Noon – 1 pm
Community Sing with Patricia Pettinga, Bill Willging and Mike Siegel
Long, long ago, the Greek poet Virgil wrote, “Let us go singing as far as we go: the road
will be less tedious.” So, how ’bout we take this wise old fellow’s advice, walk on into
the Cooper’s Glen Community Sing Workshop, and sing some songs together. To lift
our voices in chorus is great exercise for the lungs and heart. And it releases those
sunny, mid-winter warming endorphins. We’ll all feel better for it! Lyrics provided.
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Dobro with Al Bates and Joe Wilson
Learn the mysteries of the resonator guitar and why it is called a “dobro”. How is it
tuned, standard and alternate? What makes the sound? How are notes fretted?
Bluegrass, jazz, swing; what kinds of music does it fit in? Dobro experts, Al and Joe,
will demonstrate various types of music and sounds made by this unusual fretted
instrument and provide answers!
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Fiddle on Fire with Michael Cleveland, Josh Richards & Tyler Griffith
Here is your chance to see Michael Cleveland play his fiddle up close! “Flamekeeper”
may be the most appropriately named band in bluegrass music today. At times, the
speed of Michael’s playing is so “hot”, it seems physically impossible! Even more
incredible are his tone and tasteful interpretations of the music he plays. Michael
is joined by his band mates Josh on guitar and Tyler on bass.
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Songwriting with Tom Paxton and Darcy Sahlgren Wilkin
Moderator: Darcy Wilkin
The Songwriting Workshop with legendary Tom Paxton and songwriter Darcy Wilkin
will guide you down a path of improved writing skills. Songs that are conceived and
written by one particular person, yet speaks directly to you the listener, this is an
important ingredient in any song that touches. Crafting songs that have traditional
themes, stories that can grab you, and ideas about writing these songs will be a
large part of this forum.
11:00 – Noon
Coffee & Conversation with Luthiers
Moderator: Mark Sahlgren
The term “luthier” has been in use since the 1500’s and was originally applied to the
building of lutes. Now, it is used to refer to the people who construct many types of
musical instruments and Cooper’s Glen welcomes these great craftsmen, these
luthiers. These extraordinary instrument builders have many original ideas about
wood, shape, and all that goes ‘into’ an instrument. Questions and answers – that’s
what this is all about.
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Moderator: Kathy Nichols
You are invited to join us for an hour of playing tunes together at a slow to moderate
tempo. Enjoy the magical pull of rhythm and chords being played with other pickers.
This is a wonderful way to become infected with the desire to search out other jams!
We will run through the chords with each song. Beginning jammers welcome!
2:00 – 4:00 pm
GLAMA Open Mic
Moderator: Matt Schwartz
Fun for performers and audiences, this popular workshop offers an opportunity for
musicians to perform a 10-minute set on stage. First time performers are encouraged
to give this a try! Sign up at the GLAMA table!
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Banjo with Cathy Fink and Jasiah Shrode
5 strings, drum-like head, tone rings, picks, rolls, bluegrass and clawhammer; all of these
terms are descriptive of the banjo, one of the world’s oldest instruments. Styles of banjo music are many and varied. Cathy and Flamekeeper banjoist, Jasiah, will demonstrate their talents and styles of playing.
Noon – 1:00 pm
Family Storytelling and Folk Singing with Robin Nott and Steve Barber
Veteran storyteller/folksingers, Robin and Steve, will trade stories and songs for the
whole family to enjoy. They will also share tips on telling tales, audience participation
activities, and unusual instruments and noise makers. This will be an audience
participation activity; all ages are invited to join the fun!
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Care and Feeding of your Acoustic Instruments with Kal-Tone Music
A representative from Kal-Tone Music of Kalamazoo will share wisdom and experience
on how to properly care for your acoustic instruments. Included in this session will be
how to improve your instrument’s performance, ease of playing, correct voicing, string
changing, and maintaining instrument life and appearance. Come find out how to keep
your instruments in tip-top shape!
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Ukulele with Brian Hefferan
One of the smallest stringed instruments, the ukulele has become a phenomenon in
our acoustic music culture, attracting both new and seasoned musicians. In this
interactive workshop, ukulele master, Brian Hefferan, will have you playing chords
and singing along.
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mandolin with Don Julin and Nathan Livers
Don Julin is joined by Flamekeeper’s Nathan Livers as they demonstrate their
proficiency and styles of playing the mandolin. Don is an experienced teacher of
many styles and Nathan comes from a rich bluegrass influence. Bring your
mandolins and questions!
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Guitar with Mark Sahlgren
The Guitar Workshop with Mark will focus on solidifying your rhythm guitar
playing. Even the hottest lead guitar players state that rhythm playing is what
is important, thus, the emphasis. Techniques, picks, action, intonation, strings, –
these influence quality music, so let’s check out our ‘musical toolbox’.