Frets & Refrains

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July 8-12, 2019
FULL MOON RESORT, BIG INDIAN, New York

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Frets & Refrains is for musicians and music lovers of ALL ages and ALL  levels in a non – competitive, relaxing camp environment in the beautiful Catskills mountains

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Richard Thompson and Nancy Covey started Frets &  Refrains 7 years ago  as a  way to inspire songwriters and guitarists alike in a  peaceful, fun  and gorgeous  mountain  setting.   At the heart of camp was our family members (Teddy, Jack, and Zak) plus musician  friends we knew and admired.  What we soon discovered is that Frets & Refrains created it’s own family of friends who adore this special week and are keen to share it with newcomers. And so the extended family continues!

SO much to choose from! Master  classes  with RICHARD THOMPSON  in both Guitar and Songwriting are open to everyone. You can also immerse yourself in Guitar with  British guitar master MARTIN SIMPSON or guitarist/performer/teacher HAPPY TRAUM.  For those needing help with those tough RT chords ZAK HOBBS breaks it down in his Guitar Circle.  Wildly diverse musician and collaborator, HENRY KAISER, will share strategies  and how to have more fun with music!   This year we have 3 songwriting teachers!  The incredible  singer songwriter,  TEDDY THOMPSON, returns to camp along with MARISSA NADLER, one of RT’s favorite artists for 2018 plus  a special guest songwriting teacher to be announced soon!  SLOAN WAINWRIGHT gives heart-filled encouragement to  campers in  Singing and Performance  for both proficient singers and those who would like to be.

Plus specialty workshops!  Unravel the mysteries of Sound Production with SIMON TASSANO or tune up your  Guitar Maintenance with BOBBY EICHORN who also  teaches Beginning Guitar and Songwriting.  Also… surprise guest Workshop TBA.

In the evenings JACK THOMPSON  hosts a fantastic Open Mic available to everyone.

The final night of Frets & Refrains enjoy a concert with  Richard Thompson and all the staff… after which Jack wraps camp up  with a super fun Dance Party! 

Camp Mom, NANCY COVEY, holds the whole thing together from early morning yoga ‘til late  night round the campfire. 

So join us for a week of music, swimming, hiking, yoga, films, open mic, campfires, and jamming under the stars - plus great food.  No wonder Frets & Refrains  always sells out!


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SCHEDULE

Monday

3-4PM: Camper check-in
4:15-5:30PM: Meet the staff! Welcome by Camp Mom Nancy. Introductions, class descriptions, advice, camp essentials, plus Q&A and Group Photo
5:30-6:30PM: Welcoming Social on the Front Lawn
6:30-8:00PM: Gourmet dinner followed by welcome performance with Richard Thompson and Frets and Refrains Teachers
9PM onwards: Song Circles!

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TUESDAY
8-8:45AM: Yoga for Musicians
7:30-9:30AM: Buffet Breakfast
9:30-10:45AM: Richard Thompson “Acoustic Guitar”
11:00-12:15PM: Morning Guitar, Songwriting and Singing Sessions
12:30-1:30PM: Buffet lunch
12:45PM: Sign up for Open Mic Night
1:15-2:15PM:  "Coming of Age in the Folk Revival" with Happy Traum
1:30-2:30PM: Swim / R&R
2:30-3:45PM: Afternoon Guitar, Songwriting and Singing Sessions
4-5PM: Late Afternoon Sessions with RT and Guest Counselors
5:15-6:15PM: Bobby Eichorn's "Frets & Remains - Guitar Clinic 101"
6:30-8PM: Gourmet dinner in the Pavilion
8:30PM: Handpicked guitar and music films in the Barn
8PM ’til late: Open Mic hosted by Jack Thompson with Zak Hobbs, Bobby Eichorn and Simon Tassano

WEDNESDAY
8-8:45AM
: Yoga for Musicians
7:30-9:30AM: Buffet Breakfast
9:30-10:45AM: Richard Thompson “Acoustic Guitar”
11:00-12:15PM: Morning Guitar, Songwriting and Singing Sessions
12:30-1:30PM: Buffet lunch
12:45PM: Sign up for Open Mic Night
1:30-2:30PM: Swim / R&R
2:30-3:45PM: Afternoon Guitar, Songwriting and Singing Sessions
4-5PM: Late Afternoon Sessions with RT and Guest Counselors
5:15-6:15PM: "Live Sound" Workshop with Simon Tassano
6:30-8PM: Gourmet dinner in the Pavilion
8:30PM: Handpicked guitar and music films in the Barn
8PM ’til late: Open Mic hosted by Jack Thompson with Zak Hobbs , Bobby Eichorn and Simon Tassano plus Campfire Jam sessions under the stars!

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THURSDAY
8-8:45AM
: Yoga for Musicians
7:30-9:30AM: Buffet Breakfast
9:30-10:45AM: Richard Thompson “Acoustic Guitar”
11:00-12:15PM: Morning  Guitar, Songwriting and Singing Sessions
12:30-1:30PM: Buffet lunch
12:45PM: Sign up for Open Mic Night
1:30-2:30PM: Swim / R&R
2:30-3:45PM: Afternoon Guitar, Songwriting and Singing Sessions
4-5PM: Late Afternoon Sessions with RT and Guest Counselors
6:30-8PM: Awards Dinner hosted by Richard Thompson & Nancy Covey
8:30PM: Concert with Richard Thompson and Frets & Refrains counselors plus special guests
10PM: Dance Party!  Hosted by Jack Thompson

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Friday

8-10AM: Farewell Breakfast with RT and Frets & Refrains Staff
11AM: Check Out

*Schedule is subject to change