We are thrilled to announce our inaugural Old School Bluegrass Camp!
The camp will be run July 5 through the 10th, 2015. This camp is a different kind of workshop, focusing on bluegrass instruments and bluegrass music. We will be limiting enrolment to 50 campers, giving each camper an unprecedented level of teaching, coaching, mentoring and one-on-one instruction.
The Old School Bluegrass Camp (OSBC) is run as a “band lab”. The idea is to create 10 bluegrass groups that will play together, jam, practice, gel as a group and ultimately perform on our stage as a band on the last day of camp!
There will be plenty of time to work on your instrument of choice, too, with daily master classes and a private lesson all included in the schedule.
The level of skill should start at a “strong beginner”, but these teachers are all excellent, and will work to your level, possible because of the intimate class size (a maximum of 10 students per instrument).
The principle instruments offered are: bluegrass banjo, bluegrass guitar, mandolin, fiddle and stand up bass. There will be Dobro and clawhammer banjo workshops scheduled as well.
There is plenty going on for fun here as well! Nightly socials, dances and bon fires will all serve to make this the week of a lifetime.
The setting of the OSBC is unique as well! Located in beautiful Milford, Prince Edward County, The Old School Bluegrass Camp is run in a reinvented elementary school. South Marysburgh Central Public School was a built in 1959. It was decommissioned in 2011 due to low enrolment. Jesse Parker and Alysa Hawkins bought the school in 2013 with their three children. It has been beautifully renovated into a home, an event space, and bed and breakfast.
You will camp on the baseball field, dine in the converted gymnasium, learn and perform on the gym stage, have instruction in the principle’s office, library and staff room. The central bonfire is on the basketball court!
All of these factors will combine to create a memory for life, new friendships and most of all a bluegrass music experience like no other.