Events

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

Workshops

Old-Time Jam

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Be sure to join us for a Bear Classic — the Traditional Old-Time Jam led by Walter and Jeanie Daves, two names synonymous with old-time music and contra dancing in North Georgia. The Daves have been playing old-time music together for over 25 years, have played for countless jams and contra dances, and have appeared on Dahlonega’s Mountain Music & Medicine Show and other variety programs.

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Bluegrass Jam

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Players of all instruments and all skill levels are invited to join Bear favorites Jim Pittman and Patsy Kline they lead our spirited Bluegrass Jam. Jim, a sought-after lead and rhythm guitarist, has studied with some of the world’s finest flat pickers and has been influenced by the styles of Doc Watson and Norman Blake.

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Beginning Penny Whistle

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 1:00pm

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’Connor 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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Down Yonder: The Skillet Lickers

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Skillet Lickers, including 4th-generation band member Russ Tanner, lead a tune-filled look back at the group's pioneering role in the country music recording industry, beginning with the 1924 distinction as Columbia Records' first rural recording artists.

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Yodeling Basics

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 3:00pm

Feel like yodeling?  Plan your day around John Lilly’s Yodeling Basics Workshop and prepare to be dazzled! John is a successful recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and an interpreter of the American folk tradition. Specializing in American, country roots and traditional folk music, he was once a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

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Bluegrass: Stanley Brothers and Beyond

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 4:00pm

Multi-instrumentalists Matt Levine and Jim Bennett present a lively journey from the beginnings of Bluegrass to its contemporary sound, as they sing and play a variety of instruments. Beginning with the classic style of the Stanley Brothers, they lead us through the development of Bluegrass up to the modern sound of Seldom Scene, with plenty of crowd-pleasing hits in between.

Free.

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Dulcimer Stylings

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 4:00pm

Adam Booth is a storyteller, musician and educator who is in Dahlonega this weekend as the featured National Storyteller for the Southeast Region Spotlight Event for Storytelling being held in connection with Bear on the Square.

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Finding Your Authentic Voice

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 5:00pm

Adam Booth is in Dahlonega this weekend as the featured National Storyteller for the Southeast Region Spotlight Event for Storytelling being held in connection with Bear on the Square. Adam is a storyteller, musician and educator.

Free.

 

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Roots of Appalachian Music


Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 1:00pm

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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Basic Banjo

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 1:00pm

Geoff Hohwald is a master of the 5-string banjo and has been playing and teaching for over 40 years. He is the author of numerous instrumental instructional books and DVDs which are sold worldwide. He has played with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, and with many of the top bluegrass musicians in the country. He has taught at the John C.

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Songwriting

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 2:00pm

Multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Jason Kenney discusses the songwriter's journey from the first whisper of inspiration all the way to the recording studio.

The role of arranging, improvisation, and jamming in the songwriting process will be emphasized.

Free.

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UNG Pickin' Porch Jam

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 2:00pm

The UNG Pickin' Porch Jam is an ongoing activity associated with the Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia. Meeting weekly on campus, the players share and explore authentic Appalachian string band music. In constantly discovering and learning lesser known tunes, the group serves an important function in preserving and passing on a portion of our Appalachian culture.

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The Three Arrows: Musical Stories

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

Hear this award-winning sibling band tell the stories behind their favorite songs while adding their unique Old Time styling.

Sarah, Etowah and Selu Adams have developed their skills at Dahlonega's acclaimed Pick & Bow Traditional Music School, and have enjoyed years of inspirational parental coaching.

Free.

 

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Old-Time Harmony Singing

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 3:00pm

Don’t miss this celebration of Appalachian culture -- Old-Time Harmony with The Rosin Sisters. Barbara, Ann and Jan are sisters at heart who have played traditional music in the Atlanta area and beyond for decades, performing in a number of different bands.  Ten years ago they formed The Rosin Sisters to further explore their love of the singing and fiddling heritage of Appalachia.

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Master Classes

Master Classes Offered Again at 2015 Bear

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 12:45pm to 2:45pm

The 2015 Bear on the Square Master Classes were held Sunday afternoon, April 19, in the Historic Vickery House, home of the Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia.

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Dance Exhibitions

Dance Exhibitions

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 11:00am

Campbell School Dance Teams Are Yearly Performers at Bear

Two Performances: 11:00am and 02:00pm

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Open Mic

Festival Open Mic

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1:30pm

Don’t miss your chance to perform at Bear!

Calling All Players And Singers! For the fourth year, Bear on the Square will host an Open Mic event. Here’s how it works:
When: Saturday, April 16
Time: 1:30-4 pm
Where: Uncle Dave's Workshop Tent on North Chestatee Street near the main entrance to Conner Memorial Park.

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2015 Bear on the Square Sponsors