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 2016

The next Fall Getaway Weekend will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 through Monday, Oct. 11, 2016 (Columbus Day weekend) at Prindle Pond Camp and Conference Center in Charlton MA. This year we'll be on the newer side of camp (Hilltop) - every bedroom has its own bathroom!

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

We are delighted to have Joy Bennett and Chris Koldewey on staff for our Getaway Weekend this year.

Chris Koldewey and Joy Bennett

Joy Bennett has been involved in folk music most of her life. As a member of the quartet Water Sign for 11 years, she explored the close-knit harmonies of both traditional and contemporary folk music. Joy is a founding member of the all woman chantey group The Johnson Girls who bring a sound and energy to sea and work songs that has brought entire audiences to their feet. They have not only beautiful harmonies, but raw power, allowing audiences a glimpse of the situations in which the chanteys were used. Joy and Heather Wood are the Directors of TradMaD Camp (Traditional Music and Dance Camp) a residential week-long camp for adults presenting tradition bearers in music and dance, and is past president of The Folk Music Society of NY.

Chris Koldewey has been singing folk music and sea music in particular since his early teens. He comes from a family rich in maritime traditions, and his lullabies as a child were traditional songs of the sea. He was exposed from an early age to a wide variety of traditional folk music both maritime and land-based. Chris has played many concerts and festivals in states along the US eastern seaboard and internationally, and has led workshops dealing with a variety of traditional music forms. He accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, fiddle, concertina, and other things common to an average garage sale. His singing has been said to be "not too hurtful to the ear," and has been known to attract neighborhood strays.

When Chris and Joy come together for concerts, leading workshops or organizing events, they deliver powerhouse chanteys, haunting ballads, and tender laments rich with harmonies sung either a capella, or accompanied by Chris on one of his many instruments. Their repertoire will often move far away from water, perhaps to the mountains with an old-time song or Appalachian, or to some distant land with a ballad. Joy and Chris encourage audience participation audience members will leave with a new song running through their heads. Their goal is to keep the tradition alive.