Vinland Music Online Camp

Vinland Music ONLINE Camp 2020

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Vinland Music Online Camp’20 will take place weekly over a four-week period starting August 2, 2020. It will consist of online workshops, concerts and singalong ‘campfires’ using the Zoom video conference platform. Before Camp begins 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.  

An overview of Camp activities as well as our Workshops Descriptions  and Schedule can be found on our Program page. We’ve invited some of the Province’s top performers – including Allan Ricketts, Rosemary Lawton and Carole Bestvater – for our weekly concerts. Musician Markus Räsänen from Sweden will be joining us as well, performing with along with Carole.  All the shows will be live-streamed on YouTube and participants will be able to interact with the performances. Visit our Vinland Online Concerts page for details. 

The fee structure will be substantially different from our regular Camp rates. Fees will be on a sliding scale – registrants can pay what they can afford.  This year’s registration form and fees are now available on our Registration and Fees page.

Instructors at the Vinland Online 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 will be joining us for one of our campfire singalongs. Our special guests will also be helping out in the workshop sessions.

It will be a different kind of Camp this year since we won’t be able to be physically together.  But it will still be a great opportunity to learn some new tunes, stories and songs. And we’ll do our best to make it as relaxing and as much fun as possible!

If you have questions, suggestions or comments about Camp, please contact the 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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