News Updates

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
Aoife Clancy
Mark Weems

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.

Look for more information in our spring catalog.


October 14, 2021

After numerous delays we have finally been given our dates for the 2022 workshops by the WWC administration:

Fiddle Week: June 26-July 2
Mando & Banjo Week: June 26-July 2
Traditional Song Week: July 3-9
Celtic Week: July 10-16
Old-Time Week: July 17-23
Guitar Week: July 24-30
Contemporary Folk Week: July 24-30

The 2022 Swannanoa Gathering will be held in-person, but with the addition of a number of safety protocols to insure that all attendees can have a safe and healthy experience.


September 1, 2021

SGOnline was a great success! Our thanks to all those who participated.