2022 Schedule

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is full of great workshops, concerts, singing and dancing. The 2022 schedule will be announced in the near future.


Friday, September 16, 2022


Friday 3:00 pm Pre-Event Intensive Classes (separate registration required)

A pre-event intensive is a great way to get a jump-start on the weekend. Separate registration is required for these classes.


Choice of:

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 10, 2021 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.

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Friday 4:00 pm Jamming –  Fiddling Thomsons

This will be a fun, relaxed jam for all levels, also a good way to meet other attendees before things get going.


7:00 pm Staff Concert

You'll meet and hear all of the faculty.


After the Concert

Beginners' Jam - Larry Mutti & Holly Foy

Intermediate Jam - Simple Gifts

Advanced Jam - Richard Sleigh & Brennish Thomson

Singing - Tim Craven, Kim Craven, & Mick Smyer


Friday 10:30 pm

Young People's Gathering - Laura Alexander & Brennish Thomson

If you're younger than most of the people in attendance this weekend, this is a chance to meet and jam with other young folks.


Saturday, September 17, 2022


8:00 to 8:30 am Breakfast

Meals are provided for those who pre-paid. If you've brought your own food, you're encouraged to bring it to the food area so you can sit with the group. Students and instructors sit together at meals, and mealtime tends to be a prime time for socializing.


8:30 am Greetings & Introduction



9:00 to 10:00 am

Beginning Percussion - Mick Smyer & Karen Hirshon

Bring a drum or any object that can be used as a drum, or drum on the picnic tables. You'll learn rhythm patterns and approaches to use for playing percussion in folk music.


How to Age Well with Music - Gayla Mills

We all hit snags, mentally and physically. Learn how to adapt to aging hands and brains with new ways to learn and play your instrument, techniques for preventing injury, and new goals to inspire you.


Classic Country Songs - Gene Mills

We'll sing and play songs from the early days of country music. Sheet music and chords will be provided. For singers and all instruments.


Slow, Easy, Beautiful Tunes  - Linda Littleton & Holly Foy

There are lots of tunes that are slow, easy, beautiful, and fun to play! Adding a few of these to your repertoire will give you a classier sound. Sheet music and chords will be provided. For all instruments, advanced beginner level.


Sarah Armstrong Tunes - Henry Koretzky

Sarah Armstrong was an early 20th century fiddler from Southwestern Pennsylvania. Hear about Mrs. Armstrong’s life, and learn several of her tunes. Tunes will be taught by ear with music available at the end of the session. For all instruments, all levels beyond beginner.


Tunes with a Twist - Laura Alexander

You'll learn instrumental tunes, each of which has an unexpected "something different" to it. Sheet music and chords will be provided. For all instruments, all levels beyond beginner.


10:15 to 11:15 am

Try a Ukulele – Holly Foy

Learn ukulele, starting with the very basics. Instruments will be provided.


Music Games - Kelly Armor

Get into the action with fun singing and dancing games. This is a great way to get to know your fellow Folk Gathering attendees, gather ideas for community events, or just kick back and have a blast!


Songs of Social Justice - Tim & Kim Craven

There has long been a strong connection between art and social movements. This session explores songs that have served as cultural tools in the process of unleashing the potential for change in individuals and in communities.


How to Play Tunes You Don't Know - Henry Koretzky & Laura Alexander

If you’ve sat quietly at jam sessions wishing you knew how to jump into the music, this session is for you. We’ll start from the beginning and show you step by step, working by ear, how to join in on tunes you don’t know. For all instruments, advanced beginner level


Minor Key Tunes - Ryan Thomson

The deep, melancholy, and dark minor keys evoke longing, romance, and mystery. Learn some instrumental tunes that will grab the heartstrings! Sheet music and chords will be provided. For all instruments, all levels beyond beginner.


Playing in a Band - Brennish Thomson

Learn how to play well together in a band setting. We’ll look at rhythm, groove, blend, dynamics, tempo issues, and other elements that give a band a strong, cohesive sound. For all instruments, all levels beyond beginner.


11:30 am Group Photo
Meet at the furnace. Bring your instrument and a smile! If it's raining, we'll postpone until Sunday right before lunch.


