Mu­si­cal campers

Musicians spend week­end learn­ing their in­stru­ments

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/ Entertainment -

Musicians will de­scend on St. Peter’s in early June for the sixth an­nual Mu­sic Camp on the Canal.

The week­end event will fea­ture mu­sic work­shops, jam ses­sions, food and a con­cert fea­tur­ing some of Cape Bre­ton’s top teach­ers and per­form­ers. This event at­tracts a grow­ing le­gion of tra­di­tional mu­sic en­thu­si­asts from around the Mar­itimes, New Eng­land, On­tario, Que­bec, and even Europe.

“We have a core of top-notch Cape Bre­ton play­ers who are ex­cel­lent work­shop lead­ers,” said camp di­rec­tor Greg Sil­ver. “(Peo­ple like) Scott Macmil­lan, Roger Stone, Colin Grant, Al­lie Ben­nett, Dar­ren McMullen, Richard Wood, Rachel Davis, Kelli Trot­tier, Squeezy Bob Wood­ley– and others – who have been teach­ing the small for­mat work­shops here for a few years. Each year we change it up and add some­thing new. This year we’re de­lighted to have Keith Mullins join the fac­ulty to teach song­writ­ing, har­mon­ica and per­cus­sion work­shops.”

The camp fea­tures band lab, where new com­bos are cre­ated on Fri­day night and coached by res­i­dent pro play­ers through the week­end, to per­form at the clos­ing show­case on Sun­day. This ex­pe­ri­ence is for any­one who wants a taste of play­ing in a band.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the full week­end, in­clud­ing five work­shops, jams, con­cert, two lunches and a sup­per is $250. For those who just want to take a par­tic­u­lar work­shop, in­di­vid­ual work­shops are $40. Tick­ets to the Satur­day night All Star con­cert fea­tur­ing the full fac­ulty are $20 in ad­vance.

De­tailed in­for­ma­tion, reg­is­tra­tion and ad­vance con­cert tick­ets are avail­able on line at­rack­


Shown here are many of the par­tic­i­pants who at­tended last years All Star Mu­sic Camp.

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