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BLUFF COUNTRY GATHERING
Lanesboro, MN | May 18-21, 2017

    


2017 Staff

 


The Reed Island Rounders have been playing together since 1993, when Betty Vornbrock and Billy Cornette formed a band to compete at local fiddlers’ conventions. They have been joined by various banjoists over the years, and now Kirk Sutphin has added his banjo and fiddle talents to the band. They have a mutual love for the old-time music of West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and SW Virginia. Betty and Billy make their home in Virginia and Kirk in North Carolina.
 www.reedisland.com

 

 


Martha Burns
sings old-time American songs the old-time way: heart songs, cowboy songs, tragic ballads and comic ditties, songs from the mountains and songs from the range. Her haunting voice is perfectly suited to her old-time repertoire and she’s an accomplished guitarist whose accompaniments bring out the pith in a song or provide the solid backup fiddlers crave. She has lived all around the country, but currently resides in Washington, DC.
www.marthaburns.net

 

 


 

 

The Ozark Highballers are an old time stringband from the Fayetteville, AR area. Clarke Buehling on banjo, Roy Pilgrim on fiddle, Aviva Steigmeyer on guitar, and Seth Shumate on mouth harp make up this exciting band, reproducing the sounds of old time music from the 1920s and 30s, concentrating on the music of the Ozarks.
www.facebook.com/theozarkhighballers/
https://avivazoe.wixsite.com/ozarkhighballers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jeanie McLerie and Ken Keppeler (also known as Bayou Seco) have been performing together for nearly 40 years. Their music is as eclectic as can be: southern old time, cowboy songs, Cajun, Hispanic, and Guachi music of Arizona’s Tohono O’Odham tribe. With Jeanie on fiddle and guitar and Ken on banjo, fiddle and accordion, this lively duo has taken their music across the U.S. and on many European tours. They live in Silver City, New Mexico where Ken also builds fiddles and Jeanie teaches a new generation of fiddlers the old styles.
www.bayouseco.com

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Cartier will be calling the Saturday night Barn Dance. While living in the Arkansas Ozarks he learned many of the local dances and is now a resident of Minneapolis,  Matt is also a fine clog dancer and musician.

 

 

 

 

About the Bluff Country Gathering

The Bluff Country Gathering is a four-day event presenting traditional American music, dance and singing styles. Workshops, conducted by a staff of nationally acclaimed musicians, singers, dancers and folklorists, are designed to pass along the traditions of old-time music to participants at all levels of experience. If you want to take workshops, you must register for the whole weekend. Cost is $225 and includes workshops, concert, dance and two noon meals. The registration form is at the bottom of this page.

PUBLIC EVENTS: A concert on Friday night features all the staff musicians. The Barn Dance on Saturday night includes live music by staff musicians and caller. No experience or partner required for this dance.

CONCERT: Friday May19 at 8:00 PM. $12.00. Tickets available at the door only.

BARN DANCE: Saturday, May 20 at 8:00 PM. $8.00. Tickets available at the door only.

REGISTRATION: $225 for all events. If you plan to take workshops full registration is required. No refunds after May 1.


Registration Form

(Printable PDF)

Please fill out the entire registration form. Registrations not accepted until January 2. No one will be in our office from January 18 through February 23, so do not worry if your confirmation email is slow in getting to you.

Name: __________________________________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________________________________

Phone: __________________________________________________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________________________________________________

Name/address on the roster? Yes _____ No _____ (The roster will be available to all students.)

Meals: Veggie _____ Meat _____ (Choose only one)

If you have food allergies or special needs, you must notify us before May 1 at 507-498-5452.

Any student age 16 or under must be accompanied by a fully registered parent or guardian.

Interested in volunteering? Most of our registered students help out doing small jobs at the weekend, like setting up tables and chairs for meals and concerts, helping in the kitchen, sitting at the sales table during the public concert or dance, to name a few. Even the smallest help is greatly appreciated. If you check yes, someone will contact you about matching you to an agreeable task.

Yes, I'd like to help. _____ No, not this time. _____

Make checks payable to Bluff Country Gathering and mail to 18287 Gap Drive, Spring Grove, MN 55974. We do not take credit cards.


Housing is not provided by the Gathering. Lanesboro has many B&Bs, boarding houses, motels and campgrounds in town and nearby. For a listing of these go to www.lanesboro.com or call the tourist office at 800-944-2670.

Thursday Night Potluck dinner starting at 6 pm. Bring a dish to share. Plates/cups/napkins/silverware will be provided. The kitchen is available only to the lunch caterers and will not be available for cooking/ cleaning up/storing leftovers.

