Frets & Refrains

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July 9-13, 2018
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 Guitar and Songwriting are open to everyone. You can also immerse yourself in Guitar with  the incredible Celtic finger style guitar master TONY McMANUS or guitarist/performer/teacher HAPPY TRAUM.  Two incredible singer songwriters,  TEDDY THOMPSON  and  Grammy award winner  PATTY GRIFFIN,  will hold  inspiring classes in the craft of Songwriting will hold  inspiring classes in the craft of Songwriting.  SLOAN WAINWRIGHT gives heartfilled 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. As a bonus check out the workshop with  steel guitar/dobro ace CINDY CASHDOLLAR.  And for those needing help with those tough RT chords ZAK HOBBS breaks it down in his daily Guitar Circle.

In the evenings JACK THOMPSON  hosts a fantastic Open Mic open to everyone.   The  final night 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: Zak's Guitar Circle
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: Workshop with Cindy Cashdollar
5:15-6:15PM: Bobby Eichorn's "Frets & Remains - Guitar Clinic 101"
6:30-8PM: Gourmet dinner in the Tent Pavillion
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
1-2:15PM  "Coming of Age in the Folk Revival" with Happy Traum
1:15-2:15PM Zak’s Guitar Circle
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 Tent Pavillion
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
1:15-2:15PM: Zak’s Guitar Circle
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
8:30PM: Concert with Richard Thompson and Frets & Refrains counselors plus special guests
10PM: Dance Party!  Hosted by Jack Thompson

Friday

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

*Schedule is subject to change