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Aug 12, 2020 - 11:54:46 AM
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990 posts since 1/31/2004

Hi friends,

Have you missed music and banjo camps this summer? I definitely have. The great folks at the Ashokan Center (yes, the same venue that inspired the beautiful tune "Ashokan Farewell") has turned their annual bluegrass camp into an online event that begins tonight with a meet and greet and online jam. Classes, jams, social hangs and concerts will fill your day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a farewell jam on Sunday. 

There are a couple of really cool things about this event. First of all, it's a pay what you can event. That means you can join us for all or any part of the entire weekend for the donation that feels right to you (they suggest $100 but everyone is welcome). Secondly, you'll have access to video for all workshops on all instruments + handouts not only during this weekend but for up to a year after camp. I'll be teaching an intermediate/advanced melodic & single-string crash course on Thursday at 1-2 p.m. Eastern and a beginning/low intermediate class on Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern. I'll also be in concert on Thursday with Kimber Ludiker from Della Mae sharing the bill on Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Who else is teaching? Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), Joe Newberry, Stephen Mougin (Sam Bush Band), Alan Bibey, Tony Watt, Kimber and more. I'm excited to check out both Chris' guitar classes and Alan's mandolin sessions myself.

These folks have been running online camps all year and they've got the techincal stuff down. All you need is Zoom to join in on sessions. I think that this is going to be a great event and what you can't catch this weekend, you can view later. Join me if you can!

All the best,

Bill Evans

The Ashokan Center Bluegrass Week

Peghead Nation Beginning Banjo and Bluegrass Banjo Online Courses

Bill's YouTube channel, with full-length workshops, lesson previews, concerts and more


Edited by - bevans on 08/12/2020 12:03:16

Aug 12, 2020 - 12:35:24 PM

11207 posts since 6/2/2008

Sounds great. May do it.

I was definitely looking forward to Midwest Banjo Camp. The Upper Intermediate and Advanced program had at least one session I wanted to attend each period. Sometimes more than one. I was planning on attending your Ben Eldridge and Jazz ii-V-I sessions. Oh, well. Maybe next year.

Aug 12, 2020 - 5:34:01 PM

35 posts since 7/20/2020

That sounds like a great deal!
Unfortunately, my "career position" is no longer, and I'm not sure when or if it will come back. I wouldn't feel right joining without being able to compensate for everyone's time, energy and effort that you all will be putting into the event. Maybe next year will be a different situation and I will have the scratch to feel better and be able to compensate for what I am sure will be an excellent camp!
I hope everyone has a fantastic time and learns a lot!
Originally posted by bevans

Hi friends,

Have you missed music and banjo camps this summer? I definitely have.

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