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Many festival workshops only offer an opportunity to hear instructors demonstrate a few techniques and answer a lot of questions. We don't do that; we try to have everyone actively involved in learning the elements of one song and playing that song for the festival audience.

Volunteer instructors from the professional bands who play the festival lead a two-hour instruction on an instrument they play. Each instrument gets its own class, so there could be banjo instruction in one corner of the courthouse lawn, a bass class opposite, and so on. The instruments taught will vary each year depending on the band line-up, so bring your instruments of choice, just in case!

The workshops are FREE! Players of any level are welcome (yes, even people just starting to learn).

The 2018 workshop song will be "Sun's Gonna Shine in My Backyard Today". Example:

Lyrics available from: