Vacationland Bluegrass Jam Camp

Searsport, Maine
Friday, September 15, 2017
Vacationland Bluegrass Jam Camp
Friday, September 15, 2017 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

Searsport Shores Ocean Campground
(207) 548-6059
216 W Main St
Searsport, Maine 04974
United States

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Want to learn Bluegrass?

At Vacationland ​Jam ​Camp ​we have ​a 
friendly, ​low-key​ ​environment ​on the shores of Penobscot Bay ​in ​beautiful Searsport, Maine where you can learn ​​to ​play ​Bluegrass ​music.​ 

Our teachers are some of the area's top Bluegrass musicians, including Erica Brown and Matt Shipman (Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection), Steve Roy (Darol Anger, Molly Tuttle Band, Joy Kills Sorrow, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen) and Carter Logan (The Jerks of Grass).

Join us Friday, September 15th to Sunday, September 17th.  You'll work in small groups, learning the secrets of playing backup and taking breaks. You'll also learn:
      • ​​Traditional ​Bluegrass song structure
      • Jamming ​etiquette
      • How ​to ​lead ​a ​song
      • Instrumental blending
      • How to take a break
      • Harmony singing
There will also be an opportunity to take 1/2 hour private lessons from the instructors.

Never Jammed before?

Come ​Thursday, September 14th to ​learn​ ​jamming ​technique from the ground up at the Novice Workshop taught by Resa Randolph (Miners Creek). ​ ​

Want to arrive early anyway?

You're welcome to spend the whole week at Searsport Shores Campground.   Relax by the ocean, go sea kayaking or hunt down a local lobster roll.

Jam camp is for everyone!

We're open to all ages* (*
students under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.)
Bring any instrument that fits into the Bluegrass genre, including:
      • guitar
      • banjo
      • mandolin
      • fiddle
      • bass
      • dobro
      • ukulele
      • autoharp
      • dulcimer
Not sure your instrument fits into a Bluegrass jam? Send us an email and we'll let you know (

NOTE: ​ ​This ​camp ​is ​not ​suitable ​for ​novice ​instrumentalists*. ​ ​You ​must ​already ​know ​how ​to tune and ​play ​your ​instrument. Fretted instrument players must be able to play chords quickly and smoothly.  Fiddle players must know how to play at moderate speed.  For more information, got to the FAQ tab.

*Special Bass dispensation:  If you've ever wanted to learn the bass, we're always short on bass players.  We'll have a few electric and upright basses available so adventurous folks can try the ol' 1-5-1.


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