Announcing…. The staff for the 2010 Woods!
Registration will begin on January 29, 2010. Join us August 11 – 16, 2010 for a fabulous week of folk music. And without further ado (drum roll, please!!), the stellar 2010 Staff:
Steve Baughman – Acoustic guitarist and banjo player extraordinaire
Bev Bernbaum – Calling dances with pinache and style
Heather Bishop – Singer, songwriter, activist, and Canadian folk icon
Steafan Hannigan – Percussion, pipes, and things with strings
Jeni & Billy – captivating new-old songs and fine harmonies rooted in Appalachian culture
Brian Pickell – instrumentals and songs to tug at your heart and set your feet to dancing
Cindy Thompson – fiddle and stepdance with energy to burn
Click here for a registration form.
More on our staff:
We are pleased to bring Steve back to The Woods. Acoustic guitarist and banjo player extraordinaire, Steve is a favourite at camps such as Swannanoa and Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. His playing focuses on Celtic, Appalachian and Swedish tunes, and he is well known to guitar fans around the world for his best-selling books and videos on Celtic instrumentals. He’s an Energizer Bunny who never stops spreading his love of the music to all!
Bev has been addicted to all things contra since she was introduced to it at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in the summer of 1996. Since then, Bev has been in demand as a regular caller all around Ontario. She’s called at the Toronto Spring Thaw, the Owen Sound Spring Fling and the Hamilton Harvest Dance Weekend. She made her 6th con-secutive appearance calling dances at the New England Folk Festival in 2009. Whether it’s New England style, Irish, or Old Time, Bev is a master of them all! Welcome back, Bev!
Heather Bishop began her solo career at the 1976 Regina Folk Festival. A singer of considerable power and warmth, Heather emerged in the 1980s as one of Canada’s leading performers in both feminist and children’s music and in 1986 began to tour in the USA. She has appeared at all of the major folk festivals and international children’s festivals and has dedicated her life to making a difference in the world. Her career has taken her around the world garnering numerous awards and her values are reflected in her brilliant songwriting, sometimes serious, often with a great sense of humour and fun. It’s been too long since Heather has joined us and we are delighted to have her back!
Steafan is a teacher, musician, and session musician who mostly plays octave mandolin, Irish pipes, guitar, bodhran and whistle, but is also adept at dozens of string instruments, bagpipes and percussion instruments from around the world. He has worked extensively in adult education, devising and running classes and clinics for learners of all abilities. In his real life, he is a session musician and Pro Sound engineer. Steafan can teach anything and everything, so get ready to learn.
Jeni & Billy
Jeni Hankins & Billy Kemp bring us captivating new-old songs and fine harmonies rooted in Appalachian culture. Jeni traces her vocal style to Virginia Lowe, the blind music minister of the Friendly Chapel Church on Smith Ridge, VA. Jeni learned to bear witness through song by feeling music bodily and inhabiting the lyric emotionally. Her singing has been compared to Maybelle Carter and Iris Dement. Billy grew up with the sounds of Tin Pan Alley and his mother’s piano at home in Baltimore, but spent his weekend nights atop a hill in the nearby community of Oella — the home of Appalachian migrants. There, Billy fell in love with country music. Jeni & Billy met in 2005. Their heartfelt, harmonies highlight original and traditional songs that draw from Appalachian, old-time country, bluegrass and folk music styles to create a sound uniquely their own. We are thrilled to introduce Jeni and Billy to The Woods!
Brian has been playing guitar, mandolin and banjo, as well as singing, recording, and composing tradition-based music for over twenty-five years. He has played with The Humber River Valley Boys, Ian Bell and the Dawnbreakers, The Pierre Schryer Band and The Brian Pickell Band. His original tunes have earned him an international reputation, and his sympathetic harmonies and rhythms make him one Canada’s finest sidemen in traditional music. His tunes will please your ears and set your feet to tapping.
Cindy’s electrifying performances have earned her a reputation as one of Cana-da’s premiere combination fiddle player/stepdancers. A former national Canadian stepdance champion and winner of numerous fiddle awards, she performs in her own inimitable style, full of spontaneity, fun and musical excellence. She draws from Irish, Scottish, Cajun, Country, Bluegrass and Canadian Old Tyme fiddle styles. Cindy’s enthusiastic approach, contagious energy and superb technique build an amazing rapport with her audience. Get ready, because here comes Cindy!