Workshop locations will be posted in a location to be announced. – Please note that they may be subject to possible changes/additions.

Attendance at our workshops is included with your Saturday, Sunday or weekend pass. Whether you play an instrument or are just a big fan of the teacher(s), it’s a great opportunity to learn in an intimate setting. Workshop instructors share techniques and anecdotes, their philosophy about performing and answer questions you might have.


(subject to possible minor changes)

John Reischman

Grammy Award-winning musician John Reischman / photo by Trent Freeman

Workshops will be held outdoors at 10:00 Saturday and Sunday by selected band members.


Workshop locations will be posted with signs at the event

Saturday 10:00
Band Ensemble – all members of Blue Summit
Bluegrass guitar – Jim Hurst
Fiddle – Carley Arrowood – Branchline
Mandolin – Nick Dumas – Branchline
Banjo – Will McSeveney – Branchline
Dobro – Michael Kilby – Branchline
Guitar flat picking leads – Dan Thraikill – Branchline

Sunday 10:00

Sunday workshops will be hosted by members of the Jaybirds:
Mandolin – John Reischman
Bass – Trisha Gagnon
Guitar – Patrick Sauber
Banjo – Nick Hornbuckle

Sunday 11:00 Mandolin Tasting
Mandolin tasting with John Reischman and Nick Dumas Read More

Sometimes people ask why all the workshops take place at the same time. We know it can be tough deciding which one to attend when you’d like to go to several. It comes down to logistics, available space, and teachers. The workshops are taught by the band performers, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from an accomplished master. Please keep in mind that they also need to rehearse for their performance sets, have meals, rest and then go play on stage. The festival is jam-packed with activities and there is limited time and space to hold all of them.

Check out the Mandolin Tasting event under the Things to Do section – always a fun time!