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We are pleased to offer four workshops during the 2020 Winter Music Festival as outlined below. 


Workshops will be held in Room 1, also known as Gallery 1, located just inside the main entrance doors of the Florence Events Center on the left-hand side.  This is the same room that will be used for jamming in the afternoons each day. There is no additional charge for the workshops if you hold a ticket to any one of the festival’s main stage shows. No ticket, but still want to attend? Walk-up tickets are available at the door for a cost of $20 per session.

Beginners How-to-Jam Workshop led by Janet Wellington

Friday, January 24, 2020
Noon to 1:00 PM
Room 1, Florence Events Center
(This workshop is free!)

New to jamming? Always wanted to try? 

Learn how to figure out the key others are playing in, how a round-robin circle jam works, what to expect at festival jams, how to apply the common 1-4-5 chord progression in each key so even beginners can play along. We'll practice this easy music theory in a casual setting and also learn the etiquette of jamming. Don't miss this opportunity to join the festival jams!

All acoustic instruments are welcome. Know at least some of the basic chords for your instrument: C-D-E-F-G-A-B-Bb. Handouts will be provided.  Formal jam to follow!

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Come to this class and you'll be ready to jam all weekend!


Learn to Jam Bluegrass Style w/ Annie Savage
Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 to 10:00 AM
Room 1, Florence Events Center

Annie Savage, fiddler extraordinaire for the Greg Blake Band and soon-to-be-minted Music Education Ph.D., leads this jam workshop.  You’ll be introduced to the ground rules of jamming, how to lead songs and “fake” breaks, find melodies and sing harmonies—all at gentle tempos in a supportive, low-pressure environment.  Bring your acoustic instrument, your smiling face, and get ready to enhance your jamming skills!


Jim Hurst Guitar Workshop
Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:30 AM to Noon
Room 1, Florence Events Center 

Jim Hurst’s unique picking style and mastery of bluegrass guitar wows audiences and is revered by both novice guitar players and his musical peers. His eclectic career has made him a remarkable performer, an experienced instructor and a highly sought-after session musician. His affability and gregariousness make him one of the most approachable musicians of his caliber.  As an all-levels workshop there is guaranteed to be something for everyone!  Jim will cover the proper way to play rhythm, how to structure a lead “break,” develop flatpicking speed, and the basics of fingerpicking.  In other words, Jim can do it all and we are thankful that he is willing to share.


True North Duo Songwriting Workshop
Sunday, January 26, 2020
10:30 AM to Noon
Room 1, Florence Events Center 

Story songs (think “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Poncho and Lefty” — even “Alice’s Restaurant”) are a fundamental part of the American folk music tradition, and writing story songs is both an art and a craft. Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel of True North fame are award-winning and nationally-recognized singer-songwriters who craft real-life stories into soulful narratives that speak straight to the heart. In this 90-minute interactive songwriting workshop you’ll learn the fundamentals of songwriting, including the basic framework and elements of a song, forms and arrangements, and how to identify key lines and ideas that bring a song to life. Using their own award-winning lyrics, melodies and arrangements, Kristen and Dan will show you how their stories became songs and help you think about your own stories and song ideas in new ways.  No experience is necessary—all are welcome. To learn more about the artists: 

Workshop session tickets are available at the door for a cost of $20 per session, or are free if you hold a ticket to any one of the festival’s main stage shows.