October 5-9, 2022

Do you love acoustic blues guitar? So do we. So much so we dedicate 5 days to bringing four of the best acoustic players and teachers here to Menucha for an extended weekend filled with all the blues goodness.

Arriving Wednesday afternoon you'll be welcomed to our slice of Pacific Northwest heaven. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be filled with classes, getting to know fellow players and take your playing to the next level in classes and jams. On Friday night you'll be treated to a public concert featuring the instructors. Saturday night you can show your skills during the student concert just for Blues participants. Sunday brings parting ways to return home filled with good friends, food and music. Don't miss it!

Come and immerse yourself in five days of instruction with four of the best:

Mary Flower

Eric Lugosch

Mamie Minch

Hubby Jenkins

Scroll down to learn more about this amazing faculty and keep scrolling to see what classes they'll be teaching.

 

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Mary Flower

Mary Flower’s immense fingerstyle guitar and lap-slide prowess is soulful and meter-perfect, a deft blend of the inventive, the dexterous and the mesmerizing. Her supple honey-and-whiskey voice provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story.

An internationally known and award-winning picker, singer/songwriter and teacher, the Midwest native relocated from Denver to the vibrant Portland, Oregon music scene in in 2004. She continues to please crowds and critics at folk festivals, teaching seminars and concert stages domestically and abroad, including Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Vancouver Folk Festival, among many.

A finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Finger Picking Guitar Championship, a nominee in 2008, 2012 and 2016 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and many times a Cascade Blues Assn. Muddy Award winner, Flower embodies a luscious and lusty mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms – from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz.

Flower’s 11 recordings, including her four for Memphis’ famed Yellow Dog Records — Bywater Dance, Instrumental Breakdown, Bridges and Misery Loves Company — show a deep command of and love for folk and blues string music. For Flower, it’s never about re-creation. Her dedication to the art form is a vital contribution to America’s music.

"Flower is a renowned guitar instructor, teaching at music camps and festivals, offering lessons via Skype, and frequently crafting articles and tips as a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar. But she cannot be narrowly defined. Livin’ with the Blues Again showcases her talents as a complete artist, deeply versed in an array of vernacular styles for which she demonstrates an abiding love that underlies her quietly jaw-dropping technique. She may not sing with the soulful grit and urgency of Rory Block, Maria Muldaur, or Bonnie Raitt, but her stylistic range is broader, approaching that of David Bromberg or Ry Cooder. What fun for those who don’t know her music to discover her here."  —Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Hubby Jenkins

Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through America's traditional music forms. As an integral member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and later Rhiannon Giddens band, Hubby has performed at festivals and venues around the world, earning himself both Grammy and Americana award nominations. Today he spreads his knowledge and love of old-time American music through his dynamic solo performances and engaging workshops.

Learn more about Hubby Jenkins on his website.

Eric Lugosch

National Fingerpicking Champion Eric Lugosch presents a truly original and inspirational show.
There are no gimmicks or gadgets --just a genuinely gifted imagination and a fluency that comes
from years of working on his craft. Eric’s arrangements of traditional songs and jazz standards
are now considered classics in picking circles, where he is also regarded as one of America’s
best original fingerstyle composers, as well as a talented songwriter.

Eric has played and taught in festivals around the world including The Wirral International
Guitar Festival, The Ullapool Guitar Festival, International Guitar Meeting in Sarzana, Italy, and
The New York Guitar Festival. He’s had the honor of performing with greats such as Doc
Watson, Taj Mahal, John Prine, and David Bromberg.

Those who have heard Eric perform know they’ve been treated to someone special and
memorable.

“Lugosch places his tunes within pleasant, folkish guitar settings… he masterfully exploits
his prodigious fingerpicking skills, embellishing his simple, flowing songs with appealing
baroque flourishes that sound homey rather than flashy.” ~Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Mamie Minch

Mamie’s honest, deep singing voice and old school guitar walloping become a vessel for her toughness and pathos as she delivers timeless performances that can rile, groove, sooth, and understand. If you’ve been lucky enough to see Mamie perform in New York City or somewhere else in the wide world, then you know: there are some things a person is simply meant to do.

