Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop


July 27-August 3, 2014
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington

Join us for this annual country blues gathering! The Port Townsend Acoustic Blues workshop is held at Fort Worden State Park, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most stunning and inspiring landscapes.

Led by Artistic Director Daryl Davis, this week is designed to make you a better musician – you’ll hang out, jam and swap tunes with interesting, accomplished, and fun bearers of acoustic blues traditions. You’ll take part in daily classes and serious music making in the evenings with some of the finest acoustic blues players working today.

Details on our 2014 workshop are still under development but we do have confirmations from many of the faculty including: Alvin Youngblood Hart, Mary Flower, Paul Geremia, Mike Dowling, John Miller, Orville Johnson, Mark Puryear, Terry Harmonica Bean, Judy LaPrade, Wendy DeWitt, Mark Brooks, Roger Edsall, Peter Madcat Ruth, Rich DelGrosso, Steve James, Lightnin’ Wells, Maria Muldaur, Ethel Caffe Austin, Delnora Roberts, Lauren Sheehan, Dean Mueller, Gayle Dean Wardlow, Washboard Chaz, and George Rezendes.

This generous community shares your passion and energy, and we can almost guarantee that by the end of the week you AND your playing will be heading into directions you didn’t predict just a few days earlier. Daily classes are offered in Hill Country, Delta and Piedmont styles, finger-picking, blues guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, violin, mandolin, banjo, blues piano, bass, blues singing, and gospel choir, all taught by masters of the traditions.

Please keep an eye on this website as details unfold. For information contact: Acoustic Blues Program Manager, Mary Hilts at mhilts@centrum.org, or 360.385.3102 x 116.

The schedule is still under development but here’s a general idea of what to expect:

Sunday, July 27, 2014: 3pm – arrive and settle in; 6pm – dinner; 8pm – welcome & orientation; and jamming after.

Monday – Friday: Breakfast; 2 morning workshop sessions; Lunch; 2 afternoon workshop sessions; late afternoon Gospel Choir and Back Porch Jam.

Evenings: entertainment, open jams, house parties.

There will be two public performances by the instructors on Friday and Saturday as well Blues in the Clubs both of these nights. Your workshop registration entitles you to prime seats at these shows.

Sunday August 3, 2014: farewell breakfast, check out of rooms by 11am.