We will gather on September 16-18, 2022

at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground

This year's Strung Together Music Jam Campout will be held on the coast of Searsport, Maine.


The quilters of Gee’s Bend return to Searsport to join the Strung Together Weekend.
Join acclaimed Gee’s Bend quilters Miss Stella Mae and Miss China Pettway to design and piece an original, free-form quilt.

This will be the third time we’ve welcomed Miss Stella Mae and Miss China Pettway to Searsport Shores and if past visits are anything to go by, it will be an extraordinary event. 


Know someone that might be interested? Head to Gee's Bend page for more information.


2-5 PM: Check-in, reception, & informal picking time.

Free to all: Introductory Old Time music session 3-5 PM for this session. Promises to be a great introduction, refresher, or warm-up session for Old Time Music. Get your groove on!

5-6:30 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! $10/ pie recommended donation.

6:30 PM: Opening Concert – Skip Gorman performs songs from the Old West.

Fred Coon will follow by sharing a few Old Time Tunes before getting everyone involved in the evening's music jam for all of the Strung Together Gang. A celebration of Old Time Music at its best!

8:30 PM: Small Group Jams  Pick a spot in the center of things or seek a quiet spot to make music. Spaces will be identified on a map. Slow group OT Jam led by Woody Pringle, a member of the Bradford Bog People. Sit by the fire, make music, make friends, eat chips, and enjoy music by and with friends.


10-11:30 AM Bill Monroe Mandolin Workshop

Skip Gorman is one of the leading teachers and players of Monroe-style mandolin in the country. He has taught bluegrass mandolin with Ronnie McCoury, Frank Wakefield, Mike Compton, Norman Blake, Chris Thile, Butch Baldissari, Mike Seeger, Barry Mitterhoff, Rhonda Vincent, and others at IBMA World of Bluegrass, European World of Bluegrass, Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival.

Skip has followed Monroe’s traditional fiddle style of mandolin playing for over 50 years. As an old-time fiddle player himself, Skip has captured the essence and beauty of Monroe’s playing on the mandolin-having sat with the master on several occasions.

“Skip Gorman remains best known in bluegrass circles as perhaps the finest exponent today of the style of mandolin Bill Monroe played with the Monroe Brothers.”

Art Menius – Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

“Beyond phenomenal… I’ll go to anything he does… Skip was very responsive to questions and requests, and had a very interesting program laid out, besides being an excellent player and a really friendly guy… Really helpful… Get him back!”

Skip’s Workshops at Wintergrass – Anita Graham, Workshop Coordinator

Sara Grey plays at Old Time Music Gathering at UU Church
Sara Grey plays at Old Time Music Gathering at UU Church

10-12 AM Jams begin.  Please check the marker board for what’s happening and where.

12 PM: Picnic Lunch

1-2:30 pm Two-finger banjo style workshop with Fred Coon. This style of banjo playing has been passed down through his family for generations, which he learned from his father who learned it from “Uncle Otis” Coon in Boone County, West Virginia, in the 1930s and so it goes back into time. Fred was raised in West Virginia and during his early years he enjoyed the stories told and songs sung to him by his father and other Appalachian Mountain relatives.

1-4 PM:  Jam Sessions continue. Volunteer jam leaders will be on hand or feel free to begin your own. Plenty of space to work with others on particular songs as well.

2:30-4:00 PM Old Time Fiddle Workshop with Skip Gorman
Skip is deeply immersed in the fiddle styles of the American West, as well as its Celtic and Appalachian roots. He has presented Fiddle Workshops in a variety of settings both by himself and with well-known fiddlers, such as: Natalie MacMaster, Tom Sauber, David Greeley, Pete Sutherland, Rodney Miller, Joe Cormier, Tom Anderson, Eugene O’Donnell, James Kelly, and others- as well as countless hours in informal settings playing with legendary American fiddlers such as Kenny Baker and Tommy Jarrell, and
in Ireland and Scotland with Johnny Dougherty, Aly Bain and Tommy Peoples. Among
his earliest musical memories is witnessing the live performances of the elderly Texas
fiddler, Eck Robertson, in the 1960s.

4-5 PMDance Jam with the Strung Together Band (everyone is welcome to join in:). This is an outdoor dance session.  Led by Chrissy Fowler of the Belfast Flying Shoes. Bring your favorite partner or fiddle!

5:30 PM: Community Pot Luck at the Garden Kitchen! Bring your favorite dish to share and a beverage to enjoy by the campfire. Ovens and grills are available for heating your meal.

7-9 PM: Saturday Evening Coffee House. 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 jam circles.


9:00- Sunday morning community sing, in the round by the garden kitchen.

10-12 PM: Jam tents open. All are invited to play Reveille on your harmonica, key of C.

Goodbye and Cleanup 1:30-2:30 PM

Jams begin by 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 or bluegrass player. Anyone willing to teach please get in touch.

Workshop suggested donation: $50-$75.

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.