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Richard Thompson is a critically acclaimed guitarist, singer, and songwriter, with a unique style and vision.

Richard grew up in London, the son of a music-loving policeman father and a Vera Lynn sound-alike mother. His early musical taste was shaped by Django, Jimmy Shand, and Jerry Lee on the family gramophone. His early school band featured Hugh Cornwell (of the Stranglers), before he co-founded Fairport Convention as a teenager. He then had a ten year collaboration with his ex-wife Linda Thompson before a highly successful solo career that has resulted in more than 40 records, numerous film and television scores, and over 400 songs. Selections from his critically acclaimed catalogue have been recorded by Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Los Lobos, REM, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, and countless others, earning him both the British Ivor Novello Award for Songwriting as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting at the Americana Awards in both Nashville and London as well as the BBC.

As a guitar player, Thompson is a musician’s musician. Wildly innovative on both electric or acoustic guitars, his distinctive style incorporates a wide range of influences, from traditional British and Celtic styles to jazz, rockabilly, and more. He has been recognized with the Orville H Gibson Best Acoustic Guitarist Award, the MOJO Les Paul Award, plus Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 20 Guitarists of All Time list. He was honoured by the Queen of England with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to music, and by the University of Aberdeen with an Honorary Doctorate.

On the Americanarama Tour, Bob Dylan himself played Thompson’s song ‘1952 Vincent Black Lightning.’  His most recent CD, ‘Still’, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, reached #6 on the UK charts….just ahead of Taylor Swift!  Volume 2 of ‘Acoustic Classics’ will be available in August, alongside ‘Acoustic Rarities’.

Martin Simpson

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson’s interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling.

There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson.

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Hawley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, Dom Flemons and many more.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice.

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin won her first GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her debut album, Steady On, in 1989. She has been a mainstay of the contemporary folk music scene ever since, releasing eleven superlative albums and establishing herself as one of America’s greatest live performers. She triumphed at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for “Sunny Came Home.” Her inspiring and candid memoir, Diamond In The Rough, was published in 2012. With the wit, lyricism, and empathy that characterize Shawn’s performances, Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor.

Shawn’s most recent solo endeavor, Uncovered, is the long-awaited follow up to fan-favorite Cover Girl. Uncovered includes masterful interpretations of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder, Graham Nash and more

In June 2016, Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle united to release, Colvin & Earle, their acclaimed self-titled 48928_colvin5
duo album.  Fueled by their longtime friendship, Colvin & Earle beautifully captures the pair’s extraordinary chemistry and is a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces.

Shawn was recently recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award by the Americana Music Association. Presenting her with this prestigious award was Bonnie Raitt.  Said Raitt, “She’s simply one of the best singers I’ve ever heard— and a truly gifted and deep songwriter and guitarist… She was groundbreaking when she emerged and continues to inspire me and the legions of fans and other singer/songwriters coming up in her wake”


Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule is a Denver-born, Los Angeles based singer-writer in the smart and witty tradition of Randy Newman and Warren Zevon. With over 11 albums and more than two decades of recording and performing, she found commercial and critical success with her 1995 self-titled album which included the original (and oft-banned)  “I Kissed A Girl” as well as the satirical gem “Supermodel” which was featured on the hit soundtrack of the movie Clueless. In the words of New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles, “Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant…grown-up music for an adolescent age.”

We are delighted to have Jill returning to Frets & Refrains for her second year. Jill has plenty of teaching experience having taught songwriting at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, Lowe and Partner’s The Institute, Write Girls, and workshops for TEDactive. Her classes at F&R last summer were lively, fun and completely original sparking incredible creativity from all of her students.

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Grammy winner Henry Kaiser is widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz, world, and contemporary experimental musics. The California-based musician is one of the most extensively recorded as well, having appeared on more than 290 different albums and contributed to countless television and film soundtracks. Mr. Kaiser not only produces and contributes to a staggering number of recorded projects, he performs frequently throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan, with several regular groupings as well as solo guitar concerts and concerts of freely improvised music with a host of diverse instrumentalists. He is also a longtime research diver in the US ANTARCTIC PROGRAM.

One of the last advisory board members of GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE still standing, Henry has a longtime habit of musically collaborating with his many guitar heroes; such asJerry Garcia, Derek Bailey, Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, D’Gary, Sonny Sharrock, Mike Keneally, David Torn, Fred Frith, Eugene Chadbourne, John Abercrombie, Amos Garrett, Bob Weir, Steve Kimock, Jody Stecher, Jim O’Rourke, Martin Simpson, and Harvey Mandel. 

