[Beesweb] Richard Thompson News - August 2012:
We are happy to report that the very first Frets and Refrains Guitar & Songwriting camp was a huge success! The Camp sold out in advance and 100 plus guitar and songwriting fans enjoyed a jam packed week of inspiring classes with Richard and the other all-star teachers - Martin Simpson, Happy Traum, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Simon Tassano and Bobby Eichorn - as well as hot young picker (and RT's grandson) Zak Hobbs who helped translate his Grandad's guitar techniques.
Warm nights were spent jamming with fellow campers, joining Song Circles and getting a chance to perform at the Open Mic hosted by bassist Jack Thompson (who also served as the newly formed house band "Bee Sting" (aka Beast Sting) along with Bobby Eichorn and Zak Hobbs). An added bonus for Open Mic performers was professional sound mixing by RT's own premier sound engineer, Simon Tassano! Everyone said an Open Mic never sounded so good!
On the final night campers attended a sold out show at Woodstock's Bearsville Theatre where Richard was joined on stage by the Frets and Refrains staff (including two sons and a grandson) plus surprise guest appearance from Woodstock resident John Sebastian. Quite a night!
We are all still feeling a very warm glow from the Frets and Refrains Guitar & Songwriting Camp last week. What a great bunch of students and teachers! Such was the response and enthusiasm that we made the very swift decision to repeat the Camp next year, at a slightly earlier date - details coming soon! - RT
A lot of Frets and Refrains 2012 campers have already put down a deposit for next year! Camp space will be limited and we will add new teachers! We will announce the 2013 dates next month.
Brian M McConnell: "Wow!!!!!!! What a fantastic time. The bees were singing! AND we are doing it again next year!!! How perfect... All of the coaches were amazing, and I especially enjoyed Mr. Simpson, what an excellent choice by RT. And Simon is A mazing..."
Robert Kissane: "Just loved the experience. Richard's morning lectures, Martin's explanation of tunings, Sloan's infectious joy, Teddy's take on songwriting, Bobby's tech expertise, Simon's sonic world, Nancy's organizing skills, the Zak and Jack attack, and the setting were all unforgettable. Thanks so much!"
More from RT on Beesweb Q&A, July 2012:
We have already put in motion Frets and Refrains for next year.
It will be at a slightly earlier time - details soon.
To dispel a few early rumours:
The success of this year's camp does not mean an increase in the number of attendees. I think we got it about right this year, so we'll cap it at around 110 students.
Most of this year's instructors will be back next year, and we may add a teacher or two.
We may change the Thursday night concert to another day, or have it at the camp. To be determined.
More about Frets and Refrains!