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3rd Annual Front Porch String Band Camp

July 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 20, 2018


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 16 – 20th, 2018. 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 Instructors:
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.

July 16, 2018 – July 20, 2018
Kids – Adults
9am – 3pm
20% Sibling/Family Discount 
*This camp will be held at the Charlottesville Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest Street


July 16, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


The Front Porch


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