Gardner Winter Music Festival

Gardner Winter Music Festival (GWMF)

Saturday, Feb 24, 2018

No cost (with admission) and no pre-registration!  (pdf icon Print-friendly pdf here)

Please check near the festival entrance for workshop rooms and last-minute changes.


11:00-12:30Harp, beginnerKate Sutton
 Bodhran (Irish frame drum) Gene Thorn
 Clawhammer Banjo, beginner Monica Andis
 Autoharp Rosemary Furman
 Hammered Dulcimer, beginner - designed for people who have not played one tune on the instrument and who need to learn the basic structures of playing. If you are able to play one tune, or can identify the strings, then this workshop is not for you, and you need to go to an intermediate class. All that is required for this class is an instrument and a desire to learn. I hope you have a happy time! Mary Ann Spears
 Appalachian Flatfoot Dancing Charlie Burton

12:45-2:15Fiddle, beginner Richard Eddy
 Whistle, beginner - bring a D whistle; whistles available for sale Rick Snider
 Clawhammer Banjo, intermediate Don Shean
 Ukulele, beginner Ken Sheller
 Mandolin, beginner (may have a few available to borrow) - Learn how to hold and tune the instrument, play basic two-finger chords, and a simple tune. Learn to read mandolin tablature. Sue Gimbal & Beth Howell
 Hammered dulcimer, intermediate Jeff Fedan

2:30-4:00Banjo, fingerpicking - We will learn to fingerpick a traditional tune. Suitable for bluegrassers or clawhammer players wanting to try fingerpicking. Tom D’Avello
 Lap Dulcimer, beginner Robert Lackey
 Bass, beginner Michael Hall
 Guitar, beginner Joe Pauli
 Fiddle, intermediate - We will learn a slow fiddle tune by ear and focus on its history, bowing patterns and variations. Time permitting, we’ll work on a 2nd tune. Bring a recording device if possible-smart phone would be perfect. Tessa Dillon
 Slow Jam - Designed for all instruments and to increase your comfort level in playing in jam sessions. Some tips will be discussed and some "basic" jam tunes will be covered. Judy Werner
 Appalachian Flatfoot Dancing Charlie Burton

4:00 pm in the auditorium:  Recognition of 40 years of GWMF
4:20 pm in the auditorium:  Presentation of the Heritage Award

4:45-6:00Lap dulcimer, intermediate - some experience expected Hunter Walker
 Spoons Jeff Fedan
 Square Dance calling, beginner Ron Buchannon
 Swing Jam - a 60-minute jug-style jam and singalong. We will teach and play some songs from the American Songbook (1910s-1930s). Chords will be provided, all instruments/skills welcome. Amy Loomis
 CANCELLED Guitar, flatpicking CANCELLED
 Bass, intermediate - We will explore various ways of playing common patterns and a few other simple techniques to change the feel of a tune. Advance playing skills not required, just knowledge of where notes are fingered on the bass. Come and have fun! Jim Wilson

4:00 pm in the auditorium:  Recognition of 40 years of GWMF

4:20 pm in the auditorium:  Presentation of the Heritage Award

8 pm to 10 pm in the cafeteria:  Square Dance with Taylor Runner, caller


Thanks to all of our workshop leaders. We couldn't do this without you!

fiddle workshop

Fiddle Workshop taught by Chris Haddox a few years ago