Fiddle & Banjo Camp



Old School Fiddle & Banjo Camp, July 6th to 9th: $795.00 + HST

Who is teaching at camp?

Clawhammer – Riley Baugus – Riley is a banjo player and builder from Walkertown, North Carolina.  Riley’s credits include Cold Mountain Soundtrack and Raising Sand (Alison Krauss and Robert Plant).  Riley regularly tours with Tim O’Brien and Dirk Powell.

Bluegrass banjo  – Denis LePage – A true pioneer of the five-string banjo, Denis has been pushing musical boundaries and delighting audiences since the 1970’s.  We are thrilled to be welcoming one of our all-time favourites to camp! 

Fiddle – Saskia Tomkins – back by popular demand, Saskia Tompkins is a brilliant musician, an inspiring teacher, easy communicator and engaging performer.

Fiddle – Rosalyn Dennett – Having recorded four awards-nominated albums, Rosalyn has toured internationally in several well-acclaimed groups, and is a passionate teacher and performer.  We are tickled to be welcoming her to camp for the first time this summer!

Repertoire – Luke Mercier – Luke is a mainstay at camp!  Luke fills his roles of luthier, mentor, teacher and performer with equal aplomb and passion and we wouldn’t want to run camp without him.  At Fiddle and Banjo camp, those campers who play neither fiddle nor banjo have the pleasure of working up repertoire and playing together in Luke’s mixed class.


What is included in my camp fee?

There are no extra fees or meal plans at Old School, your fee covers everything for you at camp.

This includes: all meals and snacks served fresh and hot
– on-site camping with hot showers – there is no charge for campers or RV’s but there are NO HOOKUPS
– airy, clean private washroom facilities
– potable well water
– secure instrument storage
– ALL workshops, classes and activities
– exclusive evening performances by your instructors
– fire-side sessions and jams with instructors nightly

Camp Companions:  Bringing along a Camp Companion is the deal of the century.  A companion must attend with a registered camper.  The companion will enjoy all meals, all performances, sessions and jams plus any group workshops.

Glamping!  You can rent a tent from us that will be all set up for you when you arrive.  There will be a bed with clean warm bedding and pillows (not an air mattress), side table, chair and battery powered lighting.  Singles and doubles available, limited number of tents, so act soon!

Where is camp?

Old School Camps are held in the beautiful Lanark Highlands of eastern Ontario, in the hamlet of Elphin.  Camp owners and directors Jenny Whiteley and Joey Wright are pleased to welcome you to their home, a century farm house surrounded by acres of rolling farmland, where you’ll be camping and learning.

Elphin is 3.5 hours from Toronto, 3.5 hours from Montreal, 1 hour from Kingston, Ontario.  The address and location will be emailed to you including directions after registration.

Ride sharing can be facilitated, including pick-up from airports, train stations and bus terminals if needed.  Send us a note with questions.  Parking is adjacent to the camping area on-site.

When is camp?

Camp starts July 6 at 4pm and ends July 9 after lunch.  Exact times are emailed to registered campers.

How do I sign up?

Check our FAQs for more information, or email us anytime with questions or concerns, we’re here to help! You can sign up on our registration page:

Classes and workshops are geared towards all skill levels and feature a variety of styles for Fiddle and both Clawhammer and Bluegrass Banjo; if you’d like to attend and study an instrument other than Fiddle or Banjo (guitar, upright bass, mandolin) please email and we’ll arrange classes and workshops focused on accompaniment instruments.

A typical day at Old School Fiddle & Banjo Camp…

8:00 Early Bird Coffee Time
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Group Lessons with Fiddles or Banjos
11:30 Workshop (eg: Backing Up the Fiddle/Banjo, Simple Arranging for Strings, Banjo Styles and Why They Matter – bring your instruments!)
12:30 Lunch (sign up for open stage)
2:00 Private Lessons
3:30 Workshop (Sam Allison’s North American Instrument’s connection to Africa)
4:30 Group Lessons – SWITCH – New Instructor on Fiddle or Banjo
6:00 Dinner
7:30 Instructor Concert on The Sunset Stage
9:00 Fire-side sessions led by your instructors – slow and faster – fun jams!