Mick Kinney and The Hickhoppers Workshop, Evening Concert, & Jam
Saturday, September 1 @ Singer’s Glen in Silver Spring MD

Rags & Blues Workshop (9:30-noon)

Want to add some raggy tunes to your repertoire? During this workshop we will work on several pieces one measure at a time for melody instruments (fiddle, mandolin or plectrum), then layer in some all-important ragtime harmonies, blue notes, and syncopated phrasing. Separately, chordal instruments (guitar, banjo,) will be learning how to navigate "circle" chord progressions and other authentic string band techniques for rags such as connecting bass runs or counterpoint lines. Then, all instruments will get together for some ensemble time. 

Video devices are welcome.  No notation required or provided;
Recommended for intermediate or advanced players.

Tuition is $50 (or $75 for both the morning AND afternoon workshops)

When registering, please use the letters at the beginning of one of the three lines below.

RBF1, Rag and Blues Workshop, Fiddle/Mandolin/Melody         9:30-noon
RBB1, Rag and Blues Workshop, Banjo                                     9:30-noon
RBG1, Rag and Blues Workshop, Guitar                                    9:30-noon

Georgia Old-Time Repertoire Workshop (1:00-3:30pm)

Georgia music is celebrated for an exciting variety of hot greasy breakdowns, syrupy slow blues, and quirky rags. This session will begin with an hour or so of technique in the regional style for each instrument. Fiddlers will try some tunes that include various slides, double stops, and bow patterns of fiddlers such as Clayton McMichen. In other rooms on-site, guitars will study great guitarists like Riley Puckett, while banjos try two-finger picking, frailing, and plectrum style strumming as done by The Skillet Lickers or Yellow Hammers string bands. 

For the time remaining, we will all gather to play a combination of well-known and rare tunes. All tunes will first be demonstrated with explanation for recording, next played slowly to join in, then at moderate speed.

Video devices are welcome. No notation required or provided.
All levels are welcome but musicians would benefit more with some experience playing old-time music.

Tuition is $50 (or $75 for both the morning AND afternoon workshops)

When registering, please use the letters at the beginning of one of the three lines below.

GOTF2, Georgia Old-Time Workshop, Fiddle/Mandolin/Melody           1:00- 3:30pm
GOTB2, Georgia Old-Time Workshop, Banjo                                       1:00- 3:30pm
GOTG2, Georgia Old-Time Workshop, Guitar                                      1:00- 3:30pm

Mick Kinney and The Hickhoppers House Concert (4:00-6:00pm)

The Hickhoppers are a high-energy Georgia family string-band that are both entertainers and educators of old-time music. The Kinneys have been featured master artists at Swanannoa Gathering, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Alabama Folk School, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Blue Ridge Old-Time Week.

They have several first-place awards at fiddle contests across the south, including the Georgia String Band Festival, Chattanooga Great Southern Old Time Festival, and Great Big Yam Potatoes in Mississippi.

Known as preservationists of Georgia music, Mick Kinney, with sons Evan and Mickey, have contributed research to the Smithsonian, and Georgia Humanities Council. From 2016-17 they recorded their collection of rare tunes entitled In Dear Old Georgia Vol I & II, as well as their novelty song albums released as The Hickhoppers, and in 2018 as the Griddle Lickers.

In addition to traditional dance music on fiddle and banjo, the band's repertoire draws from Ragtime, Swing, & Cajun tunes.

Recently booked at Brooklyn Folk Fest, and Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, they also perform with the Squirrel Skinners, Bill & the Belles, and the Georgia Crackers.

The concert will take place, rain or shine.  Weather permitting, we'll be outside where railroad ties serve as seats . . . but bring a camping chair or lawn blanket if you prefer.

Tickets are not required but reservations are requested.
A concert donation of $20 is suggested to cover the band’s travel expenses from Georgia.

Registration and Tuition:

Advance registration is required for the workshops and space is limited, so participants get the proper attention. Please register early to guarantee a seat in your chosen workshop and instrument section.

The workshops are $50 each or $75 for both.

One workshop plus suggested concert donation $70

Both workshops plus suggested concert donation $95

Suggested donation for concert only:

$20 single, $30 couple or $35 Family (by mail or at the door)

Please send you name, instrument, skill level and workshop number(s).  [For Example, RBF1 plus GOTF2] along with your check payable to Mark Lynch and mail it to:

Mark Lynch
10403 Amherst Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902
Please include your email and telephone number with your check so that we can send a confirmation and workshop arrival instructions.
Checks are best, but registration by email and PayPal is possible for an extra fee. This is not a money-maker. We just want to cover expenses.

House Concert:

Reservations are suggested for the house concert, so we can properly prepare.

Please RSVP to Markelynch56@gmail.com    301-906-9489

Concert donations go to the performers and can be made at the door or in advance with your workshop reservation.

After-Concert Jam (6:00-8:00pm):

Bring your instruments & stay for the after-concert jam with Mick Kinney & The Hickhoppers. All skill levels and instruments (bones, washboards, jugs, ukuleles, bass fiddle, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, banjo, dulcimer, spoons and didgeridoos) are welcome.  Let’s have some fun!

Video Links:

Singer's Glen