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A COVID-safe, outdoor summer music camp with David Francey? Yes please!

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The team at the Old School Bluegrass Camp is excited to announce a second three-day pop-up songwriting camp Sept. 18 to 20 in beautiful Elphin, ON with David Francey! There will be just 11 attendees paying $450 + HST per camper, which includes all classes and workshops, meals, tent camping and amenities. For reasons of COVID-19 safety, all activities will be outdoors.

Songwriting camp will be taught by David Francey, a three-time Juno winner and grand prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. More instruction and facilitation will be offered by two-time Juno-winning songwriter (and camp director) Jenny Whiteley, Dora Award nominated singer-songwriter Kristine Schmitt, Juno-nominated musician Joey Wright, and roots songstress/camp assistant Allison Brown.

Week One (sold out) begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 and wraps up Sunday the 13 after lunch. Week Two follows the same schedule from Sept. 18-20. Programming will include interactive instruction with David, song circles and workshops such as Stagefright Bootcamp, co-writing, finding melodies, breaking through a block, and more.

Campers will tent onsite (sorry, no trailers), and we have two beautiful outdoor, heated, private showers and our new “glamping” washroom with fresh running water. We’ll dine outdoors in our large screened shelter and learn there as well.

We are calling it a pop-up event because of the short lead-up time and because we will only run the event if we sell all the spots. Week One is sold out, and Week Two will run if we get a few more signed up. We will confirm that we are going ahead with Week Two as soon as we are full. Only those who have paid by email transfer will be considered enrolled. We will not deposit any money until we have confirmed that we are going ahead with the camp.

To sign up:

  1. Send an email transfer to oldschoolbluegrasscamp@gmail.com for $450 plus HST ($508.50). Please send a separate email letting us know your payment has been sent to make sure we have your email address.
  2. You will get a confirmation email from us including a link to the registration form that you will email back with your password for the transfer
  3. Fill out the online registration form
  4. We will confirm that we are running the camp, deposit your fee and send you the details of programming and other things you will want to know.

Covid protocols:

As mentioned, all activities are being held in the fresh air. Facilities will be sanitized often, and we will be in contact with all 11 campers about what to expect and what is expected as the date approaches. We will be consulting with public health about any updates on protocols as camp approaches.





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... ALLISON BROWN likes her religion a little bit gritty, takes her country music with a side of syrup and keeps her folk as dusty as the ol’ cabin floor. With a hatful of broken hearts, bad weather, toils of the road and leaps of faith, Allison’s crafted originals matched with classic roots repertoire reflect the striking conviction she brings to her sweet and powerful singing. As a soloist, Allison’s lonesome warbles soar over subtle guitar framework, but can turn quickly to a feverish cyclone when joined by her spirited troupe of accompanists. Allison brings her truest self to her collection of songs and to the stage in a refreshing conversation with the audience. …Currently, Allison is recording the anticipated follow-up to her 2005 debut release “Everything That Shined”. Looking ahead to a release in spring of 2010, her new full-length recording will feature twelve songs picked up along Allison’s dusty road of folk. Immediately after her Home County Folk Festival return performance, Allison began her adventure to craft these recordings at the Protection Island, BC, studio of master of musical tradition, David Essig. An eleven-date tour across Canada’s west followed the sessions; and with her guitar, her ukulele and her suitcase in hand, Allison took the old Grey dog along the Trans-Canada all the way back to London. Her first time through the mountains and the prairies, Allison hopes to return to the west to re-connect with the warm audiences she embraced on her first western tour. Two new original songs, “Somethin’ Holy” and “All The Birds” will be pre-released on Myspace and CBC Radio 3; a third song, her interpretation of Townes Van Zandt’s “Poncho & Lefty” will be available as an exclusive demo for radio stations and festival applications. “a gorgeous voice that seemed way too big for one person” ~ Barbara Bruederlin, BadTempteredZombie.Blogspot.com … Allison lives and breathes for folk festivals and adds a participative spark to the workshop stage with her knack for harmony singing. A performer, volunteer, special guest and jam instigator, Allison is a familiar face throughout the summer at festivals in Ontario, but hopes to bring her cohesive spirit to festivals in western Canada this summer. This spring, in addition to regular performances in London and Toronto, Allison will be touring through Ontario’s north, east and southwest following the new recording’s official release. A seasoned soloist, Allison was featured as part of the wildly successful "Girls With Glasses Tour", with songwriters Evalyn Parry, Eve Goldberg, and Karyn Ellis. Allison’s skills as a bandleader were showcased as the featured vocalist in London bluegrass quartet "The Goin' Concern" at festivals, backyard parties and the ruckus raised on Bluegrass Sunday night every week at the Alex P Keaton. Dedicated to sharing folk music with the community, she is also the host of "For The Folk", every Wednesday night from 8:30 to 10pm, on London's CHRW Radio 94.9fm. She also works at GROOVES Records where she surrounds herself with all the divine vinyl and indie new releases her ears can hear.


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