News Updates

September 25, 2022

Many of you may be aware of Traditional Song Week Coordinator Julee Weems’ years-long health struggles. With the multiple brain surgeries she underwent last spring, her life has returned to something approaching normal again, and for that we can all celebrate and be grateful.

Now that she has recovered from her surgeries, Julee remains unvaccinated, with no plans to get vaccinated. We have had several conversations about it in which we tried to address her objections to the vaccine, but she is committed to her current status. 

Covid will be with us for years to come. We have an obligation to plan our events in the safest way possible for our attendees, with clear and consistent safety requirements that are based in fact and applied equally to all. We will continue to follow the CDC’s recommendation that everyone be vaccinated, which presents us with a quandary. 

We rejoice at Julee’s recovery, but her unvaccinated status means she cannot attend the program she created, and as painful as it may be, this makes her position as Coordinator untenable, and we have now, sadly, parted ways.

Matt Watroba has been assisting Julee in her Coordinator’s duties for the last few years, and has agreed to take over as Coordinator of Traditional Song Week, providing experience and continuity in the week’s programming. We thank him for his willingness to step in under such difficult circumstances, and hope all of you will welcome him in his new role as we do.


August 1, 2022

The 2022 workshops have reached their successful conclusion. See you next summer!


June 12, 2022

Julee Mark Weems will not be able to join us for Traditional Song Week. Their “Duet Harmony Singing” class will be taught by Josh Goforth.


June 6, 2022

Michael Doucet will not be able to join us for Fiddle Week. His classes will be taught by David Greely of the Mamou Playboys.


May 26, 2022

Some of you may remember David Surette, a veteran instructor in both our Celtic Week and Mando & Banjo Week, who left this life earlier this year. There will be a memorial service for David that can be watched via a Zoom Webinar on Sunday, May 29 at 1PM Eastern time, by clicking on this linkA number of David’s family members and dear friends will be sharing songs, tunes, and remembrances. Attend if you can to remember a wondeful human being and a fantastic musician.


May 3, 2022

Nokosee Fields will not be able to join us for Old-Time Week. His fiddle class will be taught by Sami Braman and his bass class will be taught by John Herrmann.

David Benedict
will not be able to join us for Mando & Banjo Week. His classes will be taught by Casey Campbell.


April 6, 2022

Alex Hargreaves will not be able to join us for Fiddle Week. His classes will be taught by Avery Merritt.


March 25, 2022

Our Catalog pages have now been updated with information for the 2022 workshops. General Registration is now open.


March 25, 2022

After prolonged discussion, the college administration has decided that we will not be offering a Children’s Program this summer. We look forward to its return for the 2023 workshops.


March 8, 2022

Catalogs will be bulk-mailed soon, but here’s a peek at this year’s instructors:

Fiddle Week
Michael Doucet
Evan Price
Julia Weatherford
Joe Craven
Andrew Finn Magill
Jenna Moynihan
Greg Ruby
April Verch
Alex Hargreaves
Tricia Spencer
Kevin Kehrberg
Nate Lee

Mando & Banjo Week
Mike Marshall
Alan Bibey
Tony Trischka
John Reischman
Paul Brown
Caterina Lichtenberg
Bill Evans
Terri McMurray
Don Stiernberg
Emory Lester
Matt Flinner
David Benedict
Conor Hearn
Ed Dodson
Lynn Dudenbostel


Traditional Song Week
Ranger Doug
Fiona Ritchie
John McCutcheon
Matt Watroba
Julee Glaub Weems
Josh Goforth
Cathy Jordan
Sheila Kay Adams
Dáithí Sproule
Tim May
Kathy Bullock
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Anne Hills
Reggie Harris

Celtic Week
Gerry O’Connor
Brian Conway
Kathleen Conneely
John Doyle
Cillian Vallely
Andrew Finn Magill
Kevin Crawford
Dave Curley
John Whelan
Seán Gavin
Colin Farrell
Jeremy Kittel
Cathy Jordan
Gráinne Hambly
Billy Jackson
Nuala Kennedy
Robin Bullock
Mari Black
Dave Cory
Anna Colliton
John Skelton
Will MacMorran
Eamon O’Leary
Dáithí Sproule
Caitlin Warbelow
Ed Miller
Katie McNally

Old-Time Week
Erynn Marshall
Sheila Kay Adams
Don Pedi
Eddie Bond
John Herrmann
John Hollandsworth
Jere Canote
Greg Canote
Gordy Hinners
Adam Tanner
Phil Jamison
Ron Pen
Meredith McIntosh
Kenny Jackson
Carol Elizabeth Jones
Whitt Mead
John Schwab
Amy Alvey
Jane Rothfield
Brian DeMarcus
Paula Bradley
Vivian Leva
Riley Calcagno
Becky Hill
Rodney Sutton
Mattias Thedens
Paul Kovac
Nokosee Fields

Contemporary Folk Week
Janis Ian
Tom Paxton
Jim Lauderdale
Ellis Paul
John Gorka
David Wilcox
Laurie MacAllister
Joe Craven
Cliff Eberhardt
Vance Gilbert
Nora Jane Struthers
Don Henry
Moira Smiley

Guitar Week
Al Petteway
Greg Ruby
Cory Seznec
Christie Lenée
Vicki Genfan
Paul Mehling
Danny Knicely
Scott Ainslie
Steve Baughman
Robin Bullock
Ed Dodson
Steve James
Sean McGowan
Tony McManus
Mike Dowling


February 25, 2022

The 2022 catalog has been printed! Copies will be mail to all the pre-registrants early next week. After the pre-registrants have had some time to review them, catalogs will be bulk-mailed to the rest of those on our mailing list. A few days later the catalog pages on our website will be updated with information on the 2022 workshops and Registration will open.


December 16, 2021

Pre-registration for the 2022 workshops is now open. Click the ‘Register’ menu item above.


December 15, 2021

Our 2021 Fall Newsletter is now online. See the newsletter pages under the ‘Our Programs’ menu item above.


October 18, 2021

We are committed to holding safe and healthy in-person workshops next summer. Accordingly, we will be developing a variety of safety protocols to promote a healthy experience for all participants.

In accordance with Warren Wilson College’s safety guidelines, we will require that all attendees – students, staff and instrutors – of the Swannanoa Gathering be able to provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, cross-checked and verified with a photo ID. By next summer, “fully-vaccinated” may include a booster.