Old Time Music Campout

2018 Old Time Music Campout
September 21st – 23rd, 2018

Banjo players
Recording an old time claw hammer tune.

Old Time Music Oceanside Campout: Songs and Tunes for All
September 21st – 23rd, 2018  Friday at 2 PM – Sunday 2 PM

Welcome all players and listeners that appreciate old time music to a weekend of playing, learning, sharing and listening with some of the best old time players in New England.

Events include interesting workshops, night performances, recording studio, community pizza oven, gospel morning play around and lots of old time jamming (beginner-advanced) & story telling all happening on Penobscot Bay. Vendors and campground cooks always welcome.

The weekend is sponsored by the Old Time Music Players 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 old time participants. Volunteers are needed, and any time you can give is greatly appreciated. Bartering welcome. Come early, stay long.

General Admission Tickets:

Suggested donation is $50 for the weekend
$90 with tent site in Old Time Group area.

Includes admission for Friday, Saturday, Sunday to all performances, jams, workshops, recording studio, and other activities.  Includes hot showers, picnic table and fireplace (oceanfront & RV site upgrades available). Your donation helps to cover costs of teachers, staff, tents and food stuffs.

For Festival & Camping details call 207.548.6059

2018 Schedule Coming Soon
(2017 Schedule Below)


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.

5-6 PM: WELCOME (Snacks, orientation, etc) Hoping you can all arrive by this time. The pizza Bar is open so bring your favorite topping and we’ll do the rest!

6-7 PM: Performer & Teacher Previews (Quick demos of what to expect on Saturday and Sunday)

7-8 PM: John Gawler Opening Concert.   Kicking off the weekend with one of Maine’s best!

8-9 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.


8-9:30 AM: Waffles w/ Jam for All!

12 PM: Food booth provided by Chef on the Run.

10-11 AM:
Banjo Workshop w/Jon Kerr or
Fiddle Cross Tuning w/Terri Lukacko

1-2 PM:
Banjo Tunes & Tunings w/ Bill Smith or
Old-Time Fiddle with Emily Jeffries

2:30-3:30 PM:
Backup Guitar w/ Jim Hyland or
Old Time Mandolin w/ Baron Collin Hill

4-5 PM:
Early African-American Styles w/ Scott Odell or
Mandolin Tunes w/ Jim Burke

5:30 P.M: Potluck Picnic. Bring a scrumptious dish and we’ll supply the chicken.

7-9 PM: Saturday Evening Concert-  One, two or three and off.  Sign up with new or familiar combinations to play up to three pieces. Instructor bands to perform…..  Followed by campfire and studio jams.


8-9:30 AM: Waffles w/ Jam

10 AM: Songs that inspire you (Lead a song, suggest a song, perform a song.)

11:30 AM – 1 PM: Final Gathering- Share a tune or song that grew out of one of the workshops. All play two final tunes together.

Other Information

Jam Tunes May Include: Sail Away Ladies (A), Molly Put the Kettle On (D), Jenny Lind Polka (G), Shoot the Turkey Buzzard, Grasshopper Sitting On a Sweet Potato Vine (G), Whiskey Before Breakfast (G), Cluck Old Hen (A Modal, maybe we’ll pluck the E & A strings a bit), Snowdrop, Angeline the Baker (D Major), Bonnie on the Rhine, Twin Sisters (A Modal), Snowdrop, Bound to Have a Little Fun (G), 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.