The Warren Arts Council are hosting a bluegrass and old-time music weekend in commencing on the 18th September this year.
The weekend starts of with a meet and greet and a dinner followed by a session listening to hearing from some of the bluegrass greats old vinyls. Following is a night sitting in a late-night circle playing a tune or two.
Whether you’re a closet musician, someone itching to form a bluegrass band, or you’ve been wondering what bluegrass music is all about, whether you can solo with abandon or you’re an intermediate player happily moving between basic chords, the weekend will have something for you. That is, if you’re a hands-on musician who wants to play, come to Manjimup this spring.
The weekend will feature four tutors, all professional musicians. Rodney Vervest, on guitar, Charlie McCarthy, on fiddle, vocalist Jane Morris and Bob Thomson on upright bass.
The bass underpins everything. When you hear that rhythm you’ve got to lock into it – there’s no-where else to go. The bass is all about setting a groove, setting the bluegrass bass line and that’s the building block for the other instruments – Rodney Vervest.
The weekend has been organised by the Warren Arts Council following the near sell out performance by the Nullarbor Mountain Boys in Manjimup last June. Bob, Rodney and Charlie are all members of this bluegrass band – and is a follow-up to the very successful, very friendly Learn to Jam Bluegrass Jamcamp by Greg McGrath held earlier this year.
Participants and tutors will once again be staying at the Manjimup Hotel and workshop sessions will be held at the Manjimup Community Centre. As this is a residential camp, places are limited so go to the website and look for details at drop down menu “Manjimup Jamcamp”.