2011 Staff Announced! Registration is Open! Camping Option Now Available!
Registration is now open. Join us August 10 – 15, 2011 for an amazing week of music and community. New this year, we will have a limited number of camping spots available– see below for more information.
But now to the news you have all been waiting for! This year’s staff:
Sarah Burnell a fresh take on fiddle music of the Scottish Highlands, Ireland, Cape Breton, and Quebec.
Chris Coole one of North America’s top clawhammer banjo players plays a mean guitar too!
James Gordon longtime folk favourite and storied songwriter.
Paul Mills famed producer, guitar picker, and songwriter.
The Once traditional Newfoundland music with tasteful accompaniment and riveting vocal harmonies.
David Smukler our fearless dance caller brings us new and old contras, squares, mixers, and more.
Click here for the registration form.
more on our staff:
Fiddler Sarah Burnell’s love of music and enthusiasm make her an ideal addition to The Woods community. Born in Ottawa, Sarah has a strong background in classical violin and fiddle traditions. She won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year in 2006 and has released two albums featuring her fresh, original take on music of the Scottish High-lands, Ireland, Cape Breton, and Quebec. In addition to her prodigious talent on the fiddle, Sarah is also a fine singer, a skilled bodhran player and an accomplished high-land dancer. Welcome Sarah!
Dust off your banjo and get ready to clawhammer your way to Nirvana – Chris Coole is back! Chris is a renowned banjo and guitar player who explores the deep roots of bluegrass and old-time music. He has collaborated with The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Erynn Marshall, Arnie Naiman, and Crazy Strings, and in 2009 released his first solo album, Old Dog. Acknowledged as a skilled teacher of both banjo and guitar, Chris has taught at many camps and schools across North America and has released an instructional DVD, The Ele-ments of Clawhammer Banjo.
James Gordon has released over thirty-five albums, and has toured relentlessly around the world, both as a solo artist and with the groundbreaking trio Tamarack. Well-known for his songs about social justice, heritage and environmental issues, James’ songs have been recorded and performed by the likes of The Cowboy Junkies, Mel-anie Doane, Al Simmons, James Keela-ghan, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and many major choirs. For over ten years, James was songwriter-in-residence for CBC’s “Basic Black” and “Ontario Mor-ning” programs. He plays guitar, piano, banjo and pennywhistle, and we hope he brings them all to The Woods.
James Hill and Anne Davison
Back by popular demand, James and Anne are stellar musicians who showcase the beauty and power of the `ukulele and the cello. In performance, James and Anne are energetic and captivating, mixing colourful anecdotes with a versatile repertoire that stretches from Schubert to the Beatles and beyond. James’ boundary-busting approach to the `ukulele has put him at the forefront of the current `ukulele renaissance, while Anne’s innovative dance and cello collab-orations have earned her accolades from near and far. Together, they are more than the sum of their parts and we look forward to basking in their talents this summer.
Paul Mills (AKA “Curly Boy Stubbs”) wears a lot of hats. As a music producer, Paul has worked with artists like Oscar Peterson; The Canadian Brass; John Allan Cameron; Sharon, Lois and Bram; Tanglefoot; Stan Rogers; Ron Hynes; and many more. He is an inventive guitarist, a song-writer, recording artist, and past president of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. He is half of the duo Crabtree and Mills, and after many years as a side-person, he released his first solo recording, The Other Side of the Glass. There are not enough hours in the day to capitalize on all his talents, but we’ll do our best!
We are excited to introduce The Woods Community to The Once. Andrew Dale, Geraldine Hollett and Phil Churchill are exceptional singers, musicians (and actors!) who deliver ballads, shanties and original songs stemming from the rich traditions of their Island home on bouzouki, guitar, mandolin and banjo. While Newfoundland music is often known for its raucousness, The Once mine the province’s more intimate side; weaving their music around riveting vocal harmonies and tasteful acoustic accompaniment. Winners of multiple music awards in the last two years, The Once are quickly making their presence felt on the Canadian folk/roots scene, and now, at The Woods!
David’s here, so get ready to swing your heart out and dance the night away! Based in Syracuse, David Smukler is an engaging teacher and facilitator who presents a wide variety of dances, including New England contras, assorted squares, singing calls, triplets, mixers, old chestnuts and freshly minted dances. He is the co-author (with David Millstone) of the book Cracking Chestnuts: The Living Tradition of Classic American Contra Dances. A musician as well as a caller, David plays in the contra dance bands Three Wheel Drive, and Heart’s Delight, and accompanies the English Country dance ensembles Four Hands Round and Two Laurels.
Camping Option now available at The Woods!
Since we moved to Rosseau Lake College we have used Moore House, a building across the highway from the main campus, as one of our dorms. Moore House has always been a little bit far away from the main action at The Woods, which some people love and other people find challenging. Rosseau Lake College recently sold this building, and as a result we have lost all the accomodation spots at Moore House.
So, to make up for the loss of those spots, for the first time this year we will have ten camping spots available close to the main campus, with outdoor porta-potties and assigned access to showers in the dormitories. Four sites will have electrical hook-ups. No cooking or campfires will be permitted on the camping sites — campers will be expected to eat in the dining hall with the rest of the camp.
This is a great opportunity for us to offer yet another accommodation option, at a slightly lower price, and we are excited to try it out and see how it works.
More information will be available when registration opens.
As usual, all sleeping arrangements are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.