I don’t want to rush things…spring has just emerged from a harsh winter, but it is already very hot in Southeast Ohio. So, it is not surprising that my thoughts are on summer. I have certainly seen my share of summers and the one constant thread that has been with me since I was a child is the excitement I get over summer vacation. My summers were spent in the White Mountains (of New Hampshire). My grandparents had a lovely house at the foot of Mt Whiteface in a small village. The mountain had trailheads in the area and it was something (as a kid) that I always dreamed of doing. ….to climb Mt Whiteface. I did get that opportunity in my 30’s….just me and my sister with backpacks and a few granola bars (we were totally unprepared). It brings such comfort to think of that area of the world.
There is another place that gives me great calm and that is the Catskills. If you lived on the east coast, it is likely your parents took you to Catskill Game Farm. I am nearing 50 (good grief) and my sisters and brothers and I still belly laugh when we recall one of those Catskill trips. I feel so fortunate to have those memories flooding me every year when the winter winds whisper to the trees: ”show yourself so a new joy can be felt.” That joy has come. We leave for the Catskills in a few weeks to teach our summer session at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. This is our third year at Full Moon and I am looking forward to it like I was kid again. It is the perfect place for us to do a summer workshop. The grounds are set up like a small village, much like The Fur Peace Ranch in Southeast Ohio. It is an enchantingly unique resort that offers charming accommodations that are simple and meditative. Every building neighbors acres of fields, meadows, forests and streams that provide a natural backdrop for a wonderful and memorable gathering for our students. Throw in our stellar line up for instructors, our legendary student open mic, the delicious meals and our signature coffee break concert in the café, and you have the kind of music sessions you can only find at one of our Fur Peace Ranch sessions.
David Bromberg and Jorma will be hosting this year's Fur Peace Ranch summer session at the Full Moon from July 11 -15 . We hope that you are ready to retreat to the Catskills, like we are, because there is no doubt that you will leave with the kind of rejuvenation that will keep you going until you come back next year. Sign up now or call us and we’ll make it happen for you.
Steady As She Goes Available NOW!
Moving up the charts . . . as of May 9th Hot Tuna's Steady As She Goes charted at number 15 on the AMA Americana Air Play Chart!
A short review from the Winnipeg Sun.
Jorma is featured on the cover of the Spring 2011 (Vol. 54 No 2.) edition of Sign Out! This issue features a nice article on Jorma's career and also includes the words and music for Second Chances from Steady As She Goes.
“Old-time fans will delight in their absolute glory, returned, as it were, to those thrilling days of yesteryear. New fans will flip out, too. Hell, folk who think Hot Tuna is something served on toast will take one listen and start combing through the band's catalog. Steady As She Goes is that good.” - − Twin Cities Daily Planet
“. . . - this thing’ll knock you on your ass.” - Jam Bands
Join us in Maui... It's well worth the trip.
- Wk 1: January 16-20, 2012 Jorma Kaukonen w/ Marjorie Thompson “Keys To The Highway” Level 2/3
- Wk 2: January 23-27, 2012 Jorma Kaukonen “Songwriting” All Levels
- Wk 2: January 23-27, 2012 Chris Smither “Let Your Guitar Be Your Voice” Level 3
During the first week Jorma and Marjorie Thompson will dig deep into the Jorma bag, breaking down and building up songs from Jorma's repertoire that will be presented for the first time in this level 2/3 workshop. Topics will include the essentials of fingerstyle guitar: alternating bass and melody lines, chord inversions, and keys - plus a variety of runs, licks and fills that will add character to any song you play whether it is improvisational, cover or original. JK and Marjorie provide one-on-one assessments, solid teaching, a wealth of materials and individualized instruction - a sojourn that will stimulate the soul.
For the second week Jorma will teach his first ever Songwriting workshop! Jorma will illustrate in a workshop setting how he charts the path of a song from his heart to his hands and voice.
