and lots of singing!

2016 PicknBow camp will be August 26, 27, and 28, 2016
held at the

Shared Visions Retreat Center (air-conditioned!)
The Murphey School
3717 Murphy School Road Durham, NC 27705
(Murphey School website: Sharedvisions.org)

Most of the campers and all the teachers at the PickNBow music retreat 2014

Approximate Pick-N-Bow schedule


Picknbow gets just a wee bit bigger! We welcome back Kenny Jackson and Bobb Head to conduct a mini old-time music camp on Friday. If you play guitar, fiddle, banjo or bass and you like to sing and play (or just play), then these workshops are for you. You might be an old-time music fan, or an old-time music novice, but either way, this will be a fantastic kick-off to Picknbow weekend. Cost for "Bobb and Kenny's Old-Time Music School" is an additional $50, and it is optional. Workshops will run from 2 to 5 pm (approximately). If you are interested and want more information, contact Kenny at kejack@gmail.com or Bobb at bhead@pobox.com To learn more about Bobb and Kenny read the Pinecone bio of the Big Medicine string band.

and a guest artist...
Ari Eisinger, who taught at an earlier Picknbow, returns for some workshops on Saturday, as well as joining in the instructors performance that evening. Ari is one of the very best ragtime and acoustic blues guitarists in the world, and it will be a treat to have him join us. To learn more see this article about Ari Eisinger at thecountryblues.com.

Friday, August 26

Arrival: any time from 1:00pm to 1:45pm for participants in the Old Time Music School
2 to 5 pm: Bobb and Kenny's Old Time Music School
5 to 6 pm: open
6 pm to 7 pm: Remaining campers arrive
7 pm to 9:30 pm (approx.): meet and greet, introductions, instructors will talk briefly about the workshops, we'll put up the schedule. Then — lots of informal music making for all of us!

Saturday, August 27
9:00 to 10:00 am: arrival, coffee, etc.
10:00 to 1:00: workshops
1:00 to 2:30: lunch, jamming/practice time, naps, one-on-one sessions
2:30 to 5:00: afternoon workshops
5:00 to 5:30: group photo, prep for group meal
5:30 to 6:30: dinner
6:30 to 7:00: Clean up and prep for performance
7:00 to 9:00 (approximately) Instructors performance

Sunday, August 28
9:00 to 11:00: Gospel Sing Circle or any other small jam sessions (optional)
11:30 to 2:00: workshops
2:00 to 3:00: lunch break
3:00 to 4:00 prep for campers' performances
4:00 to 5:30(?) campers' performances
closing words, closing songs, and clean up to follow.

PicknBow fee is $210, which includes approximately eight hours of workshops. Enrollment is limited.

For further info and enrollment, contact Danny Gotham at 919.967.4934 or steelstringer@gmail.com


DANNY GOTHAM (guitar, mandolin, ukulele) grew up in Upstate NY in the 1960s and got the bug to play guitar when the Beatles were televised into his family's living room. Since that time, he has developed into a master flatpicking and fingerpicking instrumentalist, cutting his musical teeth playing in various rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass and country bands.

He was a member of the Racquette River Rounders—an eclectic trio that garnered a loyal fan base in the Northeastern US. His next group was Summit, a bluegrass band in which he played mandolin, featured the 1984 National Bluegrass banjo champion, Chris Leske. Summit performed as a featured act as well as backing up bluegrass legends Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield. In 1980, Gotham took Second Place in the prestigious National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS. His most recent musical collaborations have been as accompanist to the great folksinger Tom Paxton and original "Prairie Home Companion" music director, Peter Ostroushko. As a teacher, he has maintained an extensive private student roster, and conducted numerous workshops, since 1974. He instructed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2008 at the Summer Acoustic Music Week camp in 2010, and Millwood Guitar camp in 2011. His incredibly wide range of musical experiences has given him the ability to teach almost any student, regardless of style, instrument or level of expertise. Gotham has performed on the nationally syndicated radio broadcast Michael Feldman's "Whad'ya Know?" He appeared on the soundtrack of the PBS film "Hungers of the Soul". And in one of his more unusual gigs, he was the ukulele tutor for Tom Selleck as the actor prepared for the Broadway production of "A Thousand Clowns".

JANE PEPPLER (vocals, violin, viola, English concertina, rebec) teaches and performs early and traditional music as well as klezmer music and Yiddish theater songs, which she presented at the Library of Congress in 2015. She is owner of the Skylark Productions record label, engineering and producing recordings for local acoustic ensembles. She taught fiddle and voice at Pinewoods Camp "Folk Week" and at the Village Harmony summer sessions; she directed the Triangle Jewish Chorale for fourteen years. She currently performs with the world music group Mappamundi. Jane will be offering vocal coaching, making up harmonies, teaching songs, country song singalongs, home recording techniques, and conducting a klezmer music workshop or two. Klezmer is rowdy, high energy Jewish instrumental music. Pretty much any instruments except bagpipes welcome. Contact Jane Peppler with questions.

