Musician Seminars, Expos and Workshops

Compiled by J. H. Arnold

The Hindman Settlement School has scheduled it's 20th Anniversary Appalachian Family Folk Week for June 8-14, 1997. The week-long event is "designed for individuals and families who want to share a week of traditional Appalachian music, dance, craft, storytelling and instrument playing." Staff members include Jean Ritchie, Ray Slone, Lee Sexton, Tom Bledsoe, Mike Ware, Randy Wilson and Rich Kirby, among others.

Contact Mike Mullins at the Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, KY 41822 or call 606-785-5475 or e-mail

• The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC is set for July 6 – August 2, 1997. This event, which started out as a week-long folk music and songwriter camp has morphed into a month's worth of varied "weeks", including Celtic Week, July 6-12; Performance Lab Week, July 6-12; Dulcimer Week, July 13-19; Dance Week, July 13-19; Old Time Music & Dance Week, July 20-26; Contemporary Folk Week, July 27-August 2 (Tom Paxton has been added as an instructor); and Guitar Week, July 27-August 2.

Contact the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, POB 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000 or call 704-298-3325 ext. 426 or e-mail at <> or visit their website at <>

The 4th Annual International Country Music Expo will be held at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN August 28-31, 1997. This Expo is pitched as being "for people who want a career in country music." These days, that might be three weeks worth of career.

Contact the International Country Music Expo at Entertainment Plus, P. O. Box 41489, Nashville, TN 37204 or call 615-256-4263.

• Alterna-rockers will be interested to know that the CMJ MusicFest Showcase will be held Sept. 3-6, 1997 at Lincoln Center, New York City.

Contact CMJ Music Marathon & MusicFest '97 at 11 Middle Neck Rd., Ste 400, Great Neck, NY 11021-2301 or call 516-498-3150.

The Nashville Acoustic Music & Songwriting Camp is set for Sept. 1-6, 1997 at Montgomery Bell State Park (outside Nashville). Songwriting instructors include Paul Craft, Sandy Knox, Casey Kelly and Rick Carnes. Instrumental instructors include Tim O'Brien, Russ Barenburg and Buddy Spicher, among others.

Contact NashCamp, P. O. Box 90031, Nashville, TN 37209 or call 615-292-0967 or or visit their website at