July 10-14, 2017

Richard Thompson’s Frets & Refrains

Music Masters Camps At Full Moon Resort

Big Indian, NY, USA

The dates for the 2017 Frets & Refrains Music Masters Camp have been announced! The camp will take place once again at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. More details to follow!


July 11-15, 2016

Richard Thompson’s Frets & Refrains

Music Masters Camps At Full Moon Resort

Big Indian, NY, USA

PLittkyRTDear friends,

Welcome to our fifth year of Frets and Refrains! What began with tentative steps and good intentions has now flourished into so much more than a music camp – there is now a real Frets and Refrains community of teachers and students past and present. Some of this is down to the idyllic location of Full Moon Resort but a lot of it is down to the wonderful staff and extraordinary attendees. I know many of us see F&R as a high point of the year and I’m anticipating no drop-off in 2016! I’m particularly proud of the mix in age groups at camp. What began as a fairly male 40 plus demographic, has now become a mix of ages and genders, including 12 scholarships last summer for students under 25 years old.

Next summer one of our guitar teachers since F&R’s inception, Martin Simpson, is taking a well deserved time off from camp. We are extremely excited to welcome to the Frets and Refrains teaching staff for the first time the inimitable Martin Carthy. Martin is one of the great pioneers and original thinkers on the acoustic guitar and it’s a joy to be able to bring him over from England.

Returning by popular demand will be songwriting teachers Jill Sobule and Teddy Thompson as well as many of our long-serving staff – Happy Traum, Sloan Wainwright, Zak Hobbs, Jack Thompson, Simon Tassano, Bobby Eichorn, Annaliese Moyer Tassano and your camp mom Nancy Covey.

For returnees, I probably need say no more. For those thinking of attending Frets and Refrains for the first time, I really do feel that we have the best music camp out there (and did I mention the excellent food?) – so please book early, as we expect another sold-out camp.

Best wishes,

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson’s Acoustic Guitar & Songwriting Camp

The Frets and Refrains camp will feature master guitar classes by Richard Thompson, as well as guitar instruction with British guitar master Martin Carthy and guitarist/performer/teacher Happy Traum along with classes in songwriting by Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule and Teddy Thompson. Sloan Wainwright will offer singing classes for both proficient singers and those who would like to be. Simon Tassano will do a specialty workshop in sound production. Bobby Eichorn will hold a workshop in guitar maintenance as well as teaching Beginning Guitar classes and Zack Hobbs will help translate those complex RT chords in his Guitar Circle. It’s a wonderful crew who look forward to seeing return visitors again and greeting our new recruits.

Classes are for all ages and all levels – in a fun, relaxing, camp environment! Each night there will be music films, prescheduled Open Mic in the performance space and jamming under the stars!

Camp tuition is per person and includes 4 nights lodging, all meals, instruction and activities at the camp. Attendance at Frets & Refrains is limited, so register soon!

Zoe Klimley Scholarship Details For Frets & Refrains 2016

Zoe Klimley was a lovely, vibrant seventeen-year-old who attended Richard Thompson’s “Frets & Refrains” Guitar and Songwriting camp in 2013, making an impression on everyone there through her vivacity, enthusiasm, bravery, and warmth. When she died suddenly in the first days of 2014, we who knew her from that week — from her fellow campers to Richard Thompson, his wife Nancy, and the rest of the counselors – agreed to establish a scholarship fund in her honor.

We are very pleased to be able to again offer a small number of scholarships of up to $1250 for young people, aged 16* to 25, to attend Frets & Refrains in 2016. [*Please note that applicants under 18 will need to submit a Parental Consent Form in order to attend.] Each scholarship is meant to defray the cost of one Tent Camping package, but it may be applied toward the somewhat higher cost of a shared room, depending on availability. [Please see our pricing page for all the details.] Note: If you do not already have a roommate in mind, Full Moon can help with this.

We are primarily looking for enthusiastic, young first-timers with a passion for music who are eager to participate and learn but could not afford to do so without help from the Zoe Scholarship fund. We will accept applications from returning younger campers, with the understanding that we will give priority to young newcomers who would not be able to attend camp (or would find it very difficult to do so) in the absence of a scholarship.

For more information on submitting for a scholarship, please download this application form and follow the steps detailed to make a submission.