7th Annual Folk Boot Camp
The Calgary Folk Music Festival and the National Music Centre are teaming up to host the 7th annual Folk Boot Camp. The event will be held at the National Music Centre.
Folk Boot Camp is a unique opportunity for participants to learn from the festival’s favourite guitar heroes and songsmiths.
The series of three-hour seminars will each be open to twelve participants and will run three days in a row. The classes will be held among the Centre’s collections of rare and curious keyboards, organs and Theremins.
Folk Boot Camp is geared towards musicians that have a basic grasp of their craft and who want to supplement their own studies with guidance from some of the world’s finest musicians.
The event runs from July 24-26 and costs $150 at the National Music Centre, located at 134 11 Ave SE. If you’d like to participate in two seminars, you get a $50 savings; you pay $250 for two seminars. If you’re interested in participating, you can sign-up online at www.calgaryfolkfest.com
This year’s instructors include:
Luke Doucet, a road warrior, performer, record producer, songwriter and curator of Toronto’s Sleepwalk Guitar Festival. (Guitar workshop, intermediate level)
Donna Grantis, Toronto-based guitarist, composer, musical director and educator, known for her improvisational wizardry as the lead guitarist for Shakura S’Aida (Guitar workshop, intermediate level)
Sam Baker, Texas troubadour who has turned his own life tragedies into hard-hewn, poignant tales. (Songwriting, all levels welcome)
Mark Berube, a multi-instrumentalist, curator of many-layered compositions and a master of marrying pop, Afro-beats and strings (Songwriting and arranging, intermediate / advanced)
Jon Langford, punk-rock pioneer, alt-country troubadour for our times and musicians’ mentor (Songwriting all levels welcome)
Shakura S’Aida, versatile jazz/blues vocalist and consummate performer who has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style. (Vocals, all levels welcome)
Registration included the three-day workshop, breakfast or lunch depending on registered workshop, free admission to the screening and artist talk with Jim White. The group will screen “Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus”, with Jim White on Tuesday, July 24 at 9 p.m., at the Plaza Theatre. Also included in the registration fee is a 15 per cent discount on a four-day pass for the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Simply call the Folk Festival office to purchase at 403-233-0904 and identify yourself as a Boot Camp registrant.