July 10-14, 2017
Richard Thompson’s Frets & Refrains
Music Masters Camps At Full Moon Resort
Big Indian, NY, USA
This will be our sixth year of Frets & Refrains Guitar and Songwriting Camp. I could not be more pleased with the way the camp has evolved, and continues to evolve, into something more extraordinary than anything we could have imagined when we were putting the first camp together! Much of this is to do with the truly idyllic setting of Full Moon Resort. I cannot think of anywhere better to spend a week with like-minded folk, singing, strumming, writing, reflecting, and philosophizing on the possibilities of music. Added to this sympathetic environment, we have some of the finest musicians available to share their experience and insight, and a fantastic body of attendees, who never cease to amaze with their enthusiasm, breadth of knowledge, and development.
We welcome back Martin Simpson, Henry Kaiser, and Shawn Colvin to the teaching faculty this year, along with Jill Sobule, Happy Traum, Zak Hobbs, Jack Thompson, Simon Tassano, Annaliese Tassano, Sloan Wainwright, Bobby Eichorn, and your Camp Mom, Nancy Covey.
If you’ve been to Frets & Refrains before, there’s not much to add, except – hope you can make it back! If you’ve never been, I urge you to consider joining us – I truly feel this is as good as it gets for music camps…and the food’s great too!
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 Simpson, guitarist/performer/teacher Happy Traum, and experimental guitarist Henry Kaiser. The camp also features classes in songwriting by Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin and Jill Sobule. Sloan Wainwright will offer singing and performance 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 and songwriting. Zak 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 2017
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 2017. [*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.