Harmonica Retreat Weekend
June 23, 24, 25
18 SPACES LEFT RESERVE NOW
Mike Stevens’ talent is as unorthodox as his career trajectory. As an Innovative, groundbreaking Performer, Composer, Educator, Keynote Speaker and Author Mike Stevens continues to expand the paradigms of Harmonica, balancing tradition with cutting edge innovation. Mike has toured the world with legendary Bluegrass music stars and Grand Ole Opry members Jim & Jesse. He can count among his fans Roy Acuff, - the King of country music. Roy would in fact make special trips to the Opry stage just to watch Mike play. Mike has logged more than 300 appearances on the world famous Grand Ole Opry stage and is a true pioneer of Bluegrass Harmonica; creating a much copied style of playing.
For more than 35 years Mike has been doing solo live looping harmonica and voice exploration. He continues to pioneer looping techniques with voice and harmonica, which have been spreading throughout the world. Mike’s solo concerts and his Avant Garde "Soundscape" performances with world renown Magnum photojournalist Larry Towell continue to push the boundaries.
When Mike performs, the Harmonica becomes a musical paintbrush with no limits. "He literally Breathes In the World and Breathes out Music." For reviews of Mike's CD's visit Mike's Store and Mike's Fan Page. Mike is also the founder of Artscan Circle a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth in remote communities across Canada.
We are super excited to once again host the 5th Annual Shared Harvest Week-end Harmonica Retreat. This year we will be graced with 3 exceptional instructors in Roly Platt, Adam Gussow and Mike Stevens. The week-end takes place at Shared Harvest Community Farm and Education Centre underneath 100 year old willow trees just 300 metres off the banks of the Grand River in Canada's deep south. A 45 minute drive from Buffalo and a 1 1/2 hour drive from Toronto our certified organic farm has over 30 acres of fields with over 40 kinds of vegetables. These vegetables will be freshly harvested and prepared to feed the attendees. Expect to eat fresh gourmet organic food. We want to emphasize the connection between food, music and culture! Indeed this is where the roots and popularity of our tiny instrument were born. Accommodations are billeted in houses of our farm friends, on site in the log cabin, our two bunkies and lots of space for camping. Some rooms are shared with two bunk beds. Good connections are made with our attendees and the locals who open their homes and hearts to us .
Attendees will arrive Friday night to get settled. We will hangout and jam the night away by firelight or indoors if the weather isn't co-operative. The instructors can then hear us and get a feel for where individuals and the group as a whole are at. The workshops will be 1 hour and 10 minutes each. 4 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday with an equipment demo before the Saturday night concert. Everyone will get 5 meals plus snacks throughout the week-end starting Saturday with breakfast.
Cost : $450 and $200 for non harmonica playing spouses.
$225 non refundable deposit required
Paypal, e-transfer, cheque (payable to Triple Bottom Line) or money order accepted
Community Farm & Educational Centre
Roly Platt has enjoyed a long and rewarding career as both a live and studio harmonica player which spans 40 years. He has toured / recorded with many greats, including: David Clayton-Thomas, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, Suzie Vinnick andRonnie Hawkins – always in the important supporting-role of "sideman". Taking centre-stage in 2014, Roly released his first solo album entitled "Inside Out" which has received extensive international airplay and critical acclaim.
Roly's distinctive sound, versatility, and intuitive sense of "what works", has elevated him to first-call harmonica player in the Canadian recording scene and he has been recorded on over 1,800 individual album cuts, movie scores and national jingles.
"The most versatile harp player I've ever worked with. Blues, Jazz, Country, he does it all." David Clayton-Thomas
• Multiple Maple Blues Awards nominee – "Harmonica Player of the Year"
• Two Double Platinum Record Credits
David Clayton-Thomas (3), Terri Clark, Suzie Vinnick (2), Susan Aglukark, The Ennis Sisters, George Canyon, Rick Fines, Matt Minglewood (3), Rita MacNeil, The Stampeders...
Soundtrack for Bollywood hit – Delhi Belly, Ron James (Sitcom pilot), Berenstain Bears, Franklin The Turtle, Rolie Polie Olie, Buffalo Girls, Stars on Ice...
Adam Gussow is an American scholar, memoirist, and blues harmonica player. He is currently an associate professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Gussow spent twelve years (1986–1998) working the streets of Harlem and the international club and festival circuit with Mississippi-born bluesman Sterling Magee as a duo called Satan and Adam. Along with Canadian harmonicist Carlos del Junco, Gussow was one of the first amplified blues players, in the late 1980s, to make overblows a key element of his stylistic approach, adapting Howard Levy's innovations in a way that helped usher in a new generation of overblow masters such as Jason Ricci and Chris Michalek. According to a reviewer for American Harmonica Newsletter, Gussow's playing is characterized by "technical mastery and innovative brilliance that comes along but once in a generation." When Satan and Adam were honored with a cover story in Living Blues magazine in 1996, Gussow was, according to the editor, "the first white blues musician to be so prominently spotlighted in the magazine’s 26-year history."(David Nelson (1996-09-10), Living Blues, #129)