Register for Specialty Classes
For the first time ever, this year’s camp will feature one-day specialty classes from 7:15 to 8:15 CST every evening. From songwriting to improvisation to Swedish guitar, there’s a lot in our talented faculty’s wheelhouse that they don’t have time to teach in the week-long sessions. That’s why we’re offering these all-ages classes, which you can register for individually (scroll to the bottom of this page for the form) or subscribe to as a package as part of a Folk Workshop registration. Check below for our current slate of specialty classes and information on our teachers!
2021 class offerings:
- Old Time Fiddle (George, Patrik, Rachel)
- Bluegrass Fiddle (Connor, George, Scott)
- Country & Western Fiddle (Connor)
- Singing with the Fiddle (Rachel)
- Comping on Fiddle (Connor)
- Songwriting (Rachel)
- Improv & Jamming (George, Scott)
- Folk Guitar (Patrik)
- Swedish Guitar (Patrik)
- Carter Scratch Guitar Picking (Connor)
- Alternate Guitar Tunings (Patrik)
- Clawhammer Banjo (Rachel)
Patrik Ahlberg is a multi-instrumentalist from Sweden. He regularly plays and performs music of both the United States and Sweden. His current projects include duets of contemporary tunes and arrangements with Nashville fiddler George Jackson, a duo with Norwegian hardanger fiddler Vidar Skrede, and a solo exploration of Swedish fiddle tunes on the classical guitar.
For the Nashville-based singer/songwriter Rachel Baiman, progressive folk isn’t limited to musical terms. While Baiman fuses many different kinds of styles — she’s grounded in old-timey string music but is well-versed in soul, blues, pop, country, and rock — she also takes a progressive stance in her original songwriting. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Baiman’s parents instilled a sense of social responsibility at an early age, taking her to meetings of the Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago. As a child, she was drawn to music and picked up the fiddle, winning the Illinois State Fiddle competition when she was 17. After high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue a professional musical career.
In 2014, Baiman released the independent album Speakeasy Man, which focused on older folk tunes. Afterward, she wound up gigging regularly — her prominent hires included a slot supporting Kacey Musgraves — and she teamed up with fellow fiddler Christian Sedelmyer to form 10 String Symphony; they released their debut album Weight of the World in 2015. Following the 2016 presidential election, Baiman formed the national political awareness group Folk Fights Back, where musicians assembled events and concerts to protest the Trump administration. Rachel Baiman’s June 2017 label debut Shame was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love”, called a “Rootsy Wake-up Call” by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s “Noisey” as “flipping off authority one song at a time.”
Violinist/composer/improviser Scott Daniel makes a frequent habit of blurring musical boundaries. He has played in orchestras behind major soloists like Itzhak Perlman and Peter Serkin, performed alongside jazz greats such as Benny Golson and Fareed Haque, and appeared in performance artist Taylor Mac’s Pulitzer-nominated show A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. And in an array of genre-bending Chicago bands, including the progressive-jazz combo Jazz Robots and eclectic chamber-pop quintet Circle with Lines, he creates nuanced, playful music that “makes the whole issue of genre irrelevant” (Bandcamp Daily). Scott graduated from Williams College before studying performance at the DePaul School of Music, and currently lives and works in Chicago as a freelance musician and teaches bluegrass fiddle in Oak Park.
George Jackson is a Nashville-based fiddle player who tours as a band leader and fiddler for hire, working with artists such as Front Country, Peter Rowan, Missy Raines and many more. Born in New Zealand, George grew up in a musical family and first heard bluegrass music around the age of 14, immediately falling in love with the style he started trying to work out how to play it from recordings and from the few mentors he could find in New Zealand. Moving to Australia as a 16-year-old, he won the Australian National Bluegrass Championship on fiddle three times and toured the country with his bluegrass band, “The Company”, playing many major folk festivals on the Australian circuit.
As a resident of Nashville and the USA from 2016, George released an album of original old-time style fiddle tunes, “Time and Place” in 2019 to acclaim. He was awarded the 2019 Mike Auldridge composition award by the DC bluegrass union for his tune “Chapel Hill Deer Stalk” and sparked a viral fiddle tune with his composition “Dorrigo”, with hundreds of musicians learning the tune and posting videos of themselves playing it online, which become known as the “Dorrigo Challenge.”
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