Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association


A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Fri-Sun, March 6-8, 2015, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN


Saturday in an upstairs conference room

10:00 AM Introduction to Clawhammer Banjo with Quillan Roe

11:00 AM Clawhammer Backup to Old-Time Fiddle with Craig Evans. By itself, clawhammer banjo is a beautiful thing. But did you know it can even make a fiddle sound good? Craig Evans, of the Eelpout Stringers, shares some of his learnings from Dwight Diller and other performers. Banjo players and fiddlers welcome. Taught to Liberty (D), Goin' Down to Cairo (G) and Ora Lee (G). 

12:00 PM Beginning Old-Time Fiddle with Nick Rowse. The Eelpout Stringer's Nick "Fin" Rowse will be teaching one or two easy tunes by ear, depending folk's interest. The focus will be primarily on bowing, which is at the heart of Old-Time fiddle music. Cross tunings will also be discussed and demonstrated.

1:00 PM Walking the Bass with Eric Paulson. Eric's workshop will be about how the bass player can play more than just the 1, 5, 1, 5 pattern, and still stay on beat, drive the music, and stay out of the way of the lead players.

2:00 PM Introduction to Autoharp with Kim Roe.

3:00 PM Mandolin: Tricks, Licks, Tunes & Techniques with Nic Hentges & Justin Rosckes. Nic & Justin of No Man’s String Band will discuss, teach, and demonstrate the mandolin and its role in bluegrass music using various tricks, licks, tunes, and techniques.

4:00 PM The Art of Building A Great Set List and Why with Karl Burke. Having a great list of tunes and songs for your show is just part of a great concert. Learning how to take the audience on a dynamic musical journey is the rest of it. A good set list also helps keep your time on stage flowing easier. Taught by Karl Burke of the Eelpout Stringers. A handout will be included.


Additional workshops held in the Old-Time Music & Dance Hall are listed on the Dance Hall schedule page. Additional workshops held in The Gathering Place are listed on the Gathering Place schedule page. For advance tickets visit our ticket page.

To make the weekend a reality we will need to fill 140 volunteer shifts with many volunteers like you - people willing to do their part to make it happen. Would you be able to help us out for just a couple hours? Volunteers get preferential seating at the Saturday Night Headline Concerts. Pick your time and task on our volunteer page and email us your name for the schedule.

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