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Northern Week Online

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason host a fun and friendly week of Northern-influenced traditional music & dance from New England to Québéquois to their European Roots in England, France, and Sweden.
 

The Ashokan Center builds community through shared experiences in nature, history, music and art. For 40 years we have hosted traditional Music & Dance Camps at our 385 nature preserve. This year we have learned how to host them online! 

“This is the first online weekend I have done and I have to say you nailed 
it.” – William in Belfast

  

“From the musicians/teachers to the tech support… everything went very
 smoothly and I learned a lot! MORE! MORE! – Kay in Pennsylvania

THE ASHOKAN ONLINE CAMP EXPERIENCE features SLIDING SCALE REGISTRATION!

  • Experience interactive workshops, nightly jams & song swaps with world-class instructors
  • Take one class or as many as you like
  • Participate via Zoom or watch on private livestream
  • Socialize in our lunchtime hangout
  • Enjoy great online resources to keep your toes tapping and a sweet song in your heart
  • Access all classes, activities, and resources again and again for a full year!

Come join the Ashokan family to celebrate, learn, connect, deepen your music, make new friends, and brighten your day. Our events are open to all folks, all ages and all orientations. 

Our Fun & Friendly Instructors:

AMY HAKANSON
Nykelharpa

AUDREY KNUTH
English Fiddle

BRUCE SAGAN
Swedish Fiddle

CASEY MURRAY
Cello

CHET GRAY
Callers Workshop

DAPHNE PICKENS
Fiddle

SUSIE BURKE & DAVID SURETTE
Guitar, Mandolin, Singing

ÉRIC FAVREAU
Québécois Fiddle

JACQUELINE SCHWAB
English Piano

JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON
Learn a Beautiful Waltz

JOHN & TOM KRUMM
Slow Jams

MATHIEU BAILLARGEON
Québécois Piano

MAX NEWMAN
New England Guitar & Mandolin

MOLLY TUCKER
New England Fiddle

RACHEL BELL
French Dance Music

STUART KENNEY
Bass, Northern Banjo

SUSIE LEMAY
Québécois Accordion

All times EDT New York, USA

Monday July 20 2020

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
5-6pm Welcome Gathering
Everyone is invited to say hello and make sure their technology is working nicely. Friendly Zoom tech support will be available.
6-8pm Meet the Teachers & Welcome Jam
Our wonderful teaching staff will introduce themselves and share a sampling of what they’ll be teaching at camp. Then dance, sing, and play along (on mute)!

Tuesday July 21, 2020

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
10:00-11:00am Northern Banjo (all levels) with Stuart
An accessible and meditative approach to playing the 5-stiring banjo.
10:00-11:00am Learn a Beautiful Waltz (Part 1) with Jay & Molly
Jay works with the melody players and Molly teaches the chord folks--all instruments, all levels welcome.
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch Hang & Announcements
Let’s enjoy a bit of selective un-muting, unwind, and get to know each other.
1:00-2:00pm English Fiddle (all levels) with Audrey
Learn to play English repertoire that will inspire and delight dancers.
1:00-2:00pm Solo English Piano with Jacqueline Schwab
Learn to be the whole English Country Dance Band (an 88-key orchestra!) for these socially distant times.
3:00-4:00pm Intro to Nyckelharpa with Amy
A crash course in Swedish nyckelharpa playing technique, exercises and a focus on injury/pain prevention. Primarily for beginners.
3:00-4:00pm Contradance Tune Jam with Birch Trio
All levels and all instruments welcome at this accessible and open tune session.
7-8:30pm Song Swap 1with John
All are welcome to bring a song to sing, sing along or just enjoy.
7-8:30pm Scandi Jam Part 1 with Amy & Bruce
Come play some beautiful tunes from the Scandinavian countries. Everyone is welcome to join!

Wednesday July 22, 2020

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
10:00-11:00am Swedish Fiddle (Beg/Int) with Bruce
Come learn a hambo complete with Swedish styling.
10:00-11:00am Callers Workshop with Chet
Explore and practice walk throughs, word choice, programming, patter, and stage presence for these times of social distancing.
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch Hang & Announcements
Let’s enjoy a bit of selective un-muting, unwind, and get to know each other.
11:30am-12:30pm Slow Jam with the Krumm Family
All are invited to learn and play along with inspiring music at slow and accessible tempos.
1:00-2:00pm Nyckelharpa (Int-Adv) with Amy
Learn a nyckelharpa tune from the Uppland tradition.
1:00-2:00pm Dance Band Cello with Casey
Learn how to use your cello to lighten the dancers' feet!
3:00-4:00pm English Country Dance Jam with Audrey, Rachel, Jacqueline
All are welcome to play along... printed music can be found in the resource folder.
3:00-4:00pm Contradance Guitar with Max Newman
Learn the tools and techniques of the contradance guitarist.
7-8:30pm Québécois - Cinq a Six a little bit late Part 1 with Éric Favreau, Susie Lemay & Mathieu Baillargeon
Northern Week's traditional Québécois jam for all instruments and levels. Bring a tune or two!
7-8:30pm Song Swap 2 with Susie
All are welcome to bring a song to sing, sing along or just enjoy.

