Vinland Music Camp

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Vinland Music Camp’20 will be an online event that will take place once a week over a four-week period in August, 2020. It will consist of online workshops, concerts and singalong ‘campfires’ using the Zoom video conference platform. All registrants will receive a 20th Anniversary Vinland Music Camp songbook (PDF) containing 40 of our favourites songs and tunes from over the years. There will also be links to online videos of tutorials, songs, tunes and techniques.  

We’ve invited some of the Province’s top performers for our weekly concerts, including Allan Ricketts, Rosemary Lawton and Aaron Collis – artists who’ve attended Camp as students and have since gone on to careers in music. Two newcomers to Camp – internationally touring artists Carol Bestvater from St John’s and Markus Räsänen from Sweden – will also be performing for us and joining in our workshops. 

An overview of the Camp as well as our Workshops Descriptions   can be found on our Program page.  We will be updating it weekly so please check back regularly.

The Camp fees will be substantially reduced from our regular Camp rates and there will be reductions for those who have financial difficulties.  The new registration form and fees should be available on our website very soon.

Instructors at the Vinland Music Camp, collectively known as Lomond Sound, are among the most experienced and qualified in the province. This year’s instructors will be: Jean Hewson, Christina Smith, Hugh Scott, Gerry Strong, Jane Dennison, Eric West, Dave Panting and Gary Green. Gayle Tapper hopes to join us for one of our campfire singalongs. Our special guest artists will also be helping out during some of our online workshops.

Of course, it will be a different kind of Camp this year since we won’t be able to be together physically.  But we’ll still be able to exchange tunes, stories and songs – we’ll do our best to make it relaxing and fun!

If you have questions, suggestions or comments about the Camp, please contact the Vinland Music Camp Director, Eric West.


Members of Lomond Sound performing at the Vinland Music Camp

A brief history of the Camp

Vinland Music Camp was started in 2001 by Eric West after working as musician in residence in Gros Morne National 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 now 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.

You can also read our Reviews & Comments and  Frequently Asked Questions , as well as view Photo Galleries from previous Camps.

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