Bluegrass Week

Bluegrass Week

July 21- 26, 2019

For 2019, Augusta brings together another spectacular lineup! The staff of well-known bluegrass figures will share their talents with participants in workshops, demonstrations, special presentations, concerts, and jam sessions throughout the week. Informal picking sessions at all levels go on ’til the wee hours all over campus as participants and staff get together with old friends and make new ones. Evening performances feature exciting combinations of master bluegrass artists with special guests. While workshops are geared for adults, young folks able to maintain an adult level of participation are welcome. All workshops (except Vocals) are intended for those who can already play their instrument to some extent and are ready to start learning bluegrass style, technique, and repertoire.

Bluegrass Week runs concurrently with Vocal Week; Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops; Folk Arts for Kids; and Evening Mini-Courses. This is the first year of our Bluegrass Week and Vocal Week pairing, and we have some exciting plans in store. Participants can take advantage of both weeks by attending special events, afternoon electives, swapping songs in jam sessions, and sharing in the fun!

Bluegrass Week 2017

Students register for one class for the week. Each class builds upon information presented the previous day.

Hello, bluegrass lovers! Team Bluegrass has been busy putting together a spectacular staff of bluegrass luminaries for Augusta Bluegrass Week 2017. We’ll be announcing more in the near future, so check back often for additions. This year promises to be the best ever, filled with classes, concerts, dances, special round-ups, demonstrations, artist spotlights, afternoon electives, directed slow jams, nightly picking sessions that go into the wee hours, student showcases, and much more. Mark your calendars for a week of total bluegrass immersion, and come pick among the stars in “Almost Heaven” West Virginia. We hope to see you there! –Ira Gitlin, Mary Burdette, and Neel Brown, Bluegrass Week Coordinators

Tuition Guide:
$490/week if paid before June 1. $
530/week if paid after June 1. 

(+ Room & Board or other available options.)

Registration will open on March 1, 2019.

Register Here!

2019 Workshop Leaders and Classes COMING SOON. Click any name below to open more details. Click again to close.

Bluegrass Week Week Coordinator – Neel Brown

Neel Brown

Neel Brown, an accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist, has played the Bluebird Café in Nashville, the Olympics in Atlanta, and countless places in the Washington, DC, capital region. He now enjoys picking and singing in living rooms and the occasional local bluegrass gig with the band Only Lonesome. Neel makes his home in Arlington, Virginia, where he runs an advocacy communications company.

Bluegrass Week Week Coordinator – Mary Burdette

Mary Burdette

Mary Burdette has performed at bluegrass festivals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe with Skip Gorman, Tom Sauber, Patrick Sauber, and Ruthie Dornfeld, and at cowboy poetry gatherings around the country. Her bass playing can be heard on several recordings, and on the soundtrack of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery. Mary is Assistant Director of the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and an active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Leadership Bluegrass Alumni Association.

Bluegrass Week Week Coordinator – Ira Gitlin

Ira Gitlin

Ira Gitlin is widely known and respected in Washington-Baltimore music circles as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and writer. A former National Bluegrass Banjo Champion, he has backed up such nationally known performers as Bill Harrell, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Laurie Lewis, Peter Rowan, and Peter “P.D.Q. Bach” Schickele.

Ira has taught at numerous music camps and festival workshops. A frequent contributor to Bluegrass Unlimited and Banjo NewsLetter, he has lectured on bluegrass for the Smithsonian Associates, and also delivered papers at the 2005 and 2017 Bluegrass Music Symposia.

In 1993 Ira was a one-day winner on Jeopardy.

Banjo (Level TBD) – Tom Adams

Banjo (Level TBD)

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Tom Adams

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Banjo (Level TBD) – Mark Delaney

Banjo (Level TBD)

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Mark Delaney

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Banjo (Level TBD) – Gina Clowes

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Gina Clowes

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Bass (Level TBD) – Missy Raines

Bass (Level TBD)

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Missy Raines

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Fiddle (Level TBD) – Patrick McAvinue

Fiddle (Level TBD

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Patrick McAvinue

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Guitar (Level TBD) – Tyler Grant

Guitar (Level TBD)

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Tyler Grant

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Guitar (Level TBD) – Steve Gulley

Guitar (Level TBD)

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Steve Gulley

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Mandolin (Level TBD) – Alan Bibey

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Alan Bibey

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Mandolin (Level TBD) – Jesse Brock

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Mandolin (Level TBD)

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Mandolin (Level TBD) – Matt Flinner

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Matt Flinner

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Resonator Guitar (Level TBD) – Mark Panfil

Resonator Guitar (Level TBD)  

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Mark Panfil

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Songwriting (Level TBD) – Joe Newberry

Songwriting (Level TBD)

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Joe Newberry

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Vocals (Level TBD) – Greg Blake & Dede Wyland

Vocals (Level TBD)  

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Greg Blake

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Dede Wyland

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Click here to see the Dance workshops offered this week!

 

Click here to see Arts, Craft & Folklore workshops offered this week!

 

Click here to see the Folk Arts for Kids! workshops offered this week!

 

Click here to see all  mini courses offered this week!