Workshops & Retreats

Bluegrass Camp Early Country, Old Time & Music Festival May 16-20 2018

May 16-20 2018 — Mark Your Calendar  Bluegrass Camp and we’ve added Early Country and Old Time Music to the Festival 

Fine-tune your technique, ensemble playing and singing harmony among the sun-drenched mesas of Ghost Ranch. For the first time at Ghost Ranch, early country, old-time, and bluegrass music all converge for a festival that includes lessons during the day, open jams by ability level in the afternoons and evenings, dancing in the honky tonk, and concerts with your teachers.
Low stress, high fun, all levels are welcome!

Your teachers this year include the historically successful Ghost Ranch bluegrass faculty along with early country, rockabilly, and gospel headliners such as Grammy-nominated guitarist Bill Kirchen from Commander Cody and the Lost Airmen (‘Hot Rod Lincoln’), and the Ashland, Kentucky ‘Ranch Party’s’ own, Rob McNurlin.

We’ll start each morning with a ranch-wide sing-along that includes the entire camp faculty. After lunch, all-ranch ‘open studio’ workshops on Thursday and Friday from 1:15-2:30 p.m. with Bill Kirchen (songs from the wilder side of life) and John Lilly (yodeling) – see descriptions at Ghost

Choose from the following workshops.

Register for your favorite instrument workshop and reserve your space – registration is open!

Bluegrass Camp Coordinator:
Mike Finders – Singer, song-writer, guitar-picker and professional educator.

For the non-musicians traveling with you, we have some other offerings during the same period.

This camp is not competitive. The “band scramble” creates groups with a mix of experience; the more experienced players guide the less experienced in learning the “mechanics” of forming a band, choosing songs, arranging and choreographing how the songs will be performed, and then performing their songs in front of an audience. There is a strong sense of community among the campers, and this is why many, including myself, return year after year.
Incredible! Far exceeded expectations!!

From Bluegrass 2015 participants


See the video narrated by Bluegrass Camp Coordinator Mike Finders.

Is there anything better than world-class Bluegrass and Ghost Ranch? Yes! The addition of more music and vocal opportunities!








Fine-tune your ensemble playing and harmony singing while you enjoy the magnificent scenery. During your stay you will sharpen your skills on your instrument, make new friends, get a bluegrass band together and perform for the other campers, all in a low-stress, high-fun environment. Learn the basics of bluegrass on your choice of five instruments, along with ensemble playing, lead and harmony singing, performance and song writing. Your early registration will ensure your spot in the sessions for your instrument of choice.

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