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Fingerstylist Happy Traum Joins 2017 Blues Faculty

Fingerstylist Happy Traum Joins 2017 Blues Faculty

We’re excited to announce that the legendary Happy Traum will be on faculty at the 2017 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop, July 30-August 6. Renowned folk singer, writer, teacher, recording artist and first-rate fingerstyle guitarist Happy Traum began playing guitar and 5-string banjo as a teenager, and was an important participant in the legendary Greenwich

Check Out Photos from 2017 Explorations

We’ve just wrapped up an amazing week of arts immersion for students in grades 7-9 from throughout Washington state. In Explorations, students are introduced to the world of arts and ideas, creative risk-taking, and personal development. It’s a total learning environment that challenges the mind and body in equal measure. Photographer David Conklin was on


Mark Doty on New Poems: Unscrew The Locks From the Doors

Centrum is excited welcome poet Mark Doty back to the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference in 2017. His Conference workshop will focus on writing new poems: UNSCREW THE LOCKS FROM THE DOORS: Writing New Poems Walt Whitman, early in the “language experiment” he called LEAVES OF GRASS, calls on his readers to open the locked doors

Applications Now Accepted for 2017 Chamber Music Workshop

Applications are now being accepted for Centrum’s 2017 Port Townsend Chamber Music Workshop, June 4-11, 2017 at Fort Worden. The workshop is an intensive week-long chamber music experience offered to two string quartets and two pianists, and is structured to further the careers of promising and emerging pre-professional musicians. Two string quartets and two pianists will


Steve James to Teach Slide Guitar at 2017 PT Blues Workshop

Steve James, a twenty-plus year veteran of Centrum’s blues programs, returns in 2017 to play and teach slide guitar at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop. He recalls his early involvement with the style: “Yeah, when I was a kid just starting out, a lot of the good slide players came through town pretty regular;

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Fire of Tierra Caliente Coming to Fiddle Tunes

The great violinist Juan Reynoso made many powerful visits to Fiddle Tunes, beginning in the late 90s, and a direct result of his influence is the group Fire of Tierra Caliente. They will present Don Juan’s music (and other Calentano fiddlers) at the 2017 gathering. The group came together by the passion of Paul Anastasio, violinist,