Lively workshops focusing on instruments and bluegrass techniques (known to break into legendary jam sessions) are a signature feature of FreshGrass.

Béla Fleck: 3-Finger Banjo

Holy cow: we got Béla Fleck! The master will discuss and demonstrate the three-finger banjo style (touching on its evolution), improvision, and new techniques he’s been developing, and will field any questions from the audience.

Altan: Traditional Irish Music

Emerald Isle icons Altan will instruct a master class in traditional Irish music, opening up a new world of styles and techniques to string band players of any level.

Band in a Box with The Mammals

The Mammals, the boisterous Americana band led by Mike + Ruthy (who this year released the outstanding record “Sunshiner”), brings a super fun festival game to the FreshGrass stage. Call it live-band karaoke — sign up to perform for the crowd with a pro backing band, with just one rule: the song has to be a simple, well-known tune (or something so easy that you can teach it to the band in 30 seconds). Sweet Caroline for the fiddle, anyone?

Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger: Old-Time Fiddle

Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger will explore old-time mountain music for fiddlers — the stuff that was played in rural communities for generations before the earliest days of the radio. We don’t have to tell you — these folk roots have informed and transformed everything from Americana and popular music to rhythm and blues, including 20th- and 21st-century classical music. Journey through it with the pros.

Happy and Adam Traum: Blues Arrangements for Two Guitars

Happy and Adam Traum might be the FreshGrass Festival’s favorite father-son duo. Explore the tried and true for duos with these two — how to complement one another using different chord voicings, how to solo with both a flat pick and finger style, and improvisational ideas for call and response. They’ll also look at different types of blues progressions and grooves. We’ll be there.

All workshops are free with admission. A schedule will be announced in September. Select workshops encourage attendees to bring instruments. Space is limited, so register on the day of the event when you arrive at the festival – first come, first served. Workshops are located on the 3rd floor, above the museum lobby.


FreshGrass Fiddle, Guitar, and Banjo Workshops are generously sponsored by D’Addario.