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The 7th Annual DCBU Bluegrass & Oldtime Camp
At Common Ground on the Hill
Traditions Week I, June 30 - July 5, 2013
The greater Washington, D.C. area is home to some of the finest musicians and bands in bluegrass and oldtime music. The region has been a hotbed of talent and creativity for more than sixty years and has birthed such major acts as the Stonemans, Reno and Smiley, Emmy Lou Harris, Hazel Dickens, Ola Belle Reed, Mike Seeger, the Country Gentlemen, the Johnson Mountain Boys, the Seldom Scene and many others.
Mindful of that tradition, the D.C. Bluegrass Union joins with Common Ground on the Hill to present a week of instrumental, band and vocal classes taught by some of Washington’s best performers and teachers—plus some very special additions. We welcome beginning to advanced players of all ages to an unparalleled week of learning, jamming, singing, concerts and bluegrass/oldtime camaraderie. Parents, bring your kids and enroll them in World Village while you play music! Create your own schedule including art, music dance and lecture classes.
The DCBU Bluegrass & Old Time Camp boasts a top flight teaching staff who offer five separate class periods of instruction every day, Monday - Friday, July 1-5. The bluegrass and oldtime curriculum reflects the reality that both musical styles are historically and currently interrelated in a profound way, and offers campers the rare opportunity to learn from both idioms.
We encourage you to attend the Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival at the nearby Carroll County Farm Museum on the Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14. Don't miss headliners Buckwheat Zydeco on Saturday, July 13, and CJ Chenier and Little Queenie on Sunday, July 14th as well as an all star collection of bluegrass and oldtime greats including Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, The Eastman String Band, Walt Michael & Co., and many others.
Wake up Monday morning and dive into your classes, enjoy evening concerts and dances and informal playing into the wee hours....for five days and nights! Consider attending as a family, enrolling your 5-12 year olds in our World Village youth program. You can also choose to commute.
Tuition fees are $450, unless you register by May 15th for the Early Bird Special at $420. Room and Board in our air conditioned housing runs from $275 - $370 for the week, with meals taken in the campus cafeteria. Commuters my elect to stay at any number of nearby motels.
Bluegrass/Oldtime Camp Instructors
Tim O'Brien - Mandolin, Songwriting, Vocals
Rickie Simpkins - Fiddle
Wyatt Rice - Guitar
Tom Adams - Banjo
Randy Barrett - Banjo, Coordinator
Marshall Wilborn - Bass
Dave Bing - fiddle, banjo
Grey Larsen - fiddle
Ken Kolodner - fiddle
Brad Kolodner - banjo
Bryan Bowers - autoharp
Ralph Gordon - bass
Michael & Carrie Kline - old-time song
Amy Ferebee - beginning guitar
Christopher James - beginning mandolin
Lois Hornbostle & Ehukai Teves - mountain dulcimer
Bill Troxler, Joe Healey, David Lindsey - hammered dulcimer
ALL COMMON GROUND ON THE HILL CLASSES ARE OFFERED AS PART OF THE DC BLUEGRASS UNION CAMP, AND ARE OPEN TO ANYONE WISHING TO ENROLL. CAMP ENROLLEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE ANY AND ALL CLASSES THROUGHOUT THE COMMON GROUND ON THE HILL SPECTRUM, INCLUDING DANCE, ART, LECTURE AND ALL MUSICAL GENRES. SEE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND INSTRUCTOR BIOS UNDER INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES.
Evening Concerts 8:00 PM, Dances and Jamming until you drop.
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