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Calling all string-players, music lovers, and contradancers!

Strung Together our Maine Folk Campout, Searsport, Maine

Tune up your instruments and put on your dancing shoes for a weekend celebration of Maine folk music with some of the best players in New England!

Strung Together is a unique three-day experience that includes community jam sessions, contradances, story-telling, and workshops. This year’s Strung Together is focused on various forms of Maine folk music—music brought to Maine by seafarers, lumberjacks, travelers, and homesteaders that we continue to play and love here in Maine. Come prepared to jam and fall in love with the music of Maine!

Experienced Maine folk music players—including players of old-time, Irish, Quebecois, and Cape Breton music—and contradancers will join this year’s Strung Together, providing opportunities for new and advanced players to learn about and participate in Maine’s rich musical heritage. Players of all instruments and levels are welcome!

Strung Together is held at one of the most beautiful places on the planet—the award-winning  Searsport Shores Campground in Searsport, Maine! There is no better place to celebrate and play Maine folk music than where the woods meet the sea at Searsport Shores Campground.

For more details, see the Strung Together schedule.

A Good Folkin' Time!

  • Playing guitars

Music Workshops

Learn new skills from some of New England's top players and performers. This year's workshops include:

  • Bluegrass Banjo, led by a member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Max Wareham
  • D-G-A-D Tuning for Guitar, led by one of North America's premiere Irish session players  Owen Marshall
  • Slow Bluegrass Fiddle, led by bluegrass singer-songwriter Reesa Randolph
  • Introduction to Old-Time Ukele, led by local legend, teacher-musician, and organizer of the Belfast Summer Nights and Annual Ukele Festival Ando Anderson
  • Fun Songs, led by long-time musical luminaries Annadeene Fowler and Tom Fowler
  • Bluegrass Guitar, led by Max Wareham
  • Coffee house practice, led by teacher-musicians and fixtures in the local contradance scene John Pranio and Toki Oshima

Jam Sessions

Players of various instruments have long been coming together to learn, share, and play tunes through community "jams." The jam circle is a welcoming, participatory environment that allows players to create music, build friendships, and simply have fun together. Bring your instrument and suggestions for tunes to share!

We will be jamming throughout the three days, starting in the morning and continuing well into the evening. Strung Together offers the opportunity to jam with some of New England's top traditional music players, including Owen Marshall, Max Wareham, Alden Robinson, Reesa Randolph, and others. Experienced instructors will also be on hand to lead slow jams and support new jammers and players. The schedule includes separate jam sessions dedicated to old-time music, Irish music, bluegrass music, as well as "anything goes" open jams.

So, tune up your instrument, toughen up your fingers, and get ready to JAM!

Contradancing

Music provides the context for dancing, and so we will dance! No dance experience needed. No dance partner? No problem! Bring your two left feet!

Supported by the locally renowned Belfast Flying Shoes, the contra dance is a highly social, participatory form of community dancing that blends together the styles of English, Irish, Scottish, and French country line dances. Dancers learn a set of simple steps before the music starts and receive support from a "caller" during the dance, allowing all those involved to concentrate on just having fun. When the band sets a groove, the feet get tapping, and the dancers start to whirl, the smiles become contagious. It's no wonder why the contradance tradition has maintained its popularity in communities throughout Maine and New England.

Join the band or join the dancers. Both options are guaranteed fun!

 

Performances

Max Wareham will perform songs from his soon-to-be-released album, "Dagommit!," and other banjo and bluegrass favorites. A member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and a featured player on the Grammy-nominated album “Calling You From My Mountain,” Max is one of New England's premier banjo players.

Max Wareham

Max Wareham warming up on the cabin porch!

Blending traditional effects and arrangements of early banjo stylings with modern influence, his music pays homage to the past while offering a unique sound that embraces the present. In addition to performing at Strung Together, Max will also facilitate workshops on playing bluegrass and lead bluegrass jam sessions.

Owen Marshall will showcase traditional music celebrated in New England in a concert that  brings together old time American music, Irish, and Celtic music. Known for his fluid and spontaneous bouzouki work and driving, melodic guitar accompaniment, Owen is recognized as one of the foremost accompanists of traditional music. He has toured and recorded with notable groups, such  as the Seamus Egan Project, Copley Street, Liz Carroll, Riptide, Jenna Moynihan, The Press Gang, Wooden Nickels, Haas, Marshall and Walsh, and a Christmas Celtic Sojourn.

Owen Marshall guitar
Owen Marshall Guitar

Owen's debut album, “Throughline,” offers a rich musical experience that reflects Owen’s versatility and deep-rooted passion for traditional music played in New England and beyond. In addition to performing, Owen will also be conducting workshops and leading jam sessions.

You! All Strung Together players are warmly invited to share their musical talents during an evening coffee house performance. Take over the stage and get the camp rockin'! Need a boost of confidence or some tips from pro performers? Join a special workshop to prepare for the coffee house. You won't find a friendly and more supportive audience than at Strung Together!

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