These days, you can catch Mamie in her duo with Dean Sharenow (Kill Henry Sugar, Joan Baez) at their residency at Barbes, Brooklyn’s best small club, or solo at Jalopy, NYC’s mainstay of Americana music.  Mamie began playing guitar as a teenager in her bedroom listening to reissues of class country blues on repeate. Her job at a local record store gave her first dibs on releases from labels like Yazoo and Document. She would hurry home and try her hand at picking out the songs of legends like Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith. She loved the steady thumb and percussive right hand of these blues players, but she also devoured lots of different styles of music, from soul to psychobilly and old time to punk rock.

When she’s not making music, Mamie spends her days as a guitar repair luthier at Brooklyn Lutherie, the shop she and her business partner, Chloe Swantner, opened in 2014. It remains one of the few women-owned and -operated shops around.  She also teaches, writes articles about luthiery and guitar playing for She Shreds and Acoustic Guitar magazines, and runs the annual Ukulele Building Camp for Girls in Brooklyn, NY.

“Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Muddy Waters, look out, you’ve got company. Minch may be best known as an erudite, imaginative guitarist, but she also has a hauntingly nuanced alto voice and writes in an old time vernacular that can be raucously funny, or profoundly sad.”

— Alan Young, Lucid Culture

“Mamie Minch might have stepped out of a time when her guitar (a gorgeous 73-year-old resonator) was factory-fresh, if not for the tattoo peeking out from beneath the hem of her dress. Singing with a rich, deep voice, Miss Mamie blended vintage blues and country music; part Carter Family and part Odetta. With her nimble guitar work and witty turns of phrase, she was lovingly received by the audience.”

—Jody MacGregor, Rave Review

Class Descriptions

What classes will be offered at the 2022 Blues in the Gorge?

Here's what's on the musical menu, soon to come is the schedule.

Mary Flower

  • Singing Blues Harmony -- Some blues tunes are perfect for singing harmony. Others not so much. We’ll find the ones that are ripe for simple harmonies. This class is an especially good fit for those who have a good sense of pitch and perhaps can already hear a harmony naturally. Also good for melody singers for staying on task. (All Levels)
  • Other keys while in Dropped D tuning -- Class will explore taking this tuning further by playing in the keys of A and G. This is a unique arranging tool. (Level 2-3)
  • Learn John Cephas' "Blue Day Blues"-- Mary will bring some great new tunes to share, perhaps obscure or original tunes, fingerpicking melodies to add to your repertoire. (Level 3)

  • Lap slide basics -- Bring your dobro-like instruments, action raised for lap style playing, as well as some form of steel bar (not a bottleneck slide). We will look at some basic fundamentals for playing both as a back up player and as a solo player. Class will focus on D tuning and we’ll learn we’ll learn a song or two to get you moving around the neck. (All Levels)
  • Blues Basics -- Class will get an intro to playing blues with a simple 12 bar blues in E including some turnarounds and some different rhythm patterns. (Level 1)
  • Blues and Improv in Open D Tuning -- Tampa Red used this versatile tuning which lays out well for any genre of music. Mary will show how easy it is to sound better than being in standard tuning with two finger moveable chords. (All levels)

