Richard Thompson to Teach Guitar and Songwriting Camp in July


Richard Thompson is very excited to announce that his Frets and Refrains Acoustic Guitar and Songwriting Camp has been confirmed for July 16 – 20, 2012 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. The five-day camp will feature master guitar classes with the legendary Thompson, along with courses in songwriting by Thompson and his son Teddy, acoustic guitar by the incomparable Martin Simpson, and singing lessons with Sloan Wainwright. Simon Tassano will also be on hand for sound production workshops. For full details, please visit:

“This is very much my dream teaching event,” said Thompson. “The setting is beautiful, our teachers are the best, and I expect this to be an intimate and rewarding experience for all participants. Myself, Martin Simpson, Teddy Thompson and Sloan Wainwright will be in attendance throughout, answering questions and being as ‘hands-on’ as possible.”

At Frets and Refrains, all levels will be catered to said Thompson. “Whether you are a guitarist, singer, songwriter, or any combination of these, we will offer ways to improve, rethink and enhance your playing, composing and performing skills.” The classes will be given in both large and smaller groups. There will be jam sessions, hikes, swimming and delicious food.

Attendees at the camp will have access to all workshops, seminars, gourmet meals, performances, and camp activities. All camp activities will be held at Full Moon Resort, which features an eclectic array of comfortable, rustic country-inn accommodations including simple B&B style guest rooms with shared hallway baths, guest rooms with private baths, country cottages with living rooms and kitchens, and even “luxury camping” in a yurt. “Primitive” campsites are also available. All accommodations are just steps away from daily camp activities. The grounds offer one hundred acres of meadows, forests and streams providing a natural backdrop for an unforgettable, enriching experience. Visitors will also enjoy the spring-fed swimming pool, onsite access to the Esopus Creek, and exploring the splendors of the Catskills on the nearby network of hiking trails. The 5-day vacation will be free of interruptions as there is no cell phone reception at Full Moon Resort or elsewhere in Big Indian, NY.

Camp tuition is per person and includes 4 nights lodging (double occupancy), all meals, instruction and activities at the camp. Frets and Refrains registrants will have the opportunity to buy tickets to the Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson and Martin Simpson concert at the nearby Bearsville Theater on Thursday, July 19th.

Richard Thompson’s Frets and Refrains is part of the successful Music Masters Camp Series ( held every year at Full Moon Resort.