BLUEGRASS BANJO CAMP AT WEISER, IDAHO
May 18-21, 2017 Janet Beazley, Jason Homey and Gary Eller, Instructors
Are you just starting out on bluegrass banjo? Are you an intermediate player who has gotten stuck? Are you a more advanced player who wants to firm up chops? If so, this camp might be for you. Our last three camps at Slocum Hall have been really popular and well-attended, so we’re doing it again! This time we are adding internationally renowned banjoist, author and educator Bill Evans as an instructor and expanding the camp to three camping nights and two and a half days of instruction. We will conduct the 2017 camp in two parallel sessions, one for novices and one for intermediate players. Historic Slocum Hall’s spacious lawn under huge trees and inside classrooms are ideal for the camp. The camp will be a great opportunity to meet and jam with other banjo players, as well as to learn from highly experienced banjo instructors.
Camp opens Thursday afternoon with registration and an informal evening session. Classes will occur all day Friday, Saturday and half of Sunday. And of course, there will be jamming every night – as long as you can stay awake! As is the case for the classes, parallel jam sessions for novices and intermediate players will be conducted. On Saturday night we will have a concert in the wonderful old time auditorium in historic Hooker Hall next door to Slocum Hall.
We urge students to camp on the lawn at Slocum hall. Rates are $25 per night for RVs or campers with electrical hookup and $16 per night for non-hookup campers, payable to the National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest. Camping fees include access to restrooms and showers on the grounds. Motels are located nearby for those who choose not to camp.
Student enrollment will be limited to twenty for each level (novice and intermediate) on a first come, first served basis. Tuition is $250. Fifty dollars will hold your space. You’ll get the equivalent of many lessons at camp – enough to work on for a long time. Please register soon as we expect the student slots to fill rapidly. If you have questions or want to register, please contact Jason Homey ([email protected] 208-585-1637) or Gary Eller [email protected] 208-442-8844.
Jason Homey. I have been playing 5-string banjo since 1989. I am a two- time first place winner of the Western Canadian Bluegrass Banjo Championships and a long-term member of the Bluegrass/Celtic/Rock- band ‘The Clumsy Lovers’. Since moving to Boise in the Fall of 2011, I have kept myself busy with an increasingly full schedule of banjo, mandolin and guitar students. I also play shows regularly with the two Boise based bluegrass bands “Possum Livin” and “Reilly Coyote.” I have many years of experience teaching at Bluegrass Workshops, including having taught the Intermediate and Advanced Banjo classes at BCBW. Since March of 2012, I have been leading a well attended weekly beginner bluegrass jam for the Idaho Bluegrass Association (IBA). Besides playing and teaching Scruggs-Style and Clawhammer (including
‘Melodic’ Clawhammer), I also play and teach a combination of ‘Single- String’ and ‘Melodic’ (‘Keith’) style that I use for arranging Irish fiddle tunes, classical pieces, and other types of material, for banjo. For samples of my playing, check out http://cdbaby.com/cd/jasonhomey2 .
Gary Eller. I grew up in rural West Virginia and learned my first banjo tunes from a tobacco chewing mountaineer neighbor. I still play the mastertone I bought in Wheeling in 1967 and have used it in bands and contests where I’ve lived – Ohio, Georgia, New Mexico and Idaho. I’ve competed successfully in contests, including first place in the Horseshoe Bend and second place in the Santa Fe contests. I’ve taught lessons off and on for forty years. Currently I am banjoist for Chicken Dinner Road, a progressive Treasure Valley, Idaho bluegrass band. Also, I travel the length and breadth of Idaho doing solo programs of pre-radio era Idaho songs, sometimes playing plectrum banjo. I also do a piano/classical banjo program “High Tone Music of Early Idaho” with classical pianist Sean Rogers. For samples of my playing see www.bonafidaho.com/appsonsnotesclips.htm and http://www.chickendinnerroad.com .