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2nd Annual Front Porch String Band Camp

July 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Daily until July 21, 2017

Lovers of old-time string band music, fiddle tunes, songs, square dances, and jam sessions are invited to gather for Front Porch String Band Camp, July 17-21, 2017, located at the Front Porch, Charlottesville, Virginia! First family member, $200 and each additional family member, $100. We encourage families to attend!

The 2nd annual Front Porch String Band Camp  will be held July 17-21, 2017, 9AM- 12:00PM, located at the Front Porch, Charlottesville, Virginia.  The camp is open to musicians of all ages who would like to gain experience playing in a string band.  Students should be already familiar with their instrument and able to play some simple tunes or chords.  Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and string bass will be featured, and players of autoharp and mountain dulcimer are also welcome.  Tunes and songs in a variety of styles will be offered.  Adults will have their own classes, with skilled instructors and exciting music to learn; younger students will be divided depending on age and skill level and will learn music which is challenging and consistent with their abilities.  Our camp is affordable for families— some of the songs will be taught across all of the classes so that they can be played together and enjoyed by the whole family.  Students will be formed into several string bands to obtain a good mix of age and instrumentation; on Friday, each band will have an opportunity to perform a tune or two for the rest of the campers and our guests in a short concert, followed by a traditional square dance.

Our teachers:

Pete Vigour:  Pete is a familiar face at jam sessions, concerts, and music classes around central Virginia.  Pete teaches music full-time at Stacy’s Music Shop and the Front Porch, plus classes at several local schools, and performs with Uncle Henry’s Favorites and Zuzu’s Hot 5.  He has organized music camps for many years, and has taught at Augusta Heritage, Blue Ridge Old-Time Week, and Pinewoods.  VigourMusic.com

Ellen Vigour: plays mandolin with Uncle Henry’s Favorites and is well-known as a square dance caller, able to engage students of all ages in music and dance.  She has played old-time fiddle since her teenage years.  Ellen is happy to be focused full-time on her music, having recently retired from her public school teaching career!  She will focus her teaching this week on the younger campers.

Tom Marshall: Tom teaches social studies and is Dean of Students at the Field School in Crozet.  He has been been a performing guitar and banjo player for as long as he can remember and loves nothing more than digging up old tunes and sharing them with like-minded stewards of homegrown music.  Tom is an engaging personality with a knack for working and playing with young people.

July 17, 2017 – July 21, 2017
Kids – Adults
9am – 12pm
$200 Individual or $200 for the first family member and $100 for each additional family member
Individual/First Family Member Rate: Register Here
Additional Family Member Rate: Register Here


July 18
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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The Front Porch


The Front Porch
221 East Water Street
Charlottesville , VA 22902 United States
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