Thursday, 13 September 2012

Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival workshop schedule

The 11th Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival opens in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland, seven days from now. In their latest e-newsletter, the organisers send a wide-ranging schedule for workshops, all of which will be held in the conference centre at the Tullamore Court Hotel.

Songwriting workshops are being given by Niall Toner, Tim Stafford, Shawn Lane, and Rick Shea; 5-string banjo workshops by Michael J. Miles (who will also give a performance of his 'Senegal to Seeger' one-man show), Lluis Gomez, and Jason Burleson; flatpicking guitar by Charlie Sizemore; dobro by Rob Ickes; Don Rigsby will give workshops on bluegrass mandolin and on bluegrass and gospel vocals; and Barcelona Bluegrass Band members Joan Pau Cumellas and Robbie K. Jones will give workshops on the mouth organ and the 'Cajon' in bluegrass and Irish music.

There is a correspondingly wide range of workshops in the instruments and techniques of Irish music, and more workshops may be added to this list. More details - together with the full concert schedule, accommodation and camping guidance, and a list of nineteen venues in Tullamore at which live music is welcome - can be read here.