We spent the week at Swannanoa Gathing in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. It was our 3rd year attending and every year just seems to be better than the last. I can't even begin to put into the words the amazing musical opportunities a camp like this provides my kids. They spend their days taking classes from some of the best performers/teachers on their instruments and their nights listening to concerts, going to dances, and playing their music into the wee hours of the morning with those same wonderful musicians and other gathering attendees. In the photo to the left the kids are playing in a session with Brian Conw*y, his sister R*se Flannagan, Pat M*ngan, and Kevin Burk*. The performers at the gathering are all so very approachable and seem to love passing on their skills to the next generation.
|Dylan jamming. He was a much sought after backer for the other teens at the camp. A good guitarist is hard to find.|
|Haley fiddling along with Brian and Pat...a teacher flanked by his student and former student.|
|Haley up close...I love this picture.|
|Dylan jamming after class with a guitar instructor.|
Haley and Dylan received a standing ovation for their performance at the student showcase.
The final night of camp at about midnight, I was sitting listening to my kids play with a large group of musicians while a couple dancers danced to the music and one of the performers, who usually plays guitar, accompanying the group on piano and I thought...what neat experiences my kids get to have. Amazing!
|Haley with Martin Hayes...her fiddle teacher for the week.|
|Haley and Dylan with their friends from home, Emily and Livia.|
|Haley's new friends on the swing.|