Lively workshops focusing on instruments and bluegrass techniques (known to break into legendary jam sessions) are a signature feature of FreshGrass. The workshop schedule can be found here.
Tony Trishka: Banjo
Tony Trischka is not only one of the world’s top banjo players; he’s also one of the best banjo instructors on the planet. He’s crafted a definitive banjo lesson library online that tens of thousands of students have used. Tony’s here in the flesh, up close and personal. You can be too.
Bruce Molsky: Old Time Fiddle World
FreshGrass friend Bruce Molsky leads us on a trip through the mountains bringing old-time fiddle front and center with some choice, classic tunes. Bring your instrument and an urge to wander.
John Reischman & the Jaybirds: Band Dynamics
One of the tightest bands in the biz, John Reischman & the Jaybirds dive in deep to the rhythm, dynamics, and arrangements they’ve honed across in their three decades playing side by side, breaking down how each instrument contributes to the overall sound.
Happy and Adam Traum
Pete Seeger’s Legacy: Songs of Action + Social Justice
FreshGrass Festival’s favorite father-son duo — Happy and Adam Traum — discuss Pete Seeger’s lasting legacy and sing some of his songs that have inspired us all to take action on issues of peace, equality, and social justice.
Happy Traum was first introduced to Pete Seeger in high school when, in 1954, friends took him to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see Seeger in concert. It was a seminal moment in his life, leading him down the road he would would follow for his entire career. Seeing Seeger engage the audience and have the courage to fight for his convictions had a huge impact on his world-view. Happy Traum and Seeger went on to become friends and allies in the social justice movement, playing together at innumerable benefit shows and venues of the Folk Revival.
Adam Traum grew up going to the Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) and seeing Seeger at his family home and at events around the Hudson Valley where he grew up. Years later, when he was in his early twenties, he was invited to play with Pete at MerleFest in North Carolina, an event that he will never forget.