Wintergrass Workshops Updated Again!!

Here is the latest update on Wintergrass 2010 Workshops!! Workshops are all included with your festival ticket (The Wintergrass Academy and Youth Academy classes are different than workshops)

Wintergrass Workshops 2010

Regency Ballroom 2nd floor
5pm    Two Chord Bluegrass Songs: A workshop for beginners – Tom Petersen & Down the Road
6:15pm    Bluegrass Harmony – Finding the Baritone Part – Sue Thompson, Dawn Holladay & Sally Sublette
7:30pm    Simple Songs for Jamming – Peter Rothbarge & Ricky Gene Powell

Cedar Ballroom 2nd floor
5:30-8:30pm    Wintergrass Music for String Orchestra – Renata Bratt, Beth Fortune, Brittany Haas

Regency Ballroom 2nd floor
9am-2:45pm    Youth Academy

Auditorium 3rd floor
12:30pm    Music Theory – Terry Shaw
1:45 Schenk Guitar Workshop – Tim Thompson, Rod Schenk
Bluegrass Masters Film Festival
3pm    The Goins Brothers Part I
4pm    Pete Seeger

Maple 3rd floor
10am    Upright Bass: Choosing, Setup & Playing – Bryce Van Parys, Hammond Ashley
11:15am    Basics for Bass – Duane & Holly Boyer
12:30pm    So Many Bands, So Few Bass Players – Mike Bub w/his amazing folding Bass
1:45pm    Brazilian Percussion – Pandeiro – Louversia Taylor
3pm    Old Time Banjo – Charlie Beck, the Tallboys

Larch 3rd floor
11:15am    Banjo Technique (rhythm) – Greg Liszt – Crooked Still
12:30pm    Fiddle – Jeremy Garrett, Infamous Stringdusters
1:45pm    Rhythm Workshop for Strings – Tristan Clarridge, Brittany Haas
3pm    Master Guitar – Bryan Sutton & Kenny Smith
4:15pm    Resomania – Orville Johnson, Greg Maass, Al Brinkerhoff, Bob Evoniuk, Marty Lepore, Greg Booth,
Tom Foote, Tab Tabscott

Laurel 3rd floor
10am    Mandolin Picking Basics – Isaac Callender & Emily Muller Callender
11:15am    Beginning Fiddle – Mary Simpkin Maass
12:30pm    How to Thumbpick Like Merle Travis – Parrish Ellis – The WIYOS
3pm    Yodeling – Jo Miller

Juniper 3rd floor
10am    Guitar for the Impatient Beginner – Bret Holz
11:15am    Brazilian Guitar – Stuart Zobel
12:30pm    Beginning Dobro – Greg Maass
1:45pm    Clogging – Charmaine Slaven
3pm    Choro Circle (mandolin, brazilian guitar, pandeiro) – Tim Connell, Louversia Taylor, Ricky Gene Powell

Madrona 3rd floor
10am    Beginning Banjo – Playing by Ear – Robert Jackson
11:15am    Beginning Mandolin: Idiot’s Guide to Mandolin – Ricky Gene Powell
12:30pm    Basic Bluegrass Rhythm for the Guitar – Yusuf Kilgore
1:45pm    Gypsy Swing Chords – Yusef Kilgore
3pm    Songwriting Workshop – One Horse Shy

Balsam 2nd floor
3pm    The Kazoo (kids 4-6) – Michael Farkas & the WIYOS

Evergreen Stage 1st floor
3pm    Youth Academy

Schenk Guitar Grand Ballroom Stage 1st floor
11am-1pm    Martin Guitar Workshop (2 hours) – Tim O’Brien, Larry Barnwell, Richard Starkey
1:45pm     Mandolin – Tim O’Brien & Jesse Cobb

Evergreen Ballroom 1st floor
10am    Thinking Outside the Box..and Playing on It – Joe Craven
11:15am    Vocal Harmony Techniques – Dry Branch Fire Squad

Schenk Guitar Grand Ballroom 2nd floor
11am    Seldom Scene Band Workshop – Seldom Scene

