Riley Baugus and Dirk Powell in Performance

[Riley Baugus (banjo), Dirk Powell (fiddle), and friends onstage]

If you’re looking for a full-immersion fiddle tunes experience this autumn, Riley Baugus, Dirk Powell, and Tim Eriksen will lead a November 16-18 workshop the music of the Southern Appalachians–including string band tunes, country songs, and shape note singing. The weekend workshop will focus on learning to sing and play the traditional songs, with an emphasis on vocals.

Riley Baugus plays banjo, guitar, and fiddle, and is one of the foremost traditional musicians of North Carolina, where he grew up learning instrumental and vocal traditions from mentor Tommy Jarrell and others. Tim Eriksen also plays banjo, guitar, and fiddle, and is an expert in traditional American shape-note singing. Fiddler Dirk Powell is the Artistic Director of the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and one of the finest traditional American musicians of this generation.

"Come and celebrate!" says Powell. "Participants can study vocals with Tim or old-time banjo/fiddle with Dirk and Riley, then get together for group events that revel in the social aspect of the music. The setting is intimate and the feeling will be like that of a mountain family reunion of years gone by. We’ll all be together in one house and it will literally be like a wonderful reunion."

For workshop registration, follow this link or call us at 360.385.3102, x114. To buy tickets to the Saturday night, 7:30 pm concert and dance in the USO Building, follow this link or call us at 360.385.3102, x114.