12:00 to 12:45 pm


1:15 to 2:15 pm

Honoring Pennsylvania Heritage Musician Saul Broudy – Jerry Zolten

An important initiative of the festival is to examine the musical traditions of Pennsylvania–to gain a better understanding of what Pennsylvania music is and to preserve and perpetuate this musical heritage. Each year we identify a musician with a unique musical background and perspective, invite them to the festival so that all can learn from them, and honor them as a Pennsylvania Heritage Musician. This year, we honor Saul Broudy, a Pennsylvania native who has played all over North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Mid-East for more than 45 years.


Instrumental Jam - Henry Koretzky

An easy-going jam where we'll play a variety of instrumental (i.e. non-singing) tunes–anything goes!


Singing Jam - Larry Mutti

This will be a relaxed, fun time of singing old favorites and perhaps some new favorites as well. For all voices and instruments.


Mushroom Walk - Kelly Armor

We'll enjoy a stroll through this incredibly beautiful park while looking for and learning about mushrooms.


2:30 to 3:30 pm

Try an Autoharp - Larry Mutti

What other instrument can you cradle in your arms and strum next to your ear? Autoharp is a wonderful, versatile and not too difficult instrument, so come give it a try! Autoharps will be provided, and we'll start with the very basic beginnings.


Couple Duos - Gene & Gayla Mills, Tim & Kim Craven

Two of this year's staff duos are married couples. They'll entertain you, discuss their experiences both as a duo and as a couple duo, talk about how to play and present yourselves musically as a duo, and answer questions regarding the wisdom of entering into a musical duo with your spouse (they recommend it). There's no play-along in this workshop.


East African Gospel Singing - Kelly Armor

Kelly lived in East Africa for several years, with most of that time in the southern highlands of Tanzania. In this rather remote region, she discovered a rich and original gospel tradition that combines the harmonies of old Lutheran hymns (brought by German missionaries) with indigenous, polyrhythmic traditions. Sing some of these joyous songs, and learn about this fascinating tradition.


How to Jam - Ryan & Brennish Thomson

Learn some jam skills that will help you join in jams. How do you figure out what to play, and what do you do if you don't know the tune being played? For all instruments, advanced beginner level.


Contradance Band Practice – Holly Foy & Laura Alexander

We’ll look over the music that the open band will play at the evening dance. Music and chords will be provided. For all instruments, intermediate/advanced level. Note: If you miss this session, it’s still ok to play for the dance. It's also ok to attend this session but not play for the dance.


Jamming with PA Heritage Musician Saul Broudy – Jerry Zolten

A fun jam featuring Pennsylvania Heritage Musician Saul Broudy. This will be mostly jamming, but also some chatting and hearing more of Saul's stories.


3:45 to 4:45 pm

Music for Non-Musicians: What's Next? – Gayla Mills

For adult non-musicians or very beginning musicians, we'll talk about where to go from here. How do you pick an instrument, how will you learn to play it, and what goals are reasonable? Bring your questions and concerns.


Songwriting – Gene Mills

Immerse yourself in the art of songwriting! We will explore lyric and melody writing as well as ideas that will help the creative process, looking at a wide variety of skills, tools, and strategies that will enhance your songwriting.


Multicultural Children's Songs - Kelly Armor

Kelly has been collecting traditional songs from Erie's large resettled refugee population since 2004. Come learn songs that charm and disarm from Sudan, Congo, Bosnia, Ukraine, Iraq, and Bhutan. Consider how music can be a bridge for healing, understanding, and welcoming across cultures.


Easy Irish Tunes - Brennish Thomson

We'll learn a few easy-to-play Irish tunes. We'll work by ear with music provided at the end of the workshop. For all instruments, advanced beginner level.


Old Time Tunes – Henry Koretzky

Working from sheet music, you'll learn some cool tunes from the old time repertoire. For all instruments, all levels beyond beginner.


Intro to Gypsy Jazz - Ryan Thomson

Learn how to play gypsy jazz, also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz, a style of jazz music often said to have been started by guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in the 1930s. For all chromatic instruments, best for intermediate/advanced level. We'll work by ear with sheet music provided at the end of the workshop.


