Little Folkies House Camp - A week long musical journey outdoors in beautiful Bolinas, CA
July 15-19 // August 5-9
July camp ft. Irena Eide & special Guest Teachers eric robertson and Gina Leslie (New Orleans)
Monday - Friday 9-3pm
$250 per week*
Ages 5 - and up
Our very first house camp was a huge success and we had so much fun with Phoebe and Gina and our huge group of big and little folkies last month. We’re so excited to do the next camp this month July 15-19 and hope you can join us!
Little Folkies House Camp will be held in beautiful Bolinas, CA just an hour north of San Francisco on scenic Highway 1. We are very excited to have two very special guest teachers for July Camp; Eric Robertson teaching guitar, mandolin, piano and much more and Gina Leslie teaching fiddle, voice and more, all the way from New Orleans, in addition to Little Folkies’ owner and creator Irena Eide.
Little Folkies House Camp is a Summer camp for children ages 5 and up who wants to explore the folk, old-time, bluegrass and Appalachian styles of music and instrumentation. Adults are welcome. We will teaching singing and giving instruction on various stringed instruments like guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and there will be opportunities for exploring other instruments as well like bass, piano, drums and more. We will provide some instruments but kids who have their own acoustic instruments should bring their own as well.
We’ll be learning traditional songs and tunes, and some more modern acoustic music as well, working on rhythm, chords, melody, harmony and more
ethereal concepts like feel and groove, listening to each other and improvising.
*Inquire for scholarships or volunteer trade
Gina Marie Leslie - fiddle, guitar and more
Based out of New Orleans, Gina Marie Leslie has been playing music her entire life. Born to a family of musicians she was raised in a culture of jamming that uplifts all players involved and creates a welcoming atmosphere. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, ukulele, fiddle, bass, voice) and songwriter, Gina has the tools to guide a musician at any level to feel the joy and beauty of connection through music. She plays with Damn Gina, The Bad Bad Leslie’s, Mean Gina Jazz Band, and as a side musician for other projects.
Eric Robertson - guitar, mandolin, Piano and more
New Orleans-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ric Robertson released his debut album The Fool, The Friend last June. A fresh and authentic blend of swampy blues, rock, and country, the albums's narrative made it clear that he’s a force to be reckoned with - if his illustrious musical upbringing hadn't made that apparent already, working with the likes of The Boston Boys, Lucius, The Wood Brothers, and Rhiannon Giddens.
Like New Orleans itself, Ric Robertson’s music is a swirling blend of sounds, traditions, and stories that form something completely distinct. Though it knows and loves its musical forbears intimately, it won’t be claimed by one single musical influence. Robertson conjures this musical pedigree into a cohesive potion, a finely-tuned sonic concoction with just enough rock n’ roll to kill, just enough blues to keep you alive, and just enough country to make you hold on to love. It’s stirred by Robertson’s distinct voice: sweet, enticing, and contoured with the finely subtle grit of Mississippi River silt and the warmth of vintage vinyl. Ric Robertson is an artist with the chameleon-like ability to transmute from emotion to emotion, genre to genre, and instrument to instrument, all the while beguiling listeners to believe that there is no sorcery involved – just damn fine tunes.
Irena Eide - guitar, voice,
Irena Eide is the owner and creator of Little Folkies and is also the composer of all the original songs in the Little Folkies curriculum. Irena has been teaching and developing the Little Folkies program for the past decade. She has written over 46 popular folk and bluegrass songs for children, all featured in the classes and performances. Irena has also been performing and teaching private lessons to kids and adults all over the Bay Area for the past decade on a variety of instruments; guitar, voice, piano, ukulele and more, and toured throughout the US with various bands including her band Rainy Eyes. Irena still teaches on and off and performs with the Little Folkies Family Band at renowned venues like Sweetwater Music Hall, Freight and Salvage and more in addition to touring with Rainy Eyes. Irena also teaches beginner banjo, fiddle and mandolin.
9:00 A.M. | Camp circle time, sing along and orientation
9:30 A.M. | String Band Class - we learn a song or two and sing and play it on string band instruments; fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and more.
10:30 A.M. | Snack time and free play! (We provide yummy, healthy, organic home-baked snacks, fruit and veggies)
11 A.M. | String Band Class class 2nd period, working on melody and harmony as well as rhythm and groove
12:00 P.M. | Lunch (featuring farm-fresh organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian options)
12:30 P.M. | Nature walks to the butterfly grove/tide pools/beach
1:30 A.M. | Art project (We will be making art with driftwood, shells and other treasures we found on our walk)
2 P.M. | Band Rehearsal - Students will divide into groups and practice/write a song to perform at student concert on Friday)
3:00 P.M. | Pick up
Bring your own fiddle/ukulele or we rent one for you, no experience needed, super fun and playful class, students will learn how to hold and play the fiddle, and play simple arrangements of some old-time fiddle tunes. We will provide ukuleles.
3:00 P.M. | Pick up and final student concert
4:00 P.M. | Put up tents, chill, mingle and jam
5:30 P.M. | Dinner (farm-fresh, organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian!)
6:30 P.M. | Student and teacher performances
7:30 P.M. | S'mores & jams!
In addition to the daily classes every day includes:
Hearty home-cooked meals! (Snacks and lunch)
Outdoor-based, nature exploration, walks, art from recycled material and found objects
Dance! Square dance, flat footing, ham boning, swing and creative dance
Songwriting - we will have songwriting workshops every day, and try to write one traditional-inspired tune together
Daily performance by students at lunch and for pick-up
Conversations about music, friendship, gender equality, the importance of kindness, helping the youngest and oldest, contributing in a positive way to your community and more
Camping! If you want to camp stay up here for the week you can camp on the property, limited space, or just come camp Friday night!