Fiddle from Scratch with Robin Kearton

Have you always harbored a secret desire to play the fiddle? Now’s your chance! C4A Director, master teacher, and fiddler extraordinaire Robin Kearton guarantees that by the end of this session you’ll be able to at least play an open string figure with her that harmonizes on a nice little Irish polka. Some fiddles will be available if you don’t have one in your closet.

Ukulele Workshop (all ages) with Steve Meadows

Local music educator and multi-instrumentalist Steve Meadows will demonstrate and discuss the basic skills you’ll need to play the ukulele in this workshop. Topics covered include instrument anatomy/terminology, basic chord voicings, right hand techniques, and tablature. There will be about a dozen loaner ukuleles available (first come, first serve) so don’t worry if you don’t own one!

Everyday Mandolin with Colby Maddox

Colby MaddoxThis workshop is aimed at beginning and intermediate players who are looking for techniques and material that will inspire them to play everyday. The goal is to get past common roadblocks and enhance right-hand rhythm, finger choices, choice of pick grip and posture. The material covered will be drawn from traditional American instrumental repertoire: old time, bluegrass, and Italian folk.

Colby Maddox toured with Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, won first prize at the 2006 Rocky Grass mandolin competition in Lyons, Colorado, and teaches fiddle and mandolin at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Recent side projects include playing on the soundtrack for the PBS documentary The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance, narrated by Garrison Keillor, and singing on the soundtrack for the Newberry Library’s Homemakers of the Civil War: Sheet Music.


Body Percussion Workshop with Kaia Kater: Percussive Hambone Traditions of Appalachia

This workshop will explore different body rhythms native to the Southern United States, including examples of African-American Step and Hambone traditions. Participants will also learn to create their own body percussion as well as getting to experiment with layering different rhythms on top of each other in order to create a polyrhythmic beat. This is a participatory workshop. No instruments required!

Americana Groove Machine Workshop with The Amigos

The Amigos

The Amigos

Listen and learn to a variety of killer grooves from all kinds of American music. In this dynamic workshop, the Amigos explore the rhythmic elements behind the blues shuffle, zydeco, bluegrass, swing, and more. Bring your instrument to see how different tempos and grooves can add a new dimension to a song.