Jam camp for bluegrass experts, novices alike

Aug 31, 2017

Searsport — The nonprofit Makers Guild of Maine will hold its Vacationland Jam Camp Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15 through 17, at Searsport Shores Ocean Park and Campground, 216 West Main St./Route 1.

The fun-filled, relaxing weekend of bluegrass jamming will include some of Maine’s best bluegrass teachers including Erica Brown, Matt Shipman and Steve Roy (Erica Brown & the Bluegrass Connection, Darlin’ Corey), along with Carter Logan (Jerks of Grass), Baron Collins-Hill (Velocipede) and uke teacher extraordinaire Frets Halligan.

The weekend will include 10 hours of classroom instruction plus additional workshops, hours of jamming, an on-site luthier, a slow jam for beginners and a teacher concert featuring Brown and friends. The camp takes place on the shores of Penobscot Bay with oceanside camping, kayaking and hiking trails.

A special novice workshop will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, for first-time bluegrass jammers; and there will be a two-hour vocal harmony workshop Friday before the official event begins. Vacationland Jam Camp is open to all or most stringed instruments including guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass and ukulele.

For more information, call Resa Randolph at 230-4459; email vacationlandjamcamp@gmail.com; or find the registration link on the camp’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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