Northern Roots Weekend | Dummerston, VT

Northern Roots Weekend
July 8 -10, 2011
at Green Mountain Camp, Dummerston, VT
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Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin)
Becky Tracy (fiddle)
Jean Duval (flute)
Jeff Warner (singing)

The second annual Northern Roots Weekend is quickly approaching. This is a wonderful weekend of traditional music with great instructors, including an expanded roster of singing classes.

We are excited to have Jean Duval bring his deep knowledge of French Canadian music, especially his repertoire of crooked tunes and his technical expertise on flute and whistle. And Jeff Warner, with his bottomless repertoire of great songs will be a wonderful addition to the singing side of camp this year. Singers will enjoy a full weekend of good song.

Last year’s session with Matt and Shannon Heaton was a tremendous success and we were almost at the capacity of the camp. We expect this year to fill so please consider registering soon while there is still space.

The Northern Roots Weekend features a series of intensive teaching workshops in traditional music with highly experienced and engaging instructors. Some classes will focus on technique specific to fiddle, flute, whistle, mandolin and guitar, but all instruments are welcome. There will also be many singing sessions. Some experience in traditional music required and a recording device is recommended.

In addition to other classes focusing on instrument technique or specific repertoire, there will be three ‘ensemble’ classes, each of which will meet three times – Dance Band Ensemble, French Canadian Ensemble and a Songs with Accompaniment group. These sessions are an opportunity to focus a little more in depth on a particular medley or song, perhaps working on an arrangement or some deeper issues of style. The groups will perform for each other on Sunday. It’s not a high performance situation, just a chance to share what we’ve been working on.
The dance band workshop will review the basics of playing for contra dancing but will also be an opportunity to form mini ensembles and experiment with arranging. Jean will lead the French Canadian Ensemble and Jeff’s singing group will encourage instrumentalists to come and work with them on song accompaniment.

In the evening, we will have something like an old style house party in a sweet little hall at the camp with some informal dancing of various styles and an open stage for campers to provide the music. There will be some singing and great food.

The Northern Roots Weekend will also be a wonderful chance to enjoy informal jam sessions and pub style singing in a lovely country setting (with swimming) in Dummerston, Vermont at Green Mountain Camp, located just 10minutes from downtown Brattleboro.

Camp begins Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm with wonderful meals provided beginning with Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Rustic cabin accommodation is available and also good camping.

Cost: $230 / Includes all workshops, 5 meals and 2 nights cabin lodging (if desired) / $60 deposit
To register: Download 2011 SUMMER REGISTRATION FORM or call 802-257-4523

Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy have been leading the Celtic Music Classes at the BMC for several years. They also founded the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, VT which happens annually in January in Brattleboro, VT. Becky’s fiddle playing and repertoire combines elements of traditional Irish and French Canadian music. She is a veteran of the New England contra dance scene and has performed and traveled widely. Keith is highly respected guitar player in the world of traditional music with a style based on DADGAD tuning. He has accompanied some of the finest players of traditional music and has played with many traditional bands, including the trio Nightingale with which he plays with Becky. Both Keith and Becky are experienced teachers and are particularly adept at helping initiate students in learning by ear.

Jean Duval is a pioneer of flute playing for traditional music in Quebec. Jean is a versatile and well-respected traditional musician, born in Montreal in 1961, who has been passionately interested in traditional Québécois and Celtic music since his adolescence. Jean plays the wooden flute, whistle, fiddle and harmonica. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in French Canadian crooked tunes at the University of Montreal.

Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music and was a featured performer at the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, January 2011. Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons.

Keith Murphy and Rebecca Tracy
104 Washington St
Brattleboro, VT 05301