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It is going to be a rainy weekend for the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat. This is not necessarily a bad thing because almost all of our scheduled workshops are indoors. The only downside is that the pool won’t be opening on Saturday as we scheduled.
Another problem with rainy weather is that it tends to aggravate my arthritis and trigger migraine headaches, So if I look like my head hurts, don’t ask me if my head hurts.
On the bright side, I will be adding a couple more workshops to the schedule to keep myself occupied – and my mind off of my aching bones. I am planning to do a workshop on how to teach – with emphasis on talking to the camera. I think that will be a lot of fun – and I have some other cool ideas percolating.
We will be arriving at Camp Pecometh tomorrow. Being in a moving car can give me seizures, so we arrive extra early so I can recuperate and be at my best to start welcoming guests as they arrive for the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat.
This is going to be a wonderful weekend of music and fellowship. We will all come together to celebrate the common language of music and work together so that all of us can express ideas and emotions through our instruments.
If I get a headache, that is okay. I am making music with my friends, at a shindig I organized with my best friend.
See you soon!
Dear old Dad has put the finishing touched on the workshop schedule for the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!
We are excited to have so many musicians coming together to share, jam and celebrate this wonderful thing we call music.
There is still time to register for the 2018 retreat! We’ll squeeze you in! Call (410) 968-3873 and talk to Dear Old Dad.
If you do miss the Retreat this year you may have a second chance to make music with us. Keep an eye on our web pages and social media for an upcoming announcement about The Fall Banjo Brawl!
If you plan on attending Patrick’s session on banjo with harmonica be sure to have a rack and a G harp with you. I will have some available for those who wish to purchase there.
Also, this year we have a chaplain. Rick MacArthur, a banjo picking retired pastor from Colorado has agreed to serve. He will conduct a non-denominational service on Sunday morning before breakfast at the fire ring just outside the center. All are welcome.
Joe and Rosa Hopkins will host a gospel sing/play along immediately after breakfast in the dining hall. Somebody say Amen!
Call me at 410-968-3873 for details.
Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad)
Here is a list of the workshops currently scheduled for The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat.
Feel free to suggest a topic or volunteer to share something.
Times will be posted at the retreat.
- Banjo and harp
- Frailing the blues and slide
- Frailing bluegrass
- Banjo meditation
- Playing and singing
- Photography walk with Patrick
Dear Old Dad:
- One on one sessions with folks who need a bit of help
- Hammered dulcimer workshop/demonstration
- Native American basket weaving ($10.00 for materials)
- Lap dulcimer
- Songwriting and singing
- Guitar tricks
- The host of Saturday Open Mic
- Early (minstrel) Banjo
- Mountain Dulcimer
- Banjo set up and building tips
- The host of the Banjo Building Round Table Discussion
Joe and Rosa Hopkins:
- Gospel singing
- General joy!
- Jumping into a jam sessionThe host of
- Friday Evening Hootenanny
- Lots of folk music stuff
Guy and Karen Stinson:
- Country oldies on guitar and banjo
New Year Banjo News!
Order a Somerset Whyte Laydie Banjo anytime before Memorial Day 2018 and get a bunk at the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat as our guest. What a wonderful way to break in a great banjo.
Call 410-968-3873 for details
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