49th Walnut Valley Festival

September 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2021

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

All tickets previously sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021. Tickets are also currently available for purchase.

September 15-19, 2021

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

All tickets previously sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021. Tickets are also currently available for purchase.

2021 Spring SPECIAL INTEREST Workshops

Aubrey Atwater - Continuing Irish Whistle

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 9am to 10:50am CDT

Expand your whistle playing through repertoire and technique in this exciting workshop!  Using several Celtic tunes and songs, we will explore ornamentation, dynamics, clarity, and breathing, articulating ways to express that haunting Celtic sound we all love so much.  Bring a D whistle for the class.  Skill Level:  Intermediate and up

Maximum of 30 participants

Aubrey Atwater - Unmetered & Crooked: Looking at Rhythm in Traditional Folk Music (Multi-Instrument/ Repertoire)

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Noon to 1:50pm CDT

Through listening, discussion, and playing, we explore basics of rhythm as well as its various faces in American Folk music – what is common, what is not – including delightful irregularities and the challenges of transcribing folk music. A variety of musical pieces will be presented to illustrate points and trying out as a group. Aubrey will also play one of her short Ozark Highlands Radio Segments, “Unmetered and Crooked.”   
Skill Level:  Intermediate and up

Maximum of 30 participants

Aubrey Atwater - Feisty Women! (Multi Voice/Instrument/Repertoire)

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - Noon to 1:50pm CDT

In this fun and raucous repertoire workshop, we play a variety of traditional story songs about women warriors who wear disguises, outwit the devil, hold out for true love, or otherwise state their needs!  Examples include:  The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife, When I was a Fair Maid, Dabbling in the Dew, and The Wagoner’s Lad.   Skill Level:  Intermediate and up

Maximum of 30 participants

Elwood Donnelly - Notes, Chords and Tunes on Major Key Harmonica

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 9am to 10:50am CDT

(Note: Please bring a “C” harmonica for this session)

We will explore the magic and ease of playing the harmonica with emphasis on learning tunes in the 1st position.  Skill Level:  Intermediate

Maximum of 30 Participants

Elwood Donnelly - Folk Sing-a-Long / Play-a-Long Multi Voice/Instrument

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Noon to 1:50pm CDT

Elwood will lead a sing-a-long using a wide variety of traditional and contemporary folk songs that he has collected while teaching and performing throughout the U.S.  Participants are welcome to bring an instrument of choice.  Feel Free to bring one of your favorite folk songs, too.  It is helpful to know basic chords.   Skill Level:  All Voices / All Instruments

Maximum of 30 participants

Elwood Donnelly - Gospel Sing-a-Long / Play-a-long (Multi Voice/Instrument)

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - Noon to 1:50pm CDT

Elwood will teach a variety of gospel songs that he has collected from various sources on his travels throughout the South, with simple chord progressions that can be adapted to many instruments.  Participants can also bring songs to share.  Bring your voice and the instrument of your choice.  It is helpful to know basic chords.  Skill Level:  All Voices / All Instruments

Maximum of 30 Participants

Cathy Fink - Practice Smarter - Play Better (Multi Instrument)

Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 10am to 11:30pm CDT

Learn to organize your practice time so that you improve your playing systematically.

We bring a ton of information home from camp, but sometimes are overwhelmed by it and don’t know how to approach learning one new thing at a time. We’ll discuss the tangible and intangible tools for good practice as well as learning to schedule “manageable bites” of music to learn in manageable time frames.  Skill Level: All Instruments and Levels Welcome

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