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2024 Old-Time Jam Camp

  • August 06, 2024
  • 7:00 PM
  • August 08, 2024
  • El Rancho Mañana, 27302 Ranch Road, Richmond, MN 56368
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2024 Old-Time Jam Camp With the Earl White Stringband

August 6-8, 2024

Camp Begins: Tuesday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. and ends with the Thursday evening recital on the main stage as part of the main event festivities.

Cost: $125 until June 30.  $150: July 1 – July 31, 2024.

Online Registration Deadline: July 31, 2024



Cancellation Deadline: July 31st, 2024

What to Expect: Classes and breakout sessions covering work in instrument groups (all divided into the 5 standard OT instruments: guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin), ensembles, seminars on lead and harmony singing, music theory, song arrangement, jam etiquette, and more. The camp will close out with all students performing their recitals on the Main stage on Thursday evening.

Camping Info: If you want to camp at El Rancho Mañana during the Jam Camp, you need to reserve your site directly with ERM for Tuesday and Wednesday.

For rates & information, visit El Rancho Mañana's website

Minors must camp with an adult.

Food: Participants are responsible for their own food.  Festival food vendors are generally setup by Thursday afternoon.



Fiddlin Earl White has been a prominent figure in the Old-time music and dance community for more than 50+ years. He is one of few Black Americans playing and perpetuating the music that was once an important part of black culture and black communities across the US. He is an original and founding member of the famed Greengrass Cloggers and received his first fiddle in 1975. Earl’s energetic, rhythmic, driving style is attributed to many years of dancing with the Cloggers to the delights of Tommy Jarrell, the Highwoods Stringband, the Plank Road Stringband, and the Horseflies, to name a few. His fiddling is as heartfelt as his dancing of earlier years.

Currently, Earl leads the “The Earl White Stringband” with the superb accompaniment of Mark Olitsky on banjo & guitar, Mark Schatz on banjo & bass, and Bryan McDowell on guitar & fiddle. Find Fiddlin Earl White and the Earl White Stringband on YouTube.

Earl says, "My teaching style is geared toward ear training. I use a call and response approach. Students are also directed to reference sources for listening and immersive experiences."

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association

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