Jam Camps, Family Jam, Kids Roots Music Opportunities and More! December Newsletter

CTBA Family Jam and CTBA Meeting

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022 AT 12 PM – 2 PM at the Canton Parks and Rec

40 Dyer Avenue

Canton, CT 06019
Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, mandolin, or dobro… A snack to share if you want something specific (not required) but we’ll have some festive food and play some bluegrass music. The event we hope will introduce some families and more kids to bluegrass music in the area. Meet us in the Multi-purpose room.

The CTBA meeting will be in Room E, one hour before the jam which will be in the multipurpose room. Please join us for both! If you’re interested or already a part of the CTBA, we want to see you!

New England Roots Kids Opportunities

Kids interested in learning banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro, or other folk instruments don’t often have the opportunity to do so in public schools.

Join the New England Roots Kids Email Group to stay in the conversation:

“Dedicated to maintaining conversation between Parents and Roots Youth Music Programs in order to coordinate/raise awareness for youth opportunities in Greater New England.”

Read more here:


Bluegrass, Country, and Roots Youth Club

Looking for local opportunities for kids? The Bluegrass, Country and Roots Youth Club is resuming in Ridgefield on Monday nights January-February. Read more and sign up here

Not local to Ridgefield? – Keep on the lookout for a Feb-March Kids group in the Farmington Area. Email Austin@AustinScelzo.com to stay in the loop.

Ashokan Winter Bluegrass Camp Jan 14-15

Austin Scelzo hosts a weekend of jam instruction using the Wernick Method, an inventive and time-tested pedagogy designed to build or improve confidence making music with others! All Bluegrass Instruments, all skill levels welcome. Hands-on learning in large and small groups. Understanding, low-pressure, experienced teaching from a certified teacher. Experienced Jammers are given extra challenges and can be grouped together. Make music with friends, make friends with music! 

Sign Up Here – and secure on-site lodging at this beautiful location for as low as $45 a night! Click Here for Lodging

Bluegrass Jams


Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield. 30 Greenfield Street. Room S-3 

First and third Tuesday of each month in Wethersfield. There is a $3.00 suggested donation to cover the cost of the room. All levels are welcome. Acoustic instruments only. Wernick jamming etiquette is followed (announce your song with key, etc).


Thursday, Dec 22 6:30 PM Note Kitchen Bethel CT (Usually Second Thursdays – note the temporary new day)

New Haven

Thursday, Dec 22 (Fourth Thursday)


Sunday, December 11, from 2-5 pm, at The Glen Restaurant, 1670 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, at the corner of Hawthorne St.(the former Cafe Amici). Drinks and food available. Please join us, come to pick, or come to listen. Same fun music, just a new location this time.

Holiday Bluegrass Jam Class + Bluegrass Holiday Songbook!

Bethel, CT • Dec 17, 2022

Get ready for the season with this Holiday Bluegrass Class! A “Holiday Jam Songbook” will be provided, and standard bluegrass jam songs will be ringing through air as well!

Sign Up Here

Live Music

SLOCAN RAMBLERS at the Westchester Bluegrass Club

Saturday Dec 3, 2022

6:30 pm Doors open
7:00 pm open mic
8:00 pm Slocan Ramblers


Hailing from Toronto, this Canadian band brings a refreshing mix of old and new, traditional and modern in one package.  From Frank Evan’s classic, dusty vocals, to John Hartford-inspired lyrical musings, it’s all buttressed by impeccable musicianship, and emotionally raw songwriting from the three core members. This is roots music without pretension, art powerful enough to cut through the fog of the past two years and chart a more hopeful course forward.


Grass Routes Sunday December 4th at 4:00 PM

The Bread Box Theater Fall 2022 Music Series, held in the beautiful sanctuary of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 220 Valley Street, Willimantic, CT. The church sanctuary has been transformed into a hundred seat theater with beautiful stained glass and a superb sound system.

The Bread Box is a group of individuals committed to fighting hunger and food insecurity by providing a folk music venue that is solely dedicated to collecting food and revenue for those in need in their community.  All profits are donated to the Covenant Soup Kitchen.

Ticket price is $20.  Also performing will be Ramblin’ Dan Stevens.

For information regarding ticket purchase and parking, go to www.breadboxfolk.org

Rhonda Vincent

Friday, December 9, 8PM

Wall Street Theater

71 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

Grammy Award-winner, Rhonda Vincent, the “Queen of Bluegrass” presents A Christmas Bluegrass Celebration!

Tickets Here

The Hot Flashes Dec. 9 Friday, 7:30 pm

Christmas on Minnechaug Mountain

Buckingham Congregational Church

16 Cricket Ln

Glastonbury, CT

Tickets at door only, $15

info at www.amygallatin.com

Other Jam Camps


Camp Calvin (Virtual) Calvin Vollrath, Jan 16-19

Janie’s Jumpstart Camps Cleveland, OH, Feb 17-19; Pittsfield, MA, April 14-16; Hopewell Jnctn, NY, May 5-7 & more

Fiddle Hell ONLINE April 13-16  180 workshops, 35 concerts, 35 jams, 4 months free replays of all sessions

Mandolin Camp North Charlton, MA, April 21-23 

New England Folk Festival Association Marlborough, MA, April 21-23

Creative Strings Workshop Asheville, NC, June 25 – July 30 and more

Ashokan Music & Dance Camps May – December  See website for many camp options

Banjo Camp North, Charlton, MA, May 19-21

Maine Fiddle Camp West Gardiner, ME,  June 17-24, August 7-19

Northeast Heritage Music Camp Starksboro, VT, June 18-24

Acadia Trad Festival & School Bar Harbor, ME, June 26-July 2

Mike Block String Camp Vero Beach, FL, July 10-15

Rustic Roots Retreat San Luis Valley, CO, July 12-18 Music! – Food! – Mountains!

Fiddleheads Jam Camp Contoocook, NH,  Sept 8-10

Boston States Fiddle Camp Groton, MA, Dates TBD

Fiddle Hell IN PERSON Westford, MA, Nov 2-5  Watch FH website & Facebook group for details 

Baltimore Old-Time & Bluegrass Jams Baltimore, MD, Tuesday nights – see website for specifics

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