The 12th Annual DCBU Bluegrass & Old-Time Camp
at Common Ground on the Hill


Traditions Week II,  July 1-6, 2018

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The greater Washington, D.C. area is home to some of the finest musicians and bands in bluegrass and old-time 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, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen 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 1-6. The bluegrass and old-time 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 Saturday, July 14. Don't miss this all star collection of bluegrass and old-time greats! Last year's lineup included Danny Knicely, Robin Bullock, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Rachel Eddy, 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 $480, unless you register and pay in full by March 1st for the Early Bird Special at $450.  Room and Board in our air conditioned housing runs from $360 - $400 for the week, with meals taken in the campus cafeteria.  Commuters may elect to stay at any number of nearby motels.

 

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ANNOUNCING

Bluegrass/Old-Time Camp Instructors 2018



2018 Bluegrass:

David Benedict of Mile Twelve - Mandolin
Catherine Bowness of Mile Twelve - Banjo

Bronwyn Keith-Hynes of Mile Twelve - Fiddle
Evan Murphy of Mile Twelve - Guitar
Nate Sabat of Mile Twelve - Bass
Danny Knicely - Guitar, Mandolin

David Morris - Songwriting
Randy Barrett - Fiddle, DCBU Camp Coordinator


 


2018 Oldtime Staff:

Rachel Eddy - Fiddle, Banjo
Susan Boyers Haley - Mountain Dulcimer

Ken Kolodner - Fiddle, Mountain Dulcimer
Slim Harrison - Jugband, Folk Dance
Emily Oleson - Appalachian Dance

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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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