Regency Ballroom 2nd floor
10am    Introduction to Clogging – Mary Jensen

Cedar Ballroom 2nd floor
10am    Bluegrass Band Rhythm Workshop – John Reischman & the Jaybirds
11:15am    Singing – Aoife O’Donovan & Sarah Jarosz

Balsam 2nd floor
10am    Storytelling workshop – Auntmama
11:15am    Little Kid Workshop – Hilary Field & Katie Pederson?
12:30pm    Wintergrass Kid’s Jam – Anna Snook, Amy Hakanson, Jered Widman

Auditorium 3rd floor
10am    Foundation for Bluegrass Music and the Bluegrass In the Schools Program – Dr. Tom Kopp, phd.
11:15am    Polishing Your Act: A Live Performance master class for solo artists and bands – Vicki Ambinder
12:30pm    Essential Skills for Bluegrass Harmony – Sue Thompson, Don Share, Dawn Holliday, Sallie Sublette
2pm    The Goins Brothers Part II
3pm     Jimmy Martin, The King of Bluegrass


Wintergrass 2010 Performers-The Lonesome River Band

Wintergrass 2010 performers The Lonesome River Band are on the cover of February 2010’s issue of Bluegrass Unlimited. A great story on one of the best bands playing bluegrass in the premier magazine on bluegrass!! The Lonesome River Band will be appearing only on Thursday Feb 25th and the bands banjo player Sammy Shelor will be teaching the one day Wintergrass Banjo Academy.

Check out this great version of Sitting on Top of the World!!

Wintergrass 2010 “Preview” Concerts Celebrate KCLS Partnership

The Bellevue branch of the King County Library System will host two Bluegrass concerts to help welcome Wintergrass to its new location.

On Tuesday evening, February 2 2010, at 7 p.m. in Room 1, join Down the Road for an evening of Bluegrass and American roots music. Also, educator Tom Petersen will present the history of Bluegrass, and Trisha Tubbs of the Washington Bluegrass Association will talk about the galaxy of opportunities available to learn, play and listen through Wintergrass’s Youth Academy, the Bluegrass In The Schools program and Teacher Workshop, and the Music for String Orchestra Workshop.

Saturday Feb 6th 2010  at 2 p.m., The Downtown Mountain Boys will unleash the three-part harmonies that send shivers up your spine, and their dazzling instrumental firepower, for a rollicking bluegrass concert for all ages.

Both shows are family-friendly and an excellent introduction to what Wintergrass has to offer, so tell your friends and bring some along!

The King County Library System has partnered with Wintergrass to promote Americana Music education. Wintergrass is listed on the KCLS “Events” webpage, linked to scores of Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Roots, and Americana CDs, films, and books in the vast KCLS collection.

The Bellevue Library is just a couple blocks from the Bellevue Hyatt Regency, at 1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, 98004.

Parking is on-site and free.  For more information, visit the KCLS website at ,call the library at 425-450-1765  or contact Tom Petersen, 206-546-4865, <>

Wintergrass Films

Wintergrass 2010 will be featuring a couple of films this year as part of the workshops. Both films feature some early pioneers of bluegrass music. True Life with King is the story of Jimmy Martin and early guitarist and vocalist with Bill Monroe who later went on to form his own band: The Sunny Mountain Boys. Jimmy led an interesting life and this film is a great look at the music and the man behind it.

The second film is about the early pioneers of bluegrass The Goins Brothers. Ray and Melvin 50 plus years of bluegrass music include being members of the   Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, before finally forming the Goins Brothers.

Showing times will be available as part of the workshop schedule.

Wintergrass 2010 Performer-Tim and Myles Thompson

2008 Walnut Valley Festival International Fingerstyle Guitar Contest 1st Place Winner Tim Thompson & his fiddler son Myles will be playing at Wintergrass 2010.  Most bluegrass guitar players play in a flatpick style but not all guitar is bluegrass. Tim’s style is similar to a Chet Atkins or Merle Travis style. Tim is part of the A-List players of Schenk Guitars who will be sponsoring the Schenk Grand Ballroom Stage at Wintergrass 2010.  There also will be a workshop featuring Tim and Schenk Guitars. Check out this clip of Tim & Myles playing the traditional tuneRed Haired Boy”

Wintergrass 2010 Teachers Academy

“A fun, interesting and innovative way to motivate and teach students! This interactive, “hands-on” seminar will provide educational information on American roots music, share teaching and motivation approaches using music and dance, and provide lesson plans and resources for utilizing bluegrass/Americana music in the classroom. Discover strategies to increase student motivation to learn, provide cultural awareness, promote music appreciation and engage students with different learning abilities and diverse backgrounds.

