Tasty Bluegrass Jams

Learning bluegrass? Want to? For people in love with mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, guitar and all that bluegrass can bend into those strings, the 7th Annual Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Camp might be your dream come true.

Instructors from Yukon (Deb Bergman, mandolin) to New York State (Eric Gibson, banjo) offer intensive lessons at beginner or intermediate levels during the camp, scheduled for June 6-10.

And what about voice? Alabama lends Claire Lynch to the North for a few days, even though she’s just won the 2010 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Award) for Best Female Vocalist.

Days are structured with two hours of instruction in the mornings, a workshop period to discuss all types of music and theory, and then two more hours of lessons.

Flatpickers, strummers, fiddlers and vocalists alike will be surrounded by mountain views and 160 acres of greenery.

Participants can camp or come in their own RV (no hook-ups, though). All meals are provided over the four-and-a-half day retreat. Late night snacks are even promised, according to www.yukonbluegrass.com/ybms/Bluegrass_Camp.html, to fuel late-night jams. That’s a quote!

Send questions to the camp’s new manager Kim Winnicky at[email protected].

There’s an early-bird registration rate until May 6; late fees kick in after May 20.

This could be your best bluegrass summer yet if you continue on from the camp to the music feast of the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival itself (June 10-12).

– MW

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