2016 Workshop Schedule

We are excited to offer a variety of workshops this year.  Just like our campout, the workshops are rather casual.  Sit in on as many – or as few as you like.  All levels are welcome in the workshops.  You can even just sit in for a few minutes and listen, if you like.  Please note that the below schedule is tentative and is subject to change!

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Zigzag Mountain Farm is a beautiful place to spend a weekend playing tunes and soaking in the magic of Mt. Hood.

SATURDAY

10:30 – 11:20- Old Time Music Games with Olivia Horgan (50 minutes)
Ages 5-12, all instruments welcome!
This workshop will feature fun musical games, inspired by the work of Alice Kay Kanack. From creating a “Rhythm Machine” to playing “Musical Soccer,” we will develop creative ability, improvisation and jamming skills. In this session, there is “no such thing as a mistake.”

11:00 – 12:45 – “Getting Loopy!” Guitar Back-up with Carl Jones
Ideas and exercises to improve your tune and song.
Using some basic theory concepts, we will put them into action and strive for a melodic and musical bass line in several keys becoming a “chord loop”.   As we will apply them to a tune or two, it  will be easy to see how these basic progression exercises will help us be more creative and also be a great stepping stone to having more fun in the jams at camp and beyond.

2:00 – 3:45 – Clawhammer Banjo with Charlie Beck
Playing clawhammer banjo is a real joy, and through some great, old songs we’ll take a peek at the banjo’s many plucky possibilities.   I’ll start with some foundational banjo techniques, and then cover their many uses and variations.  There will be an emphasis on creating solid grooves, and we’ll examine interplay between the banjoist, singer and other potential instrumentalists.   All experience levels welcome.  We’re gonna have fun and learn stuff too, so bring your banjo, any banjo questions you may have and your voice!!

4:00  – 5:15 – Fiddle Pep-Stepper style! – Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
Intermediate Fiddle Workshop (other instruments welcome too!).
One of the most influential stringbands of the 1920’s was Hoyt Ming and his Pep Steppers from Tupelo Mississippi. Come learn the secret to this family band’s groove and Erynn will teach a fine Pep-Stepper tune.

7:00 – 8:15 – Appalachian Flatfoot Dancing with Charmaine Slaven
Learn the art of accompanying Southern fiddle music with your feet!  We’ll start with the basic rhythm foundation steps, and learn accent steps as we go, with an emphasis on dancing with good musicianship.  All levels are encouraged to participate, as we’ll start by building a foundation of basic rhythm steps, then build upon those steps, learning how to accent melodies.  Flatfooting is an excellent way to improve your rhythm as a dancer and/or musician.  You’ll be learning to let your entire body “hear” the music.  It’s also an excellent work-out, as you’ll be so entrenched in the music, you won’t even realize you’re working up a sweat!  This class is physical, so be cautious if you suffer from back, hip, knee, ankle issues.  Comfortable clothing, a full water bottle, and low-heeled leather-soled shoes appropriate for dancing are recommended.  This class is suitable for all levels, we’ll start with basics and build up, with more advanced steps towards the latter half of class.  Please feel free to contact me in advance with any questions at charmaineslaven@gmail.com.

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SUNDAY

10:30 – 12:15 – “Getting Loopy!” Guitar Back-up with Carl Jones
Ideas and exercises to improve your tune and song.
Using some basic theory concepts, we will put them into action and strive for a melodic and musical bass line in several keys becoming a “chord loop”.   As we will apply them to a tune or two, it  will be easy to see how these basic progression exercises will help us be more creative and also be a great stepping stone to having more fun in the jams at camp and beyond.

12:30 – 1:30 Family Sing and Dance Along with Steph Noll
Come join us for singing, playing, and dancing. We’ll be on our feet for most of this active musical session for the littlest Zigzaggers and their bigger friends.  All ages welcome, but very appropriate for toddler-early elementary. Just bring your singing voices and your dancing feet. You’re welcome to drop in at any time.  Kids who are allowed to come and go as they please are welcome on their own, but smaller friends should bring along a favorite big person (or the whole family!)

2:00 – 3:30pm -The Life and Music of Melvin Wine with Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
Fiddle Workshop –  All levels welcome!
Melvin Wine was born April 20, 1909, in Stout’s Run, Braxton County, West Virginia to a particularly musical family. His mother and grandfather were ballad singers and his father and great-grandfather were fine fiddlers. Melvin received both the Vandalia award as well as a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts and was considered a national treasure. Although a master musician with a very traditional style Melvin was known most for his warm nature and hospitality. He played fiddle right up until he passed away – a month before his 94th birthday. In this class we will share some stories of Melvin Wine and Erynn will teach one or two of his signature fiddle tunes that were passed down in his family for generations. Video-taping is welcome. Recording devices are encouraged.

4:00 – 5:30 – Carter Family Songs with Charmaine Slaven & Charlie Beck
Let’s sing some of the beautiful, poignant songs of the first family of country music.  Charlie & Charmaine will cover everything from what chords to play, different harmony parts, lyrics, hiccups, and the like… the Carter Family’s music is an endless well of inspiration!  This session will be presented in a jam format, everyone encouraged to lead any Carter Family songs or make requests.  Bring your instruments and play along!  All-levels welcome, we will try to keep things accessible and inclusive!

7:00 – 9:00 Bonfire Concert & Open Mic

 

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2016 Zigzag Workshop Faculty

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths. They are married – in life and music. When they play, their instruments and voices blend like two forks of the same river. Southern song-duets and soaring fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse concert sets. They play with ease, spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse. Carl’s honest songs can make your heart ache.Erynn’s spirited fiddling can enthrall. Together Carl & Erynn’s expressive, musical meanderings can transport the soul.


CharmaineSlavenCharlieBeck PhotoHusband and wife duo of Charlie Beck & Charmaine Slaven, started performing together as Squirrel Butter after meeting at a music festival in 2005. Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they explore the genres of old-time, early bluegrass, blues, country, & cajun while adding their unique perspective to these traditions and threading these influences into their original compositions. Multi-instrumentalists, they play banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, step-dance, and sing in harmony. Occasionally, Squirrel Butter appears with guest musicians to form a trio or quartet.


Olivia HorganOlivia Horgan teaches fiddle in Portland, Oregon.  She loves working with young children and their parents to create a joyful learning experience. Born in England to Irish parents, Olivia grew up steeped in classical and Irish music. As a child she participated in music camps around the country, including Interlochen and Meadowmount School of Music. She strives to cultivate a friendly and supportive community among her students and their families.


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Steph Noll is an old-time musician, dance caller, and mama to two, singing and dancing 4 1/2-year-olds. She loves calling family dances and loves the Pacific Northwest old time music scene for its many opportunities to make music with friends of all ages. Steph is offering Family Sing and Dance Along sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

The Zigzag Workshop Faculty are sponsored by Bubbaville through the The Bubba Fund – Honoring the spirit of Bill Martin.

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