September 13-15, 2019
Bluegrass and Old Time Music Jam Festival, Searsport, Maine
Friday at 2 PM – Sunday 2 PM
Welcome all players and listeners that appreciate old time and bluegrass music to a weekend of playing, learning, sharing and listening with some of the best old time players in New England.
Vacationland Bluegrass Jam Camp has teamed up with the Old Time Campout to create a joint Old Time and Bluegrass Event: Strung Together, A Fine Old Time on Penobscot Bay. The Campout is held at one of the most beautiful outdoor jam spaces on the planet in Searsport, Maine.
A Combined Old Time and Bluegrass Event
You asked for it, we deliver: jams, Jams, JAMS! Guided slow jams, intermediate and advanced jams, workshops, concerts and much more! Designated spaces will be laid out for each camp, with unlimited spots to hold you own jam.
Workshops and jam sessions are being offered this year in a more spontaneous fashion. Volunteer workshop and jam leaders will post their offerings on the big marker board in the middle of the camp. Discount offered to all music leaders (please consider giving a workshop or leading a jam during the weekend).
The weekend will feature a concert featuring Nate Paine and the Mudslingers followed by a called square dance in the new music barn!… plus a do-it-yourself concert/coffee house on Saturday night following the musicians Potluck Supper.
Our special guest teacher is the amazing, multi-instrumentalist Steve Roy. We are honored to have Master Old Timers including George Fowler, Art Bryan, Jeff Titon, James Hyland, Bill Smith, Emily Jeffries and Baron Collins-Hill join us for the weekend.
“A Fine Old Time on Penobscot Bay”
Events include many interesting guided jams (all levels), workshops, night/afternoon performances, recording studio, community pizza oven, group song share, singing, dancing, and lots of old time/ bluegrass jamming (beginner-advanced), all happening on the shores of Penobscot Bay. Vendors and campground cooks are always welcome.
The weekend is sponsored by the Old Time Music Players and Vacationland Bluegrass Jam Camp of Maine and is hosted by Searsport Shores Ocean Camping in Searsport, ME. Come with some friends and make new ones while you are here celebrating American string band music, stories and the cultures that brought us those traditions.
All types of camping is available that weekend including tents, hammocks, RVs, safari, cabin rentals. Discounted camping rates available for participants. Volunteers are needed, and any time you can give is greatly appreciated. Bartering welcome.
Come early, stay long.
Extra proceeds will be used for musician scholarships and to help fund the instrument lending project at the Searsport Carver Memorial Library.
General Admission Tickets:
Suggested donation is $60 for the weekend
$100 with tent site in Old Time Group area.
Includes admission for Friday, Saturday, Sunday to all performances, jams, workshops, recording studio, and other activities. Hot showers, picnic table and fireplace (oceanfront & RV site upgrades available). Your donation helps to cover costs of jam leaders, staff, tents and food stuffs. A little too rich for your blood? Ask us about volunteer opportunities or lead a jam session as your donation (Extra monies will be used for musician scholarships and to help fund the instrument lending project at the Searsport Carver Memorial Library).
You asked for it, we deliver: jams, Jams, JAMS! Guided slow jams, intermediate and advanced jams, workshops, concerts and much more!
We will feature more singing than ever before with song circles, Shape note singing, a Sunday morning community song circle.
The Old Time component will focus on holding guided jams for all abilities and age levels, including a youth jam tent.
New this year, Steve Roy and Resa Randolph will be leading the Bluegrass camp, offering guided instrument/band sessions for beginner through advanced players, backup or lead playing, jam etiquette, bluegrass harmonies, etc. A $60 donation for the weekend sessions is suggested.
Also, learn how to weave your own instrument strap at our loom!
Base cost for the weekend will be $60 not including camping, special workshops, lunch or private lessons.
A donation of $10-20 on a sliding scale for the evening concerts is offered to all guests.
Please stay tuned for more updates as the date approaches.
Sign up for our mailing list: email@example.comReserve your campsite now by calling Searsport Shores at 207-548-6059. Make sure to mention you’re coming for the jamming weekend to get a discount.
For Festival & Camping details call 207.548.6059
2-5 PM: Check-in, reception, & informal picking time.
Free to all: Introductory Old Time music session hosted by “Bound To Have a Little Fun”. Learn a few tunes, how to jam together and listen to an Old Time band up close. 2-5 PM for this session. Promises to be a great introduction, refresher or warmup class for Old Time Music. Get your groove on!
3PM Strap Weaving classes start: Make your own guitar, mandolin or uke strap that you can show off at your next jam. Ongoing all weekend.
5-6 PM: WELCOME (Snacks, orientation, etc) Hoping you can all arrive by this time. The pizza Bar is open! Please bring your favorite toppings to share and we’ll do the rest!
6:30-7 PM: Performer & Teacher Previews (Volunteer instructors will post their offerings)
7-8:30 PM: Opening Concert- Nate Paine and the Mudslingers– Kicking off the weekend with a favorite old time fiddler from the wonderful State of Vermont, Nate Paine. Nate was the protege of Old Time fiddle master Jon Bekoff. Nate’s fiddling will make this night a celebration of Old Time Music at it’s best!
8:30 PM Square Dance at Center Stage
9:00 PM: Small Group Jams Pick a spot in the center of things or seek a quite spot to make music. Hosted Jam Sessions by many of the instructors including “Bound To Have A Little Fun”
Later Sit by the fire, make music, make friends, eat chips, enjoy music by and with friends.
8:30 AM: Waffles w/ Jam for All!
