Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Society of Australia (BTCMSA)

Blackwood Academy of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music

Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together

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Workshop Information 2012

Clawhammer banjo - Adam Hurt

Saturday 17 November 2012 – 10.30-11.30am – Front Tent


‘An Introduction to the Sandy River Belle Tuning’

Come and find out what the Sandy River Belle tuning is and what you can play in the tuning. The workshop will be designed for players of virtually any level, but with some fresh material even for the most experienced players.


Old-Time Guitar - Beth Hartness

Saturday 17 November 2012 – 11.30am-12.30pm – Front Tent


Beth’s rather unique guitar style is greatly influenced by the Round Peak style of Surry County in North Carolina. Beth will demonstrate her style and discuss various "tips and techniques" that she utilizes to achieve the sound she likes.  She’ll discuss her style in terms of backup for fiddle and banjo or in the stringband setting. Adam Hurt will work with Beth in the workshop to provide the lead instrument/s and also to help demonstrate the differences in backing different instruments.

Old-Time Fiddle - Stephanie Coleman

Sunday 18 November 2012 – 11am-12pm – The Hall


In this workshop, designed for old-time fiddle players of all levels, participants will learn old-time tunes by ear with a special emphasis on bowing. As we explore regional fiddle styles from the eastern half of the United States, we'll focus on bowing, ornaments, and tunings. We'll learn and play the tunes together and also examine the original source recordings. The use of a recording device is highly recommended. Questions? E-mail Stephanie at


Resophonics in the Round

Saturday 17 November 2012 - 11am-12pm - The Hall


There are a variety of approaches to playing the resophonic guitar (dobro). This dobro gathering will bring together a number of players and give them (and you) the opportunity to play in and to the group and ask questions about technique from the experts.