Live From Kaufman Kamp

Casey HenryHello from muggy Maryville, Tennessee! I'm teaching this week at Kaufman Kamp and have stolen a moment in between watching the evening concert and overseeing the post-concert open-mic to write a few words here. Bossman Steve Kaufman always keeps me hoppin' during my time at Kamp. This week I'm teaching fiddle, a little clogging, assisting with the clawhammer banjo class, leading slow jams and keeping an eye on the aforementioned late-night open mic.

Every night various instructors perform a concert for the students and the locals who are brave enough to infiltrate camp for a few hours. Tonight, as always, was just great. The picture below is from Keith Yoder's performance. He asked legendary bluegrass fiddler Bobby Hicks to play "Big Mon" with him. Now, Bobby was the fiddler on Bill Monroe's original cut of the tune, back in the 1950s, and you just don't get to see that every day. Mark Cosgrove, who played guitar on the tune, said he just about hyperventillated at getting to play "Big Mon" with Bobby.

Bobby Hicks, Adam Masters, Steve Kaufman, Keith Yoder, Mark Cosgrove (hidden: Bob Rostollan on bass)

Bobby Hicks, Adam Masters, Steve Kaufman, Keith Yoder, Mark Cosgrove (hidden: Bob Rostollan on bass)

Clawhammer banjo teacher Evie Ladin took the stage next, for a captivating twenty minutes performed completely solo. She dances, she sings, she plays the banjo. She even hambones (though I think a less regional term for it is body percussion). Evie plays with a California-based old-time group called the Stairwell Sisters.

Evie Ladin kicking up her heels.

Evie Ladin kicking up her heels.

...and playing the banjo. Though not at the same time!

...and playing the banjo. Though not at the same time!

My portion of the concert comes tomorrow night, and I'll report back on how that goes. In the meantime I've got a slow jam to lead, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo to teach and a very few hours to sleep!

2 thoughts on “Live From Kaufman Kamp

  1. Susan Morrison

    Casey, I just returned from the Mars Hill Old Time Music Week, which was great but exhausting. Still not sure how you instructors muster the energy for all of the “hats” you must wear! I wanna go back to bed just reading about your many responsibilities! Have fun at it all, and if you come across an acceptable upright bass that I can use at your mom’s jams, let me (or her) know. Definitely in the market for one. Don’t care how grungy it is, just that it has decent tone, action, and price (up to $1,000). Thanks. Susan

  2. Casey

    That’s great, Susan. That’s how all camps are–exhausting but exhilarating! You should come to the jam camp that I do in September near Nashville. It will be three days of working on your jamming skills plus, of course, tons of fun. We even have s’mores!

    Casey

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