories that have been growing in popularity in the old-time music world in the past five years. Curator of the Vermont Crankie Fest and an accomplished artist, Brendan will demonstrate some of the different techniques that you can use and then get you started making your own crankies. 

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

Bayley Hazen Boys – Blue Grass Jam

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

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

Bob Amos - The Art of Harmony Singing

Singout! Magazine has called Bob Amos "one of the most consistently interesting and intelligent songwriters in American music." Bob will lead a workshop in how to sing in harmony. All are welcome to participate. No previous experience  is necessary.

Location –Sanctuary in the Church - 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm (Note special time)

Jeremiah McLane, David Boulanger and Owen Marshall - Québécois Jam

Learn about this great music tradition from North of the border - Led by three masters of this musical genre Jeremiah McLane, David Boulanger and Owen Marshall.  All are welcome to listen and/or participate.

Location – Jam Tent - 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Steve Seifert How Great Grandpa Learned to Play the Mountain Dulcimer

"This is the easiest and fastest way I know to teach folks how to play the mountain dulcimer." - Stephen Seifert.  This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.  

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

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!