Sunday, June 10, 2012

Music Workshops – The Heart & Soul of the Mariposa Folk Festival

    Below is a press release from Mariposa's Publicist Gerry Hawes describing this years Music Workhops , but I just wanted to say that from what I have read so far this is in my opinion the strongest in recent years for workshops.

     A rich and unique dimension of the Mariposa Folk Festival is its music workshops set to inspired themes. Talented artists from varied backgrounds and diverse musical styles work together, and off of one another, to create music that is original, impromptu, and in the moment. It’s the heart and soul of Mariposa.

        This year, Mariposa is presenting twenty-eight creatively-themed offerings. They explore the musical genres, transcend social boundaries, and throw away the norms. Among the workshop titles are Coast to Coast, Rocking Roots, Celtic Connections, Got Them Old Acoustic Blues, New Folk, Chansons Français, Canadian History in Song, Mixing Words and Music, Literary Folk, Ukes on Sunday Afternoon, Mon Dieu!, The Bob Dylan Songbook, From a Woman’s Point of View, and Poems, Prayers & Promises.

People flock to Mariposa for the great concerts, but it’s their memories of the daytime music workshops that bring them back year-after-year.

Mariposa Folk Festival takes place July 6-8, 2012, at beautiful Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario. 

Tickets are available at Kids 12 and under admitted free, and deep discounts for youth and young adults. New this year, on site audience camping.


Coast To Coast
The Once (Host), Hey Ocean

Rocking Roots
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (Host), Plants and Animals

Breaking the Mold
Jayme Stone (Host), Florent Vollant, Shane Koyczan

The Craft of Songwriting
Oh Susanna (Host), Meaghan Blanchard, Old Man Luedecke

Celtic Connections
James Keelaghan (Host), Scott Macmillan & Brian Doyle, The Once

Got Them Old Acoustic Blues
Treasa Levasseur (Host), Julian Fauth, Rob Lutes, Russ Kelley

New Folk
Hey Ocean (Host), Plants and Animals

Getting Loopy
Danny Michel (Host), Kevin Fox

Chansons Français
Cindy Doire (Host), Belzébuth, Florent Vollant

Funny Folk
The Arrogant Worms (Host), Al Simmons, David Newland

In My Darkest Hour
Old Man Luedecke (Host), Aaron Mangoff, Andrea Ramolo

Canadian History in Song
James Keelaghan (Host), Eileen McGann, Muddy York

Literary Folk
Clay Eals, Dave Bidini

Mixing Words and Music
Shane Koyczan (Host), David Bradstreet, David Newland, Ian Bell, Robert Priest

The Early Bird Gets the Arrogant Worm
The Arrogant Worms (Host), James Keelaghan, Old Man Luedecke

Ukes on a Sunny Afternoon
David Newland (Host), Good Old War, James Hill

Blues in the Afternoon
Treasa Levasseur (Host), Fathead, Julian Fauth, Russ Kelley

Mon Dieu!
Oh Susanna (Host), Scarlett Jane

The Grass is Always Bluer on the Other Side

Fathead (Host), The Spinney Brothers

The Covers Workshop

Kevin Fox (Host), Fred Penner, Irish Mythen, Quique Escamilla, Todd Crowley

Loud Love
Danny Michel (Host), Belzébuth, Good Old War

The Bob Dylan Songbook
Rob Lutes (Host), Dear Sister, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Old Man Luedecke

Story Songs
Eileen McGann (Host), David Bradstreet, Grady Kelneck

Strings 'n' Things
James Hill (Host), Kevin Fox, Muddy York, Scott Macmillan & Brian Doyle

From a Woman's Point of View
Eileen McGann (Host), Irish Mythen, Meaghan Blanchard, Scarlett Jane

This Land Is Your Land
Russ Kelley (Host), Florent Vollant, Quique Escamilla, The Once

Surprise Me
The Arrogant Worms (Host), Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Poems, Prayers & Promises
David Bradstreet (Host), Melissa Payne, Robert PriestShane Koyczan


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