5:15 to 6:00 pm Dinner


7:00 pm Concert:

Simple Gifts & Rustical Quality String Band


After the Concert

Contradance – Bob Nicholson, caller

Contradance Open Band– Holly Foy & Laura Alexander

Bob will teach and call the dances. Live music will be provided by an open band led by Holly and Laura, with music and chords provided. Come to dance, play, or both!


Instrumental Jam – Ryan Thomson

This will be an all-styles instrumental jam. Anything goes–old time, bluegrass, Irish, whatever tunes you want to suggest.


Singing Jam - Larry Mutti

This will be a relaxed, fun time of singing old favorites and perhaps some new favorites as well. For all voices and instruments.



Sunday, September 18, 2022


8:00 to 8:30 am Breakfast


9:00 to 10:00 am

Try a Kalimba – Kelly Armor

This instrument, typically with a box or gourd resonator, has a row of metal tines you pluck with your thumbs. It has many different names (kalimba, mbira, sansa to name a few) and is played by many different peoples in sub-Saharan Africa. It is surprisingly easy to play once you approach it as an instrument built to produce rhythmic grooves. No experience needed; instruments provided.


Hymn Singing – Tim & Kim Craven, Mick Smyer

We'll sing and play a variety of hymns, with lyrics and chords provided. For all voices and instruments.
This workshop is free and open to the public.


Rhythm & Phrasing - Richard Sleigh

What's the difference between playing a series of notes in rhythm and playing music? The answer is that music needs to be played in a musical way, evoking emotion, interpretation, and phrasing. For all instruments, advanced beginner level.


Old Time Jam - Ryan & Brennish Thomson & Mike Rovine

A relaxed and fun time of playing old time tunes!


Sightreading Practice - Laura Alexander & Larry Mutti

Do you wish you were better at reading music? This class will exercise your sightreading skills, incorporating tips on key, time signature, counting, and special notation.


10:15 to 11:15 am

Washboard Percussion - Mick Smyer & Karen Hirshon

The washboard is a fun percussion instrument that’s full of complexities but easy to get started playing. Using rhythmic fundamentals and varying textures of the instrument, explore the unique and versatile world of improvised percussion and discuss creation of your own washboard setup. Washboards will be available for purchase.


Funny Songs – Tim & Kim Craven

Bring your voice, an instrument too if you’d like, and come prepared for some fun! Lyrics and chords will be provided.


Easy New England Tunes - Ryan Thomson & Mike Rovine

We’ll learn a few jigs and reels from the New England repertoire, with attention to both melody players and rhythm players. Tunes will be taught by ear with music available if needed. For all instruments, all levels beyond beginner.


Playing the Blues - Richard Sleigh & Jerry Zolten

You don’t have to be blue to love the blues! We’ll look at elements such as phrasing, rhythm, chord choice and improvising over those chords in a blues style. For all instruments, all levels beyond beginner.


Bluegrass Jam - Gene & Gayla Mills

We'll have a good time jamming on bluegrass songs and tunes. For all voices and instruments.


11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Storytelling - Kelly Armor

Hear stories, and hear about how to tell stories.


Songs About Traveling - Jerry Zolten & Saul Broudy

There are lots of great songs about traveling–trains, planes, migrations, and walkabouts. Learn the backgrounds of these songs, and learn to sing them. Lyrics and chords will be provided. Bring along your instrument if you play.


Super Cool Easy Tunes - Henry Koretzky & Laura Alexander

Tunes don't have to be challenging to be awesome! In this class, we will learn some wonderful tunes from several different traditions, all of which are easy to play. We will learn them by ear with sheet music provided afterwards. For all instruments, advanced beginner level.


Backing Up a Singer - Gene & Gayla Mills, Brennish Thomson

Learn how to use your instrument to accompany a singer. The goal is to interject varied and interesting playing but to also (and especially) give the singer room to be heard and featured. For all instruments, all levels beyond beginner.


Pennsylvania Reels - Simple Gifts

We’ll look at a variety of reels collected in Pennsylvania. For all instruments, all levels beyond beginner.


12:45 to 1:15 pm Lunch


1:15 to 2:15 pm

The Last Jam - Henry Koretzky

Don't be in a hurry to leave. Stick around and jam some more! For all instruments, voices, and levels.


Act 48 credits issued through the Intermediate Unit 11.


* Schedule subject to change





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 • info@folkgathering.com