Eric Lugosch

  • Beginner Fingerstyle 1 & 2 -- These two classes will corral a few simple ideas for the right and left hand. We will explore pieces from guitarists like Sam McGee, Doc Watson, William Moore and Mississippi John Hurt to highlight some pattern picking ideas, using your thumb to play the melody, using your fingers to strum, hammer-ons, pull-offs, chokes and slides. (Level 1)
  • Harlem Street Singer 1 & 2 -- Reverend Gary Davis was a blind guitarist from South Carolina who migrated to Harlem and became a street singer and player. He later became a teacher since everyone wanted to learn his choral-like harmony and right hand technique. Gary Davis's music has been a part of my repertoire for many years. The first class will introduce some of his accessible techniques for intermediate students as you learn to play a Gary Davis piece. Part two will present more challenging material using four finger chords and syncopation as we tackle one of his tour de force classics. (Level 2-3)
  •  Fingerstyle Guitar: Take it to the Next Level  1 & 2 -- You are beyond the basics and now you are ready to challenge yourself with open tunings and slide. In the first class we will work with some arrangements of some blues classics in G6 open tuning. In the next class you will learn a piece in open D and also another blues classic that's a great introduction to playing slide. This class is geared towards intermediate and advanced players. (Level 2-3)

Hubby Jenkins

  • Blind Willie Johnson -- Seminal gospel blues artist Blind Willie Johnson left behind records whose impact and influence are immeasurable. In this class, we will break down his slide techniques and some of his most iconic songs. (Level 2-3
  • Bahamian guitar player Joseph Spence (Two-part class) --The Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence developed a unique way of fingerpicking gospel as well as standards. Join Hubby as we delve into the percussive and improvisational nature of his music by breaking down the building blocks of his style. (Level 2-3)
  • Spirituals and Gospel for guitar -- In America, Gospel music has been the cornerstone of communities, the soundtrack of movements such as civil rights, and the inspiration for many popular songs. In this class we will talk about the history of spirituals and gospel songs as we learn them, covering songs from slave poets and gospel composers alike. (Level 1-2)
  • Fingerpicking on the banjo -- Many people are familiar with bluegrass fingerpicking, but the ancestors of this popular style dwell in Oldtime music. Learn different rolls, patterns, and songs with Hubby as we delve into various fingerpicking traditions. You will leave knowing the different styles and techniques that make them unique. (Level 1)
  • Fingerpickin the blues -- This is Hubby’s blues basics workshop. This workshop will focus on right-hand technique, specifically activating and maintaining that steady thumb. In this workshop, Hubby will share a few exercises and songs for tightening up your pickin’.  (Level 1)

Mamie Minch

  • Guitars 101 -- Basic Guitar Setup and Maintenance class - how to keep your guitar healthy, troubleshoot problems, adjust a truss rod, etc. I’ll field any questions people may have, from buying/selling instruments to maintaining humidity. (All Levels)
  • Guitar and Voice Synchronized -- some tips for people who want to marry voice and guitar more smoothly, or are just beginning to put the two together (lots of my students have found this a stumbling block over the years). This class is for all skill levels of singing. (All Levels)
  • Intro to Alternating Bass -- how to get a bouncy, reliable thumb in finger picking blues guitar (Level 1)
  • Hill Country Blues --  I’d like to do maybe 3 of these, one each day- as a repertoire class, with the idea that you can use the looser right hand in other styles you might play.  I have 3 great songs that lead in to one another. (Level 2-3)

2022 Schedule Draft

What does the Blues in the Gorge? schedule look like?

Here's what the days will look like. Let the decision-making about classes begin!

Wednesday, October 5

 3:00 pm Arrival & Check-in
4:30 pm Welcome & Orientation
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Meet the instructors, Info about classes
10:00 pm Quiet time (but you can stay up in the designated places to jam!)

Thursday, October 6

8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1 Eric Lugosch

Beginner Fingerstyle 1

(Level 1-2)

Mamie Minch

Hill Country Blues 1

(Level 2-3)

10:45 am Class 2 Hubby Jenkins

Bahamian Guitar Player Joseph Spence

(Level 2-3)

Mary Flower

Singing Blues Harmony

(all levels)

12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3 Eric Lugosch

Beginner Fingerstyle 1

(Level 1-2)

Mamie Minch

Intro to Alternating Bass

(Level 1)

3:00 pm Class 4 Hubby Jenkins

Blind Willie Johnson

(Level 2-3)

Mary Flower

Blues and Improv in Open D Tuning

(Level 2-3)

4:30-5:15 pm Slow Jam with Mary & Hubby
4:30-5:15 Fast Jam with Mamie & Eric
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Playing Well Together - presentation by  staff
10:00 pm Quiet time (but you can stay up in the designated places to jam!)

