Schools, Camps, and Festivals

Sunshine State Acoustic Music CampNov 11-13
Held in St. Petersburg, Florida. Lots of great workshops, including Song Structure, How To Get Gigs, Performing Techniques, Harmonizing, Making A Band, Music Theory, and instrument classes. Full information available at

Pacific Gospel Music Association Fall Gospel Retreat WeekendNov 10-12
Held at the Valley River Inn, Eugene, OR. Contact the organization (PGMA) at 541-554-4035 or

West Coast Ragtime FestivalNov 18-20
Held at the Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento. Featuring various artists (including Meredith Axelrod, Brian Holland, Squeek Steele, Tex Wyndham, Big Mama Sue and Fast Eddie, the Porcupine Ragtime Ensemble, Pacific Coast Ragtime Orchestra, St. Louis Ragtimers, and Ragtime Skedaddlers. Dancing, dance instruction, seminars, special show, and silent movies. For information, call 866-724-9273, go to

Kolo Festival 2011Nov 25-26
Held this year at a new location—the Wellness Center at City College of San Francisco. Teachers include Steve Kotansky (Balkan) Bata Marcetic (Serbian), John Filcich (kolos), and several singing instructors. Bands include Sviraj!, Brass Menazeri, The Helladelics, Agapi Mou, Trio Zulum, And Black Sea Surf. Full information available at

2012 Events

Kentucky Music Week's Winter Dulcimer WeekendJan 6-8
Held in Bardstown, Kentucky. Featuring top-name dulcimer instructors (mountain, hammered, and bowed), plus workshops in steel drum, ukulele, and pennywhistle. Lots of jamming. Host hotel is the Holiday Inn, Southwest Louisville. Full information available at

Barbara's Music CruiseJan 17-31
Kicks off with the Illawarra Folk Festival, Jan 11-15, Bulli Showground, Wollongong, Australia. Featuring roots, world, Celtic, acoustic traditional, gypsy, and bluegrass music, dance, and spoken word. Then join the cruise, sailing on the Holland America M.S. Volendam, Jam rooms are reserved! Starts and ends in Sydney, Australia; visits Milford Sound, Oban, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napir, Tauranga (Rotorua), Auckland, and Bay of Islands, New Zealand. For more information, contact; 602-549-6205, or e-mail

Irish Music CruiseJan 29-Feb 5
Enjoy Irish and other British Isles music and story concerts at sea for a whole week! Artists include The Wolfe Tones, The Makem & The Spain Brothers, Jez Lowe, Mairtin De Cogain, Archie Fisher, Harry O’Donoghue, Tom Sweeney, Andy May, Ciaran Sheehan, Seamus Kennedy, Evans & Doherty, and Hanneke Cassel. More information available at

Central Florida Dulcimer and Autohop FestivalFeb 11-12
Held in beautiful Mt. Dora, Florida. Workshops in mountain and hammered dulcimer, autoharp, bowed psaltery, tin whistle, steel drum, and ukulele. Registration limited to 200 (25 in each workshop), so register early. Special rates at host hotel (Comfort Inn, Eustis Florida) until January 9. Full information at Contact Ruth Harnden, 6 Marlene Ct., Sorrento, FL 32776.

CBA Music CampFeb 17-20
Registration opened October 20, and classes fill quickly, so register as soon as possible. Held at the beautiful Walker Creek Ranch west of Petaluma. Instruction on all major bluegrass and old-time instruments, elective classes, dancing, and concerts. Musicians of all ages welcome (even little kids, who have their very own Fungrass program). Instructors include the Peter Rowan Band, Foghorn Trio, Roland White, Chris Coole, Heide Clare, Sylvia Herold, Annie Staninec, John Reischman, Bill Evans, Ivan Rosenberg, Keith Little, Jim Nunally, Dix Bruce, Ron Stanley, Jack Tuttle, and Sid Lewis. Price ranges from $350 to $750, depending on food and lodging choices. Scholarships available. Full information available at, or contact Ingrid Noyes at 415-663-1342.

KlezmerquerqueFeb 16-20
Held in Albuquerque, NM, this will be the Tenth Annual Klezmerquerque Festival of Klezmer Music and Dance! Sponsored by Nahalat Shalom, the Southwest Center for Jewish Renewal. Keep checking the Klezmerquerque 2012 link at for details.

WintergrassFeb 23-26
Held at the Hyatt Regency, Bellevue, Washington. Featured artists include Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Tim O’Brien, Claire Lynch, Väsen (Sweden), Red Wine (Italy), Bluegrass 45 (Japan), Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Rushad Eggleston, Druhá Tráva (Czech Republic), Titans of Twang, and many more. Features intensive workshops in vocal harmony, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar; a youth academy for kids aged 7 to 14, and a youth orchestra! Details available at

California Autoharp GatheringMay 17-20
Held at the St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. This year features musical variety, including autoharps in myriad musical genres, including bluegrass, Latin, rock-n-roll, Celtic, O’Carolan, country blues, Hawaiian! Early-bird arrivals on Thursday and stay-overs on Sunday night are allowed. Extra days include lodging and meals. Information at, or contact Mike Mueller at 559-497-3830.