FreshGrass has one of the best line-ups in bluegrass and now we have a workshop line-up to match. During the weekend you will be able rest your dancin’ feet, and take part in our lively workshop offerings which range from theory classes to instrument-specific playing techniques. All workshops are free with admission. Space is limited so register on the day of the event when you arrive at the festival – first come, first serve.
Joe Walsh, Mandolin Principle of the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music, will be joined by a special guest for this hands-on workshop. Bring your mandolin. The workshop will take place on Saturday.
Matt Glaser, Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music, and some of his FreshGrass friends will teach a techniques workshop on the ol’ devil’s box. Bring your fiddle. Day and time will be announced.
From Africa to FreshGrass: A History of the Banjo by Bill Evans
Bill Evans traces the history of the banjo from its African roots, through 19th century minstrelsy, early 20th century ragtime, folk, bluegrass and more. There will be a performance on original period instruments. No instruments are required. The workshop will take place on Saturday.
Bluegrass Band Rhythm
John Reischman & the Jaybirds, one of the acoustic world’s top-ranked mandolin players and composers, will demonstrate how instruments work together in a bluegrass ensemble. The workshop will take place on Saturday.
Bluegrass Music Theory
Theory classes might not be your favorite, but we will change your mind at FreshGrass this year. Berklee professor Matt Glaser will break down the rhythm, harmony, melody, structure, form, and texture of bluegrass music. No instruments are required. Day and time will be announced.
What Makes a Band Work?
Dave Hollender, a professor in the Ensemble program at Berklee College of Music, will explain how different elements come together to make a band jive. No instruments are required. Day and time will be announced.