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Apr 5, 2024 - 1:49:03 AM
5 posts since 7/4/2023

Hi all!

Just putting feelers out to see if any other banjo players in and around the UK are planning to attend the Music in the Mountains Camp in Wales this summer? It's my first music camp and I'm attending alone, so would also love to hear what it's like from those who've been before.

https://www.fireinthemountain.co.uk/musiccamp

I'm also a little torn about which class to take - the whole thing with meals is pretty expensive so I want to make the right choice. It's Dirk Powell doing advanced banjo, and Steve Blake on beginner/intermediate. I'm definitely not an advanced player but worried I won't get enough out of the beginner/intermediate class since it's to be a wide range! Any advice or similar experiences would be well received.

Thanks folks.

Edited by - jumperdog on 04/05/2024 01:51:48

Apr 5, 2024 - 5:19:59 AM

4826 posts since 10/13/2005

My limited experience with music camps is that you really don't learn how to play stuff on your banjo. Rather you get ideas on how to play your banjo and then you go home and woodshed (teach yourself!) what you want to be able to do. Dirk Powell is an incredible musician! Go to his workshop and be prepared to be amazed and inspired to keep on banging on the ol' thumper! banjered

Apr 9, 2024 - 7:13:28 AM

361 posts since 6/20/2020

A friend of mine goes to Fire in the Mountain every year and enjoys it. I don't think that has anything to do with the workshops on offer though, I'm not sure that he even attends the workshops.

If you're heading there on your own the big benefit is meeting like-minded folks and making friends that you'll have long after the festival. It's probably worth the money for that reason alone. I wouldn't sweat your workshop choices, in the long run you'll look back on them as just a brief something you did to fill the time.

However, in relation to developing your musical skills, the fun and learning curve really takes off when you are able to join sessions. Most all musicians I know, myself included, avoid commercial 'camps' and prefer instead to head to small picking weekends that are: a) free except for the cost to get there, b) an opportunity to meet up and enjoy what is basically two days (and nights) of full-on sessions. When you find your way to these type of intimate 'mates events' you'll discover meals are cheap mainly because you're having too much fun to stop and eat.

Edited by - Pomeroy on 04/09/2024 07:16:57

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