On the global roots front, Kaiser has made 4 albums of cross-cultural collaborations with Korean musicians Sang Won Park and Jin Hi Kim. He is also known for the ten WORLD OUT OF TIME albums that he has made with musicians from Madagascar, his many albums of collaboration with musicians from Sweden and Norway, his album with Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo and Wadada Leo Smith, several collaborations with Vietnamese musicians, and his production work on 6 albums of music from Burma, as well as his numerous productions with Hindustani musicians such as Ali Akbar Khan and Brij Bhushan Kabra.

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Happy Traum’s decades-long involvement in traditional and contemporary folk music has brought him recognition as a performer, writer, editor, teacher, recording artist and first-rate fingerstyle guitarist. He was a student of blues guitar legend Brownie McGhee, who was a major influence on his guitar style. An active participant in the legendary Greenwich Village folk scene, Happy made his recording debut in 1963 with Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Gil Turner and others, and later recorded three duets with Dylan on his Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 album. He has since played in concerts, clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, both solo and with his late brother, Artie Traum. He has released numerous CDs and has performed and/or recorded with Dylan, Levon Helm, John Sebastian, Larry Campbell, Chris Smither, Maria Muldaur, Eric Andersen, Rory Block, Allen Ginsberg and many other major figures in the folk music world.

As one of America’s best-known guitar instructors, Happy has taught at major guitar camps, clinics and workshops throughout the country. He is the author of more than a dozen best-selling guitar instruction books and has written numerous articles for leading music publications. As the co-owner (with Jane Traum) of Homespun Tapes, Happy has produced more than 500 music lessons on DVDs, books and CDs with some of the world’s top artists.

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Sloan Wainwright is a singer and a songwriter of rare power and subtlety, serving up doses of the real and the mysterious in a soaring, soulful contralto. Singing with the extended McGarrigle-Wainwright family, Sloan has rocked the house from Carnegie Hall to London’s Royal Albert Hall, and has released seven memorable records since her self-titled debut in 1994. She brings the same energy to her work as a solo artist, melding the best of pop, folk, jazz, and blues to create a unique, soulful hybrid. Sloan has been playing clubs, concerts and festivals coast to coast for two decades, triggering tears, hoots and hollers with deeply personal lyrics that connect life’s mysterious dots.

A born storyteller and poet, Sloan started writing songs when she was 10. “Sitting at the piano and making up songs was my playground – a very safe place, magical and mystical. I surprised myself with what was in my head and how it all fit together.” For the last 16 years, she has been sharing that process with students, spreading the gospel of personal expression and lyrical reinvention. Sloan’s open hearted approach to singing, songwriting and letting loose has made her a treasured presence at a host of prestigious workshops, including The Swannanoa, Summersongs, Wintersongs, Moab Folk Camp and last year’s Frets and Refrains Guitar & Songwriting Camp. She is thrilled to be returning to Frets and Refrains again this summer, to share her love of song and story.

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Simon Tassano has worked with Richard Thompson for over 35 years as his tour manager and audio engineer.

He has co-produced and mixed several of Richard’s more recent label releases and has worked on many projects (both recorded and live) with him over the years.

Simon lives in Austin, TX where he mixes and produces for a variety of creative and commercial clients.

Clients & projects include Shawn Colvin, Carly Simon, John Hiatt, Los Lobos, Stephen Kent, Clint Black, Rob Lear, and Michael Schatte. He also composes, records, produces, and releases his own material.

Simon is also now working as a voice talent, and can be found at

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Bobby Eichornbobbyfr

Bobby Eichorn is a producer, studio engineer, songwriter, guitar builder and, most importantly, musician. As Jack of all trades he has been involved with Richard Thompson’s various projects (RT Band, RT Trio, 1000 Years, Cabaret of Souls) for the past two decades as Stage Manager, Instrument Tech as well as additional guitar or bass player when needed.

Aside from Richard, Bobby  has worked with many other musicians including Carly Simon, Bon Jovi, Ian Hunter, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jon Lord, Ben Taylor, and Hall & Oats just to name a few.

Bobby also composes and produces his own music available at:

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Jack Thompson is the Frets & Refrains resident bassist on both acoustic and electric bass. After receiving university degrees in European History and Art History he recently moved to Seattle. There he is the creative director of Prism, an art and music event  company, as well as running his own clothing line, designing merchandise for bands, and playing in them as well.  While loving folk music and songwriting, Jack’s musical expertise lies in many genres, including experimental, noise, ambient and ritual music. Feel free to discuss with him anything in the musical spectrum!

This past year Jack proudly played bass on the 2015  “Thompson” family album, as well as recording a CD with Henry Kaiser. He also played on and co-ordinated a musical project with US and Cuban musicians recorded in Havana. Jack worked on the concert and store staff at McCabe’s Guitar Shop and continues to do concert promotion while avidly attending shows of all genres.

Jack is a keen naturalist and zoologist so he is your “go to” man if you need help with identifying any of the wildlife at camp – as well as help finding classes, answering questions about the camp, cats, your instrument or if you need some solid bass for your new songs at the Open Mic – so feel free to ask him anything!

