Start Strong

Start your weekend off with an exciting pre-event intensive class held just before the rest of the festival gets going.


All classes begin at 3 pm on Friday, September 16, 2022 and end at 5 pm.


Class size is limited and a separate registration fee is required.


2022 Intensive Classes


Rhythm Guitar - Richard Sleigh

Learn to be a better rhythm section for your band or for your own voice. Using a variety of folk genres, we'll cover moveable chord shapes, bass runs, hammer-ons, pull-offs and more.  For guitar players who are used to using a pick and who know at least 8-10 chords.


Mandolin - Henry Koretzky

A survey of all things mandolin, including playing techniques like tremolo and chording, problem-solving, and generally easing the path to mastering the mandolin.
For all levels beyond beginner.


Fiddle - Brennish Thomson

This class is a safe space to air your fiddle grievances, problematic tunes, and general questions all-things bowed. Feel free to come with something in mind, or stick around to learn something unexpected.
Intermediate level.


Autoharp - Larry Mutti

We’ll explore options for both strumming and chording hand technique, as well as choosing and adapting tunes to suit your autoharp and your voice. Participants should come with a good familiarity with the chord bar layout on their own 'harp, and with a favorite tune in mind that we might play together.
For all levels beyond beginner.


Singing - Gene & Gayla Mills

Singing is the most natural thing in the world, but no matter how well you sing, you can improve with attention and practice. We’ll talk about how to listen, breathe, sing in tune, craft our phrasing, and more. And we’ll sing!
For all levels.


Learn to Jam - Simple Gifts

If you haven't jammed or haven't jammed much, taking this intensive will get you ready to join in the jamming fun throughout the weekend.
For all instruments.








Simple Gifts








Two woman, lots of instruments, with the sound of the world in their hearts.


2022 Faculty


Rustical Quality String Band


Jerry Zolten



Gene & Gayla Mills

Henry Koretzky

Kelly Armor

Fiddling Thomsons

Larry Mutti

Holly Foy

Laura Alexander

Bob Nicholson



Contact us: (814) 643-6220 •