Andy Leftwich (left) is one of the youngest and most sought after multi-instrumentalists from Nashville and will join the performance roster. Scottish-born Canadian David Francey is recognized as one of today’s finest singer-songwriters.

Folk festival includes music camp

Music camp accompanies the 25th annual Mission Folk Music Festival

The Sabir Sisters are collaborating with the Mission Folk Music Festival to host their sixth annual summer music and dance camp.

This year’s camp will be hosted at Heritage Park secondary and Heritage Park from July 16-20 during the folk festival.

The 2012 faculty features numerous professional musicians:

• Juno Award winner David Francey will teach song-writing classes.

• Andy Leftwich and Ricky Scaggs will instruct in both fiddle and mandolin, focusing on Texas Swing and Bluegrass styles.

• Shamma Sabir of the Sabir Sisters will teach fiddling and tune arrangement.

• Mairi Rankin of the Rankin Family shares her Cape Breton fiddle and step dance style.

• BBC award winner Mairi Campbell from Scotland will teach fiddle and choir.

• Danish fiddler Kristian Bugge flies in from Europe to teach Danish and Swedish folk fiddle as well as Hardanger.

• Folk festival favourite and dancer in residence Matt Gordon will join this extraordinary line up to teach Appalachian fiddling and clog style dancing. He will be joined by Leonard Podolak of the Duhks and England’s Hannah James, one of the country’s star step dancers.

Classes this year include guitar, piano, song-writing, fiddle and step dancing while elective classes include choir, mandolin, banjo and song-writing.

Classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include evening activities, such as an instructor’s concert, jam session, dance and the festival gala concert.

Finish it all off with a weekend of great music at one of western Canada’s finest music festivals.

Registration is $310 per person and includes camp tuition, MP3s and sheet music supplied by teachers, camp T-shirt, one ticket for the instructor’s concert and one pizza lunch.

For more information, contact the Sabir Sisters’ Roxanna or Sarah at 604-755-0398 or visit their website at www.sabirsisters.com.