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Jul-26-2004, 1:15pm
Hey Everyone,

Thought Mike Holme's Old Time Music Camp looked pretty cool this year. Any other mando players out there plan on attending?

Seems like there is much more being offered in the way of mandolin this time around. Some of the classes/sessions include: Old Time Mandolin Styles, Mandolin: Pre-Bluegrass Bill, and Blues and Ragtime Mandolin

Check out:
Old Time Music Camp Website (http://www.mugwumps.com/otm.html)

- Andy http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

John Flynn
Jul-26-2004, 1:32pm
I am tempted. Has anyone else on the site been to this camp? How was it?

Jul-26-2004, 9:25pm
With a class description like this, who could resist: "Experience a pleasing plethora of plectral perversity."
I'm outta town that weekend... <G>
But the combination of guys like Skip Gorman and Mike Seeger guarantee an great mandolin offering.

Dave Reiner
Jul-27-2004, 8:40am
Hi Andy (and others)-

OTMC is a really fine camp, always well planned by director Mike Holmes. #With Mike Seeger, Skip Gorman, and several other stellar mando players there, the emphasis on mandolin will definitely be greater than in prior years. #And for related instruments, don't miss Marshall Racowsky on Texas style backup guitar and Alan Kaufman on beginning fiddle. #

The staff are not only great players but also great teachers. #The sessions are fascinating, the guided jams are excellent, the facilities are pleasant and convenient, and the food is quite good. #Sleep, however, is optional :-)

In the interest of full disclosure, I'll mention that I'll be teaching at camp (fiddle and a bit of mandolin), and I also play with Mike Holmes on occasion. #

Hope to see you there!

Dave Reiner

Jul-27-2004, 12:06pm
I have been to OTMCN, mostly as a banjo player and fiddler- well fiddle beginner- but I took all the mando stuff they had last time. This time around there is suposed to be a lot of mando stuff, which is good because I gave up on the fiddle.

I liked Carl Jones mando playing a lot. He is a really nice guy, happy to teach, and very much in the Old Time music way rather than Bluegrass.

And then you get Fall in New England which is mighty close to heaven....

Jul-27-2004, 6:45pm
If you have a guitar picker friend, take him along to hear one of Wayne Henderson's guitars. They are, quite simply, works of tonal art.

Jul-28-2004, 5:42am
Carl Jones is a fantastic mandolin player, brilliant songwriter and can make a banjo sound more beautiful than anyone else I've ever heard.

He's also a great storyteller and has got really good taste in hats http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

I had the privilege of seeing him and Beverly Smith live earlier this year and they were wonderful.

So if you get the chance to have a lesson with Carl, grab it with both hands.

Jul-28-2004, 11:50am
would love to go for the day, but whoa! the saturday-one day price is somwhat prohibitive- love the coupla mando classes i saw offered and the full weekend is actually agreat price, but can't do 250 for a day. oh well! let us know how it was if ya go!

Aug-02-2004, 9:54am
Well, I signed up - should be a blast!!!

(Or at the very least a pleasing plethora of plectral perversity)!

Rich Michaud
Aug-03-2004, 11:10am
Coincidentally, I was visiting Mike Holmes this morning and heard all about the camp. I going to try to make it for the weekend. Andy, I look forward to seeing you there. Aside from mando classes, I may take some instruction on straight harp...the old fashioned way..Rich Michaud

Oct-05-2004, 8:50am
Less than 2 weeks before OTMCN starts!

I understand that there is room for a couple more people if anyone is interested in attending...

Old Time Music Camp North (http://www.mugwumps.com/otm.html)

Oct-21-2004, 10:03am
Just thought I’d share some thoughts about my experience at Oldtime Music Camp (http://www.mugwumps.com) last weekend.

I gotta say that I was a bit reluctant to attend OTMCN, having gone two years ago and feeling a bit out of place. I think I was one of only a handful of #mandolin players in attendance, and I was not really familiar with the old timey repertoire. # In fact, #I still have nightmares about trying to jam along with a dozen banjos playing unfamiliar Uncle Dave Macon tunes – that was creepy! #http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif

I have to saw that in hindsight, my first OTMC experience did open up my ears to tunes and performers I had never heard before. And as a result I was certainly better equipped to benefit from my camp experience this time around.

There was certainly more musical diversity this year amongst the players and even in the workshop offerings. Mike Holmes’ additional of mando related content worked out well and in my opinion fit nicely into the context of the camp. Good job Mike!

What struck me most was that there were so many GREAT musicians in attendance (Dave Reiner included) – and there was a wonderful vibe amongst the campers. The jamming was plentiful and I found the instruction to be superb, and accessible. (In addition to the group workshops, “Help Desk” sessions gave campers an opportunity to receive individual instruction from the staff) .

My personal highlights included jamming with Wayne Henderson, learning some Texas style/contest back-up guitar from Marshall Racowsky and Skip Gorman's "Mandolin: Pre-Bluegrass Bill" demonstration. Man, that was fun!

Kudos to the Gibson Musical Instrument Company for donating a sweet A-9 to help raise money for the camp's scholarship fund, and also for giving Skip Gorman a spanking new "Fern." I guess Skip just took the F-5L out of the original shipping carton right there at camp!

Jonathan Reinhardt
Oct-21-2004, 6:06pm
Glad you had a good time andy.
I was tempted to go but the cost actually scared me off. I have been trying to get to Skip for lessons for some time. When I realized that his sessions were demos it really struck home that I had better pursue instruction at another venue.


Dec-14-2004, 11:37am
Hey All,

There’s a new recording being released featuring OTMCN instructors Skip Gorman and Tom Sauber. The release is on Old West Recordings and is titled "Dogie Music" (not to confused with Dawgie music)

From Skip's Website (http://www.skipgorman.com), "Skip Gorman & the Waddie Pals take the music from one of the most romanticized periods of American history (the days of the cattle drives and westward expansion) strips away the Hollywood glitz and Nashville affectations, and shows us the beauty of the music as it was sung and played along emigrant trails and in cowcamps over a hundred years ago in the American West."

No financial interest on my part – I’m just a big fan of Skip (and Tom Sauber) and think this a cool project some of you may want to check out.

- Andy

Edit - here's a picture of the CD

Dec-14-2004, 2:05pm
The mandolin camp in april looks like fun! Can anyone tell me what a "Guided Jam" is? Will Sam Bush guide me through the jam?

Dec-14-2004, 4:10pm
The mandolin camp in april looks like fun! Can anyone tell me what a "Guided Jam" is? #Will Sam Bush guide me through the jam?
Guided jam- lead by some of the intructors. Some are slower than others, and some are full speed ahead. And yes- it's likely Sam will lead one.
That's the way it is at Old Time Music Camp and Banjo Camp- both by the same Mike holmes and crew.