Chris Smither will teach a level 3 Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop during the second week. Smither is a distinguished songwriter, performer and talented teacher, whose experience spans over four decades. The two major influences on Chris Smither's guitar style were Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt. This workshop will demonstrate how he has combined aspects of their playing to form his own style. The goal is to show students how to make a guitar arrangement that is an integral part of a song, as opposed to mere accompaniment; how to use these techniques as a stimulus to songwriting in which the guitar part becomes the song instead of an after-the-fact embellishment. This workshp with Chris Smither will provide an experience to enhance your musical virtuosity while providing keen insights for your playing and songwriting skills.
Join Jorma Kaukonen, Marjorie Thompson and Chris Smither in Maui at the Royal Lahaina Resort from January 16 – 20 or January 23 - 27, 2012 for a bucket list experience and a winter break that will leave your friends envious and wanting to join you.
Applications will be accepted beginning on June 1, 2011.
- Tuition*: On Site: $2200 at the Royal Lahaina Resort (Lahaina Kai Tower Guest Rooms)
- Off Site: $1800 (For locals, or make your own lodging accommodations at one of Maui’s many fine resorts or inns.)
Tuition includes 12.5 hours of workshop instruction, All Meals (Monday dinner, all day Tues, Wed, Thursday and breakfast on Friday), Lodging (with on-site tuition), concert with instructors!
* Please note that airfares are not included.
* Extended Stays: You may extend your stay at the Royal Lahaina Resort for up to 3 days on either side of your workshop (for a total of 6 extra days). Fee: $200/night (based upon double occupancy), add $35 for each additional person.
Bring the loved one(s) too (not just the guitar):
* Guest Fee: $325/pp includes lodging (with enrolled student), meals, student performance, instructors performance, all other activities excluding workshops.
Last winter much of the nation was pounded with heavy snows, but not Hawaii!! So be apart of the FPR On-The-Road Hawaii 2012 workshops and escape the cold, dreary winter and experience the Hawaiian sunshine and Aloha spirit!
Celebrate the works of one of America's most celebrated and prolific artists of our time, Jim Dine, and the 75th Anniversary of the College of Arts at Ohio University with an evening featuring:
- A sneak preview of Jim Dine's first Athens exhibit
- Music by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen
- Fine food and drink
- The launch of an exciting interactive community art project that lets you celebrate the Art in Your HeArt -- and show the world that Athens really is the HeARTland of Ohio. (That's all we're saying...we'll reveal it all the night of the event!)
When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Thursday July 7, 2011
Where: Kennedy Museum of Art
$25 covers Sneak Preview, music, food, one drink ticket and your voluntary participation in Art in Your HeArt.
Tickets available at the Kennedy Museum of Arts and Fur Peace Ranch.
Celebrate the Art in Your HeArt . . . and leave it with us!
Raffle to Help Appalachian Community Hospice
Help us help Appalachian Community Hospice
FPR is raffling off artwork donated by Jorma Kaukonen from his own Grace Slick Collection. The artwork depicts Grace's classic White Rabbit. The White Rabbit is emblematic of Grace Slick's signature piece of music. It is approx 12 ‘’ x 17’’.
The Glossy Calendered Vinyl on canvas was processed on February 22, 2011. It is signed by Grace Slick.
Buy Tickets Here!
Raffle tickets are $10 each. All proceeds go directly to Appalachian Community VNA, Hospice & Health Services Inc.
Raffle ends July 9th, 2011
As some of you may know, our friend, Pete Huttlinger has been having some serious health issues. The gravity of these issues came to light for us at the beginning of this year’s Fur Peace Ranch camp season. Pete was suppose to be here on that weekend teaching and a few days before he would have arrived we heard from Erin, Pete’s wife, that he was back in the hospital and that it was unlikely he would be out of the hospital or able to teach on that opening weekend.
Here is an update from Erin:
"I have to say that it has been a rollercoaster since the surgery and I was unsure at what point to give feedback. It took about a week to get out of recovery and now Pete has been in an Intensive Care room for a week and a half. The doctors say that he is progressing very well. They had to explain that to me because some days I just couldn't see it. But after a long bout of ICU Psychosis, which was no fun at all, Pete is very clear-headed and able to have conversations with me and his family.
