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The Swannanoa Gathering Mando and Banjo Week 2014

By Mandolin Cafe
April 8, 2014 - 2:30 pm

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The Swannanoa Gathering Mando & Banjo Week, August 3-9, 2014

The Swannanoa Gathering Mando & Banjo Week, August 3-9, 2014

Asheville, N.C. — The Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops of Warren Wilson College invite you to join them as they celebrate their 23nd season with their newest workshops: Mando & Banjo Week, August 3-9, featuring a staff of some of the world's finest players, and offering a wide variety of classes for mandolin, 5-string banjo, and guitar.

Mandolin staff

Mike Marshall - (Arrangement, Technique)
Emory Lester - (Bluegrass, Lyrical Mandolin)
John Reischman - (Bluegrass, Old-Time)
Matt Flinner - (Bluegrass, Fiddle Tunes)
Don Stiernberg - (Swing/Jazz)
Caterina Lichtenberg - (Classical Mandolin)
David Surette - (Irish Mandolin/Tenor Banjo)
Adam Tanner - (Old-Time, Beginner Mandolin)

Banjo staff

Tony Trischka - (Intermediate & Advanced Technique)
Alan Munde - (Intermediate & Advanced Bluegrass)
Ned Luberecki - (Intermediate & Advanced Bluegrass)
Mark Johnson - (Clawgrass - Clawhammer Bluegrass)
Steve Baughman - (Contemplative Clawhammer& Tips & Tricks)
Bob Carlin - (Clawhammer Styles)


Ed Dodson - (Bluegrass Accompaniment)

Luthiers Exhibit

Lynn Dudenbostel - (instrument repair)
Jonathan Cooper - (violin)
Northfield Instruments - (mandolin)

In addition, Mando & Banjo Week runs concurrently with our Fiddle Week and students may take classes in either program. The Fiddle Week staff and classes include:


Darol Anger - (New Acoustic)
Barabara Lamb - (Bluegrass)
Michael Doucet - (Cajun)
Woody Paul - (CowboyFiddle)
Andy Stein - (Swing)
Bruce Molsky - (Old-Time)
Joe Craven - (Improvisation, Blues)
Jeremy Kittel - (Scottish)
Anne Lederman - (Canadian)
Michael Ismerio - (Old-Time)
Liz Knowles - (Irish)
Lisa Gutkin - (Klezmer)
Juan Rivera - (Mexican Huasteco)
Natalya Weinstein - (Beginners, Fiddle Backup)
Julia Weatherford - (Cello)
Kevin Kehrberg - (Bass)


Tony Marcus - (Swing)

For more information, visit their website and/or write or call for a free catalog:

The Swannanoa Gathering
Warren Wilson College
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000
(828) 298-3434 (phone/fax)


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Gan Ainm
April 11, 2014 09:15 AM
OK, I am going to try really hard to say this nicely, I am a big fan and 5 (or is it 6?) time attendee of Swannanoa including the first 2 years of Mando/Banjo week. I tried to sign up for Reischman's and Marshal'sl classes about 2 weeks ago, about the time the official catalog came out on line, which was also when I could get my time off work officially cleared. All the classes I wanted with those two were filled! "Early pre registration" or some such. Now the other instructors are excellent, I have had workshops with Matt Flinnner and Emory Lester and learned a lot, had a great time, but I wanted a change and obviously so did a lot of others. But if only people who can organize their lives from the year before and be first in on the semisecret early registration can get the plum spots a lot of others will be disappointed. Is there a constructive solution? I would suggest sign up only after official publication of full schedule and announcements on forums like this one, followed by a lottery for 1st and 2nd choices, with refunds for those not satisfies with the draw. That way a wider variety of people have an opportunity to participate in these fun learning opportunities. Just my 2 cents, those who get spots they like, I know you'll have a blast!
April 11, 2014 09:20 AM
Maybe consider the Mandolin Symposium one year.........Mike Marshall is all over that one, as well as many other stellar instructors!
April 11, 2014 09:34 AM
Quote from SternART: Maybe consider the Mandolin Symposium one year.........Mike Marshall is all over that one, as well as many other stellar instructors! End Quote

I was thinking the same thing. I realize that Swannanoa is a big event, but don't these guys teach at other events throughout the season?

April 11, 2014 09:39 AM
yes, but traveling to NC from Virginia is a lot cheaper and easier than traveling to CA.
Gan Ainm
April 11, 2014 10:43 AM
To clarify, I have at various times also been to Augusta, Nash Camp and Kaufmanns, all fun, I like Swannanoa for the accessibility to me and the vibe but especially because it had stuff for my wife t to take, unlike the more "mando centric" options. So there are plenty of good camp choices, and I will continue my learning journey. My point is mostly the frustration of several teachers being "full" before the official announcement and schedule, at a camp I otherwise think so highly of.
John Ritchhart
April 12, 2014 11:40 AM
I share the frustration with Gan. I couldn't get into Mike's class last year because I waited till the first of May for the same reasons stated above. This year I determined early to go to Swanny and was online at 5:00 pm the day the registration opened and fortunately got in. You almost have to register early and cancel later if you can't make it.
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