Festivals ’n’ Such

Schools, Camps, and Festivals
SFFMC Fourth of July CampJuly 1-4
See details in the May/June folknik!

Born To Drum Women’s Drum CampJuly 1-4
Held once again at Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA. More than 65 classes— drum, dance, and song from many cultural traditions. This year’s faculty includes Edwina Tyler, Adwoa Kudoto, Annette Aguilar, and many more. Lots of different accommodations available, from $440 to $785. Registration open until June 29. More info available at www.womendrummers.org

Swannanoa GatheringsJuly 3-August 6
Week-long gatherings held at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. July 3-9: Traditional Song and Fiddle Weeks; July 10-16: Celtic Week, July 17-23, Old-Time Music and Dance Week, July 24-30, Contemporary Folk and Guitar Weeks, July 31-August 6: Dulcimer Week. More info available at www.swangathering.com;

Common Ground On the Hill July 3-8;July 11-15; Festival July 9-10
Workshops in hammered, bowed, and mountain dulcimer, as well as guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass fiddle, autoharp, Celtic harp. Located in the McDaniel Coollete campus in central Maryland. More info available at www.commongroundonthehill.org;

California Coast Music CampJuly 10-16 and July 17-23
Held in Placer County, CA. CCMC summer camp offers 1-2 weeks of classes, workshops, jams, concerts, dances, etc. Small-group classes in vocals, guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, songwriting, percussion, and more; styles include folk, blues, swing, jazz, bluegrass, rock, old-time, Brazilian, Celtic, etc. Info available at www.musiccamp.org,

California WorldFestJuly 14-17
Fifteenth annual California WorldFest features 8 stages of music and dance from around the world, camping with family and friends, workshops, international food, and more! Come celebrate under the cool tall pines of the Sierra foothills (Grass Valley, CA). More info available at www.californiafestival.com.

Vancouver Folk Music FestivalJuly 15-17
Held at Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC. Headliners include Rosanne Cash, Cris Williamson, Gillian Welch, Mary Gauthier, Dick Gaughan, Dave Swarbrick. Full info available at thefestival.bc.ca/.

Humboldt Folklife FestivalJuly 16-23
Seven days of concerts—fiddle festival, country, bluegrass, songwriters, jazz, and more. Held at Dell’Arte Carlo Theater, Perigot Park, and Arcata Veteran’s Hall. Ends with all-day free music festival and workshops at Dell’Arte! Contact the Humboldt Folklife Society, PO Box 1061, Arcata, CA 95518, 707-822-5394, www.humboldtfolklife.org

Willamette Valley Autoharp GatheringJuly 28-31
Held at the Western Mennonite School, Salem OR. Featured artists this year include Harvey Reid, Ivan Stiles, Tom Schroeder, Cathy Britell and William Lambach. On-site housing/camping available. Registration deadline is July 15. Contact Lewis Schaad, www.wvag.com.

Redwood Dulcimer DayJuly 30
All-day mountain dulcimer festival held at Boomeria, 60 Verde Rd., Bonny Doon, CA. Instructors this year include Leo Kretzner, Janet Herman, Peter Tommerup, Neal Hellman, and Ron Beardslee. Faculty concert Friday July 29 at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Aptos, CA. Further information available at www.redwooddulcimerday.com.

Lark CampJuly 29-Aug 6
At Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA. Take as many or as few of the workshops offered as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Workshops for all levels. Check out the website, www.larkcamp.com, for complete information.

Country Roads Music CampAug 3-7
At Mount Madonna County Park, Watsonville, CA. Five days of music and family fun. Sing and play along in music workshops. Evening campfire sing-alongs and performances. For more details, www.soundwestmusic.com or Anna Green, at

Kindred Gathering XXXVIIAug 5-7
Held this year in California, at the Relax N Up Ranch, Home of Fair Play Farm, in Fair Play, El Dorado County. For friends of the mountain dulcimer and other modal instruments! This year’s site features a farmhouse, a river, and an outdoor kitchen. More information available from this year’s coordinator, Mark Richardson,

Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Fest,Aug 12-14
Held at Bolado Park, Tres Pinos California. Details available at http://www.scbs.org/events/gof/

34th Annual Saw FestivalAug. 13-14
  • Sat. Aug. 13—Open jam at 1:00 p.m. at the Scribner Statue, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz; potluck and jam 6:00 p.m. at Roaring Camp in Felton.
  • Sun. Aug. 14—Festival and contest, 10:00 a.m.—5:30 p.m. at Roaring Camp. Contest begins at 11:30 a.m. on the Main Stage. Workshop—4:20-5:00 p.m. in front of Main Stage.
More info available at www.sawplayers.org

Strawberry Music FestivalSept 1-5
Held at Camp Mather, bordering Yosemite National Park. See www.strawberrymusic.com for details.

SFFMC Labor Day CampSept 2-5
At Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, see Top Stories for details.

Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco FestivalSept 10
Held in lush Ives Park in downtown Sebastopol 11:30 am to 7:00pm. This year featuring The Zydeco Flammes, Sheryl Cormier Band, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Freeze Guillory & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band. More information available at www.winecountrycajun.com.

Berkeley Old Time Music ConventionSept 14-18
Held at various venues in Berkeley (Freight & Salvage, Ashkenaz, Public Library, Morrison Hall). Artists include Thomas Maupin, Daniel Rothwell, Pilot Mt. Bobcats, Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz, Mike Bryant & Josept Decosimo, Triple Chicken Foot, Craig Ventresco & Meredity Axelrod, Aces, New Omatics. Details available at www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org.

Russian River Jazz & Blues FestSept 24-25
Held at Johnson’s Beach, Guerneville, CA. Headliners include Buddy Guy and BB King. Details at www.omegaevents.com/russianriver/.

El Cerrito Free Folk FestivalOct 22
A daylong arts and music festival, with performances and workshops from world-renowned and local musicians. Held from noon until 10:00 pm at the historic Windrush School, 1800 Elm Street, El Cerrito, CA. Details, Top Stories, www.elcerritofolkfest.org/.