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Ninth Annual Workshop Experience 2018
Masterclasses in Piano, Guitar, Harmonica and Bass!!
June 12, 2018 - June 15, 2018
Hopson Plantation and Shack Up Inn - Clarksdale, MS
Scholarships are available for youth ages 12 to 21.
Musical Director - Bob Margolin
I’ll ramble through the piano, harmonica, and guitar workshops and impart the how’s and why’s of “playing well with others.” I’ll tell personal stories, more than history, about the Blues legends who are my friends — from Muddy and Pinetop to Stevie Ray to today’s Blues stars. I’ll meet, jam, and socialize with the workshoppers to help them find their own Blues and get what they want from the classes and our real Blues Club concert at the famous Ground Zero Club in Clarksdale.
It’s a thrill and honor for me to be teacher, collaborator, and friend with the workshoppers and their families. The Clarksdale Blues ghosts smile down on all of us.
Harmonica - Phil Wiggins
I will teach traditional Piedmont and Delta blues as well as some classic blues from folks like Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong as well as some swing standards.I will also teach some string band and jug band songs. I will teach by breaking the songs down phrase by phrase and encouraging people to use their ear and also to sing the songs in order to get the melodies down
We will also focus on playing rhythm and accompaniment. The classes will be customized to suit the ability levels of whoever shows up. And the main focus will be to have a good time and celebrate the blues.
Piano - Anthony Geraci
Pinetop Perkins piano playing has always meant a lot to me as a musician. He would often stay at my house and we’d play piano together-probably not even knowing how much I was watching his every move on the piano keys! My then 4 year old son would sing train songs with Pinetop. When playing Blues Piano you really need to understand what it means to be an ensemble player. Pinetop epitomized that group/ensemble type of playing as good as anyone ever has-and that can transcend to any instrument. That is something we will talk about and work on together at the workshop. Building a solo is also something we will also work on together. I was thrilled this year (2016) to be nominated for an award named after Pinetop-The Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award by the Blues Music Awards/Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.
I will bring my many years of touring the world, backing up many of the legends of the blues as well as contemporary blues artists, my extensive recording history and teaching experience to the workshop. I look forward to working with you all to make us all better Blues Musicians.
Guitar - Fiona Boyes
I am honored to join you all at the 2018 Pinetop Perkins Foundation Workshop. My musical journey began in Australia, deeply bedded in the country blues finger-picking style. Starting as a solo acoustic performer, it was not long before I took up electric guitar too. As a songwriter and musician, I appreciate the inspiration that comes from different instruments, sounds and textures, so it seems natural to play both. I made my first visit to the US in 2003, winning the solo/duo section of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Winning the IBC opened up some wonderful opportunities, enabling me to spend more time in America. Not only did I get to meet some of my blues heroes - including the legendary Pinetop Perkins - but also had the invaluable chance to play, listen and learn from them. Pinetop recorded a song with me on one of my albums, and we spent some time hanging out in Austin too. These moments, along with visiting and touring with Hubert Sumlin are some of my sweetest memories.
Over the years I’ve toured widely, performing at blues, jazz, and guitar festivals, clubs, and cultural centers in16 different countries. I’ve received 7 Blues Music Award nominations, across traditional, acoustic and contemporary categories, and recently won a Blues Blast Music Award for my latest album ‘Professin’ the Blues’.
A reviewer once described my music as a ‘blues road trip’ with influences from many traditional styles of blues; acoustic, electric, West Coast, Chicago, New Orleans, Delta, Mississippi Hills… Recently my albums have also showcased some interesting instruments such as National Reso-Lectric baritone and unique cigar-box guitars.
Previously, I’ve taught guitar and blues songwriting courses at Augusta Blues Week and Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch - and in my experience there’s something about getting an enthusiastic bunch of like-minded musicians together in the same place that creates a great energy. I’d like to explore some of my musical influences with workshop participants – including the hallmarks of different blue styles, incorporating double stops, bends, dissonance and dynamics – with the aim of extending ourselves musically and having fun.
Inspiration comes in many packages – let’s play the Blues!
Bass - Bob Stroger and Heather Crosse
I am Heather Crosse, Blues musician. I have been singing for 33 years and playing bass for 20 years. In my bass career I started out backing old Blues mentors and they passed on- leaving me holding the torch! So, I have now fronted my own Soul Blues band, Heavy Suga’ & The SweeTones, as lead singer & bass player for 10 years. I also became a Ruf Records recording artist in 2014 releasing my debut solo album, “Groovin’ At The Crosse Roads” and tour Europe and USA, so far, representing Clarksdale and carrying on the legacy.
When I moved to Clarksdale I became a music teacher. I have done Blues In The Schools in Helena, AR. and Hot Springs, AR., was the director of an after school music program at Tutwiler, MS. Community Education Center where I gave bass, guitar, and piano lessons and formed a kid band out of the students for 5 years. I was also the music teacher at St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Clarksdale for 2 years, Bass/Voice Instructor at Guitar Center in Little Rock, AR. and give private music lessons. I have also worked as the bass player at other music workshops here at Shack Up Inn, Jon Gindick’s Harmonica Jam Camp, Guitar & Bass Workshops and Singer/Songwriter Workshops, 3 times a year for 6 years as the “jam with the band experience” and recording your song demos.
I have had such diverse teaching experiences that I am well-rounded in knowledge and quite a unique spontaneous teacher. My goal for this workshop is to explore the bass player’s important job in the band and working with the drummer to provide a unit of support. I have had the honor of playing bass for Blues greats Bob Margolin, Super Chikan, Charlie Musslewhite, Jody Williams, Fiona Boyes, Terry “Big T” Williams and Monster Mike Welch & Mike Leadbetter and more.
Blues is my passion and I love sharing it! I will do this the rest of my life!
I am honored and very happy to be a part of this workshop! I would love to teach these bass players some of the things I know about our job as bass players. It's about much more than just playing the bass!! Looking forward to this.
Workshop Schedule TBA
Deposits and payments are accepted via PayPal or by mailing a check directly to The Foundation at the address below.
There are also accommodations available in Clarksdale.
The Pinetop Perkins Foundation
P.O. Box 1916
Clarksdale, MS 38614
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