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Ever wanted to learn the banjo? Fiddle? Bluegrass and old Time guitar? Write a folk song? Or maybe you can already do those things and would like to hang out with some of the finest and learn and play some more? Now you can, because this year Nimbin Roots Festival is presenting 3 days of workshops for all of the above before the festival!! Sept 11-13. ***

We are very excited to announce USA Banjo extraordinaire, Cameron DeWhitt as one of our tutors for our very first workshop!!! Check him out as well as other world class tutors below!!!

Cost: $150 (without meals included)
$300 (including  meals)
** Both options include 3 days of classes (you can go to as many as you'd like), 3 days camping, a group performance at the Nimbin Roots Festival opening concert (not compulsory), PLUS a Friday ticket to Nimbin Roots Festival!! 

Payment plans available. Numbers are very limited! So please email your expression of interest to  [email protected]

2018 TUTORS


  Cameron DeWhitt
 
is a clawhammer banjoist and Old Time musician living in Philadelphia. He hosts the weekly podcast Get Up in the Cool, which features conversations and musical collaborations with some of Old Time's heaviest hitters, like Ken Perlman, Adam Hurt, Spencer & Rains, and Jake Blount. As an interviewer, Cameron balances an effusive curiosity for the potential of traditional music with a dogged respect for its origins. Serving as audience surrogate, Cameron asks illuminating questions to Old Time's best and brightest while telling the larger story of the tradition's modern era. And with over 80 episodes released and no signs of slowing, Get Up in the Cool is quickly becoming one of the largest available archives of new Old Time recordings.
Cameron is the innovator behind "pitchfork-style" banjo, a three-finger clawhammer technique that allows the player unprecedented access to melody, harmony, and rhythms typically roped off from clawhammer players. With pitchfork-style, he improvises over tunes in a way that most old time banjoists would only attempt with meticulous arrangement. In Cameron's hands, traditional melodies are transformed from repeated statements into philosophical discussions, accelerating the folk process in a single performance.

Cameron will be at tutor and teaching clawhammer banjo at Nimbin Roots Festival workshops from September 11 -13 2018.
www.camerondewhitt.com

watch Cameron here..  https://youtu.be/4FVHq8DyVPc


Craig Woodward
Performing at this years Nimbin Roots Festival with ‘Flying Engine Trio’ Craig is also a founding member of the legendary Melbourne based Old-time Stringband ‘Headbelly Buzzard’, Old-time and Country Blues duo ‘Woodward & Rough’, Traditional Cajun Band ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ and also performs with various line-ups under the name ‘Craig Woodward and Friends’ as well as solo.
Craig is a long time practitioner and professional teacher of Old-time fiddle and Clawhammer banjo music, a dedicated jam session leader leading a weekly Old Time jam session for the last fifteen or so years at various pubs in Melbourne’s inner North. This jam session is currently held at the Victoria Hotel in Brunswick every Saturday afternoon
In 2004 with the increasing popularity of  American ‘Southern’ Old Time Stringband music as a social jam session interest Craig recorded and released a semi instructional cd set of  fiddle tunes ’45 Simple Old Timey Tunes for the Fiddle’. This cd set has been very influential on the local Old Time style and is still very popular as a ‘starting out’ reference for new players.
Travelling numerous times to the USA to perform, jam, study and seek inspiration for his continuing artistic and academic development in American ‘southern’ roots music Craig placed 8th out of over one hundred contestants in his first and only fiddle contest at the 63rd Annual Galax Old fiddlers Convention in Virginia 1998 


Gareth Bjaaland
When Gareth isn't traveling the country as a circus star, sewing up his own big top tent or standing on his head playing the banjo, he's either performing with his family as The Pitts Family Circus (who will be performing at Nimbin Roots festival 2018), at home in the hills of Barkers Vale performing with his brother as the bluegrass duo - Barkers Vale Brothers (also performing at Nimbin Roots 2018)......Or he's playing and teaching Old Time Fiddle.  An infectious passion he has developed over  the last 20 years.  Gareth is and inspiration and a great leader and instructor and we're super glad and proud to have him on board as a fiddle teacher and the onsite workshop director for this years inaugural pre-festival workshops.


Paul Greene
ARIA finalist and internationally successful song writer and performer, Paul Greene will be leading our song writing workshops. Students will have the chance to compose and record their written material during the 3 days andif willing,  perform on the Friday night of the Festival.    
Paul Greene has a seemingly insatiable appetite for all things musical.

At the ripe old age of 12 In the School holidays he was working in a Record Bar in his home town of Nowra on the South Coast, spending everything he made on what ever precious Vinyl he could afford. On the weekends his mum was driving him to gigs to front a local covers band. He has been making up songs for as long as he can remember, however it was much later that Greene came into his own as a songwriter.

Zap to the present, and he is just about to release his 8th album through ABC Universal; The follow up to his ARIA nomination for best Blues and Roots album of 2012.

He has produced albums for and collaborated with some of the countries most respected musicians like Rob Hirst (midnight Oil), James Blundell, Greg Arnold (things of stone & Wood), and toured with the Who's Who of international songwriters including grammy nominees Ani Difranco, Alvin 'Youngblood Hart' and Patty Griffin.

It was an interesting path that lead Paul to find his place in the world as the respected songwriter and a successful musician he is today. This path would see him tour the world by the age of 15 - Not for Music, (although he always had his guitar close at hand) but to compete internationally in track and field.

After devoting himself to his sport, Paul eventually represent Australia at the 1996 Olympic games in the 400m and the 4 x 400m relay and ranked no 38 in the world that year. He was the fastest loser in the world once - but that is another story (so is the day in 1990 that he proclaimed himself to be the fastest white man in the commonwealth) Many of his State and National Track & Field records still stand today.

Greene took a Track and Field scholarship to the University of Southern California where he Immersed himself in the study of writing and making music. As well as working for the USC radio station, Paul performed in a college band 'Henrys Guests' that built a huge following in LA and would perform at the ledgendary Whisky A Go-Go where such artist as Lead Zeplin, Frank Zappa, and Guns & Roses had their Humble beginnings.

In fact, It was a conversation with Ben Harper in Guitar World on The Sunset Strip about a ring Greene wore with a diamond on the inside that inspired Harpers most massive international hit to date.

Despite all this, Greene likes to keep a low profile.

He remained staunchly independent until his collaboration with ABC in 2011 which is Australia's largest and Oldest independent record label (and only then because things got too much to handle on his own). With a belief in the power of community, Greene has toured relentlessly and always prided himself on keeping it real and working at a grass roots level, trailblazing the way for other artists to follow.


    







    
       
Cameron DeWhitt                                   Craig Woodward                               Gareth Bjaaland                              Paul Greene

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