Folk Music Week at Pinewoods

Daily Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast/Coffee/Tea available
8:45-9:00 Vocal Warm-ups
  Old-Time Fiddle Tunes & Technique: Beverly Smith
10:15-10:45 Morning Tea and Sing
10:45-11:30 Special Presentations
11:30-12:15 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
5:30-6:25 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:30 Dinner
8:00 Staff Concert
9:15 Evening Dance Party
11:00 Late Night Activities

July 24 - 31, 2010

To register              Costs

For Folk Music Week 2010, with the terrific staff and program listed below, we are offering part-week registration (anywhere from 2 days to a full week, priced accordingly). If you are interested, please contact Steve Howe at

Program Description

Folk Music week is always a very special experience in a very special place. To sit amid the tall pines and gaze out over Long Pond as a traditional ballad or fiddle tune drifts on the evening air is surely magical. But that is just the beginning! For a whole week we aim to bring together the very best of the best of traditional singers, musicians and dancers to teach, perform and lead daily workshops and master classes on Singing, Music and Dance traditions from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. After a week of singing, playing dancing and learning together a new community of friends and acquaintances emerges inspired .

As well as a range of daily workshops and concerts there will also be plenty of opportunity to sing play and dance in a number of organized and impromptu sessions.

A Morris Intensive (pre-registration required) runs concurrently with Folk Music Week at Pinewoods Camp and there are opportunities for campers to attend some sessions on both courses.

-- Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman, Program Co-directors

Class Descriptions

As well as exploring his wealth of great songs and tunes, Carl will teach classes in Mandolin, Banjo, and lead some one-shot classes in Song writing and Duet singing (with his music partner Beverly Smith). Campers will need to bring instruments as all workshops will  be based on practical learning. 

  • Mandolin: The class will explore: basic mandolin technique, song accompaniment backup, and tunes for the mandolin 
  • Banjo:  Carl will explore claw hammer and picking styles for the banjo and will include basic technique and tunes for banjo.
  • Carl will also contribute to the Playing with the Dancers Class with Bob Walser and Beverly Smith preparing for the evening dances.

Lens will share his extensive repertoire and his in deep knowledge of the social context of the songs.

  • Songs of the Heart - Songs from Ireland on the theme of love.
  • The Irish Soldier/Sailor Boy - Songs of war and peace.
  • Farewell Old Ireland - Songs of parting including, of course, songs of immigration.

Michael and Carrie will teach two workshops a day

  • A handful of significant ballads and play party songs from the Hammons family and central WV sources. Providing a contextual running narrative throughout the week so that campers can internalize some details of the singer's lives and the region as a whole.
  • Coal mining classics as well as other country harmony duets from coast to coast.

Jack Beck & Wendy Welsh

  • Interpreting the classic Scottish ballads: We will explore two each day.
  • The Scottish Collectors: Burns, Tannahill, Ord/Ford /Greig, Henderson, Fullerton: We will focus on songs from these different collectors on consecutive days.
  • The Scottish Singers/Song Carriers: A look at a pot pouri of singers, their background and their songs) including Family songs, (Elizabeth Stewarts family and the new book we have been working on) , Willie Scott and shepherd community, Tannahill (relative of Robert Tannahill).

Beverly will teach Guitar and Fiddle and possible one-shot workshops on Duet singing with her music partner Carl Jones.

  • Guitar .  Exploring the role and application of the guitar in the old-time style bring your instrument as the workshops will be practical.
  • Old-time Fiddle Tunes and Technique 
  • Beverly will also contribute to the Playing with the Dancers Class with Bob Walser and Carl Jones preparing for the evening dances.

Bob’s classes will include:

  • Further exploration of the Carpenter Collection
  • Traditional Music from the Source of the Nile: This workshop will focus on the traditional xylophone music of Uganda. For this the class will help to build a full size community Xylophone (played by a number of people) and will explore this very unique playing style and sound.
  • Bob will also lead the Playing with the Dancers class with Beverly Smith and Carl Jones and leading the evening dance.

As well as being program directors for this week Anni and Dave will deliver two workshops per day.

  • The Navvies Way:  A Ballad Documentary in six one hour workshops will explore the life and music of the Navigators (Navvies ) who built England’s waterways and Railways and latterly the road networks with Blood, Sweat and Beers.
  • 40 years On:  Dave and Anni look back at their repertoire for the last 40’s year in the folk revival. They will remember the songs that first inspired them as soloists and revisit their duo song list over 25years including the material from their involvement in over 25 Albums.   A Time for a good sing!