NEW! Movement & Dance Workshops at Falling Waters 2018

This year we are exciting to add a new twist to the camp, a Sunday Morning workshop and a Sunday afternoon master class featuring Eileen Carson Schatz and her husband Mark Schatz, bass player, clogger, clawhammer banjo and hambonist for the Claire Lynch Band.  By that time, you may have enjoyed all of the diminished scales and cross tunings you can handle, and may need to just move and feel the groove.  Have a look below.


Eileen Carson Schatz

Movement & Dance

Eileen Carson Schatz has devoted most of her life to sharing the power and joy of traditional music and dance throughout North America and abroad. She is the Founding Director, choreographer, principal dancer and lead vocalist for Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble which has toured since 1979, performing original productions Eileen creates for theaters and festivals internationally.  She is a song writer, performing artist, and choreographer and has received many grants and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship and the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award for Choreography. Eileen is a Certified Teaching Artist in the MD schools with expertise in arts-integration, and is a master teacher serving on staff for several venues and camps for over 38 years, including Augusta Heritage Workshops, Common Ground on the Hill, Pinewoods, and Miles of Music Camp.


Bustin’ Loose Workshop - Sunday, January 14 @ 1130am: Everyone at any level of experience and ability will enjoy moving in this class with easy and fun games and activities designed to tap into the individual's own playfulness and creativity. The class does not require learning a lot of specific moves, so students are comfortable at their own level and are energized and inspired by moving just for the fun of it, especially students who are usually focused on their instrument. Eileen has collected and created activities that anyone can do and presents them in a way that helps participants move beyond inhibitions and inspires creativity. An easy system of movement analysis that explores four different modalities of movement will loosen you up and bring renewed freedom and strength to your physical activities, including playing an instrument.  Music will be provided by Mark Schatz.

“Eileen created a safe and comfortable environment for people with varying experience and diverse backgrounds to explore physical movement and experience dance as a community activity, rather than a performance. Everyone should experience this class!” - Student from Common Ground on the Hill 

Southern Appalachian Flatfooting and Clogging Master Class - Sunday, January 14 from 2:00 - 4:00pm:  Southern Appalachian music and dance developed when Native American, Irish, Scottish, English, and African music and dance met in those mountains.  Flatfooting is the older form of making rhythm with the feet, not for performance, but found in social settings and done for pure enjoyment with individuals improvising. Clogging steps are more structured and sequences are most often danced with others. This workshop will include both styles along with steps from the many masters who influenced Eileen over the years. The workshop will also provide a perfect break for movement along with increased rhythm skills for Bluegrass and Old Time musicians who are sitting most of the day playing and focused over an instrument.  Mark Schatz, internationally renowned Americana musician, will be providing the music for the class. Mark and Eileen share the joy of keeping time with your feet and provide a fun and inspiring class. They are both highly skilled at breaking down the steps and making them accessible.  Calling all you folks who have ever wanted to try clogging! 

This Master Class is not included in the weekend registration and must be signed up and paid for separately at Brown Paper Tickets


The Fiddlers of Falling Waters

We are so excited about this year's fiddle instructor/performers that include US national and All-Irish fiddle champions, and some great players from a variety of musical genres including old time, bluegrass, irish, contradance, and cajun.  Check them out and learn more at their instructor pages, including a list of the classes they will be teaching. 

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Bryan McDowell

Fiddler, mandolinist, guitarist, and vocalist Bryan McDowell is predictable only in his consistent excellence. Prior accolades worth mentioning are his triple win - a sweep of the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar categories - at the National Flatpicking Championship in 2009.
Read more about Bryan & his Falling Waters classes >>>

Dylan Foley

Dylan Foley, A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan was a student of the great Rose Flanagan and counts Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Mike McHale, and Monsignor Charlie Coen among his primary influences. He is a vibrant stylist whose playing has been called “impeccable and spirited.”
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Judy Hyman

For decades Judy has taught at music camps throughout the U.S.; she is honored to be returning to Falling Waters. With roots in classical violin, Appalachian fiddle music, and modern rock, Judy is a founding member of alt-trad band, The Horse Flies, who have toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and recorded many albums.
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Rosie Newton

Rosie Newton grew up immersed in the rich folk music scene of Woodstock, NY, and began playing the fiddle when she was eight. Newton attended college in Ithaca, NY, where she studied Viola Performance. While in Ithaca, she found herself swept up by the area’s music scene, which infused her with a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of roots music.
Read more about Rosie and her Falling Waters classes >>>

Quinn Bachand

With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn Bachand is recognized as the "Young Lion" of the Celtic guitar (Daniel Lapp) and "Canada's top Celtic guitarist" (Ashley MacIsaac). As a proficient multi-instrumentalist, he is equally at ease playing Irish tenor banjo, claw hammer banjo, bouzouki, bodhran and fiddle. Quinn is also a classically trained violinist and has taught privately and at workshops, music camps and festivals throughout Canada and the U.S
Read more about Quinn and his Falling Waters classes >>>

Tim Ball

Tim Ball has been a staple of the contradance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade. An exceptionally versatile musician and relentless collaborator, he is currently performing throughout the Northeast with his Celtic trio Arise & Go, contra dance bands Tempest and Center Street, and Ithaca’s Irish session band Traonach.
Read more about Tim and his Falling Waters Classes >>>

Rick Manning

Camp organizer Rick Manning is a fine bluegrass, swing and contradance fiddler and mandolinist (if he does say so himself!).  He has recorded five CD's, three in Nashville with Cornerstone and two more recently in Ithaca with the Falling Waters Trio (Grietzer Hodgson Manning).  He is also the proud winner of the All Ithaca Fiddle Championship in the Texas Swing Performed by an Adult Yankee with a Day Job category. 
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