This year’s Music Camp runs  Wednesday through Friday, September 21-23, 3pm – 6pm, and on  Saturday, September 24, 10am,  a music camp featured concert happens at Deep Roots Music Festival.

Choose from 3 classes each day, 3:00pm – 5:00pm; and participate in  ‘slow jams,’  5pm to 6pm, each day.  

Learn new tunes, techniques, and instrumental skills:  3 hours daily, 3 consecutive days in classes with same instructor (2 hour classes, 1 hour jam).


  • Alex Kehler – fiddle, nyckelharpa and mandolin; Scandinavian & Quebecois repertoire 

  • Nicholas Williams – flute/winds, piano accordion/keys, and harmony singing; Scandinavian & Quebecois repertoire 

Heather & Kim

  •  Songwriting – Kim Barlow and Heather Kelday will lead students in exercises for generating song ideas, help them 
learn how to edit and how to choose musical ideas that support the lyric material of their songs.

In class sessions, Alex and Nicholas’ students will go with their instructor and learn new Scandinavian and Quebecois tunes – aiming to learn at least 2 tunes each day.  During the last hour,  groups will join and play the tunes together in the slow-jam format. The songwriting group will join to throw their songs into the mix. Instructors will help create arrangements and find fun ways to insert traditional tunes into new songs to make for a slick student concert at the end of the camp.

Alex and Nicholas know a wide variety of styles and can teach Celtic, Breton and many more types of tunes – you, as the student, can help steer the learning in directions you’d like to go.

The camp will accommodate all levels from beginner to advanced, and will operate in an inclusive, collaborative environment with coaching from seasoned pros. With the small class sizes, individuals will be able to get the support they need, and the groups will all work on the same material, with less or more complex versions to suit the students’ abilities.

Deep Roots Music Camp will provide a wonderful opportunity for your own personal explorations in your relationship to music.

Each class will have a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 12 participants

$100 per person. Registration deadline is September 19th, 2105.

 Music Camp registrants get a discount of 10% on Festival passes, are invited to have meals with performers and volunteers during the festival, and can attend our private, after hours party on Saturday, September 26th.

Contact: , (902) 542-7668 for more information or to confirm sign up.  



Wednesday, September 21

  • 2:00 pm orientation & introductions – Wolfville Curling Club
  • 3:00 – 5:00 class – Wolfville Curling Club and Studio Z

  • 5:00 – 6:00 all groups join for slow jam – Wolfville Curling Club

Thursday, September 22

  • 3:00 – 5:00 class – Wolfville Curling Club and Studio Z
  • 5:00-6:00 slow jam – Wolfville Curling Club

Friday, September 23

  • 3:00 – 5:00 class – Wolfville Curling Club and Studio Z
  • 5:00-6:00 slow jam – Wolfville Curling Club

Saturday, September 26

  • 10:00 – 11:30 Student Concert – Al Whittle Theatre


Lots of singing will be included in all of the classes so students who want to participate, but don’t have an instrument, can still take part and benefit.  Harmony singing and how to find harmonies will be part of classes and there will be plenty of songs to find your own voice in.

Slow Jams

In slow jams, one of the instructors will lead the group in playing songs and tunes both familiar and new, calling out the chord changes so beginners can follow along. This is a great opportunity to learn jamming etiquette, how to pick out chord changes and melodies on the fly, and practice taking “breaks”.

Student Concert

On Saturday morning, students will have the opportunity to perform songs they worked on during the camp, and the songwriting class can debut their completed masterpieces. This concert is open to all festival-goers, so prepare to strut your stuff.