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Old School Bluegrass Camp
Elphin, ON

Old School Bluegrass Camp

When & Where

Dates are JUl 5-10, 2020
In the village of Elphin, Ontario


The sixth annual Old School Bluegrass Camp offers classes in bluegrass instruments to adult students from Canada and around the world. Old School Bluegrass Camp announces a new location in the Lanark Highlands of Ontario, in the tiny community of Elphin. Classes in guitar, fiddle, banjo (clawhammer and bluegrass styles), mandolin and bass led by world-class Ontario musicians take place from July 5th to 10th.

OSBC is thrilled to welcome back The Slocan Ramblers as part of its teaching team alongside fiddle champion Shane Cook and Bluegrass banjo instructor Guy Donis. Kristine Schmitt will give daily performance labs, dobroist Ivan Rosenberg leads jams, luthier Luke Mercier will be at camp for all instrument needs and camp organizer Jenny Whiteley hosts campers in the town of Elphin.

With limited enrolment of only 50 campers with only 10 students per instrument, OSBC gives each camper an exceptional level of teaching, coaching, mentoring and one-on-one instruction. Learning how to perform with others in a band setting is a fundamental goal of Old School Bluegrass Camp, with the aim towards creating ten bluegrass groups that will play together, jam, practice, gel as a band and ultimately perform on the OSBC stage together.

    This year's instructors:
  • The Slocan Ramblers ~
  • Alastair Whitehead ~ Bass
  • Adrian Gross ~ Mandolin
  • Frank Evans ~ Clawhammer Banjo
  • Darryl Poulsen ~ Guitar
  • Guy Donis ~ Bluegrass Banjo
  • Kristine Schmitt ~ Performance Lab
  • Shane Cook ~ Fiddle
  • Luke Mercier ~ On-Site Luthier

Workshops, nightly jams and concerts, morning yoga and more serve to make this the week of a lifetime in a beautiful natural setting. The camp fee of $850.00 Canadian + HST = $960.50 includes on site camping accommodations, amenities, three delicious home cooked meals per day plus snacks, and all instructions and activities during they stay. Visit the camp web site for non-camping accommodation suggestions and other guidelines.

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2968 Elphin Maberly Road
McDonald’s Corners, ON K0G 1M0

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