For 2015, Augusta brings together another spectacular lineup! The staff of well-known bluegrass figures will share their talents with students in classes, workshops, demonstrations, special presentations, concerts and sessions throughout the week. Informal picking sessions at all levels go on ’til the wee hours all over campus as students get together with old friends and make new ones. Evening concerts feature exciting combinations of master bluegrass artists with special guests. While classes are geared for adults, young folks able to maintain an adult level of participation are welcome. All classes (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.
“Hello, bluegrass lovers! Team Bluegrass has been busy putting together a spectacular staff of bluegrass luminaries for Augusta Bluegrass Week 2015. This year promises to be the best ever, featuring the following classes and instructors: Bass with Missy Raines; Banjo with Tom Adams, Ned Luberecki and Casey Henry; Dobro with Sally Van Meter; Fiddle with Bryon Berline, Darol Anger, and Patrick McAvinue; Guitar with Jack Lawrence, Carl Jackson, and Tyler Grant; Mandolin with Herschel Sizemore, Joe Walsh, and Sharon Gilchrist; Songwriting with Mark Simos; and Vocals with Chris Jones and Dede Wyland. Staff musicians will be long-time favorites Mark Panfil and John Seebach, along with your Bluegrass Week coordinators. The week will be filled with 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, (Coordinators)
Students register for one class for the week. Each class builds upon information presented the previous day.