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4th Annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp

By Gabrielle Gray
March 6, 2009 - 3:00 pm

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4th Annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp

4th Annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp

Owensboro, Ky. — The International Bluegrass Music Museum will host the 4th annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp on September 11-13, 2009.

The goal in hosting this camp is to preserve the unique, historic performance art of Bill Monroe, "The Father of Bluegrass," by teaching his style of mandolin playing and songwriting to a new generation of players.

Mike Compton, Camp & Curriculum Director
Dr. Richard Brown, Associate Director
Skip Gorman
Tim O'Brien
Jody Stecher
Butch Waller

Special Guests
Tom Ewing, Monroe historian, concert performer
Will Kimble, luthier

The 2009 curriculum has been revised by Camp Director Mike Compton, one of the world's pre-eminent mandolin teachers. The new classes will reflect his experience after three years at the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp and ongoing conversations with campers and faculty. He will lead our 2009 faculty in presenting new classes and workshops related to the development and execution of Monroe's mandolin style, songwriting, musical influences, and more.

At the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, you will spend three days with 6 of the finest mandolin players and 50 of the coolest mandolin campers on Planet Earth. With registration capped at 50, the camp's intimate environment allows for ample opportunities to receive personal, hands-on instruction from each of these legends of Monroe-Style mandolin.

New to this year's camp on Friday is an All-Night Pickin' Party and Bluegrass Invitational which will bring local and regional musicians together with campers for a non-stop jam session and barbeque feast.

New to this year's camp on Saturday between 4:30 and 5:00 will be six 30-minute private master classes, one with each member of the faculty. All campers' names will be put in Red Smiley's hat. Six names will be drawn at the opening session Friday at noon. (If your name is drawn and you don't want or need this master class, we can either re-draw or you can gift it to a friend.)

Returning in 2009 is a class on Mandolin Set Up and Maintenance by Will Kimble of Kimble Mandolins. Will is available Friday and Saturday for basic set ups and fret work. He will charge for materials and a reasonable fee for each work order. Please request a WORK ORDER FORM from Brenda Smith at the museum: (270) 926-7891. Your mandolin will get an "appointment" based on the estimated time required to perform the requested service.

The 2009 All-Star Faculty Concert will be amazing. Each member of the faculty is an internationally known performer with his own band (see bios). Tom Ewing, Monroe's last guitarist with the Blue Grass Boys, adds vintage authenticity and historic relevance as well as great vocals and rhythm guitar. Campers are invited to an exclusive wine reception at the museum prior to the concert.

Jam with new friends. Eat great barbecue. Experience rare performances, onstage and off. Enjoy a total immersion in bluegrass music's homeland, history and future at the world's only bluegrass music museum dedicated to preserving the international history and performance art of bluegrass music... all the while surrounded by rare bluegrass artifacts and memorabilia. Compare, sell or swap mandolins with other players. Trade live non-commercial bootleg recordings with other collectors. Be part of the museum and let it become an integral part of your life and music.

The camp package will include:

- Intensive group lessons in Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Choose one level or migrate throughout the weekend.
- An all-night Pickin' Party and Bluegrass Invitational with a feast from Moonlite. Learn why they call this part of Kentucky "The Bluegrass and Barbeque Region".
- Lunch on Saturday and Sunday at the museum.
- Lodging Friday and Saturday the Hampton Inn. Continental breakfast included.
- A reserved seat at the All-Star Faculty Concert featuring all instructors plus Tom Ewing. It's open to the public but campers get the closest seats.
- A group photo and a bootleg tape/CD trading session. - Free admission to the museum on Thursday and Monday, before & after camp.
- An International Bluegrass Music Museum instrument case decal.
- The special edition t-shirt and poster (they rock this year).

Faculty Concert:
Join us Saturday evening September 12th (the eve of what would have been Bill's 98th birthday) for our All-Star Faculty Concert at Woodward's Cafe, across the foyer from the museum's entrance. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Showtime is 7:30. The concert is open to the public and features all six instructors plus Tom Ewing, editor of The Bill Monroe Reader and former Blue Grass Boy. Tickets are $20 (included with campers' tuition), available in advance or at the door. After campers are seated, only 50 seats remain, so reserve your ticket(s) early by calling the museum: 270-926-7891.

Tuition is non-refundable.

Available for additional charges will be:

- Signed copies of Tom Ewing's book The Monroe Reader
- Signed copies of all instructor CDs and materials
- Basic mandolin set ups and fret work by Will Kimble
- A commemorative Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp Poster ($10.00)
- A commemorative Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp t-shirt ($20.00)
- Free if registered before May 1st, 2009

Bill Monroe's influence on modern bluegrass and mandolin music is inestimable. One needs only to look at the skills of our faculty and other leading contemporary mandolin players to realize that they became what they are today due in part to their in-depth study of Monroe's music and performance style, and by trading Monroe-isms with others through the years.

The Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp is the ultimate gathering spot for Monroe enthusiasts. Satisfy your desire to "Know Monroe" by spending the anniversary of his birth and passing at the museum and the camp dedicated to preserving his legacy.

Additional information:
Camp web site

Click map pin for driving directions to International Bluegrass Music Museum, 117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303.

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