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Mark Schatz

Bass, Clawhammer Banjo, Clogging & Hambone

Mark is a prominent figure in the new acoustic music scene. Twice named International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year, and currently nominated every year since, he has worked and/or recorded with an impressive variety of artists including Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Maura O'Connell, Tony Rice, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tim & Mollie O'Brien and Nickel Creek. He also acts as Musical Director for the internationally-acclaimed Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, which showcases his other talents - clawhammer banjo and Southern Appalachian clog dancing. He has two solo recordings, Brand New Old Tyme Way & Steppin' in the Boilerhouse, both on Rounder Records. He's also released two instructional bass videos on Homespun.

Mark's Workshop Descriptions

Bass 1 - Technique and getting from one chord to another (All Levels)  :  We’ll look at right and left hand technique and explore a variety of ways to get from one chord to another in your basic three chord bluegrass song.

Bass 2 - Three four time and walking bass (All Levels): We’ll look at a variety of ways to play songs in three four time. We’ll then move on to walking bass lines and use these principles to play a basic blues progression.

Bass 3 - Slap bass (All Levels): We’ll learn single slap, double slap, and the bossa nova pattern using slap technique. We’ll look at how to apply a straight eighth and swing feel to the slap patterns we learn.

Band Workshop with CLB Trio (Bryan and Claire):  See Claire’s description.

Bass 4 Masterclass  (All Levels):  Working with class participants on developing their technique, style and groove. Taught with Nicholas Walker. 

Bustin’ Loose with Eileen Carson Schatz:  See Eileen’s description below.

Southern Appalachian Flatfooting and Clogging Master Class: A Special Sunday Afternoon Workshop with Eileen Carson Schatz.  Calling all you folks who have ever wanted to try clogging!  NOTE: THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON CLASS IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE REGULAR WEEKEND REGISTRATION FEE.