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A Medley of Old-Time Music Workshops
with Billy Mathews and Colin Blair

billy matthewsThere's a great thing happening on August 15 and 16, 2008 at The Inn at Mountain View! We are offering FOUR instrument workshops over a two-day period - plus evening jam sessions where we put it all together. Learn to play, but also learn to play well with others!

If you've ever wanted to play better, and to play better with others, this is for you! Each workshop will feature in-depth approaches to playing old-time music, with an emphasis on rhythmic interpretations and nuanced accents, as well as unique techniques to the individual instrument.

A well-formatted outline -- complete with CD to take home -- will provide a base upon which to build one's technique, but also better enables one to get that true old-time sound. Far from a festival format, this workshop's approach will be toward the old-time string-band sound, as heard on the early 78s, as well as in countless parlours and barns across the US, particularly in the Ozarks. Plus, we'll be learning Ozarks tunes not well known outside of the area!

The material covered in the individual workshops will then be applied each night in a private jam session, with guidance from Billy and Colin. No pressure, just a relaxing play-party in the Ozarks tradition. We're here to learn, but we're hear to have fun, too!

Instruments instructed will be old-time banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. These workshops will also help the aspiring bluegrass instrumentalist, as traditional old-time music is the root of the bluegrass and country genres. The techniques for each instrument are also the root. Learning the foundational material allows one to then build upon it.

Schedule is as follows:
Friday, 15 August

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM -- Old-Time Guitar Workshop (Billy Mathews)
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM -- Old-Time Mandolin Workshop (Colin Blair)
7:30 PM - ?????? -- Instructed Jam (Billy and Colin)

Saturday, 16 August

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM -- Old-Time Fiddle Workshop (Billy Mathews)
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM -- Old-Time Banjo Workshop (Colin Blair)
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM -- Pot-luck Supper
7:30 PM -- ?????? -- Instructed Jam (Billy and Colin)

It is suggested that participants have at least one year of experience with their instruments. This is not mandatory, but will allow the participant to get more from the workshops. No matter one's inexperience, this workshop will accelerate the learning process.

Each instrument class is limited to 10 participants, on a "first come, first served" basis. A reserve list will be kept for those who would like the opportunity to participate in case of cancellations.

Snacks will be provided by the Inn for Friday nights jam. But, it has long been the tradition at The Inn to have a pot-luck supper on Saturday night at the workshops, and this workshop will be no exception. The Inn will be providing some of the food, with the locals providing the rest. Y'all from "off" needn't worry about contributing. There will be an abundance of food. Just enjoy yourself, and eat up!

Cut-off date is 1 July! Reserve your spot now! Classes will fill quickly. These workshops have been highly successful in the past, but have not been widely advertised, until now. And though we expect a high rate of return patronage, we also want to extend the opportunity to others desirous of learning.

Workshop fee: $50.00, with a reduced rate of $35.00 for each subsequent workshop. This in addition to the room rate, with a minimum two-day reservation required.

Workshop schedules will be provided to participants by 10 August, 2008. Schedules will also be posted on this web site, as well as , and will be available at The Inn.

About Billy Mathews and Colin Blair

Billy Mathews

Billy's been playing fiddle for over 30 years. He's a serious collector of tunes and has traveled all around the South and Midwest. With several CDs full of both traditional and original selections to his credit, Billy is the consummate old-time fiddler, always ready to play and teach. And, Billy loves to teach people, whether privately or in groups. He's a regular clinician at several fiddle retreats and workshops. Known primarily for fiddle and banjo, Billy was also the guitarist for the original Skirtlifters and has a long career with the guitar and the mandolin. Billy knows the music, backwards and forwards, and can teach you about playing in a group with your instrument.

Colin Blair

At 29 years old, Colin Blair has established himself as one of the most skilled fiddle and clawhammer players in the St. Louis area. He learned deep in the Ozarks, in the lamp-lit cabin of Banjo Billy Mathews, one of the legends of Arkansas old-time music. Voted the Best Folk Artist of St. Louis by the Riverfront Times in 2007, Colin knows how to get at the heart of the music. His interpretive banjo-playing workshop will prove to be of great interest for all old-time banjo players, and his approaches to mandolin and fiddle will also be of great benefit to all participants.


Glass Bead Workshop with Beau Anderson, Tom Holland and Sage

glass bead workshopNovember 14, 15 & 16, 2008

Learn beginning, intermediate or advanced glass bead-making with some of the pioneers of the American glass bead Renassiance. Experience melting colorful rods of Italian glass in an oxygen propane torch to create your own personalized jewels. In ancient Egypt, China, Rome and the Middle East, beads of all materials were traded world wide but glass being discovered many years ago, was prized near the value of gold for it's capacity to be transformed into unlimited forms and designs. After circulating around the globe glass beads became a kind of language that is being rediscovered again in our era.

Sage began her bead-making path in the 1980's on the West Coast. Tom Holland started in Arkansas in the late 1980's as well, joining studios with Sage in Stone County in 1993. Beau Anderson began as a child while his mother "Sage" gave him the first hand experience. He's now 28 years old and an excellent teacher having taught with his family for over 15 years internationally.

Cost is $200.00 per day with a two day minimum required in the class as well as a two night minimum stay at the Inn at Mountain View. Cost includes all materials to create your own glass beads.

2nd Fiddle Workshop with Britton Curry

britton currySign up now to attend the 2nd Fiddle Workshop with Britton Curry!!!

When: December 5th and 6th 2008
Where: The Inn at Mountain View
Cost: Room rate plus $50.00 workshop fee or $75.00 just for workshop. Class is limited to 20 people.

Call: 1-800-535-1301 or 1-870-269-4200 to make your reservations or book-on-line at:

Sign up now to attend the 2nd Fiddle Workshop with Britton Curry. Britton has fired up the Fiddle and sang with the likes of Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Charlie Daniels, Billy Ray Cyrus, and various other artists. Britton has also performed all over the world on major stages such as The Grand Ole Opry, several overseas performances for our U.S. Troops, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Donnie and Marie Show, Austin City Limits, The Country Music Awards (CMA'S), as well as three Country Music Television (CMT) videos and much more. Britton grew up playing the fiddle with his family in Mountain View and will be at The Inn at Mountain View December 5th and 6th.
Even if you are a first time fiddler, or have been playing longer than Britton, you are sure to have a great weekend learning and playing in our parlor.
Weekend includes all the following:
Friday night: Jam time and snacks (you are welcome to bring some snacks to add to ours)
Saturday: Breakfast, Morning Workshop, lunch on your own, afternoon workshop. Then around 6:00 p.m. we will have a potluck dinner. Then some more JAM time.
Sunday Breakfast and spend a little more time with Britton.

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