Workshops

Here's what's happening during Bear on the Square:

Bluegrass Jam

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Players of all instruments and all skill levels are invited to join BEAR favorites Patsy Kline and Jim Pittman as they lead our spirited Bluegrass Jam.

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Old-Time Slow Jam

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Be sure to join us for a BEAR Classic—the Traditional Old-Time Slow Jam led by Walter and Jeanie Daves, two names synonymous with old-time music and contra dancing in North Georgia.

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Penny Whistle “Key of D” Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Whether you’d like to provide an additional melody instrument for your local jam, or simply want to take on a rewarding challenge, the Penny Whistle Workshop is the place to be. Multi-instrumentalist Jim O’Conner will demonstrate beautiful tunes on various whistles collected on travels to Ireland, and will teach the basics of penny whistle playing.

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Playing in a Band

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Learn the basics of forming a band and performing as a cohesive unit from Curtis Jones, founder of the band Insonia.  Composer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist and touring professional, Curtis has performed all over the world, and is a master of jazz, flamenco, classical, new age and gypsy styles.

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Old-Time Harmony Singing

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Don’t miss this celebration of Appalachian culture---Old-Time Harmony ` with The Rosin Sisters.

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Yodeling Basics

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Feel like yodeling?  Plan your day around John Lilly’s Yodeling Basics Workshop and prepare to be dazzled!

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Banjo Workshop

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

This workshop/demo with banjo man Matt Levine will make your festival day complete. Matt will be presenting a variety of traditional bluegrass banjo styles ranging from Ralph Stanley to Don Reno, complete with examples of backup and instrumental techniques. He will be accompanied by guitarist Terry Butterworth.

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Traditional Music, Crooked Tunes & Wild Titles


Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Explore traditional Appalachian music with its unusual song titles and often- crooked tune structure with Patsy Kline & Jim Pittman leading the way.
A seasoned mandolin performer, Patsy is a certified Pete Wernick instructor who has taught mandolin workshops in many states and has lead many traditional jamming camps.

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How to Grow a Sibling Band

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Get ready for some toe-tapping Old-Time tunes and more!  The Three Arrows are a product of dedicated parental coaching and years of instruction with the dedicated music teachers at Dahlonega’s acclaimed Pick & Bow Traditional Music School.

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Old-Time Fiddlin’

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Award-winning fiddler, John Grimm, is the go-to man for fiddle tunes, whether you’re looking for traditional American, Appalachian, or Irish. Join us as John demonstrates many styles of traditional fiddling and shares favorite tunes he has collected during his years of fiddling.

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A History of Appalachian Music


Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Round out your weekend of mountain music with UNG Professor Barry Whittemore as he presents “A History of Old Time Appalachian Music.” Well-versed in Appalachian history and culture, Barry is associated with the Appalachian Studies Center at UNG where his courses broaden understanding of southern mountain culture and bring the past to life.
Free.

 

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Pickin' Porch Players

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Bring your instruments and experience an authentic Appalachian jam with the Pickin’ Porch old-time musicians. The Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia sponsors Pickin’ Porch Old-Time Jam, an ongoing musical activity which meets weekly at the historic Vickery House on the main campus.

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