DCBU Camp

The  DCBU Bluegrass & Old-Time Camp  boasts a top flight teaching staff who offer five separate class periods of instruction every day, Monday - Friday. 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.

June 28-July 16, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM + Evening Events
Online!
Tuition starting at $100
Chris Luquette
Bruce Molsky
Bronwyn Keith Hynes

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 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/old-time 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. 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 on Sunday, July 18, 2021, this year all virtual! Don't miss this all star collection of bluegrass and old-time greats! Past performers have included the Kruger Brothers, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Sierra Hull, Robin Bullock, Alan Jabbour, Bruce Molsky, Eastman String Band, Rachel Eddy, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Paul McKenna Band (Scotland), Award-winning Irish band Connla, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Scottish fiddler Pete Clark, David & Annette Lindsey, Scottish musician Frank McGuire, 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. Commuters may elect to stay at any number of nearby motels.

Bluegrass, Old-Time, & Celtic Classes

Explore our list of classes at Traditions Weeks

Week 1

6/28/21
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7/2/21

Week 2

7/5/21
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7/9/21

Week 3

7/12/21
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7/16/21

The 15th Annual DCBU Bluegrass & Old-Time Camp ​at Common Ground on the Hill

Bruce Molsky and Tony Trischka
(L-R) Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischk

Bluegrass/Old-Time Camp Instructors 2021

2020 Bluegrass
  • Tony Trischka Banjo (Week 2)
  • Bronwyn Keith-Hynes – Fiddle (Week 1)
  • Susi Gott Séguret – Fiddle (Week 2)
  • Chris Luquette – Guitar, Mandolin (Week 2)
  • Mark Schatz – Bass (Week 1)
  • Joe Troop – Banjo (Week 2)
  • Chris Henry – Mandolin (Week 1)
  • Mark Schatz – Bass (Week 1)
  • David Morris – Songwriting (Week 1)
  • Randy Barrett – Banjo, Fiddle (DCBU Coordinator)
    (Week 1)


2020 Old-Time Staff
  • Bruce Molsky – Fiddle, Banjo (Week 3)
  • Earl White – Fiddle (Week 1)
  • Mark Schatz – Bass, Banjo (Week 1)
  • Nokosee Fields – Fiddle (Weeks 1, 2, 3)
  • John Kirk – Fiddle (Week 2)
  • Trish Miller – Banjo, Guitar (Week 2)
  • Bob Lucas – Banjo (Week 2)
  • Susan Boyer Haley – Mountain Dulcimer (Week 2)
  • Bing Futch – Mountain Dulcimer (Week 3)
  • Mary Lynn Michal – Hammered Dulcimer (Week 3)
  • Rodney Sutton – Southern Appalachian Clogging (Week 2)
  • Marsha Searle – Southern Appalachian Clogging (Week 1)
  • Kelsey Sutton – Southern Appalachian Clogging (Week 2)
  • Linda Block – Southern Appalachian Clogging (Week 3)

2020 Celtic Staff
  • Pete Clark – Fiddle (Week 2)
  • Tom Smith – Mandolin (Week 3)
  • Steáfán Hannigan – Uilleann Pipes, Low Whistle, Bodhran (Weeks 1 & 2)
  • Saskia Tomkins – Fiddle, Nyckelharpa (Week 2)
  • Brian Connolly (Craobh Rua) – Irish Tenor Banjo (Week 2)
  • Desy McCabe (Craobh Rua) – Tin Whistle, Uilleann Pipes (Week 2)
  • Jim Rainey (Craobh Rua) – Guitar (Week 2)
  • Paul McKenna – Guitar, Songwriting (Week 1)
  • Conal McDonagh (McKenna Band) – Tin Whistle, Uilleann Pipes (Week 1)
  • Conor Markey (McKenna Band) – Guitar, Irish Tenor Banjo (Week 1)
  • Robbie Greig (McKenna Band) – Fiddle (Week 1)
  • Ewan Baird (McKenna Band) – Bodhran (Week 1)
  • Mairi McGillivray – Gaelic Song, Fiddle (Week 1)
  • Rachel Hair – Celtic Harp (Week 2)
  • Wendy Stewart – Celtic Harp (Week 3)
  • Jo Morrison – Celtic Harp (Week 1, 2, 3)
  • Wayne Morrison – English Concertina, Highland Bagpipes (Week 1 & 2)
  • Paul Creighton – Scottish Song (Week 2)
  • Karen Ashbrook – Hammered Dulcimer (Week 1)
  • Shannon Quinn – Fiddle (Week 1)
  • Oliver Rigg – Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle, Irish Flute (Week 3)
  • Michael Muir – Fiddle, Guitar (Week 3)
  • Bill Troxler – Celtic History (Week 1, 3)

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.

Something For Everyone

Schedule a week or two, or three! Or, just sprinkle some classes in between other commitments.

Week 1

6/28/21
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7/2/21
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Week 3

7/12/21
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7/16/21
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