TradMaD Camp — Traditional Music & Dance Camp

Saturday August 26 – Friday September 1, 2023

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TradMaD 2023 is currently sold out, but you can join the waitlist in case of cancellations. Register here. Send no money unless/until we tell you we have room for you. The cost of camp for 2023 is $860.00 for members of associated organizations, $910.00 for non-members. You can pay by check (see Registration page for details) or you can use the button below to pay via Paypal or with a credit card.

After some issues, the tshirt campaign is UP -- you can purchase by August 4 to get the shirts in time for camp. So don't tarry! This year's design was done by our own Julia Eager! But order by August 4 in order to get it in time - multiple styles and colors, sweatshirts and hoodies, long and short sleeves and more - have fun choosing! Here's the link to Bonfire

Sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc and co-directed by Joy Bennett and Heather Wood, TradMaD Camp is an annual six-day gathering of live music and dance for adults interested in traditional music and dance.

Held at the beautiful and historic Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, Massachusetts, campers can enjoy daily workshops on specific topics (such as traditional ballads), instrument instruction, dances to live music, staff concerts, vocal coaching, parties, camper concerts, jamming, and singing and much, much more.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support TradMaD, you can use the button below to donate via Paypal or with a credit card.

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WHEN? Saturday August 26 – Friday September 1, 2023
WHERE? At Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth MA
WHAT? Workshops, dances, concerts, one-shots, camper concerts, parties, jamming, singing, boating, swimming in two lovely ponds, relaxing, learning, and generally having fun.

More specifically (subject to staff availability, phases of the moon, etc.):
  • "If you don't pick it, it will never get better" —Beginner to advanced classes in banjo, concertina, dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, ukulele, cello, bones, and more
  • Dancing: American contras and squares, Québécois, Italian, and more, with evening dance parties for all.
  • Singarounds
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Ballads
  • Camper Concerts — sign up and the applause will be for you
  • Parties, including the popular Pub Night
  • Jams of various varieties — old time, bluegrass, Celtic
  • Spoken not Sung (story-telling, poems, monologues, etc.)
  • Blues
  • "Spotlight on ..." where staff members get to do whatever they choose
  • Swimming, boating (canoes, kayaks, rowboats) on Long Pond
  • Stitch 'n' Bitch — no set time or place, but bring your knitting, needlepoint, crochet, etc. Read Eileen Pentel's account of Weaving the music into your knitting (pdf format).
  • Bioblitz 2023 (pdf format) — where we catalog the diverse fauna and flora of camp. Updated with a bunch of useful links.
  • Duckie Flash Mob Swim rubber duckie (weather permitting)
  • Silent Auction, all proceeds to the Scholarship Fund. Remember, one person's trash is another person's treasure. Bring stuff, bid often, and bid high. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
  • Take and Make — again, all proceeds to the Scholarship Fund, and you don't have to wait. Just grab, contribute, and take.
  • Bookstore, where you can buy CDs etc. from the staff (and, depending on space, from some campers). Again, cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
  • . . . and more. Lots more.
What else do you want? Let us know!
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WHO? Singers, pickers, and dancers who love traditional music and dance.
Here is the Staff List for 2023.
Sadly, Pinewoods Camp closed just before the planned 2021 gathering, too late to organize a virtual event. But we did have a Zoom chat, and many of our projected artists dropped in. See the staff lists for 2022, 2020 (virtual), 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 . Our staff members are not only performers, they are also teachers who enjoy sharing their knowledge.

As well as listening and learning, campers will find plenty of opportunities to sing, jam, dance, and hang out with the staff and each other.
This event is being put together by the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc., with support from a bunch of associated organizations, including Members of all the organizations listsed above will get the members' discounted rate. If your organization is interested, contact us
WHY? Because we are mad about traditional music and dance of all flavors
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HOW MUCH? The cost of camp for 2023 is $860.00 for members of associated organizations, $910.00 for non-members. The fee covers all events, lodging, and meals from dinner on Saturday through breakfast on Friday. Note: the food is excellent, and dietary issues and allergies are well addressed.

Some scholarships and work scholarships are available. The Scholarship Application form is available Here.
We're busy working to get this event (and this website) organized. To ask questions, make suggestions, or be added to our email list,
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