The Handmade Music School is offering a series of one-hour afternoon workshops as part of the Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2020, at the the Floyd EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia. Cost is $25 per workshop.
Jump in on Fiddle Tunes (that you’ve never heard before!) with Phil Jamison
Friday, October 16 from 4:00-4:50pm
Event Center Downstairs Room 2 @ the Floyd EcoVillage
In this workshop Phil will focus on listening skills that enable musicians assess and contribute to tunes that may be unfamiliar. Build confidence and learn how identify common melodic figures, rhythmic patterns, and chord changes that will help you to jump right in and play along. Intended primarily for banjo players, this workshop may also prove helpful to guitarists.
About the Instructor
Phil Jamison is a nationally-known dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer. He has called dances, performed, and taught at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and overseas since the early 1970s, including more than thirty-five years as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. His flatfoot dancing was featured in the film, Songcatcher, for which he also served as Traditional Dance consultant. From 1982 through 2004, he toured and played guitar with Ralph Blizard and the New Southern Ramblers, and he also plays fiddle and banjo. Over the last thirty years, Phil has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and his recently-published book Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance (University of Illinois Press, 2015) tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. Phil teaches traditional music and dance at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, where for twenty-five years he served as coordinator of the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering.