Old School Bluegrass Camp

Stay tuned for information COMING SOON about Old School Bluegrass Camp 2023!

In the meantime, check out what happened last year!

The seventh annual Old School Bluegrass Camp happens July 3rd to 7th, 2022, nestled among the Lanark Highlands in the town of Elphin, Ontario on the home property of Camp Director Jenny Whiteley and Head Cook Joey Wright.  Old School Bluegrass Camp offers classes in bluegrass instruments to adult students; guitar, fiddle, banjo (clawhammer and bluegrass styles), mandolin and upright bass.  Limited enrollment and small, high-intensity daily classes provide an exceptional level of teaching, mentoring and one-on-one instruction from world-class bluegrass musicians.   Learning how to perform with others in a band setting is a fundamental goal of Old School Bluegrass Camp.  Each student will be part of a group that rehearses through the week and performs on the OSBC stage on the final night of camp.  OSBC features performance opportunities, slow and all-tempo jams, workshops, a private lesson with your instrument instructor and nightly concerts featuring instructors and staff.  OSBC offers safe and welcoming opportunities to learn new musical skills and escape your comfort zone while creating lasting friendships and reconnecting with camp pals! 

OSBC has added a Fiddle & Banjo Camp July 7th to 10th; more information and sign up is at: https://oldschoolbluegrasscamp.wordpress.com/fiddle-banjo-camp/

Old School Bluegrass Camp 2022 Instructors:
The Andrew Collins Trio:
Andrew Collins – Mandolin
Adam Shier- Guitar
James McEleney – Bass
Chris Coole – Clawhammer Banjo
Frank Evans – Bluegrass Banjo
Ben Plotnick – Fiddle
featuring: Ivan Rosenberg , Kristine Schmitt, Luthier Luke Mercier,
Jenny Whiteley, Joey Wright, & Allison Brown
Chris Quinn returns with another great history of Bluegrass presentation!

$795.00 – class registration and camping with your own tent or trailer
$375.00 – camp companion
$295.00 – option to rent a ‘glamping’ tent in addition to camp fees
BOTH Bluegrass and Fiddle & Banjo Camp for $1395.00
All fees in Canadian funds and subject to HST.
NEW!!​​ save $95 when you sign up for any 2 camps!

Camp also includes:
– Homemade and delicious meals served hot on site
– On-site camping at the beautiful Lanark County home of Jenny & Joey with an option to rent a ‘glamping’ tent with a bed, comfy bedding and battery powered lighting ($295.00)
– Camp amenities – heated private outdoor showers, clean and airy private outdoor washrooms and sinks with running potable well water
– Weatherproof instrument storage
– Luthier Luke Mercier with instrument repairs and care tips

OSBC is following all the latest COVID-19 guidelines and will continue to update our protocols as new information becomes available.  Campers will be notified of guidelines regarding vaccination status and testing in advance of any events.  Both outdoor and indoor spaces are provided for workshops, classes, performances and meals.  

A typical day at Old School Bluegrass Camp…

8:00 Early Bird Coffee Time
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 Instrument Class
11:30 Workshop (eg: Stage Fright Bootcamp- bring your instruments!)
12:30 Lunch (sign up for open mic)
2:00 Band Lab
3:30 Free Time
4:30 Workshop (Three-Chord-Wonders – bring your instrument!)
6:00 Dinner
7:30 Instructor Concert on Sunset Stage
8:30 Slow Jam in the Pavilion
10:00 Fire-side Jam Sessions