Community Jams


No festival is complete without music jams and there will be plentiful opportunities for playing music with friends at the Lake Erie Folk Fest.  Informal jams are welcome in the Shores Landing eating area, as well as in empty classrooms.  In addition, community jams will offer guidance and structure in several different genres.


What Makes Bluegrass Tick
1:00 – 2:00 pm, Room #158

Paul Kovac

Paul Kovac will provide motivation and guidance to all who want to participate in this  session, stressing what makes this bluegrass different from other styles, and the best ways for you to contribute on your instrument. All are welcome. Come with instruments in tune, straps for standing and capos. Paul has taught at many music camps, including the Midwest Banjo Camp and the Swannanoa Gathering. He has coordinated Bluegrass Week at the Augusta Heritage Center for a decade, performed with Bill Monroe, Chubby Wise and Mac Wiseman. A working folk musician based in Chardon, he is active in recording and producing music, has played on countless albums.


Irish Seisún with Mo Chairde
1:00 – 2:30 pm, Room #258

Mo Chairde (Irish for “My Friends”) is Maureen Conway Reich and Mary Ann Beach from the Cleveland and Akron area.  These long time friends are traditional Irish musicians who play a variety of instruments including flute, whistles, fiddle, tenor banjo and mandolin. When not playing with the Celtic Folk band Ballinloch, they bring talented friends together for performances of traditional Irish music.  Mary Ann leads the area’s longest existing seisiun at the Hibernian Club in Akron.  She takes great joy in teaching the tunes, and sharing with musicians who want to explore their Irish roots. Join Maureen and Mary Ann as they lead a traditional seisiun.  Bring your instrument and play along, offer your favorite set of tunes, or sit back and enjoy listening to a great mix of Irish tunes including some rollicking reels and lively jigs!  Want to practice up before the session?  Click here for a list of tunes that might be played.


Old-Time Jam
2:15 – 3:45, Room #158

Led by with Dave Rice on fiddle, Joel Specht on banjo, and Christina Tanczos on guitar, this will be a laid back, informal “slow jam” of old time fiddle tunes.  Familiar tunes in the keys of D, A or G will be played, including Sugar Hill (D), Cluck Old Hen (A) and Seneca Square Dance (G) for those who want to practice before hand.  Bring your fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, ukes, or dulcimers in tune and ready to have some fun!


Cajun 101 Jam
5:00-6:00, Room #258

bradsmedleyBrad Smedley on accordion, Mark Laskey on fiddle, and Jim Richards on guitar will lead a session of traditional Cajun tunes that are sure to make by standers want to dance.  All instruments and questions are welcome in this accessible jam.



Community & Gospel Sing, with Folknet and Darryl Lewis
5:00-6:00, Room #158

Gospel Sing with Darryl Lewis

joannelaessigEnd the day of music events by raising your voice in harmony.  Let by Joanne Laessig of Folknet and Darryl Lewis who teaches music at the Shore Cultural Centre, the session is sure to inspire.

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