Vinland Music Camp’18 will take place August 19-25, 2018. 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.
At the 2018 Camp we will be celebrating the English influence on Newfoundland and Labrador folk arts. Special guest, fiddler/singer Becki Driscoll from English will be performing and giving workshops at this year’s Camp. We’ll have some other special guests and there’ll be lots of Morris dancing and English country dancing – more information on this very soon!
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.
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 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.