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FolkWest to hold bluegrass camp for adults

FolkWest announces the inaugural Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Jam Camp for adults.

The camp will be held May 31-June 2 on Reservoir Hill in Pagosa Springs in conjunction with the third annual Pagosa Bluegrass Camp for Kids and just prior to the Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass music festival.

 Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Jam Camp is an excellent opportunity for intermediate level pickers to take a big step forward in their bluegrass understanding and pickin’ proficiency.  Built on the idea that playing with and for other musicians is a powerful tool for learning, campers will be afforded supported opportunities to study and practice the foundations of bluegrass music on their guitars, fiddles, banjos, basses and mandolins. The camp will use a quick-paced variety of different teaching styles and formats including large group instruction, small like-instrument workshops, one-on-one lessons and a band scramble that is gently coached by each of the staff members.  In the small group ensembles, campers will learn to play in balance, build solos, sing harmony and perform in front of a single microphone.  The camp is recommended for intermediate level adult musicians who enjoy playing bluegrass music with other folks.

 Tuition for the three-day camp is $225 and will be capped at 40 students. Registration will maintain a balance of instruments so that total registrants have a relatively equal number of each of the bluegrass “voices.”  Instruction will be provided in guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass and banjo. Although Dobro players are welcome, there is unfortunately no teacher for that particular instrument at the camp this year.  

 Finders and Youngberg is the host band and its members are the camp’s instructors. Mike Finders is a singer/songwriter, guitar picker and professional educator.  He’s been teaching guitar lessons for most of his adult life, and bluegrass jam classes for the last four years. Erin Youngberg has played stand-up bluegrass bass since she was 9 years old, and is a veteran lesson teacher and jam camp instructor. Her husband, Aaron Youngberg is a professional banjo and pedal steel player, guitar and banjo instructor, and recording engineer.  He’ll be teaching banjo. Ryan Drickey is a Rockygrass fiddle champion, old-time, jazz and classical player whose session and sideman work is in high demand from New York to Seattle. Rich Zimmerman on mandolin has been a private instructor as well as band leader for the popular regional band Slipstream. All five members of the band and jam camp staff are not only knowledgeable and experienced bluegrass players, but, more importantly, they are patient and skilled instructors with the humor and grace it takes to help adults have fun and move forward in their pickin’.

 Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Jam Camp will culminate with a concert under the festival tent on Thursday, June 2.

For additional information, or to register for camp, visit or call 731-5582.

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