About The Upper Potomac Music Weekends
Located in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the weekend programs of Upper Potomac Music Weekends give students an opportunity to share tunes and techniques, and to learn from some of the finest teachers available in a variety of traditions on many instruments.
All weekend workshops take place in the relaxed, retreat setting of the Shepherd University Student Center and surrounding historic buildings in scenic Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Each program offers a slightly different flavor or theme to appeal to a wide range of students.
Our programs for the 2016 season are:
Fiddle Retreat - January 8-10, 2016
Workshops, Concert, Jam Sessions and a Contra Dance for fiddlers and those who play with them. A variety of styles are presented by some of the region's finest fiddle teachers with an emphasis on dance fiddle styles including Cape Breton, Appalachian, New England and French Canadian. 2016 teachers are Alan Jabbour (old-time), David Kaynor (New England), Emerald Rae (Scottish/Cape Breton), Pascal Gemme (French Canadian), Mary Lea & Peter Barnes (English), along with Danny Knicely (bluegrass/swing), Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer accompaniment) and Paul Oorts (mandolin and mixed-instrument band classes).
Pipers Weekend - January 15-17, 2016
Weekend retreat featuring classes, concerts, sessions and private tutorials for a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes, flute, fiddle, bouzouki and mixed instruments. Staff include: Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes), Kevin Crawford (Irish flute), Colin Farrell (Irish fiddle), Ian Lawther (Northumbrian smallpipes), EJ Jones (Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes), Mike McNintch (Scottish smallpipes & border pipes), Nick Hudson (Scottish smallpipes and border pipes) and Frances Cunningham (bouzouki). Classes for all levels of ability; high-quality rental Scottish smallpipes are available for new pipers who wish to try them for the weekend.
Spring Music Weekend - March 11-13, 2016
Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Ann Lough, Ruth Smith, Bob Shank, Nick Blanton, and Marina Albero; plus fiddler Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones on banjo and guitar, teaching an old-time music class.