Vinland Music Camp
Vinland Music Camp’15 will take place August 16-22, 2015. It is a wonderful opportunity for all ages to learn traditional music and dance in the beautiful natural setting of Killdevil Camp and Conference Centre in Lomond, Gros Morne National Park. The program includes daily workshops in instrumental and vocal techniques, as well as classes in traditional dancing, songwriting and storytelling. The principal instruments of instruction are fiddle, button accordion, guitar, mandolin, harp, tenor banjo, tin whistle, flute, bodhran, bouzouki, bass and cello.
Visit our Program page for class descriptions, schedule and the Camp brochure. Registration and fees information can be found here. You can also read our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and Reviews & Comments as well as view our Photo Gallery. Information about meals and accommodation at the Killdevil Camp and Conference Centre can be found here.
Instructors at the Vinland Music Camp are among the most experienced and qualified in the province – a full list of this year’s staff can be found here. Most workshops are divided into beginners to advanced class levels and private instruction is also available. Participants learn to perform solo as well as in groups and everyone comes away from camp feeling inspired to play, dance and sing.
Saturday afternoon, August 22, 2015 we will have the Killdevil Fair – a family festival with music, dancing, stories and crafts displays. It will be held 1:00PM – 5:00 PM, right after the Vinland Musc Camp. There’s more information about the event here.
Besides instructional classes there are many other activities for Camp participants. These include jam sessions, campfire singalongs, nightly concerts, and traditional dancing. Since we are in a national park, there are plenty of opportunities for participants to go hiking, swimming and canoeing – at no extra charge. Throughout the week Killdevil staff lead interpretative hikes in the area – it’s a very inspiring place. On Thursday night during the Camp participants get to let loose and create their own songs and skits for a special fun night called ‘Kill the Devil Night’ – a much anticipated event at camp.
A short history of the Camp
Vinland Music Camp was started in 2001 by Eric West after he worked as musician in residence in the Park the previous year. With the assistance of Daniel Payne and guest instructors Shirley Montague and Gayle Tapper, the first Camp started modestly with an enrollment of eleven students. Over the years the camp has grown in size and scope to include instruction in over a dozen instruments, as well as singing, songwriting, storytelling, and folk dancing. Presently about 50 people attend each year from across Canada, the US and other countries. The Camp presently employs ten full-time instructors – some of the top professional artists in the province. Each year we also invite special guest artists to give workshops and concerts. Since 2009 Vinland Music Camp has been run by the Soundbone Traditional Arts Foundation – a non-profit organisation dedicated to teaching and preserving the folk arts of Newfoundland and Labrador. More information about our organisation can be found here.