By David Klassen
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is hosting a more intimate gathering of musicians this summer before the 41st annual event gets underway at Birds Hill Park.
From July 6-8, Folk Music Camp will feature a range of guitar, banjo and ukulele players at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg.
Folk Fest performers James Hill (ukulele), Danny Barnes (banjo), Guy Forsyth (guitar and harmonica) and Cara Luft (songwriting/camp host) will guide the all-ages groups of musicians through a variety of classes, jams, and musical bonding. New this year is a shorter, more focused program and lower tuition rate to make the program even more accessible.
“This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best musicians in their field, right before they head to Folk Fest and play in front of the crowds,” said Chris Frayer, Winnipeg Folk Festival artistic director. “Folk Music Camp is an intense experience, but it’s also a lot of fun — especially those evening jams and concerts.”
Following the camp, optional one-on-one lessons will be offered on July 9. For rates and to apply, visit WinnipegFolkFestival.ca.