American Dance Musicians Course
August 1 - 8, 2015
Held during Family Week at Ogontz
Keith Murphy has been immersed in music and dance since his childhood days in Newfoundland. His distinctive rhythmic sound on guitar, mandolin, piano and foot percussion has helped drive several great contra dance bands including Nightingale, Wild Asparagus and Assembly. Having performed at many dance events throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as overseas, he brings a wealth of experience and sophistication to his playing.
Becky Tracy grew up dancing to her father's calling and scratchy 78s of Don Messer's fiddle playing. She has fiddled with the bands Nightingale and Wild Asparagus for the last 15 years and has played in many, many lovely places including Hawaii and France. Becky has a distinctive clarity of tone, a rhythmic attack owing much to French-Canadian playing and the melodic quality of Irish music. Her unmistakable sound has made her a defining presence among dance musicians.
Specific details of next summer will be available by January 1.
Check in after January 1 for full staff lists and class descriptions and registration information for next summer. Last summer details are available in the archive section listed to the right.
Ogontz Log Hall
This course is limited to 16 participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. Participants should have a basic tune repertoire and be comfortable playing at dance tempo. If it is oversubscribed on March 16, there will be a lottery, with preference given to musicians more comfortable playing at dance speed. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Family Week at Ogontz, if you did not get a space in the course. Scholarships are available.
View from the Log Hall
|9:00-11:00||American Dance Musicians Course|
|11:15-12:00||Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell|
|12:30-1:00||Buffet Lunch Served|
|1:30-2:25||American Dance Musicians Course|
|2:35-4:35||2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent|
|2:35-3:30||Mixed age Classes including an Open Band dance|
|3:50-4:45||Mixed age Classes|
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|