Tuesday, 21 May 2013

La Roche Bluegrass Workshop with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen



Thanks, Christopher, for sharing these great news!

July 30 – August 1, 2013

La Roche sur Foron, France

“Dare to  join that jam”

Workshop #5 now open for enrollments.

  Hickory Project, our resident band, are taking a hiatus this year and we are pleased to announce that Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are stepping into the breach, alonside our regular team of French tutors. This means the workshop will once again be international and bi-lingual – and of the  highest standard.

The workshop aims to help players of all levels who want to jam but aren’t quite sure if they are good enough or how to get started. With just the basic chords and a few standard songs and tunes, anyone can play in a jam and this workshop will show you how to break away from tablature so you can have fun using the chords you already know.

Frank Solivan (mandolin) has taught for many years at Bluegrass camps and the band Bearfoot grew out of one of his regular camps in Alaska. Danny Booth (bass – and also from Alaska), Chris Luquette (guitar) and Mike Munford (banjo) are also experienced tutors and share the same ambition: put down those tabs and join that jam! They will be supported by Amanda Kerr, also from the Alaska Bluegrass camp experience!

We have Sue Thompson back to run the vocal harmony workshop, ably supported by Mathilde Cousin. James Field will be on hand to teach effective rhythm guitar; Raphaël Maillet (Fiddle), Dorian Ricaux (guitar and mandolin), Pierre-Yves Lechat (banjo) and Pierre Bastide (dobro) complete the line up of tutors.

Mornings will be devoted to the main instrument or vocal workshops and in the afternoons there will be a variety of activities allowing you to look at other instruments (or singing), to slow jam or to join a “band lab”, where you can start to actually work as a band.

So if you’re after some good music, lots to learn, plenty of variety and late night jams, this workshop is just for you.

The workshop takes place in the high school and students and some tutors will live full time on site.

The workshop is open to seasoned players as well as anyone who can play the basic Bluegrass chords and a few simple, standard Bluegrass tunes, and who wants to be able to express themselves more freely in a jam situation.

The cost is €120 for the workshop + €75 euros for accommodation and food. The workshop is organised by Pierre Bastide who can be contacted on workshopbluegrass@gmail.com

More information can be found via the workshop link from the festival website at www.larochebluegrass.fr.