Open Jams and Sings

At LEFF you’ll find plenty of opportunities to play music and sing with others, in informal pop-up jams or organized sessions lead by knowledgeable performers.

Rooms 145, 152 and 229 will be open for pop-up jams.  Jammers are welcome to play in other locations as long as they are considerate and don’t block halls, stairways or exits.

Feel like being a part of an organized jam?  Check out one of the sessions below.

Bluegrass Jam    
1 – 2:45pm, Room #241-242

Members of Carolina Blue will drop by an open bluegrass jam. Lake Erie Folk Fest’s featured artists for 2020, Carolina Blue is a Brevard, NC based band whose roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, while performing original material. Formed in 2007, the band consists of Bobby Powell (guitar, vocals), Tim Jones (mandolin, vocals), James McDowell (banjo, vocals), Reese Combs (upright bass, vocals) and Aynsley Porchak (fiddle), who was named Momentum Instrumentalist by the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards.


old time jamsOld-Time Jam   
1 – 2:45pm, Room #258

The Old-Time jam will be led by Fair To Fiddlin’ with Joel Specht on banjo, Andrej Debevc on mandolin, and Erin Thomas on fiddle) and Bill Braun on guitar. We welcome anyone into the jam. If you want to just listen or are looking to join the jam circle, a good time will be had by all. Band member Bill Braun remarks that he started playing Appalachian String Band music a little closer to the end than to the beginning. It has been way too much fun, and the friendships have been the best in his life.


Folknet Community Sing  
3:15 – 4pm, Band Room #158

This workshop will give you the opportunity to experience the power of song and community singing as well as give you the tools to start a singing tradition in your community. Song choice, song leading, and best practices will be modeled for the purpose of reminding us that singing is way too important to be left just to the professionals! The community sing will be led by Joanne Laessig of


Irish Seisiun  
3:15 – 5pm, Room #258

Maureen Conway Reich welcomes all traditional musicians to join the LEFF Irish music seisiun, whether you know one tune or 100! Maureen is the fiddler for the Celtic roots band Ballinloch. Her love for Irish  tradition came from growing up in an Irish household surrounded by music and song.

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