Festivals ’n’ Such

Festivals ’n’ Such
Swannanoa GatheringsJuly 7-August 10
Week-long gatherings held at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. Traditional Song Week; July 7-13; Celtic Week, July 14-20; Old-Time Music Week, July 21-27; Contemporary Folk and Guitar Weeks, July 28-August 3; Mandolin, Banjo and Fiddle Weeks, August 4-10. More info available at www.swangathering.com;

California Coast Music CampJuly 7-13, 14-20
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: www.musiccamp.org,

California WorldFestJuly 11-14
Sixteenth 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.worldfest.net.

35th Annual Humboldt Folklife FestivalJuly 13-20
Contact the Humboldt Folklife Society, P.O. Box 1061, Arcata, CA 95518, www.humboldtfolklife.org.

Common Ground On the HillJuly 13-14
16th Annual Common Ground on the Hill Festival located in the McDaniel Coollete campus in central Maryland. More info available at or www.commongroundonthehill.org.

Vancouver Folk Music FestivalJuly 19-21
Held at Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC. Headliners include Lena Anderssen, Sam Baker, Del Barber and many others. info available at thefestival.bc.ca.

Willamette Valley Autoharp GatheringJuly 25-28
Held at the Western Mennonite School, Salem OR. Featured artists this year include Charles Whitmer, Karen Mueller and many more. Last year of this gathering! On-site housing and camping is available. Registration deadline is July 15. Contact Lewis Schaad, www.wvag.com.

Lark CampJuly 26-August 3
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 Web site, www.larkcamp.com, for complete information.

Country Roads Music CampAugust 7-11
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, contact Anna Green at or visit www.soundwestmusic.com/countryroadsfolkmusiccamp.html.

Good Old-Fashioned Bluegrass Fest,August 8-11
Held at Bolado Park, Tres Pinos, California. Details available at www.scbs.org.

13th Annual Redwood Dulcimer DayAugust 10
Held at Aptos Community United Methodist Church, 221 Thunderbird Dr., Aptos, CA. Workshops ($50) performance ($15 suggested donation) - lunch and dinner included! For more info, contact Shelley Phillips at P. O. Box 531, SC CA 95061 or Ron Beardslee at

36th Annual Saw FestivalAugust 10-11
Aug. 10: Open jam at 1:00 p.m. at the Scribner Statue, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz; potluck and jam 6:00 pm at Roaring Camp in Felton. Aug. 11: Festival and contest, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Roaring Camp. Contest 11:30 a.m. on the Main Stage. More info at www.sawplayers.org.

From Women’s Hearts and Hands Guitar CampAugust 16-19
Mendocino, CA. Excellent guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner-Advanced-Intermediate Folk, Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Melody, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance Opportunities. Song Circles. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. Information: www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com.

Strawberry Music FestivalAugust 29-September 2
Held at Camp Mather, bordering Yosemite National Park. See www.strawberrymusic.com for details.

SFFMC Labor Day CampAugust 30-September 2
At Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, near Boulder Creek, California. Musical jams, open mics, workshops, swimming. For details, see Top Stories or www.sffmc.org, July 4 & Labor Day camps.

Wine Country Ukulele FestivalSeptember 6-7
Workshops, jams and performances! winecountryukefest.com for more info.

Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco FestivalSeptember 7
Held in lush Ives Park in downtown Sebastopol 11:30 am to 7:00pm. More information available at www.winecountrycajun.com.

Berkeley Old Time Music ConventionSeptember 18-22
Held at various venues in Berkeley (Freight & Salvage, Ashkenaz, Public Library, Morrison Hall). Artists include Jumpsteady Boys (Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Joe Newberry, Mike Compton), Alice Gerrard and Beverly Smith, Foghorn Stringband with Dirk Powell and many more. Details available at www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org.

Burning Uke CampoutSeptember 19-22
Held at Little Basin - workshops, jams, camping, and cabins available. $80 for the weekend! Contact: Marty Carlson,

Walker Creek Music CampOct 11-14
Held at Walker Creek Ranch (walkercreekranch.org) west of Petaluma, an hour from the metropolitan Bay Area. For people who like to play and sing bluegrass, old-time, and country music. Instrumental instruction, elective classes, dancing, concerts, Music & More program for young children. Musicians of all ages welcome. $360-$750 depending on food and lodging choices. Kids program by Morgan Cochneuer and Carol Spiker: $80 and up. info: www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org or Ingrid Noyes at

The Children’s Music Network’s 2013 International ConferenceOct. 18-20
Held at the Presentation Center in Los Gatos, CA. Come to this peaceful oasis tucked among the redwoods south of San Francisco to join in a weekend of musical community designed to enrich your teaching, performing, songwriting, and any type of work you do with music and children. For more information, visit www.cmnonline.org or contact us at