10-12 AM Jams and Workshops begin. Please check the marker board for what’s happening and where.
12 PM: Potato Bar Lunch. Baked potato with all of the toppings. Apples and home baked brownies for dessert. $10 donation is suggested.
1-5 PM: Hosted Jam Sessions continue. Volunteer jam leaders will be leading many of the jams or feel free to begin your own. Plenty of space to work with others on particular songs as well.
5:30 PM: Potluck Supper. Bring your favorite dish or foods to share. Grill and warming oven will be fired up at Tango’s Cafe if you wish to use it. Meat from the smoker will be served to compliment the dinner. Bring your favorite dish or drink to share. Potluck cookout!
7-9 PM: Saturday Evening Concert- One or two and off. Sign up with new or familiar combinations to play up to two pieces. Instructor bands to perform….. Followed by campfire and studio jams.
8-9:30 AM: Waffles w/ Jam
9:00- Sunday morning community sing, in the round by the beach. Led by all community leaders and participants, old-time and bluegrass.
10-12 PM: Jam tents open. All invited to play Reveille on your harmonica, key of C
12:00 PM: Final Slow, Fast Jam and Fancy Food Bar – Join a Jam with many or a few. Share a tune, technique or song that grew out of one of the workshops or just sit with other great people and play.
1 PM Until It’s Over: Old Time Community Shape Note Singing Session
Goodbye and Cleanup 2-2:30
Jam Tunes May Include: , Cluck Old Hen (A Modal, maybe we’ll pluck the E & A strings a bit), Snowdrop, Bonnie on the Rhine, Twin Sisters (A Modal)
Red Rocking Chair
Sail Away Ladies
Angeline the Baker
Down by the Willow Garden
Bury me Beneath the Willow
Starch and Iron
Bully of the Town
Wind and Rain
What Does the Deep Sea Say?
etc, etc, etc.
Campout Recording Studio: A recording studio will be set up for the weekend open to anyone wanting to record a tune with new or old friends.
Workshops begin at 10 AM: The first 12 players are seated in a circle on chairs. Extra players or people that just want to observe are welcome to stand around the circle to listen in. Slow Jam and Fast Jam Tents are open to all. Players choice. Many of the playing sessions will be led by an old time player. Anyone willing to teach please get in touch.
Lock up storage room available for all instruments.
Other Workshop Possibilities include:
Playing for contra-dancing A fun workshop focused on matching tunes to dances and/or general contra repertoire.
Meat & Potatoes- Old Time Tunes everyone should know (bring any instrument).
A sign up board (time, space, topic) will be set up at registration for anyone willing to offer other workshops, wanting to partner with someone to learn a tune, or just to organize a jamming circle.
Old Time & Bluegrass Tunes by Key/Tuning
Some of the tunes being shared during the weekend are listed below. Tunes with * have a lesson & sheet music at http://www.mandolessons.com
Black Mountain Rag, Lazy John, Mrs. Macleod’s (Hop High Ladies), Rocky Mountain Goat
Angeline The Baker*
Dry And Dusty
Ducks On The Millpond*
Eighth Of January*
Five Miles From Town
Flop Eared Mule*
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss*
Molly Put the Kettle On
New Five Cent Piece
Over The Waterfall*
Pig Ankle Rag*
Sal’s Got Mud Between Her Toes
Sam and Elzie
Whiskey Before Breakfast*
Cross A Tunes
Dance Boatman Dance
Half Past Four
Little Billy Wilson
Red Haired Boy*
Red Prairie Dawn
Road to Malvern
Say Old Man I Want Your Daughter
Waiting for Nancy
Ways of the World
Standard A Tunes
Boil Them Cabbage Down*
Bull At The Wagon
Cherokee Shuffle (or D, really)*
Cluck Old Hen*
Cold Frosty Morning*
Old Joe Clark*
Sail Away Ladies
Biscuits and Gravy
Bound to Have a Little Fun
Elk River Blues
Girl I Left Behind Me*
Grasshopper Sitting On a Sweet Potato Vine
Jenny Lind Polka
Old Beech Leaves*
Possum Up A Gum Stump
Pretty Little Gal with the Red Dress on
Red Wing (The Union Maid)*
Turkey In The Straw*
Sail Away Ladies (or Modal AEAE)*
Seneca Square Dance (Waiting For The Federals)*
Shoot the Turkey Buzzard
Shove That Pig’s Foot A Little Closer To The Fire*
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Billy In The Lowground*
Bluegrass Tunes Chords
Blueridge Cabin Home 1-4-5
Boil Them Cabbage Down 1-4-5
Bringing in the Georgia Mail 1-5
Bury Me Beneath the Willow 1-4-5
Dark Hollow 1-17-4-5
Darling Corey 1-5
Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky 1-4-5
I’ll Fly Away 1-17-4-5
In the Pines 1-17-4-5
Long Journey Home 1-4-5
Man of Constant Sorrow 1-4-5
My Homes Across the Smokey Mountains 1-5
New River Train 1-17-4-5
Nine Pound Hammer 1-4-5
Old Home Place 1-27-37-4-5
Pig in a Pen 1-4-5
Reuben’s Train 1-5
Rocky Top 1-4-5-6m-7
Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms 1-17-4-5
Salty Dog Blues 1-2-5-6
Sitting on Top of The World 1-4-5-6m
There’s More Pretty Girls Than One 1-4-5
Will The Circle Be Unbroken 1-4-5
Working on a Building 1-5
Worried Man Blues 1-4-5