AFS Old Time Weekend

I had a fantastic weekend at Camp McDowell at the Alabama Folk School for


October 31 - November 3, 2013

The four day workshop included music and art classes by world-class instructors. Only a few of the classes and their teachers represented here. 

Above: Doug Baulos teaches a book binding and decorative papers class. I was amazed at how many highly professional projects they completed.

These are the woods through which you walk to class. Pretty much paradise. You can hear banjos and fiddles echoing through the woods from the various classes.

Eric Thompson of Berkeley, CA taught beginning Mandolin. See his bio below.

Suzy Thompson of Berkeley taught intermediate fiddle. 

Part of bio from Eric and Susie's website:
These virtuoso roots musicians specialize in the down-home sounds of the American South. Their musical palette includes Appalachian story-songs and bluegrass breakdowns, classic country blues, Louisiana Cajun dance music, and paso dobles from Puerto Rico. Eric's flatpicking on guitar and mandolin is exceptional for its purity of tone, speed, and soulfulness; Suzy is a powerful singer, an award-winning fiddler and Cajun accordion player who has apprenticed with older generation Louisiana Cajun musicians under an NEA Fellowship. Founding members of many influential roots music groups including the Black Mountain Boys, Any Old Time, the Klezmorim, and the California Cajun Orchestra, Eric and Suzy have also worked with Jerry Garcia, Maria Muldaur, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, the Savoy Doucet Cajun Trio, and many other fine musicians.

Adam Hurt, a native of Minnesota taught intermediate banjo. 

Part of Adam's website bio:
Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops at many venues around the country and abroad. Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions including Clifftop, Mount Airy, and Galax, and won the state banjo championships of Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio, as well as the state fiddle championships of Virginia and Maryland.

Mary Ann Smith taught recycled art.

One of the projects completed in book binding class. 

Some results of the recycled art class.

The evening instructor's concerts and the student concert on the final morning are highlights of the weekend. 


  1. I had a wonderful time - a great class and so fun to hear all the music! Thanks for thinking of me - I hope to go back as a student or instructor!

  2. Doug Baulos is welcome at AFS anytime and forever. Thanks for inspiring us all. I told my students this week that watching you work was a thing of beauty. No lie.


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