Ever dreamed of learning to play toe-tapping bluegrass music, in a picturesque western ranch setting, surrounded by other like-minded musicians?
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Mountain Fever Bluegrass Camp is fast approaching, offering participants a four-day workshop at one of the South Cariboo’s most historic ranches, Flying U Guest Ranch in 70 Mile.
According to Tanya Guenther, one of the camp’s organizers, the experience – which runs April 11 to 15 – is open to musicians of all backgrounds and skill levels with a common passion for acoustic bluegrass music.
“The focus is learning through mentorship and instruction to enable musicians to play with other musicians,” Tanya explains. “This provides an opportunity to contribute to creating music together in a positive, encouraging setting. There will be many opportunities to learn, share and create music together with longtime friends and brand new friends, too.”
Participants are split up into group of six and matched with an instructor/mentor, allowing the groups to work together throughout the camp as a “band.”
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The groups get the chance to perform together on stage throughout the camp, and then follow up with each other and their instructors for further discussion or adjustments. According to Tanya, performing throughout the camp is a great way for participants to get used to sharing the stage with others.
“It also allows an opportunity for folks to deal with the nerves of being on stage, while being in a very supportive environment,” she notes.
This year marks the second the camp has been running at the Flying U Guest Ranch, following around 15 years known as the 108 Cabin Fever Bluegrass Workshop, organized by Rosetta Paxton.
Tanya says she and the other organizers were thrilled to take the reins on such a fun and fulfilling event, and says the partnership with Flying U has been great, noting the facilities such as the theatre, main lodge and the saloon add to the ambiance of cowboy camaraderie.
Last year’s camp sold out ahead of time and Tanya says she expects another good response this time around. Spots are still available, including options for locals who don’t require an accommodation package.
Tanya also points out that for anyone interested in bluegrass music who is unable to attend, but would still like to find other local musicians to play with, there are a number of “slow jam” gatherings throughout the South Cariboo for those who are just learning the ropes.
The Venue: http://www.flyingu.com/
Writer: Melissa Smalley
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