Jack is in charge of the F&R merchandise store as well as being the co-ordinator of the F&R Open Mic, along with Bobby Eichorn and Zak Hobbs. Jack will be your MC at Open Mic in the Roadhouse and is also the DJ host of the phenomenal old-school Dance Party on our final night at Frets & Refrains!

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Zak Hobbs

Singer-songwriter, guitarist, London born Zak Hobbs is the grandson of Richard and Linda Thompson, and nephew to Teddy and Jack. Last year Zak featured on his family’s collaborative album, called “Thompson”. Zak is also the multi-instrumentalist for the BBC Folk Award winning band, “The Rails”. He recently toured with the Rails in the UK, sitting in with the band as well as being The Rails solo opening act.

Zak is an advanced student of Richard’s Hybrid picking technique, a specialty he has been successfully teaching for the last 5 years. Zak will be holding an informal Guitar Circle at Frets & Refrains that will cover techniques and interpretations of RT’s guitar music as well as being available for one on one sessions.

In the evenings Zak helps host the Open Mic and is available if you need guitar or mandolin accompaniment for your song.

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Nancy Covey (aka Camp Mom)nancy

Nancy Covey (aka Camp Mom) is used to helping musicians away from home! Prior to camp, she helps organize Frets & Refrains along with setting class schedules and making sure campers have enough free/fun time too! During camp Nancy will be your welcoming emcee and will be on hand to help with any questions that you might have so you can enjoy your week in the mountains.

Nancy was Concert Director at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica where she met and worked with many of the Frets & Refrains instructors. She also produces major concerts and music festivals. Nancy runs her own company, Festival Tours International, which she founded in 1982. Her “un tours” (not for tourists!) specialize in the traditional music and cultures of the countries they visit. Past tours include Sardinia & Corsica, Spain, Zimbabwe, Southern Europe, as well many trips to England & Scotland. Her annual Louisiana Music Tour (April/May) to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival includes a special midweek trip out to the Cajun Country where trip members are invited into the homes of many of Louisiana’s top musicians – a crawfish boil at Marc & Ann Savoy’s family farm, BBQ with Zydeco great Geno Delafose giving tour members a real insider’s experience of the music, people and culture of Louisiana’s Cajun Country. Recently she has specialized in People to People tours to experience the music, culture and art of Cuba. This summer Nancy will hold her final tour to England & Scotland (August 6-20, 2017) to celebrate Fairport Convention’s 50th Anniversary at their Cropredy Festival in Oxfordshire.

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Selena Reynolds

Selena has been teaching  yoga locally and is currently at the  Woodstock  Shakti Yoga Studios, Woodstock Yoga, and Menla Mountain Retreat Center.  Selena also maintains a dedicated personal practice and continues to study all aspects of yoga. She finds that the practice of yoga teaches her to stay balanced, open, and joyous, as she strives to act with love, joy and optimism in every situation. These situations usually involve cookie dough, handstands, and her three rapidly growing children. Her classes are informative, enjoyable, and designed to leave students feeling nourished, balanced, rejuvenated, and empowered.  Her teaching style is exploratory and playful incorporating both vinyasa flow and held postures with detailed breath and alignment instruction to help students develop stronger connection within themselves through movement and concentration. Selena’s Yoga For Musicians classes at Full Moon are for ALL levels, including beginners.

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Annaliese Moyer Tassano is a professional photographer specializing in capturing the performing arts. She will again be documenting all of Frets and Refrains in 2017. All images will be available for participants to view and/or purchase following the camp – by far some of the best photos at Camp have been taken by Annaliese (as you can see in this website)!

Richard Thompson fans will have seen her work on the covers of the Live at Celtic Connections DVD, Richard’s 2012 Record Store Day single, on the pages of Dream Attic’s packaging, and on numerous leads for No Depression. Her work has also been seen in Rolling Stone and Billboard, and her fine art work has received awards from Photomedia Center, Creative Quarterly, Ex Arte Equinus, and Spectrum.

Annaliese’s other great love and professional specialty is the horse:

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Amy Carpenter has a passion for music and is at Frets & Refrains for all of your creature comfort camp needs! She will be there to greet you at check in and answer any questions you may have. So don’t be shy!

Amy is a music lover who grew up in the Catskills and Maryland with post college stints in NYC, Washington DC and England before moving to back to the Catskills to be full time at Full Moon. She has been instrumental in helping us organize Frets & Refrains camp.

Amy’s goal at Full Moon is to ensure that each camper has the most enjoyable experience possible – whether you need directions, have questions about your room, the class schedule, the outdoor trails or simply want to chat. From the moment you arrive at Frets and Refrains to the final farewell, Amy is here to help!