Old School Bluegrass Camp 2022

Old School Bluegrass Camp 2022, July 3rd to 7th

The seventh annual Old School Bluegrass Camp happens July 3rd to 7th, 2022, nestled among the Lanark Highlands in the town of Elphin, Ontario on the home property of Camp Director Jenny Whiteley and Head Cook Joey Wright.  Old School Bluegrass Camp offers classes in bluegrass instruments to adult students; guitar, fiddle, banjo (clawhammer and bluegrass styles), mandolin and upright bass.  Limited enrollment and small, high-intensity daily classes provide an exceptional level of teaching, mentoring and one-on-one instruction from world-class bluegrass musicians.   Learning how to perform with others in a band setting is a fundamental goal of Old School Bluegrass Camp.  Each student will be part of a group that rehearses through the week and performs on the OSBC stage on the final night of camp.  OSBC features performance opportunities, slow and all-tempo jams, workshops, a private lesson with your instrument instructor and nightly concerts featuring instructors and staff.  OSBC offers safe and welcoming opportunities to learn new musical skills and escape your comfort zone while creating lasting friendships and reconnecting with camp pals! 

OSBC has added a Fiddle & Banjo Camp July 7th to 10th; more information and sign up is at: https://oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com/fiddle-banjo-camp/

Old School Bluegrass Camp 2022 Instructors:
The Andrew Collins Trio:
Andrew Collins – Mandolin
Adam Shier- Guitar
James McEleney – Bass
Chris Coole – Clawhammer Banjo
Frank Evans – Bluegrass Banjo
Ben Plotnick – Fiddle
featuring: Ivan Rosenberg , Kristine Schmitt, Luthier Luke Mercier,
Jenny Whiteley, Joey Wright, & Allison Brown
Chris Quinn returns with another great history of Bluegrass presentation!

$795.00 – class registration and camping with your own tent or trailer
$375.00 – camp companion
$295.00 – option to rent a ‘glamping’ tent in addition to camp fees
BOTH Bluegrass and Fiddle & Banjo Camp for $1395.00
All fees in Canadian funds and subject to HST.

Camp also includes:
– Homemade and delicious meals served hot on site
– On-site camping at the beautiful Lanark County home of Jenny & Joey with an option to rent a ‘glamping’ tent with a bed, comfy bedding and battery powered lighting ($295.00)
– Camp amenities – heated private outdoor showers, clean and airy private outdoor washrooms and sinks with running potable well water
– Weatherproof instrument storage
– Luthier Luke Mercier with instrument repairs and care tips

OSBC is following all the latest COVID-19 guidelines and will continue to update our protocols as new information becomes available.  Campers will be notified of guidelines regarding vaccination status and testing in advance of any events.  Both outdoor and indoor spaces are provided for workshops, classes, performances and meals.  

Registration Open For Old School Song Writing Camp!

Old School Song Writing Camp, June 17th to 19th, 2022 will feature master classes with Paul Langlois (The Tragically Hip) and Amy Millan (Stars, Broken Social Scene).  The camp will include many interactive, fun and challenging workshops with Kristine Schmitt, Jenny Whiteley and Joey Wright.

$625.00 – weekend with camping with your own tent or trailer
$325.00 – camp companion
$175.00 – option to rent a ‘glamping’ tent in addition to camp fees
All fees subject to HST.

Camp Includes:
– Six homemade and delicious meals served hot on site
– On-site camping at the beautiful Lanark County home of Jenny & Joey with an option to rent a ‘glamping’ tent with a bed, comfy bedding and battery powered lighting ($175.00)
– Camp amenities – heated private outdoor showers, clean and airy private outdoor washrooms and sinks with running potable well water

– master classes with world-renowned songwriters including exclusive concert performances
– workshops all weekend to cover performance anxiety and stage fright, how to write with others, tackling difficult subject matter, music theory for songwriters, getting out of your own way and making it fun again (or for the first time) and much more.
– song circles around the campfire, performance opportunities in a safe space
– unlimited inspiration!

Sign up today for this HOT TICKET featuring a MONSTER lineup of master class songwriters! See you this summer!

Songwriting Camp Coming in Summer 2022

Howdy Campers!  Due to some unforeseen extreme business, we have made the decision to postpone our fabulous three-day songwriting workshop until the summer.  We will be announcing the dates and instructors soon so you will have lots of time to make your plans. Believe me, you will be blown away with the line-up we have planned.  Hope you all enjoy the autumn, and keep checking in with us for news and announcements! 

