Banjo player by the lake

Fall Getaway Weekend

Each fall, FSSGB sponsors a weekend in a tranquil setting within easy driving distance of Boston. The weekend is filled with music -- song swaps, workshops and mini-concerts led by professional staff and campers on Saturday and Sunday. The Fall Getaway gives campers a chance to meet each other, trade songs and tunes, and enjoy a relaxing weekend away from the city.

Details for 2014

The next Fall Getaway Weekend will be held October 11-13, 2014 (note, this is a Saturday through Monday!) at Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA.

Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins

Our staff this year will be Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins-Hanks. We are delighted to have Larry Hanks and Deborah Robins-Hanks on staff this year. Larry Hanks, known as a "folksingers' folksinger", has been delighting audiences for decades with his earthy and deeply resonant bass vocals, his tastefully spare 6- and 12-string guitar accompaniment, and his virtuosic Jew's harp playing. Listeners respond warmly to his easy, unpretentious stage manner and his loving approach to the repertoire he painstakingly selects to reflect the many facets of the human condition. Larry is probably best known for his classic folk song, "Apple Picker's Reel", which was covered by Bill Staines and countless others.

Larry now performs with his wife and musical partner, Deborah Robins, and the two are becoming even more beloved for an eclectic repertoire of American traditional, work, blues, and political songs. Deborah's pure voice and strong harmonies and instrumentation are the perfect complement to Larry's music.

Larry and Deborah come out of that old tradition, one that values the old songs they sing so well, we are delighted to have them on staff. There just aren't that many folk singers any more who still sing folk songs, and very few with their authority and natural feel for the idiom. Influenced by the music of Sam Hinton, Leadbelly, and Woody Guthrie, Larry and Deborah are known for their many old songs of the American West - both sad and rollicking cowboy and work songs, topical and political songs, and traditional American ballads.

Download this year's materials (more to come as we get closer to the event):

Check back later for more details about the weekend!