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Bluegrass Festival at Ghost Ranch

Wednesday, May 15 – Sunday, May 19

Ghost Ranch Bluegrass Camp is simply Bluegrass!  Join us amidst the red rocks, colorful mesas and vast landscape covered with deep blue skies, the space that inspires spirit, music and song. Fine-tune your instrument play, hone your ensemble and harmony skills , then join in the celebration concert on Saturday. Nothing beats being in community with your bluegrass buddies. Be prepared for pop-up campfire jams and impromptu playing. For those who don’t don an instrument, join in the songwriting workshop, hike the land or put brush to canvas in a painting workshop. There is also a service corps opportunity to help Ghost Ranch prepare for a summer of guests.
 
See you soon! Register now to ensure your spot in your preferred instrument sessions.
 
Guitar 
Gregg Daigle (pictured) has been teaching and performing professionally since he moved to New Mexico in 1995.  Previous to that time, he had earned a music degree at the University of Lowell in Massachusetts.  He also worked for a short time at Rounder Records in Cambridge, MA where he received a wealth of exposure to traditional folk and bluegrass music. Learn More & Enroll
 
 
 
 
Banjo 
Aaron Youngberg is a banjo and pedal steel performer, bluegrass coach, and a professional recording engineer. He has been teaching private banjo lessons for over 10 years, has coached & produced many up-and-coming bluegrass bands and taught bluegrass workshops across the country.  Aaron has recorded, toured and performed with Finders & Youngberg, The Billy Pilgrims, and Hit & Run Bluegrass and many others. Learn More & Enroll
 
 
 
 
 
Fiddle 
Rooted in bluegrass and old-time, Ryan Drickey won the Rockygrass fiddle competition, and played and taught across the US as well as in Europe, Canada, and Australia. He holds a Masters of Music in violin from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Known for his subtle and expressive touch, his influences range from the 20th century classical virtuoso tradition to the rural old-time fiddling of Appalachia, from the traditions of Scandinavian dance music to the wild intricacies of American Jazz. Learn More & Enroll
 
 
Bass 
Instructor Erin Youngberg has been playing upright bass since age 9 with her banjo pickin’ daddy growing up in Wyoming.  She has toured, recorded, instructed and performed all over the country with various bluegrass, folk, old time and country bands. She teaches private bass lessons, has been an instructor at a 4-H fiddle and dance camp for kids, and teaches in bass and vocal workshops at festivals across the country. Erin is also frequently featured on recording projects of bands that come through her and her husband Aaron’s Swingfingers Recording Studios. Learn More & Register
 
 
Mandolin 
Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Competition in Winfield, KS in 1990, and won the mandolin award there the following year. He moved to Nashville in 1999 and is now widely considered one of the hottest and most creative mandolin players on the acoustic scene. “Flinner provides the next logical evolutionary step to David Grisman’s unique dawg style, and does it with a nod to the past and a vision of the future.” ~Bluegrass Now Learn More & Register
 
 
 
 
 
Songwriting 
Everyone has a song in there somewhere. Learn strategies and techniques for giving it form. Talk about melodies, lyrics and their partnership, tempo, message, chords, hooks and arrangement. Look at classic songs to help learn what makes a great song so great. We will offer up examples of our own compositions, then write a song as a group. Songwriting should be a fun – even joyous – process, and we will do our best to keep it real.
Instructor John Lilly is a multi-faceted performer and songwriter who makes his home in Charleston, West Virginia. An award-winning songwriter, John is also recognized as an accomplished vocalist and song stylist. He accompanies himself on acoustic guitar and mandolin, playing original songs that sound as old as the hills and old songs like they were made yesterday. According to one reviewer, “If Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, he’d be John Lilly.” Learn More & Register

 

Opportunities for non-musicians during camp week:

 

Wednesday, May 15 – Sunday, May 19
Learn vintage cowboy hatmaking techniques from one of the most notable and established hatters in Hollywood. You will design and create your own heirloom quality felt hat. Use vintage hat blocks and equipment to form and shape hats by hand with techniques and tools of early hatters. Learn more.
 
 
Wednesday, May 15 – Sunday, May 19
Experience lessons that O’Keeffe got from her most influential teacher (Arthur Wesley Dow) and the lessons she, herself, gave novices. Choose your medium: pastels, paint, collage. Get started or get further guidance from an instructor who worked for O’Keeffe. Learn more.
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, May 15 – Sunday, May 19
Help get the Ranch ready for our busy summer season! Participants do light maintenance, construction, landscaping and other kinds of projects. You need to enjoy working outdoors and be able to do a moderate amount of physical activity (approximately five hours a day). Learn more.

 

 


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