As director of the Solstice Assembly, she was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition; she researched, arranged, and performed music of the British Isles and Colonial America for nine years, performing at the Smithsonian institution and receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and taught for more than two decades at the Duke University Short Course Program. She wrote for SingOut! magazine, wrote several songbooks, and has been published in the Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. At Yale University she studied medieval music with Alejandro Planchardt, fiddled with the Yale graduate symphony orchestra, and sang with the Yale Slavic Chorus. In Boston she managed the Locrian String Quartet and sang with Laduvane and co-founded the Festival of Light and Song. She has made more than two dozen recordings and has published a book of newly unearthed Yiddish theater songs of the Jazz Age (1920s-1930s) and three companion cds, as well as two cds of music from the Lower East Side around the turn of the 20th century (see YiddishEmporium.com.

JULIE ELKINS (banjo,guitar), originally from Bozeman, Montana, now makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she teaches banjo, guitar and vocal lessons.

With family roots in East Kentucky, Elkins comes from a long line of bluegrass musicians and singers. By age 12, she was the threetime winner of the Classic West Open Banjo Competition and was invited to join her first band before she was old enough to drive. She's been a professional musician ever since. Elkins received her bluegrass education while performing a long stint with North Carolina's renowned bluegrass band, New Vintage. In 1999, she joined the trailblazing bluegrass/Americana band, Kane's River. Elkins was awarded an IBMA award for "Recorded Project of the Year" for her contribution to "Back To The Well," with the Daughters of Bluegrass. In 2005, she released "My Feet Won't Miss This Ground," with friend and long-time musical collaborator, David Thompson. The duo has begun work on a follow-up recording.

JIM WATSON went to his first fiddler's convention in 1965. He played with the Hollow Rock String Band and in 1972 was a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers playing mandolin, guitar, and autoharp. In 1988 he started playing with Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group. He works with the world-famous country duet Duke LaCrosse and Pinky Wyoming and plays string bass with the Green Level Entertainers, a bluegrass band with Shady Grove Band guitar player Jerry Brown and Mandolin Central proprietor Tony Williamson, Gary Williamson and New Deal String Band lead singer Leroy Savage. Besides his recordings with the Red Clay Ramblers and Robin & Linda Williams, Jim has three solo CDs: This World Would Be All Sunshine, Willie's Redemption, and Don't Tell Me, I Don't Know. Both include O'Blurs Mike Craver and Bill Hicks on some cuts as well as many more of Jim's friends.

JON SHAIN is a veteran singer-songwriter; his newest disc, a duet album with Joe Newberry, Crow the Dawn, was just released in January, 2016. He studied with Duke jazz professor Paul Jeffrey and learned the piedmont blues tradition firsthand by playing in Big Boy Henry’s backing band. It was at this time that Shain also got to meet and play with John Dee Holeman and a number of the great older NC blues players. Shain cut his touring teeth from 1989-1998 founding the Chapel Hill, NC folk-rock group, Flyin' Mice and their spin-off group, WAKE. The band performed with acts such as David Grisman, Tony Rice Unit, Hot Tuna, and the Dixie Dregs, released four CDs, and played clubs, schools, and festivals up and down the East Coast, building a legion of fans. In addition to the new album with Joe Newberry, and a live album with Jon Shain Trio, Jon has released eight studio albums. He teaches Piedmont blues fingerstyle guitar and gives workshops in songwriting and blues guitar.

Auditorium at Murphey School PickNBow summer folkmusic weekend

Danny Gotham teaches guitar, ukelele, and mandolin at PickNBow summer folk music retreat weekend in Durham NC

Jane Peppler teaches fiddle and voice at the PickNBow folk music retreat in Durham, North Carolina

Jon Shain teaches songwriting and guitar at PickNBow summer folk music retreat weekend in Durham NC

Julie Elkins teaches bluegrass banjo and guitar at PickNBow summer folk music retreat weekend in Durham NC

Jim Watson teaches mandolin, voice and guitar at PickNBow summer folk music retreat weekend in Durham NC

Shared Visions Murphey School folk music weekend June Durham NC

Here are some pictures from the 2014 Pick'N'Bow camp, all taken by Kevin Keister, one of the campers:

This last one was taken by Stan Lewis:

PicknBow fee is $210, which includes approximately eight hours of workshops and the PicknBow songbook. Enrollment is limited.

For further info and enrollment, contact Danny Gotham at 919.967.4934 or steelstringer@gmail.com