By Gabrielle Gray
August 7, 2009 - 8:15 am
Owensboro, Ky. — The International Bluegrass Music Museum will host its 4th annual Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp on September 11-13, 2009. Grammy Award winning Mike Compton has been named this year's camp and curriculum director.
The new classes will reflect Mike's experience after three years at the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp. In an effort to help preserve the performance art of Bill Monroe, Mike will lead the 2009 faculty in presenting new classes and workshops related to the development and execution of Monroe's mandolin style, songwriting and musical influences.
Dr. Richard Brown will serve as Camp Associate Director. Special guests will include Monroe historian, author and performer Tom Ewing and luthier Will Kimble. Faculty members include Skip Gorman, Tim O'Brien, Jody Stecher and Butch Waller along with Compton and Brown.
At the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp, you will spend three days with six of the finest mandolin players in the world. 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 BBQ feast.
Returning to the 2009 Monroe-Style Mandolin camp is a class on Mandolin Set Up and Maintenance by Will Kimble of Kimble Mandolins.
The 2009 All-Star Faculty Concert will be amazing. Each member of the faculty is an internationally known performer with his own band. 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.
The camp package includes:
- 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 the world-famous Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn.
- Lunch on Saturday and Sunday at the museum.
- Lodging Friday and Saturday at the Hampton Inn or Sleep Inn. Continental breakfast included.
- A reserved seat at the All-Star Faculty Concert featuring all instructors plus Tom Ewing. Open to the public but campers get the closest seats.
- A group photo.
- Free admission to the museum on Thursday and Monday, before and after camp.
- An International Bluegrass Music Museum instrument case decal.
- The special edition t-shirt and poster.
Join us Saturday evening, September 12 (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 p.m. Showtime is 7:30. The concert is open to the public and features all six instructors plus Tom Ewing. 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 or visit the Camp web site.
Camp web site
Click map pin for driving directions to International Bluegrass Music Museum, 117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303.
Special thanks to the Mandolin Cafe's primary business partners.