I'm not certain how long we will be in this part of the hospital. I know they are starting to do some light physical therapy with him and today he was cleared to have liquids. That's a big step.
I cannot thank everyone enough for all the amazing posts and the generous donations. As many of you know, this is an emotionally and physically stressful time, but all the encouragement and sharing of personal situations relieves a lot of the anxiety. Other people have been in our shoes, and are living happy, normal lives now. I feel sure that a year from now, we'll look back on this ride --- and be glad it's over :) Again....thank you to each and everyone. I look forward to reading more of the entries to Pete today."
We have also received calls from some of our most respected Fur Peace alumni suggesting that we help organize “Donations for Pete” through the Ranch. Over this past weekend we thought about how we could do this and we also reached out to Erin to see how she felt about this. We have been given the “Go Ahead” from Erin and will start to collect monetary donations for Pete. If you feel inclined and are able to help in this regard……PLEASE send your check to the Fur Peace Ranch and note on the check that it is to be used for the “Donations for Pete” fund. We will then forward one big check (each month) to the Huttlingers. Our address is — Fur Peace Ranch, 39495 St. Clair Rd., Pomeroy, OH 45769. Or you can make your check(s) out to Erin Huttlinger. They can be mailed to: P.O. Box 58283, Nashville, TN, 37205.
If you would like to follow Pete’s progress, Erin will be posting updates at CaringBridge
Due to Pete's extended illness the Huttlingers and the Ranch have decided that it would be best that Pete does not teach his Mandolin for Guitarists workshop in October so that he may focus on his road of recovery. Barry Mitterhoff will fill in for Pete during our October 28-31 workshop. Barry will keeps Pete's theme and teach a workshop on Mandolin for Guitar Players.
Jorma & Jack on Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen
Jorma and Jack's interview with Liane Hansen that aired on NPR can now be heard here.
The Second Half
The second half of our 2011 season is about to begin. While some of the workshop are already full there are a few seats remaining for each of these workshops. Reserve your space now!
11-15 July at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY
Jorma Kaukonen: Movin' On Down The Road: Level 3
12-15 August Couples Weekend
- Jorma Kaukonen: Movin' On Down The Road: Level 3
- The Persuasions: Sing Out And Harmonize with the Kings of Acapella: All Levels
- Verlon Thompson: Songwriting for Guitarists: All Levels
- Spencer Bohren: American Roots Music: Level 1/2
- Chris Smither: Moving Beyond the Songs, A Repertoire Building Workshop: Level 3
- Bill Nershi: Jump Start Your Guitar Playing: Level 3
23-26 September Pick-n-Putt
- Jorma Kaukonen: Movin' On Down The Road: Level 3
- Geoff Achison: Electric Blues Guitar: Level 3
- George Porter Jr.: Funky Bass Guitar: Level 2
- Marjorie Thompson: Crafting Songs: The Finger-style Guitar Toolkit: Level 1/2
- Roy Book Binder: Country Blues Licks and Tricks: Level 3
- Woody Mann: The Guitar of the Rev. Gary Davis: Level 3
- Jorma Kaukonen: Movin On Down The Road: Level 3
- Barry Mitterhoff: Mandolin for Guitarists: Level 2/3
- Steve Kaufman: Flatpicking Guitar: Level 2
- Dar Williams: Converge for the Sake of Song, Songwriting for All: All Levels
- Jorma Kaukonen: Carnegie Hall: Level 4
- Jack Casady: Bass Guitar Fundamentals: Level 2/3
Sign Up Today!
We will no longer offer a free workshop after 15 visits. We will offer new incentives beginning August 2011 for the 2012 season. If you are entitled to a free workshop after your 15th, it must be redeemed in 2011.
- Regular Camp Weekend $1350
- Special Weekends $1500 (no change)
- On-The-Road (varies by location)
- Save $75 on your second 2012 workshop enrollment
- Save $100 on your third 2012 workshop enrollment
- Save $125 on your fourth 2012 workshop enrollment
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
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