Events

Here's what's happening during Bear on the Square:

Workshops

Free Workshops

Saturday, April 16    
11:00
 
Appalachian Ballads and Unaccompanied Singing
Sarrah Ellen McDonald and Tonia Conner
Uncle Dave's Workshop Tent
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Workshop: Appalachian Ballads and Unaccompanied Singing

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 11:00am

From honky-tonk to the church house, Sarrah Ellen McDonald and Tonia Conner are among the finest singers of traditional Appalachian songs in all of North Georgia. Their lovely blend is as close as you can get to sister harmony without actually being kin.

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Bluegrass Jam

Jim and Patsy
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 11:00am

Players of all instruments and all skill levels are invited to join Bear favorites Jim Pittman and Patsy Kline they lead our spirited Bluegrass Jam.

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Old-Time Jam

Old-Time Jam
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

Be sure to join us for a Bear Classic—the Traditional Old-Time Jam led by Walter and Jeanie Daves, two names synonymous with Old-Time music and Contra dancing in North Georgia.

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Workshop: Old-Time Duet Singing

Duet Singing
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

Beverly Smith is one of the leading guitar and fiddle players in Old-Time music, and is a recording artist in Irish and Bluegrass vocals as well as fiddle. She has been a featured performer on "A Prairie Home Companion" and has toured extensively in the United States as well as the United Kingdom.

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Workshop: Musical Stories

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 1:00pm

Hear this award-winning sibling band tell the stories behind their favorite songs while adding their unique Old Time styling.

Sarah, Etowah and Selu Adams have developed their skills at Dahlonega's acclaimed Pick & Bow Traditional Music School, and they have enjoyed years of inspirational parental coaching.

Free.

 

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Yodeling Workshop

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 2:00pm

Feel like yodeling?  Plan your day around John Lilly’s Yodeling Basics Workshop and prepare to be dazzled!

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Workshop: Celtic Music

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 3:00pm

The Chestatee River Ceili Band features a talented group of musicians from throughout Northeast Georgia who share a love of the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Old-Time Harmony Singing Workshop

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 4:00pm

Don’t miss this celebration of Appalachian culture, Harmony Singing with The Rosin Sisters.

Barbara, Ann and Jan are sisters at heart who have played traditional music in the Atlanta area and beyond for decades, performing in a number of different bands. 

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Workshop: Song Arrangements for a Band

The Night Drivers
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 5:00pm

Founder and front man of The Night Drivers, Chris Jones, who appeared at Bear three times during the festival's early years, is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, as the most widely heard broadcasting voice in bluegrass. Members of The Night Drivers band have been recipients of eight IBMA awards.

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Workshop: How to play in Different Keys

Jim and Patsy
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm

Explore playing traditional Appalachian music in different keys with Patsy Kline and Jim Pittman leading the way.

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Workshop: Old-Time Country Singing

Matt Levine
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm

Quite possibly your only opportunity to hear a singing dobro player/librarian whose career has included both NASA and the Library of Congress, Matt Levine’s Old-Time Country Singing presentation will make your day complete.

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Workshop: Old-Time String Band Music

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:00pm

The UNG Pickin' Porch Jam is an ongoing activity associated with the Appalachian Studies Center at the University of North Georgia. Meeting weekly on campus, the players share and explore authentic Appalachian string band music.

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Old-Time Fiddle Tunes Workshop

John and Beverly
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:00pm

John Grimm is an award-winning fiddler and multi-instrumentalist who has played with many Old-Time bands, including The Georgia Mudcats. The proprietor of Vintage Music, he teaches all string instruments in his Dahlonega studio. John played the role of Fiddlin’ John Carson in the PBS film “The People vs.

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Banjo Workshop

Geoff Hohwald
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 3:00pm

Geoff Hohwald is a master of the five-string banjo and has been playing and teaching for over 40 years. He is the author of numerous instrumental instructional books and DVDs which are sold worldwide.

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Songwriting Workshop

Becky Buller
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 3:00pm

This workshop is being taught by Becky Buller, described by Fiddler Magazine as "one of the most sought after performers in the bluegrass music industry today," No stranger to Dahlonega, she spent a lot of time in Dahlonega back in the days of the Folkways Center of the Georgia Mountains, and she made several appearances on the Mountain Music and Medicine Show.

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Storytelling

Storytelling: Ballads & Old Songs

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm

Tracy Sue Walker and Hannah Sage will share ballads and old songs.

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Dance Exhibitions

Dance Exhibitions

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 11:00am

Campbell School Dance Teams Are Yearly Performers at Bear

Two Performances: 11:00am and 02:00pm

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