Vinland Music Camp’17 will take place August 20-26, 2017. It’s the perfect opportunity for all ages to learn and perform traditional music, storytelling and folk dance. The event takes place 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. There are nightly concerts by visiting artists as well as Camp staff. The principal instruments of instruction are fiddle, button accordion, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, harp, tenor banjo, tin whistle, flute, bodhran, harmonica, bass guitar and cello.
This year we will be celebrating Scottish culture and will be inviting the distinguished singer/author/folklorist, Margaret Bennett to Camp. Margaret is from Scotland but studied and taught in Newfoundland. She will performing in concert as well giving a workshop on Scottish folk music and storytelling.
Joe Aucoin, a well-known fiddler from the Codroy Valley will also be performing for us, high-lighting the Scottish/Newfoundland culture from this part of the Island. Joe has played for over 35 years at numerous festivals including the Codroy Valley Folk Festival, the Terra Nova Park Festival, Hang-a-Shore Festival, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival (St.John’s) and the Brimstone Head Folk Festival (Fogo).
Visit our Program page to view the daily schedule, workshop descriptions and 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, collectively known as ‘Lomond Sound’, 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 2-3 levels, beginners to advanced. Participants learn to perform solo as well as in groups and everyone comes away from camp feeling inspired to play music, dance and sing.
At the end of the week (Saturday afternoon, August 26, 2017) 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 ends. There’s more information about this 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 and canoe trips in the area; it’s a very inspiring place to explore. On Thursday night during Camp participants let loose and create their own songs and skits for a special fun night called ‘Kill the Devil Night’ – a much anticipated event!
A short history of the Camp
Vinland Music Camp was started in 2001 by Eric West after working 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.