Instructional Workshops

All instrument workshops located at the Coffee Barn; Dance Workshops in the dance tent.

Flatfooting Dance Workshop, Friday 4:30pm

Info coming soon!

Clawhammer Banjo with Mark Olitsky, Saturday, Time TBA

Mark Olitsky plays Clawhammer banjo and has recorded with various string-bands in VirginiaMarkOlitsky0414
and North Carolina. He has been interviewed and reviewed in The Old-Time Herald, Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimited. Mark has taught banjo workshops over the last 20 years at festivals and music camps in Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and California. Has won awards at many old-time festivals throughout the South in both solo banjo as well as string-band competitions and won the 2012 Cuyahoga County Seth Rosenberg prize in music. He was also selected to represent old-time banjo in the “First Voice” film project, produced by Roots Of American Music.

This clawhammer banjo workshop will begin with an open discussion to determine the direction we will take in a hands-on class to develop our playing and advance our understanding of clawhammer banjo… from ear training to tunings, to left and right hand techniques that are unique in playing this style of banjo.

Fiddle with Janie Rothfield, Saturday, Time TBA

jane2“Playing with Jane is always a blast. Her distinctive tone and rhythmic sensibilities are totally infectious.” – Andrew Van Norstrand

Jane Rothfield has been playing music since she was a child, and her repertoire of tunes and recorded albums encompass not only old-time and bluegrass, but Irish, Celtic and Scottish playing styles, as well. Her latest original recordings blend these traditional styles into her own unique sound. A talented and experienced music teacher, Jane has taught workshops and camps around the world. She is the creator and director of the unique and popular music camp, Janie’s Jumpstart.

This instructional workshop will be tailored to the participants’ needs and educational desires. Bring your fiddle! Located at the Coffee Barn.


Clogging with The Green Grass Cloggers, Saturday 11:45am

Inspired by traditional mountain-style clogging teams, but more influenced by older flatfootggc_78 and buck dancers, North Carolina’s premier clogging group has been kicking up their collective heels for over forty years, and together have developed an original, eclectic style. Unlike the traditional “big-set” mountain square dance figures, they use choreography based on four-couple western square dance figures in short energetic routines. Stop by and learn some basic clogging steps and more advanced moves, as well.  Located in the Dance Tent.


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11th Annual Festival! September 14 - 16, 2017 at Shakori Hills in Silk Hope, NC