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California Coast Music Camp 2014

By Mandolin Cafe
March 6, 2014 - 9:15 pm

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California Coast Music Camp 2014

California Coast Music Camp 2014

Palo Alto, Calif. — This July, California Coast Music Camp (CCMC) will offer two week-long acoustic camps, July 6-12 and July 13-19, 2014.

The camp is located on a wooded ridge at 4,000 feet, in the historic Sierra Nevada Gold Country in Placer County, northeast of Sacramento.

See the CCMC website for more information and check out their videos!

CCMC offers more than 30 classes in mandolin, guitar, bass, voice, fiddle, banjo, ukulele, and songwriting. CCMC focuses more on teaching practical, usable skills which you can incorporate into your playing or singing. Styles include bluegrass, swing, blues, old time, country, folk, jazz, rock, and more. The camp features extra workshops, band labs, jams, concerts, dances, and performance opportunities.

Swimming and hiking are non-musical options at CCMC and some campers bring bikes to explore old roads and mining towns in the area. The camp has fairly flat terrain, with improved roads and trails throughout, and it overlooks one of the main canyons of the American River. Camp includes all meals and activities; for lodging, you can bring a tent or RV or stay in shared cabins.

But most of all, you get lots of music and music instruction from mandolin teachers like these:

Week 1 Mandolin: Mike Compton and Julay Brooks

Mike Compton is among the top mandolin players in the country. He has participated in over 75 CD projects, some of which have been Grammy Award w inners, and his mandolin can be heard in soundtracks for Oh Brother! Where Art Thou?, Cold Mountain and other movies. He has performed and recorded with musicians like Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, John Hartford, David Grier and David Grisman. As an active member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, he has toured internationally. Mike has been on the Mandolin Symposium faculty several times.

Julay Brooks is a soulful singer and hot picker who has been teaching and performing in the San Francisco Bay Area for a decade. Her current musical projects include honky-tonk piano and vocals with the Lucky Horseshoe House Band and rhythm guitar and vocals with the Disciples of Markos, a rebetika band. Julay teaches piano, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, vocals, and applied music theory to 50 students a week, who appreciate her patience, cr eativity, enthusiasm, and insight.

Week 2 Mandolin: Robin Flower and Michael Stadler

Robin Flower plays mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, and is a composer, songwriter, singer, recording artist, and producer. She has toured with Hazel and Alice (Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard) and Elizabeth Cotton. She has five albums on Flying Fish Records, and she currently performs with her s oon-to-be-legal wife, Libby McLaren, playing original and Irish-influenced songs and tunes. She plays for contra dances and performs for children wi th Libby as the Fabulous Goldrush Sisters and the Liberty Sisters. She has appeared in the play Woody Guthrie's American Song.

San Francisco Bay Area multi-style vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, teacher (individual, schools, and workshops), and songwriter Michael Stadler has performed since age six, both solo and in bands ranging in style from old-time to country to afrobilly. He plays guitar (fingerstyle, flatpicked, clawhammer, electric), mandolin, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and bass. He also offers Gym Class for the Hands and Clawhammer Guitar workshops.

In addition to skills classes, CCMC offers band workshops in bluegrass, swing and jazz styles, plus purely repertoire classes that mandolin players can enjoy. And there are always lots of jamming and chances to perform.

CCMC's teachers for other instruments and voice have similarly strong musical backgrounds as the mandolin faculty, so you'd have a chance to work on the non-mandolin parts of your music or try out a new style. CCMC strives to bring in instructors who are not only great musicians but great teachers.

Go to California Coast Music Camp website to get details on the classes for mandolin and other instruments, plus information about the camp itself (and watch the videos!). Students may register for one or both weeks at this site or by mail. Scholarships are available. You can find links to the websites of teachers there, too, if you want to get more of their musical bios and hear samples of their playing.

Student Concert

Mike Compton's Mandolin Class Performing for the Student Concert, 2011. Photo credit: Stephen Westfold.

Mike Compton and student concert

Whether you're a shy beginner or a seasoned professional, CCMC's classes and activities will challenge and inspire you. The supportive atmosphere will encourage you to stretch musically, regardless of your level or experience. And CCMC is fun - and has been since 1992!

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