Zigzag Old Time Campout 2018 Workshops

2018 Zigzag Old Time Workshop Schedule

We are excited to offer a variety of workshops this year.  Just like our campout, the workshops are rather casual.  Sit in on as many – or as few as you like.  All levels are welcome in the workshops.  You can even just sit in for a few minutes and listen, if you like.  Please note that the below schedule is tentative and is subject to change!

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Saturday 10:00 – 11:00AM

Family Sing and Play Along – Steph Noll

Bring your voice and any other instruments you like for a family sing and play along. We’ll sing some fun old time songs together and welcome you to lead us in your favorite song as well.  All ages welcome!

Saturday 11:00AM -Noon

Tapping out a tune – Julie Shepherd-Powell-feet, Todd Meade-fiddle and banjo

Learn some rhythmic flatfoot steps to accompany your favorite old time tunes. Julie will guide you through beginner and intermediate steps to some of the most loved dance tunes of the mountains, played by Todd on fiddle or banjo. She’ll also discuss the ways she approaches dance as a percussive element to the music in both jam sessions and performance settings. Be a part of the music with your feet! Be sure to bring your dance board and leather bottomed or slick soled shoes.

Saturday 1:00 – 2:00PM

Kids fiddle workshop – Kate O’Brien

In this kids’ fiddle workshop, our focus is on fun. We will play some games and learn a fiddle tune called “Lonesome John.”  We’ll start by learning the melody and then fill in back up chords and bowing patterns.  All levels are welcome.

Saturday 3:00 – 5:00PM

The Music of “Uncle” Charlie Osborne, Russell County Virginia Fiddler (Todd Meade- fiddle, Julie Shepherd-Powell— banjo) 

This workshop will explore the tunes, songs, and stories of legendary old time fiddler and Todd’s great grandfather “Uncle” Charlie Osborne, who was first recorded at the age of 95. Todd will guide fiddlers through the styling, technique, and melodies of three of his Southwest Virginia tunes, while Julie will teach the accompanying old time banjo part. Learn these unique gems, straight from the source.


Sunday 10:30 -11:30AM

Kids Jam – Kate O’Brien

All are welcome to come and jam! We will play some common old time tunes, as well as the tunes taught at the kids’ fiddle workshop. Participants will be encouraged to suggest and lead tunes, and those who don’t know a tune will be given ideas for playing along. Grown ups who can play backup instruments (guitar, banjo, uke, etc) are also encouraged to join in.

Sunday 11:00 AM- 12:15PM

Lily May Ledford banjo tunes – Julie Shepherd-Powell – banjo, Todd Meade – fiddle

Learn some East Kentucky banjo classics as played by the legendary Coon Creek Girls leader Lily Mae Ledford. Spending several years in Kentucky, Julie grew to love this “Banjo Pickin’ Girl” and her rhythmic way of playing. Todd will be on hand to play fiddle and assist any fiddlers who want to play along with these banjo tunes.

Sunday 1:15 – 2:00PM

Family Dance!

Sunday 2:00 – 3:30PM

The Galax Sound – Fiddle and Banjo duets in the Old Fiddlers’ Convention Way – Julie Shepherd-Powell – feet, Todd Meade – banjo & fiddle

In this workshop, Todd and Julie will play, discuss, and teach the hard-driving tunes that have filled the air at the Galax Fiddlers’ Convention in Southwest Virginia each August for the last 83 years. Through a variety of tunes, Todd and Julie will teach and demonstrate the culture, spirit, and energy of the Galax sound. Be prepared to stomp your feet!

Sunday 4:00 – 5:30PM

Intro to By-Ear Harmony Singing – Leela Grace

With a patient, light-hearted approach, Leela will help you discover the power of voices raised in harmony. Through large and small group singing, we will practice the fundamentals of two- and three-part harmony using by-ear techniques. This workshop is all about singing . . . singing together, finding your voice, experiencing the power of harmony, listening, laughing, and generally having lots of fun. We will learn to understand harmonies and how they work by SINGING. All abilities and experience levels are welcome. Come explore the possibilities!

Sunday 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Bonfire Concert