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Laurie Lewis has for nearly four decades, gathered fans and honors for her powerful and emotive voice and her versatile, dynamic songwriting. She is a sought-after recording producer and an equally skilled teacher and mentor.
Laurie is an inspiration and a ground-breaker – across genres, across geography and across gender barriers.
She has shown us how to lead bands of talented musicians – learning from them while helping them make their best music. And she has shown us how to thrive in a constantly changing musical environment – without ever sacrificing her art.
Immerse yourself in a blissful world of bluegrass by joining Laurie and friends for a 4-day, 3 night workshop.
Laurie will be joined by four outstanding musicians: Sharon Gilchrist, Brandon Godman, Dave Keenan & Eli West!
We can’t wait to hear the sounds of bluegrass in the Gorge!
TOP-NOTCH INSTRUCTORS AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE
HOMEMADE MEALS AND COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATIONS
LOTS OF JAMMING
WORLD-CLASS SETTING IN COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE NATIONAL SCENIC AREA
Cost To Attend:
Costs are per person and all-inclusive of meals, instruction and lodging. The difference in costs are dependent on the type of lodging chosen. You can choose to be in a single, double (you and 1 roommate) or triple (you and two roommates) occupancy room. You can tell us who you’d like to room with, or we’ll assign you one.
Our rooms will be in Wright Hall, Creevey Commons, Ballard Hall and The Hideaway. You can see what these buildings look like here.
Triple Occupancy Room $670
Double Occupancy Room $770
Single Occupancy Room (8 available) $850
Commuter (no lodging, just lunches and dinners, and instruction) $605
Non-participating (in classes) Partner/spouse $260
Would your partner/spouse like to join you but not take the classes? Choose Double Occupancy for yourself, then “add registrant” and choose “non-participating spouse/partner.”
You’ll stay together in the same room, enjoy meals together and while you are in class they can enjoy Menucha.
|Thursday, June 1, 2023|
|3:00-5:00 pm||Arrival and Check-in|
|5:15 pm||Welcome and Orientation to Menucha|
|7:15 pm||Welcome by instructors/ice-breaker jamming with instructors|
|Friday, June 2
|10:45 -11:45 am||
|Saturday, June 3
|10:45 -11:45 am||
|3:00-4:15 pm||listening session with all instructors|
|7:30 pm||Instructors Public Concert at the Columbia Grange Hall in Corbett|
|Sunday, June 4
|10:45 am||class finale: everyone sing and play some stuff we learned|
|1:00 pm||Head for home, but come see us again next time!|
is a dedicated teacher, both in one-on-one sessions and in workshop settings. She has taught fiddle, guitar, songwriting, vocal styles, and harmony singing for many years. She organized and ran Bluegrass Week at Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV, for ten years, and coordinated the very popular Bluegrass at the Beach in Nehalem Bay, OR, for the full fourteen years of its existence. Laurie’s awards include a Grammy for True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe in 1997 and Female Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Awards in 1992 and 1994. She and Tom Rozum were nominated for a Grammy for their collection of duets, The Oak and the Laurel, in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album of 1995.
Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American traditional acoustic music scene. Whether she’s playing mandolin or upright bass, singing a traditional ballad or performing original material, you hear an artist steeped in traditional Appalachian music relaying those sounds through her own diversified musical lens. Sharon has performed with the Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet, Scott Nygaard and John Reischman, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Uncle Earl, The Kathy Kallick Band, Bill Evans, Scott Law & the Bluegrass Dimension and the Ger Mandolin Orchestra directed by Mike Marshall. She is currently based in Nashville, TN.
As an instructor, Sharon is particularly know for her ability to clearly articulate and break down the physicality of playing mandolin such as posture and technique as well as the more conceptual aspects of playing music such as theory, improvisation and overall musicianship.
Hailing from the bluegrass state of Kentucky, Brandon began playing fiddle at the age of 10 in local square dance halls. He developed his skills by playing in various bluegrass, country, and western swing bands around the region, and by competing in fiddle contests throughout the midwest. His first bluegrass road gig was with Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain at the age of 17. Since then he has performed with various bluegrass and country acts including Karl Shiflett, David Peterson, Dale Ann Bradley, Doyle Lawson, The Band Perry and Jon Pardi. He has been fortunate to grace the stages of The Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole’ Opry, Carnegie Hall, The Ellen Show, The Tonight Show, The View and others. Currently he performs regularly as part of Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands.
