WORKSHOPS

Our workshops this year cover Bluegrass and Old Time music, with friendly, expert tutors who will make them fun as well as educational! Take a browse through, and if you’d like to book, simply email workshop@arisaigamericana.com with your choice of workshop in the subject field. Please note that places are limited, and we will take payment at your workshop on the day.

Bluegrass mandolin

Craig McKinney

1 hr

Land, Sea & Islands Centre

11.45am - 12.45pm

Love that Bill Monroe sound? Well, he did invent Bluegrass after all! Craig is a Bluegrass officianado and his playing and performance style reflects that high lonesome tradition. He’ll cover technique and share his own hot tips on getting the best out of your mandolin playing.

£6 (adult) / £4 (under 18)

intro to dobro

dave currie

1 hr

Astley Hall Clubroom

11.45am - 12.45pm

Ever wondered how the dobro came about? How it fits into Bluegrass music? How the heck you play it? Well, Dave’s on hand to impart his substantial dobro knowledge and show you how this musical curio works. He’s a highly experienced player and will be bringing along a second dobro for students to try if you don’t have your own. 

£6 (adult) / £4 (under 18)

group harmony singing

with mairi, zoe & aly

1.5 hrs with refreshment break

Astley Hall

12pm - 1.30pm

Singing is good for the soul, and harmony singing lifts it to another level! Bluegrass and Old Time songs are all about intricate harmonies and in this class you’ll learn 2 songs with 3-part harmonies. This is a FREE class in the main hall, so there’s no limit on numbers, and we encourage ANYONE who really wants to get singing to come along and join in a fun, uplifting session.

FREE

bluegrass Banjo

Leon Hunt

1.5 hrs with refreshment break​

Land, Sea & Islands Centre

1pm - 2.30pm

Want to get that authentic Bluegrass banjo sound? Take some 5-string, finger picking tips from (probably) the best banjo-player in the UK! Leon is a highly experienced tutor who has been performing and recording for decades and in this class he’ll cover the basics and beyond of Bluegrass playing.

£8 (adult) / £6 (under 18)

Bluegrass Guitar

Jason Titley

1.5 hrs with refreshment break​

Astley Hall Clubroom

1pm - 2.30pm

There’s always something new to learn on guitar and Bluegrass is the music that keeps on giving! Jason is a renowned Bluegrass guitar player and in this class he’ll share his expansive knowledge and technique including playing accompaniment and taking solo breaks.

£8 (adult) / £6 (under 18)

Old time fiddle

bruce molsky

1.5 hrs with refreshment break​

Astley Hall Clubroom

2.45pm - 4.15pm

An opportunity not to be missed by ALL fiddle players! A master of his craft, Bruce is a respected, experienced tutor and renowned troubadour of Appalachian tradition. Old Time has roots from these shores and in this class you can discover new (and old!) tunes and learn about Bruce’s own playing technique.

£8 (adult) / £6 (under 18)

Clawhammer banjo

Allison De Groot

1.5 hrs with refreshment break​

Land, Sea & Islands Centre

2.45pm - 4.15pm

Clawhammer (or Old Time) banjo, is a style of playing that pre-dates the finger-picking style of Bluegrass banjo. Allison is an extraordinary player who pushes the boundaries whilst staying true to this style’s roots. She’ll cover ‘clawhammer’ technique, tricks n’ licks and get you familiar with some popular Old Time tunes!

£8 (adult) / £6 (under 18)

Arisaig Americana Music Festival, Inverness-shire, Scotland UK PH39 4NP