Thursday July 23, 2020

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
10:00-11:00am Swedish Fiddle (Int/Adv) with Bruce
Pers Hans, one of the foremost traditions bearers from the town of Rättvik in Sweden, died on July 3. We will learn a polska from Rättvik in his memory.
10:00-11:00am French Dance Band with Rachel
All instruments are welcome for this deep dive into French dance music.
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch Hang & Announcements
Let’s enjoy a bit of selective un-muting, unwind, and get to know each other.
1:00-2:00pm Contradance Fiddle 1 with Audrey
Learn a cool tune plus essential with bowing and rhythmic techniques.
1:00-2:00pm Contradance Mandolin with Max
Learn to make your mandolin an indespensible part of the contradance band.
3:00-4:00pm Bass Basics with Stuart
An exploration of the deepest roots of the dance music we love.
3:00-4:00pm Learn Another Beautiful Waltz with Jay & Molly
Jay works with the melody players and Molly teaches the chord folks--all instruments, all levels.
7-8:30pm Northern Radio Hour (Staff Concert)

Friday July 24, 2020

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
10:00-11:00am Québécois Fiddle (Beg-Int) with Éric
Articulation, bow technique, exploration to change of intent, phrasing on a simple tune, easy to remember.
10:00-11:00am Mandolin as a Third Voice with David
Adding that special sparkle to support the melody (fiddle) and the primary accompaniment (guitar) with runs, lines, arpeggios and double stops.
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch Hang & Announcements
Let’s enjoy a bit of selective un-muting, unwind, and get to know each other.
11:30am-12:30pm Slow Jam Part 2 with the Krumm Family
All are invited to learn and play along with inspiring music at slow and accessible tempos.
1:00-2:00pm Songs of Hope (Part 1) with Susie
Susie will lead us in songs for troubled times and invite you to bring songs to share as well.
1:00-2:00pm Québécois Piano (Int-Adv) with Mathieu
Explore different major patterns through the repertoire of Thérèse Rioux and others.
3:00-4:00pm Contradance Fiddle (Int/Adv) with Audrey
Learn a cool tune plus essential with bowing and rhythmic techniques.
3:00-4:00pm Café Français with Rachel, Susie, David
An hour of beautiful French Cafe music for jamming, dancing or listening enjoyment.
7-8:30pm Québécois - Cinq a Six a little bit late Part 2 with Éric Favreau, Susie Lemay & Mathieu Baillargeon
Northern Week's traditional Québécois jam for all instruments and levels. Bring a tune or two!
7-8:30pm Scandi Jam Part 2 with Amy & Bruce
Come play some beautiful tunes from the Scandinavian countries. Everyone is welcome to join!

Saturday July, 25 2020

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
"10:00-11:00am Québécois Fiddle (Int-Adv) with Éric
Work on Jig with nice balance for dancer, phrasing, breath, ornementation...and maybe more! "
10:00-11:00am Québécois Accordion with Susie
Gabriel Labbé, Keith Corrigan and Armand Bruneau’s repertoire awaits, plus fingering and ornaments.
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch Hang & Announcements
Let’s enjoy a bit of selective un-muting, unwind, and get to know each other.
1:00-2:00pm American Roots Guitar with David
American roots guitar accompaniment with a Northern accent for both songs and fiddle tunes.
1:00-2:00pm New England Chestnut Jam with Audrey, Max, Jay & Molly
Join in playing great tunes ole New England repertoire like Far From Home, Money Musk and more.
3:00-4:00pm More Songs of Hope with Susie
Susie will lead us in songs for troubled times and invite you to bring songs to share as well.
3:00-4:00pm Online Contradance with Chet
Sounds impossible, but Chet can bring Online Contras to life and provide tons of fun!
5:00-6:00pm Happy Hour
Visit with old & new friends.
7-8:30pm Campers Night (Open Mic)
Sign up to sing, play or tell a story (5 min limit)--all styles and idioms of are most welcome!
9-10pm Joke Off
A round robin joke-telling session, PG-13 at first then PG-63?

Sunday July 26 2020

GARDEN ROOM DISCOVERY ROOM
10:00-11:30am Farewell Gathering
Sing, play, and dance along one more time!

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