Kowana Valley Folk School and Lodge run by Richard and Lynn Ferry 8651 Bull Creek Rd, Coulterville, Ca 95311 www.kowanavalley.com 209 768-8651
Join these world-class players for an unforgettable weekend of instruction, concerts & jamming designed for intermediate to lower advanced players limited to no more than 30 students.
For advanced students, a separate advanced track will be created with topics based on their needs and requests.
Topics-oriented workshops will alternate with open time for practicing, follow-up and one-on-one sessions guided by student requests.
Add world-class cuisine to satisfy any foodie with comfortable accommodations in a serene Stanislaus National Forest setting that’s just 45 minutes from Yosemite National Park and you’ve got the ingredients for the best banjo camp in the world. Directed by camp veteran Bill Evans.
Alan Munde is a bluegrass banjo legend – easily among the most influential players of all time as well as being one of the world’s most accomplished and prolific teachers. Alan began his career in bluegrass music with the 1968 recording of Poor Richard’s Almanac featuring Sam Bush and Wayne Stewart, followed by a traditional grounding in bluegrass music as a member of IBMA Hall of Fame member Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1972, Alan joined his college friend Byron Berline in the forward-leaning bluegrass group Country Gazette and he continued as the anchor of the group for twenty-one years. Along the way, he recorded many highly regarded albums including Banjo Sandwich and the Festival Favorites series. Alan taught in the Bluegrass Music Program at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas from 1986 to 2006 and since that time, he has become a mainstay of the international banjo camp scene. He has published many instructional books for Mel Bay and instructional DVDs for Texas Music and Video. The Yosemite Banjo Camp provides the unique opportunity of learning from this true master in a much smaller group setting than found in most other camps. Learn more about Alan at almundesbanjocollege.com.
Steve Martin describes Ned Luberecki’s playing as “an absolutely joyous, riveting, beautifully syncopated example of the beauty of the banjo.” Ned is one of today’s leading players and teachers: a master of the five-string banjo who is adept in both modern and traditional styles. He has taught hundreds of players at most every major banjo and bluegrass banjo camp in the world and his brand new Complete Banjo Method, in three volumes from Alfred Music, is garnering rave reviews. Ned tours internationally with the award-winning Becky Buller Band and in Nedski & Mojo, his duo with Sam Bush band guitarist Stephen Mougin. Ned counts as his influences not only the usual banjo heroes with names like Earl, J.D. and Tony but also Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck. These diverse influences emerge in his unique, sometimes whimsical approach that draws from rock, jazz and television themes (!) as well as bluegrass. Ned’s latest release is the critically acclaimed CD Take Five. Learn more about Ned at www.nedski.com.
Banjo For Dummies author Bill Evans has taught thousands of players in both group and one-on-one instruction over the last forty years. He has authored five books, nine DVDs and also teaches beginning and bluegrass banjo courses online at Peghead Nation (www.pegheadnation.com). He co-directed the NashCamp Banjo Retreat with Sonny Osborne for fifteen years and currently hosts the annual California Banjo Extravaganza tour and workshop each November. His instruction is down-to-earth, highly organized and hands-on with detailed tab examples designed for the adult learner. Bill has performed and recorded with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Dan Crary and Dry Branch Fire Squad, among many others. His 2012 CD In Good Company topped both folk and bluegrass charts as well as found its way to many best of the year lists. His latest CD is Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us, recorded with 86-year old Tennessee fiddler Fletcher Bright and Americana icons Norman & Nancy Blake. Bill currently tours with his solo show The Banjo In America, presenting over 250 years of banjo history based on research done as a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley and he also performs with flatpicking guitar pioneer Dan Crary. Visit www.billevansbanjo.com to learn more.
Yosemite Banjo Camp attendees should be knowledgeable in Scruggs-style playing, be able to play successfully a handful of standard tunes at medium tempos, and understand the basics of accompanying others in jam sessions.
With a small number of participants, we have the unique opportunity to create an event based around students’ needs and requests. After registering, camp director Bill Evans will keep in touch with you to find out how we can make this a great camp experience for you based on what you’re wanting to learn.
Students are welcome to attend any session at any time but keep in mind that if a topic is oriented towards a particular experience level, the instructor will teach to that level.
In addition to lots of small group directed jamming that will leave no one behind, we’re expecting lots of one-on-one interaction to happen at the Yosemite Camp. Each student will receive one 20-minute private session with one teacher and with the comparatively open schedule, there will be many other opportunities for informal interactions with teachers and other students.
Contact Bill Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 510-528-1924 for answers to your questions about camp schedule and curriculum.
Yosemite Banjo Camp 2018 Schedule
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Arrive, unpack and get settled
4:00 – 5:00 pm. Camp meeting, Happy hour with appetizers
5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Jam Survival Skills for all, General Q & A
7:00 – 7:45 p.m. Dinner
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Short staff concert and facilitated jams.
Friday and Saturday
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Workshop Session I
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon Workshop Session II
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. One-on-one sessions / free time/ jamming
3:15 – 4:45 p.m. All group session, topics TBA
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Harmony singing workshop (Friday) or free time
6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Staff concert (Friday) / All Camp Jam (Saturday)
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Facilitated jams (smaller groups)
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Workshop Session I
11:00 – 12:15 noon Workshop Session II
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Final thoughts and bon voyage!
Costs for 3 day workshop per person (fees below include all meals, workshops and activities):
Bunk Room (4 in a room, shared bathroom between 2 bunk rooms): $700
Semi private room with private bath (2 beds in a room) queen or double bed: $875
Private queen room at lodge for couples only, private bath: $875 each person
Private queen room at Ferry residence for couples only, shared bath: $775 each person
Refund policy for this workshop: 100% before Jan 1, 50% by Feb 15, 2018. No refunds after Feb 15 2018.
(all above workshops fees are inclusive of a $500 instruction fee and balance is applied to lodging and food)