The course will include sessions on using bluegrass/Americana music to connect with learners, an overview of bluegrass music history, utilizing bluegrass to meet educational performance standards, learning to play a song on an instrument (attendees will choose from  banjo, mandolin or guitar), history of clogging including a live demo and interactive clogging instruction, bluegrass vocal harmony structure, interaction with acoustic/bluegrass music students at the Wintergrass Youth Academy, and live bluegrass/Americana music performance.”

The Wintergrass Teachers Academy will be returning to Wintergrass 2010. This is a one day workshop  that has been designed for elementary and middle school level classroom and music teachers, special education teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, home schooling parents, librarians, college students majoring in education and association leaders interested in starting local Bluegrass in the Schools programs. High school and college educators have also attended the workshops, and have found them to be very interesting and worthwhile. Registration will be

$60 (register online at ); $75 at the door (if space is available)

Includes workshop registration fee, one-day Wintergrass pass for Friday ($50 value), Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music educational DVD with lesson plans, a certificate of workshop attendance to verify 6 clock hours for Washington state continuing education requirements, a bluegrass CD (courtesy of Rural Rhythm Records), a bluegrass CD (courtesy of Good Old Homegrown Music), Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and other material.

NOTE: At the end of this workshop, Washington teachers will need to write a check for $12 to the Seattle Public School District and complete the In-Service Registration form in order to have the clock hours processed for Classification/Compensation.

This fee includes workshop registration fee, a one-day Wintergrass pass for Friday ($50 value), Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music educational DVD with lesson plans, a certificate of workshop attendance to verify 6 clock hours for Washington State continuing education requirements, a Little Mo’ McCoury CD for children (courtesy of McCoury Music), a bluegrass CD courtesy of Rural Rhythm Records, a bluegrass CD courtesy of Good Old Homegrown Music, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and other material. For more information on this workshop and for a full schedule of the workshop here is a link to the website.

Wintergrass thanks the following sponsors for making this workshop possible. Acoustic Sound (Wintergrass)
The Foundation for Bluegrass Music
International Bluegrass Music Association
Wintergrass Youth Academy
Nechville Musical Products
McCoury Music
Rural Rhythm Records
Good Home Grown Music
Bluegrass Unlimited
Dusty Strings Acoustic Music Shop

Wintergrass 2010 Performer-Joe Craven

Wintergrass 2010 will have Joe Craven playing a “One Man Joe” set on Saturday Feb 27,2010 as well as teaching at the Wintergrass 2010 Youth Academy. Joe was a member of the David Grisman Quintet for 17 years playing fiddle,mandolin and percussion. Since leaving the Quintet, Joe has been touring with his “One Man Joe” show. You never know what “instruments” he will play during his set. Items he has played have included: violins, mandolins, tin cans, bedpans, gas cans, cookie tins, chamberlins, tenor guitars, panitars, mouthbows, charangos, banjos, canjoes, cuatros, bongos, buckets, berimbau, bundt pans, balalaikas, brake drums, bells, bottles, brush ‘n box, boot ‘n lace, oud, face, Cuban tres, jewel case, metal-glass-clay vase, paper, PVC, pots ‘n pans, panderetas, knitting needles, hoe blades, hambone, jawbone, jello molds, water jugs, oven grates, glasses, squeeze toys, triangles, tongs, cups, cajons, cake pans, waste cans, umbrella stands, stones, cymbals, sea shells, silverware trays, spoons, ukuleles, martini shakers, matchboxes, mbiras, reco recos, guiros, gourds, rhythm sticks, thermos, zippers and…. He also will be one of the instructors with the Youth Academy. Joe travels all around the country working with schools doing a variety of residence programs. Check out his website where you can check out a few clips and learn more about Joe.