Manjimup Festival Jams

Lost & Found

Peter Stanicic, David Watt, Greg McGrath, John Wilson.

Hi all, I am heading over to Western Australia again to host a few jam sessions for the Warren Arts Council’s Making Music in Manjimup festival. There will be swag of people there including the guys from The Company – one of Australia’s most progressive Bluegrass bands – as well as Jim Fisher from Perth and a reformed band from Bunbury called Lost & Found. I was a member of that band back in the lat 1990’s. We played around the South-West of WA including many of the regional folk festivals including Nanup, Fairbridge and Toodyay.

I hope to catch up with many of the Manjimup Jamcampers from 2013. Hopefully we can have a pick together. There is also the opportunity to play onstage that weekend with me and several other jammers. Hope you can join us.


Jamcamps Australia Launches Facebook Page

At the last jam camp in Forrest Victoria (May 2014) many students suggested that we host a facebook page where people can post photos and comments to, from the Jamcamp.facebook

We launched that Facebook site last month and it is starting to gain traction.

Be sure to check it out.

2,500th Students for Wernick Method.

News from the Pete Wernick Jampire is that they have signed up their 2,500th student this week. Our 2014 Forrest Jamcamp took the honours.

…another major milestone, we signed up our 2500th student this week. Honors go to Greg McGrath (Caloundra, QLD, Australia), and his ninth signup. Momentum grew steadily during our first three years–it took us a full year to enroll 500 students (January 2012), nine more months to reach 1000 (October 2012), seven months to reach 1500 (May 2013), and five months to hit 2000 (October 2013). Since then we’ve sustained that rate, signing up another 500 in the past five months. That’s a number we’re proud to mention, showing the world our reach is wide and growing – Rick Saenz, Office Manager, Wernick Bluegrass Music Method.

2014 Forrest Jamcamp

Forrest JamcampThe first jamcamp for 2014 is planned for Forrest in Victoria. Nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, Forrest has become one of the best holiday destinations in the Hinterland of the Great Ocean Road area.

The 2014 Forrest Jamcamp will run from Friday 16th May to Sunday 18th May.

The $350.00 registration fee covers all tuition, handouts, accommodation and meals.

What can you expect from a Wernick Method Jamcamp?

  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • Learn many bluegrass standards
  • Full ground rules and etiquette of typical jams
  • How to find melodies, fake solos, carry a tune, sing harmony
  • Tab/note reading skills not needed or used
  • Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching
  • Only four chords needed, G, C, D, and A.
  • Gentle tempos, mistakes expected
  • How to lead songs and how to follow new songs
  • Ear skills taught and emphasised, as in real bluegrass
  • Group and individualised instruction on backup skills

Reserve your place now with a $100.00 deposit.

2013 Manjimup Jamcamp

2013 Manjimup JamcampThe 2013 Western Australian Jamcamp was held at delightful Wilgurup Lodge in Manjimup on 1st to 3rd June.

20 jamcampers registered for the intensive three-day weekend starting with breakfast each day at 7:30am and formal tuition at 9:00am.  Thanks to our wonderful hosts Lyn and Bruce at Wilgarup Lodge for a great weekend.

Mary Nixon, from the Manjimup Arts Council, was the local jamcamp organiser and she had done an amazing job in publicising the camp and filling places. The majority of attendees came from the local south-west region while others travelled from across Western Australia, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Each day commenced with large group instruction and jamming while the afternoons saw the camp break up into three smaller groups to spend the afternoon putting their new-found skills to practice

The evenings saw visitors come in from the local town area for dinner and to jam through until around 9:00pm on Saturday and Sunday night. Some stayed on until late.

The following photo stream was provided by David Rankin a 2013 Manjimup Jamcamper.

Manjimup Sell Out

Jamcamps Australia’s first West Australian jam camp is a sell out. There has been 20 registrations received over the course of the past three months.

Warren Arts Council is hosting the three-day camp and have done a fabulous job of promoting the event thorough out the region. Registrations have been received from the broader south-west Western Australia.

The camp is residential style camp and is being held at the Wilgarup Lodge in Manjimup and hosted by the Warren Arts Council.