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About The Upper Potomac Music Weekends

Located in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the weekend programs of Upper Potomac Music Weekends give students an opportunity to share tunes and techniques, and to learn from some of the finest teachers available in a variety of traditions on many instruments.

All weekend workshops take place in the relaxed, retreat setting of the Shepherd University Student Center and surrounding historic buildings in scenic Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Each program offers a slightly different flavor or theme to appeal to a wide range of students.

Our programs for the 2018 season are:

 Fiddle Retreat - January 5-7, 2018

Workshops, Concert, Jam Sessions and a Contra Dance for fiddlers and those who play with them. A variety of styles are presented by some of the region’s finest fiddle teachers with an emphasis on dance fiddle styles including Cape Breton, Appalachian, New England, English and Quebecois. 2018 teachers are Elke Baker (Beginning, Scottish), Laura Risk (Scottish, Quebecois), Sean Heely (Scottish, Irish), Rachel Eddy (Old Time), along with Alex Lacquemont (acoustic bass), Dave Wiesler (piano), Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer), Paul Oorts (mandolin and mixed-instrument classes), and Brad Kolodner (banjo).

 Pipers Weekend - January 12-14, 2018

Weekend retreat featuring classes, concerts, sessions and private tutorials for a variety of bellows-blown bagpipes, flute, fiddle, and mixed instruments. Staff include: Joey Abarta (uilleann pipes), Sean Gavin (Irish flute), Ian Lawther (Northumbrian smallpipes), on Scottish smallpipes and borderpipes: Tim Cummings, EJ Jones, and Bob Mitchell, multi-instrumentalist piper and hurdy-gurdy player Sean Folsom (history, repertoire, variety bagpipes) and Frances Cunningham (bouzouki). Classes for all levels of ability; high-quality rental Scottish smallpipes are available for new pipers who wish to try them for the weekend.

 Spring Music Weekend - March 9-11, 2018

Workshops, classes, concerts and jam sessions for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and mixed instruments with special guest instructors including hammered dulcimer players Karen Alley, Tina Bergmann, and Mick Doherty; plus Cape Breton fiddlers Troy McGillivray and Andrea Beaton on fiddle and piano, teaching a Cape Breton music class for all instruments. Special Guest Artist will be Persian santur player Roya Bahrami, and others, TBA.