Dave Keenan is a full-time musician and teacher in his home town of Seattle, Washington.
Dave has been teaching banjo since high school and performing since the age of 11.
He is a member of several bands in Seattle, teaches privately and at the Dusty Strings Music School.
He has been a teacher on banjo, guitar and mandolin at the British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop for 15 years, the American Banjo Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, Shasta Fiddle Camp, Lake Country Fiddle Pal Camp, Swannanoa Old-time Gathering and Steve Kaufman’s Kamp in 2013, ’14 and ’16.
Dave is a member of the bluegrass band “The Downtown Mountain Boys” whose new CD “Hey John” was the featured CD in Bluegrass Unlimited’s June 2018 issue.
is well-known for his work with Norwegian fiddler Olav Mjelva, Cahalen Morrison, Jayme Stone and more. This Seattle-based singer and multi-instrumentalist oozes understated talent. Eli’s playing both grounds and pushes ensembles with his interest in angular phrasing and non-traditional improvisation within the historic precedents of bluegrass and old-time music.
Eli’s recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.
The album focuses on the story of his two grandfathers; one a decorated WWII prisoner of war, the other a Brethren preacher and peace advocate. They couldn’t have differed more, but together they shared a family. In this spirit, the theme of the album is duality: the first half showcases carefully built arrangements of six American folk songs, the second revisits these as instrumental passages, revealing new sides to the other.
Eli grew up on the receiving end of music camps in Western Washington state, and so it feels quite right to come full circle to camp again.
‘West is an artist overflowing with ideas and music’ – Green Man Review
‘Eli West is an exceptional singer, guitar player and musician, really deep stuff’ – Martin Simpson
Testmonials from past participants:
“Bluegrass in the Gorge was one of the best music camps I’ve ever attended. The setting is beautiful and the food is great but what I appreciated the most was the structure – the workshops were so well-designed for learning. Sometimes camps have a frenetic pace but here we weren’t rushed. I had time during the camp to revisit what I’d learned so far. I came back feeling like I’d been at a music retreat – refreshed and inspired, not exhausted.” – Linda Leavitt
“After many years of admiring Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, I was so excited to have a chance to learn from them. I was not disappointed. They filled our days with wonderful music and vast knowledge of the bluegrass genre. I came away inspired and excited for the next opportunity to work with them!” – Anna Berry
“What I loved most about this weekend at Menucha was the personal touch everyone received from Laurie and her friends. In the rhythm guitar workshops, Laurie offered useful tips to each individual player tailored to their skill level. I know I came home with a few gems! I also loved that she stressed the importance of a rhythm guitar player, whether or not they had interest in learning to play leads. And the harmony workshop where we all learned to sing A Beautiful Life was such a great way to top off a wonderful few days of Bluegrass in the Gorge!” – Molly Westmoreland
“I went to Menucha to see Laurie and Tom and was happy to listen to stories and learn a few things. Both are warm, friendly, inclusive people who have made a study of bluegrass music for all of their adult lives. I try to see them when they come this way and am never disappointed. Their music, their detailed understanding of it and their ability to share with others are simply top notch. As someone who likes to sing, I was especially happy that I went.” – Elliott Picciotto
“I had been really looking forward to meeting and having classes with both Brandon Godman and Justin Hiltner, because I play both fiddle and banjo. Getting to meet and interact with them was my favorite experience at camp. I was very satisfied with their classes, as well.” – Donna Dunaif
“I came away from the experience with a better sense of serenity and community than I had when I got there. The picturesque setting and helpful, informative staff made Menucha a wonderful retreat from the bustle of daily life. The great musical instruction and enthusiastic students made Bluegrass in the Gorge a one-of-a-kind chance for hands-on learning with Laurie Lewis and her friends.” – Nora Candey
Click this link to read Nora Candey’s in-depth review published in the Oregon Bluegrass Association’s Bluegrass Express newsletter: Bluegrass in the Gorge Review Article for OBA newsletter summer 2018