John Dee Holeman and the Piedmont Tradition

John Dee Holeman is the real deal.

Born in Orange County, North Carolina in 1929, John Dee has been playing the blues since he was 14. He learned by listening to Blind Boy Fuller's records as well as by playing with musicians who learned directly from Fuller.

John Dee was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 1988 and a North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1994. While we've presented him here in Port Townsend a few times at our summer festival, we have never brought him to work in a small, intimate setting before. 

We still have a couple of spaces left in our Piedmont Blues Intensive – taking place October 15-18. If you are a guitar player who wants to learn Piedmont fingerpicking from the source, you need to join John Dee, along with Michael Roach, and Lightnin' Wells for this gathering. It's a small gathering, and you'll get some seriously premium time with each of these great musicians.