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Breakin’ Up Winter 22  /  March 2-5, 2017

Breakin’ Up Winter 22 promises to be one of the best ever. You’ll want to stay for the entire weekend and participate in workshops, lectures, and an almost continuous jam!

We should mention that Donnie Rogers will be bringing many affordably-priced fiddles if you’re interested in looking for a unique one, and the Cleff’d Ear, the traveling music store with an excellent selection of CDs and instructional books, is offering 15% off most items in their inventory. Both will have a viewing table set up in the Cedar Forest Lodge.

Detailed Schedule of Events

Schedule is subject to change.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 
Evening Arrive anytime after 3:00 PM. If you are pre-registered, your name badges and packets will be at the Cedar Forest Lodge; on site registration will be also available at the Cedar Forest Lodge. Cabin holders can pick up their keys from John Hatton, Cleff’d Ear in the Cedar Forest Lodge. Doris Fisher always hosts a wonderful potluck dinner, starting at 5:00pm in Cabin #10 and followed by an old-time jam at the Cedar Forest Lodge.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
8:30 AM Registration opens | Coffee, tea and snacks are provided; Assembly Hall
All day and evening jamming at the Cedar Forest Lodge
LECTURES Roby Cogswell, Master of Ceremonies; Assembly Hall
9:00-9:45 Paul Brown | Old-Time, New Times; Individualism and Traditions
10:00-10:45 Sheila Kay Adams | Discourse on Cecil B. Sharp’s Collection, Ballads of the Southern Mountains
11:00-11:45 Erynn Marshall | The Life and Music of West Virginia Fiddler Melvin Wine
Melvin Wine was born April 20, 1909, in Stout’s Run, Braxton County, West Virginia. His mother and grandfather were ballad singers and his father and great-grandfather were fine fiddlers. Melvin received National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts and was considered a national treasure. He played fiddle well into his nineties and his music was beautiful, archaic and from another time. Melvin was a mentor to Erynn for many years and she wrote a book about him and other WV fiddlers and singers called Music in the Air Somewhere. In this seminar, Erynn will share stories about this amazing Appalachian fiddler and play some of Melvin’s signature fiddle tunes. Carl Jones will kindly join in on guitar/banjo.
12:00-12:30 LUNCH | Group Lodge (requires specific meal ticket)
1:00-2:30 All Girl Singalong led by Susie Coleman, Cedar Forest Lodge
1:00-3:00 Open Jam; Assembly Hall
3:30-4:30 Erynn Marshall | Learn a Melvin Wine Tune
(Level: Intermediate – Advanced) In this hands-on fiddle workshop Erynn will teach one or two Melvin Wine tunes (with bowing and ornaments) that were passed down in his family for generations. One of these will be in a cross tuning. Video-taping is welcome. Recording devices are encouraged.
4:30-5:30 Open Jam with the Artists; Assembly Hall
6:00-6:45 DINNER | Group Lodge (requires meal ticket)
ARTIST CONCERTS Assembly Hall
7:00-7:30 Paul Brown and Terri McMurray
7:30-8:00 Sheila Kay Adams
8:15-8:45 Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
All day and evening jamming at the Cedar Forest Lodge
8:00-8:30 BREAKFAST | Group Lodge (requires meal ticket)
ARTIST WORKSHOPS Assembly Hall
9:00-10:00 Sheila Kay Adams | Ballads, Stories and Banjos
10:15-11:30 Carl Jones | Old Style Mandolin Workshop “Mandomazing” with Erynn Marshall
(Level: Intermediate… but everyone welcome) In this workshop we’ll utilize handy 2-string “shapes” (slants & reaches) to make the mandolin fingerboard less of a mysterious “maze.” This will make it easier and more fun to learn a great old-time tune or back up a song. Aimed at intermediate level students but beginners will benefit as well. Advanced players will have some new tricks to put up their sleeves. Participants are welcome to video and encouraged to bring a recording device.
10:-11:30 Slow Jam at the Cedar Forest Lodge led by Mary Alice Bernal
12:00-12:30 LUNCH | Group Lodge (requires meal ticket)
1:00-2:00 Terri McMurray & John Hatton | Ukulele in Old-Time Music; Cedar Forest Lodge
1:30-2:40 Carl Jones | Guitar Backup for Songs and Tunes with Erynn Marshall; Assembly Hall
(Level: Intermediate) In this session, Carl would like to explore a few ideas that can give your guitar playing a boost and make it more fun to boot — concepts that are easy to incorporate and sound great. For example, just knowing the distance between the notes of a chord really expands the possibilties. For fiddle tune back up, Carl strives to enhance what the fiddle is doing and not overplay or get “in the way.” Mainly, he hopes to inspire you and encourage you to appreciate and enjoy playing your guitar. Participants are welcome to video and encouraged to bring a recording device.
2:45-3:30 Thomas Maupin | Flatfoot Dance Demonstration with Daniel Rothwell; Assembly Hall
3:30-4:30 Paul Brown | Fiddle Evolution in Southern Appalachia; Assembly Hall
6:00-7:00 DINNER | Group Lodge (requires meal ticket)
7:30-8:45 Concert | Artists in the Round; Assembly Hall
SUNDAY, MARCH 5
8:30-9:30 BRUNCH | Group Lodge (requires meal ticket)
10:00 Cabin checkout time
10:30-11:30 Gospel and Shape Note Singing with Rick Fretter, Cedar Forest Lodge

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