WINTER ONLINE OLD TIME BANJO FESTIVAL, Jan. 29-31, 2021
PURCHASE Weekend Pass $150

PURCHASE A LA CARTE WORKSHOPS

Cathy Fink & Brad Kolodner are happy to present the Winter Online Old Time Banjo Festival. We have an awesome lineup of workshop instructors and performers. And of course, we want to create opportunities for the performers/instructors to make some income, but we offer everything on sliding scale in recognition of the reality that many people right now have no income. To inquire about the sliding scale, please contact info<at>cathymarcy.com. All workshops archived for future viewing by paid registrants.

*All Times Eastern*
Friday, January 29
Evening Concert
8:00pm
Ivy Sheppard, Brad Kolodner, Steve Baughman, The Horsenecks
Saturday, January 30
Workshops
12-1:30pm Ivy Sheppard
Introduction to Hilltopper Two-Finger Banjo Picking
2-3:30pm Brad Kolodner
Percussive Clawhammer Banjo
4-5:30pm Steve Baughman
Adding Spice To Your Playing: Gongs and Whistles
Evening Concert
8:00pm
Dan Gellert, Cathy Fink, Cameron DeWhitt, Maggie Shar
Sunday, January 31
Workshops
12-1:30pm Dan Gellert
Fundamentals of the Old Mountain Style
2-3:30pm Cathy Fink
Exploring f#BEAD Tuning
4-5:30pm Cameron DeWhitt
Pitchfork Banjo (3-finger clawhammer)
All workshops archived for future viewing by paid registrants.
7-8:30pm JAM SESSION, HANG, Q&A for Weekend Pass Holders. With Brad, Cathy & other instructors. 

*Concerts will be streamed via Brad’s YouTube page here and our Facebook Page
*Workshop Zoom Links will be emailed the week of the festival

Workshop Descriptions

Steve Baughman

Adding Spice To Your Playing: Gongs and Whistles

Okay, you are now fully bum-dittified. What next?  In this workshop we will take a tune or two and explore some of the “gongs and whistles” that can make the arrangement more engaging. We will look at things like the Galax Lick and what I call the California Roll and the Frisco Flick to see what we can do with them. Hey, we might even try out a tremolo.

Cameron DeWhitt

Pitchfork Banjo (3-finger clawhammer)

Cameron DeWhitt is the innovator behind pitchfork banjo, a three-finger clawhammer technique that allows the player unprecedented access to melody, harmony, and rhythms typically roped off from the clawhammer stroke. In their workshop, Cameron will demonstrate advanced applications of the pitchfork technique, simple right hand exercises, and basic pitchfork applications using well-known tunes. This workshop is for banjo players of any level looking to add a new technique to their clawhammer vocabulary.

Cathy Fink

Exploring f#BEAD Tuning

This tuning has a very special sound. We will learn a 2 part version of “New River Train”  (https://youtu.be/D54NP46dVp4) and Ola Belle Reed’s “Boat’s Up The River”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C4NcoFSMGM)

Dan Gellert

Fundamentals of the Old Mountain Style

Learn the nuances and beauty of the old mountain style by learning Maggie Hammons’ “Rabbit Skip” which effectively says “Listen up! This right here is how to make that banjo talk.”  As for skill level, if you can comfortably able to play the basic 1-2-1-5 drop thumb pattern in even time, you should get a smooth start on this one.  At the same time, there are challenges there for even the most experienced player.

Brad Kolodner

Percussive Clawhammer Banjo

Dive into the nuances of what makes clawhammer such a groovy, percussive style. We’ll learn a handful of percussive techniques including the cluck, ghost strum and triplet pull-offs while exploring how to adjust your technique to impact the many tonal possibilities of clawhammer. All skill levels welcome.

Ivy Sheppard

Introduction to Hilltopper Two-Finger Banjo Picking

Ivy Sheppard will explain and demonstrate the Creede Birchfield “gallop lick” and the more nuanced alternating thumb and index lead two-finger style of Bill Birchfield. Students will learn a classic Roan Mountain Hilltopper tune in both styles.

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