One of the many things to enjoy in Ashe County is the traditional old time music. Passing this musical tradition to the next generation is the purpose of the Ashe County Arts Council sponsored Junior Appalachian Musicians.
The Ashe County JAM program will sponsor a two day JAM camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23 and 24 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The camp will take up residence at the Ashe Civic Center and feature workshops, dancing, learning a camp tune and more. The camp is open to students that have had at least one semester of JAM classes or tradition music lessons. The camp will focus on the guitar, banjo and fiddle but other traditional instruments are welcome.
The camp will welcome instructors Presley Barker, Karlie Keepfer, Pat Lanno, Amanda Wright, Chris and Erika Testerman, Madison Shepherd and more. Students will be divided into instrument classes, have time to jam with other students and learn the camp tune. The camp will encourage the older, more experienced students to help with the first year students to help the idea of passing on the traditional music to the next generation.
The fee for the camp is $35 and to register please call Rebecca Williams at (336) 846-2787 or email Rebecca@ashecountyarts.org
The JAM Camp is a precursor to the Ashe County Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention which will be July 25-27. The funds raised by the convention will go to the support the JAM program throughout the year.
The Arts Council has sponsored the JAM program since 2002 and continues the commitment of supporting traditional music in our community. This program is funded, in part, by a Folklife Initiatives Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, a grant from the Wayne Henderson Foundation, and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council. For more information about JAM, please call (336) 846-2787.