Friday, October 7

8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1
Mary Flower
Blues Basics
(Level 1)
Eric Lugosch
Harlem Street Singer 2
(Level 2-3)
10:45 am Class 2
Hubby Jenkins
Fingerpicking the Blues
(Level 1)
Mamie Minch
Hill Country Blues 2
(Level 2-3)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3
Mary Flower
Other Keys While in Dropped D Tuning
(Level 2-3)
Mamie Minch
Guitar and Voice Synchronized
(all levels)
3:00 pm Class 4
Eric Lugosch
Beginner Fingerstyle 2
(Level 1-2)
Hubby Jenkins
Bahamian Guitar Player, Joseph Spence, part 2
(Level 2-3)
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Acoustic Blues Masters Concert at the Corbett Grange Hall
10:00 pm Quiet time (but you can stay up in the designated places to jam!)

Saturday, October 8

8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Class 1
Hubby Jenkins
Fingerpicking on the Banjo
(Level 1-2)
Mamie Minch
Hill Country Blues 2
(Level 2-3)
10:45 am Class 2
Eric Lugosch
Fingerstyle Guitar: Next Level 1
(Level 2-3)
Mary Flower
Learn John Cephas' "Blue Day Blues"
(Level 3)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Class 3
Mary Flower
Lap Slide Basics
(All Levels)
Hubby Jenkins
Spirituals and Gospel for Guitar
(Level 2-3)
3:00 pm Class 4
Mamie Minch
Guitars 101
(All Levels)
Eric Lugosch
Fingerstyle Guitar: Next Level 2
(Level 2-3)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Student Concert
10:00 pm Quiet time (but you can stay up in the designated places to jam!)

Sunday, October 9

8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am Pack up, early jam or sleep in
10:15 am All-Camp Gospel Jubilee (includes the raffle drawing)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Depart for home

Cost

The costs below are per person and all-inclusive of class fee, all 12 meals (Wednesday dinner - Sunday lunch), public concert, and lodging. Your cost will vary according to the number of people you are willing to share a room with. There will be an option to add on a t-shirt, hat or vest for an additional cost.

Triple Occupancy (you and 2 roommates) $833

Double Occupancy (you and 1 roommate) $933

Single Occupancy (just you!) $1033

Commuter (classes, lunches & dinners, no overnight lodging at Menucha) $726

Would your partner/spouse like to come with you and stay in the same room with you but not take the classes? They can! The cost for them is $458. Total cost for the two of you is $1391

  • At the time of registration fill out your information and choose "Double Occupancy" then when you see the "add another registrant" button, click on it and choose Non-participating Partner/Spouse for them. They'll stay in the room with you and eat all meals with Blues participants, enjoy the public concert and not have to do dishes all weekend!

 

 

Payment Plan Option

You may choose to pay in full, or pay half now, half in September. There is no additional charge for this.

Meals

Menucha's kitchen prepares excellent, plentiful, cooked-from-scratch meals. If you will need a different option for health or personal reasons (food allergies, vegan, low sodium, etc.) please submit an Alternate Diet Request form three weeks in advance of your arrival so we may prepare to feed you properly. We'll remind you as time gets closer.

We have returned to serving meals family-style which means guests serve themselves from shared platters and bowls shared around a table.

Mobility Issues

If you have any mobility issues, please let us know when you register so that we may assign you an appropriate room.

Cancellation Policy

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A Few Memories of Past Blues in the Gorge Camps

2021

Raffle guitar giveaway story 2021 (click to read)

2020 (our online camp)

Watch the 2020 Concert

Instructor concert featured Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Jim Kweskin, Kristina Olsen and Mary Flower

Link to the 2020 video archive page