Jenny, Joey and team OSBC

Old School Bluegrass Camp 2021: From Camp Director Jenny Whiteley…

Howdy Campers!
We are so excited to be running Old School Bluegrass Camp from July 4th to the 9th in Elphin this summer, in person and super-safely! Our 2021 OSBC Camp has limited registration available in some instrument classes – email us at oldschoolbluegrasscamp@gmail.com if you’d like to register for this summer. All of the activities will be taking place in the fresh air, including classes, concerts, meals, workshops and jams. I have been working hard over the past couple of weeks to line up all the instructors for you and finalize our roster. As you can appreciate, there have been some changes that have occurred due to scheduling (like, having a booking from three years ago!), pandemic-related life changes (like moving), and life happening (like babies!).

Our Incredible Group of Instructors:
Mandolin – Adrian Gross ~ https://adriangross.tumblr.com/bio
Guitar – Darryl Poulson ~ https://darrylpoulsen.com/
Bluegrass Banjo – Guy Donis ~ https://www.guydonis.com/
Clawhammer Banjo – Chris Coole ~ https://www.chriscoole.com/
Fiddle – John Showman ~ https://www.johnshowman.com/
Bass – Sam Allison ~ https://lotuswight.com/

Additonal Instructors Include:
Chris Quinn – History of Bluegrass Presentation ~ https://chris-quinn.ca/
Kristine Schmitt – Vocal and Performance ~ https://www.kristineschmitt.com/
Allison Brown – Camp Assistant ~ https://allisonbrown.ca/
Luke Mercier – In-House Luthier
Dan Whiteley – Mandolin, Guitar
Joey Wright – Mandolin, Guitar, Chef ~ https://joeywrightmusic.bandcamp.com/
Jenny Whiteley – Camp Director ~ http://www.jennywhiteley.com/news/

Registered campers will be arriving the afternoon of Sunday, July 4th and learning and playing for five music and fun-filled days and will depart after lunch on Friday. Campers will be emailed specific arrival times for camp set up for the afternoon of Sunday, July 4th.

Our facilities include:
– Two beautiful heated, private, outdoor showers
– The Hoity Toity (a nick-name we coined at song-writing camp for the fabulous modern outhouses with running water!)

Jenny and Kristine Celebrate The Grand Opening of the “Hoity-Toity


– Shaded and rain-proof areas for each classroom around the property where you’ll be studying your instruments daily and playing with your band mates. We’ll also provide weather-safe indoor instrument storage for the rare music breaks and overnight.
– The Sunset Mainstage – in the corner of the field is a natural Amphitheatre with a sail roof, sound system and lights where you’ll be performing and enjoying our exclusive nightly instructor concerts.
– The pavilion which is the “hub” of camp. Where to find your drinks, snacks and information any time during camp. This will be where lunch-hour mini concerts, open mics and Karaoke will take place as well as group workshops.

Setting Up At Camp
(Parking Area Just Up The Driveway)


– Dining tables around the property, under the apple tree, in the meadow, near the bonfire, where we will be offering table service (like a restaurant) so there will be no buffet lines. You will enjoy your meal made to your dietary needs, then simply leave everything at the table and our staff will collect it all as you move on to your next activity.
– Soccer field – there is a half-regulation size field here where you can kick the ball around or play Frisbee or practice those backflips! (Chris Quinn, I’m talking to you…)
– Bonfires – there are two spacious bonfire areas where the jams will be held – the slow jam will be at one while other pickers may enjoy the other, allowing for plenty of room for all.

Some notes on Covid protocols:
– We have capped the numbers at camp this year to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety.
– We will be screening all campers as they enter to ensure no one has travelled, is experiencing any symptoms, has been exposed to anyone with Covid as they check-in the first day of camp.
– All campers are required to stay in their own tent unless bubbled with another camper.
– Facilities will be cleaned regularly throughout the day and evening, and there will be wipes, soap and sanitizer available throughout the site.
I am in contact with the local health unit, and will be up to date on all new measures and regulations up to and including the time that we run camp. We plan to follow their directives to the letter.

We are going to be safe, and we are going to have fun!
There will be more information flowing over the next few weeks and months as time for camp approaches. I encourage you all to visit the OSBC website for more details, updates FAQs and new terms and conditions.
AND don’t forget your T-shirts!!!

All my best and warmest wishes to you all,
Jenny