Sunday Potluck starting at 9:30 am

Friday and Saturday lunches will again be provided by our favorites, Bob and Diana Suckiel, along with their fabulous crew!

What else to bring? Recorders are a must, since most of the workshops will be taught aurally.

 

E-mail:  bluffcountrygathering@gmail.com or bobngail@springgrove.coop)

 

2017 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

 

Friday Schedule

9:00-10:15

10:30-11:45

1:45-2:45

3:00-400

4:15-5:00

Sons of Norway

West Virginia Fiddle

Betty Vornbrock

 INT-ADV

Harmonica Technique

Seth Shumate

 OPEN

 

Carter Family Sing

Martha Burns

 OPEN

 

Parlor-Style Banjo

Clarke Buehling

BEG-INT

 

Ballad Singing

Aviva Steigmeyer

 OPEN

Community Ctr. Council Chambers

Clawhammer Banjo

Kirk Sutphin

 BEG/INT

Fiddle

Jeanie McLerie

 BEG

Fiddle Music of the Lewis Bros.

Ken & Jeanie

 INT-ADV

 

Backup Guitar

Billy Cornette

 BEG-INT

     

Fiddle Repertoire

Ken & Jeanie

OPEN

Community Ctr. Kitchen Area

Guitar Backup

Aviva Steigmeyer

 BEG

Carter Family Guitar

Martha Burns

INT/ADV

Clawhammer Banjo
Kirk Sutphin

BEG-INT

Ozark Fiddle Tunes

Roy Pilgrim

 INT-ADV

Mandolin

Bob Douglas

 INT-ADV

 

Community Ctr. Gym

Mandolin

Bob Douglas

 BEG

Fingerstyle Banjo

Clarke Buehling

 BEG-INT

Basic Clogging Matt Cartier

   OPEN

Harmonica Technique
Seth Shumate

   OPEN
 

 

 

Saturday Schedule

9:00-10:15

10:30-11:45

1:45-2:45

3:00-4:00

4:15-5:00

Sons of Norway

Singing with Guitar

Billy Cornette

 BEG/INT

Sing Like the Carter Family

Martha Burns

 OPEN

Fiddle Bowing

Betty Vornbrock

 OPEN

Fiddle Showcase-Betty Vornbrock, Kirk Sutphin, Roy Pilgrim, Jeanie McLerie, Ken Keppeler

 

Songs of the Ozarks

Aviva Steigmeyer

  OPEN

Community Ctr. Council Chambers

Fiddle: Tmmy Jarrell & More

Kirk Sutphin

 INT-ADV

Fiddle Music of the Southwest

Ken Keppeler & Jeanie McLerie

Old Time Guitar Style

Aviva Steigmeyer

BEG-INT

Backup Guitar

Billy Cornette

 BEG-INT

Fiddle/Banjo Duets

Betty Vornbrock & Kirk Sutphin

 OPEN

Community Ctr. Kitchen Area

Fingerstyle Banjo

Clarke Buehling

 INT-ADV

Fiddle-Crooked as a Dog's Hind Leg

Roy Pilgrim

INT-ADV

Introduction to Ragtime Banjo

Clarke Buehling

 ADV

 

Fiddle tunes on the Harmonica

Seth Shumate

 BEG/INT

Open Jam-Billy Cornette, Seth Shumate, Ken Keppeler

OPEN

Community Ctr. Gym

Mandolin

Bob Douglas

 INT/ADV

Square Dance Calling

Matt Cartier

 OPEN

Oklahoma Fiddle Tunes

Roy Pilgrim

 INT-ADV

More Clogging

Matt Cartier

 OPEN

 

 

 

BEG—Very little experience with your instrument, need basic skills.

INT—Have basic skills, be able to tune your instrument, play scales or chords, play a few tunes. 

ADV—Very at ease with your instrument and want to learn tunes quickly, focus on technique.

OPEN—These workshops may be repertoire, concerts, or other types that require no skill level.    

NOTE: There will be one-hour medium-paced jams led by staff, both Friday and Saturday nights after the public events. They will be held in the Kitchen Area of the Community Center.    

Lunch Friday and Saturday – 12:00pm. Brunch Sunday – 9:30am. Concert and Dance – 8:00pm  Doors open at 7:30pm

 

The Bluff Country Gathering is a 501(c) non-profit organization. Any donations are tax deductible.                                                

                                                                     

 

 

 

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