July 6-10, 2015

Richard Thompson’s Frets & Refrains

Music Masters Camps At Full Moon Resort

Big Indian, NY, USA

Dear friends,

It’s a thrill to be telling you about our fourth year of Frets & Refrains Acoustic Guitar and Songwriting camp! This is a high point of my year, and I know many returnees also enjoy the idyllic setting, wonderful camaraderie, gourmet food, and immersive music experience. Not only do we have the best teachers, but the attendees learn so much from each other – I do not know of a better camp out there.

We  are delighted  to welcome back to Frets & Refrains Teddy Thompson, who will  be teaching songwriting with a fresh new approach. We also welcome to our staff this year the wonderful Jill Sobule as our other songwriting teacher.  Jill is an accomplished, successful writer and wonderful communicator. Another very exciting new addition to the faculty for 2015 is Henry Kaiser, who will be teaching creative and individualistic approaches to the guitar as well as  improvisation. Returning to camp will be Martin Simpson, Sloan Wainwright, Happy Traum, Simon Tassano, Bobby Eichorn, Jack Thompson, Zak Hobbs, Annaliese Moyer Tassano and camp Mom, Nancy Covey.

For full information on class content, please see the Itinerary/Course descriptions page.

I do hope we’ll see you at the Full Moon Resort this summer,

Best wishes,

Richard Thompson


Richard Thompson’s Acoustic Guitar & Songwriting Camp

The Frets and Refrains camp will feature master guitar classes by Richard, along with classes in songwriting by Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule and Teddy Thompson, and in acoustic guitar by British master Martin Simpson as well as guitarist/performer/teacher Happy Traum. Sloan Wainwright will offer singing classes for both proficient singers, and those who would like to be. Simon Tassano will do a specialty workshop in sound production and Bobby Eichorn will hold a workshop in guitar maintenance as well teach Beginning Guitar class. Last, but not least, Henry Kaiser will be lending his skill set to teach improvisation and technique. It’s a wonderful crew who looks forward to seeing return visitors again and greeting our new recruits.

Classes are for all ages and all levels – in a fun, relaxing, camp environment! Each night there will be music films, prescheduled Open Mic in the performance space and jamming under the stars!

Camp tuition is per person and includes 4 nights lodging, all meals, instruction and activities at the camp. Attendance at Frets & Refrains is limited, so register soon!

Zoe Klimley Scholarship Details For Frets & Refrains 2015

Zoe Klimley was a lovely, vibrant seventeen-year-old who attended Richard Thompson’s “Frets & Refrains” Guitar and Songwriting camp in 2013, making an impression on everyone there through her vivacity, enthusiasm, bravery, and warmth. When she died suddenly in the first days of 2014, we who knew her from that week — from her fellow campers to Richard Thompson, his wife Nancy, and the rest of the counselors – agreed to establish a scholarship fund in her honor.

We are very pleased to be able to again offer a small number of scholarships of up to $1250 for young people, aged 16* to 25, to attend Frets & Refrains in 2015. [*Please note that applicants under 18 will need to submit a Parental Consent Form in order to attend.] Each scholarship is meant to defray the cost of one Tent Camping package, but it may be applied toward the somewhat higher cost of a shared room, depending on availability. [Please see our pricing page for all the details.] Note: If you do not already have a roommate in mind, Full Moon can help with this.

We are primarily looking for enthusiastic, young first-timers with a passion for music who are eager to participate and learn but could not afford to do so without help from the Zoe Scholarship fund. We will accept applications from returning younger campers, with the understanding that we will give priority to young newcomers who would not be able to attend camp (or would find it very difficult to do so) in the absence of a scholarship.

For more information on submitting for a scholarship, please download this application form and follow the steps detailed to make a submission.