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PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music

PineCone is a year-round source for roots music fans in the Triangle region of North Carolina, a state with deep roots in the tradition of making music. North Carolina is home to some of the finest singers, songwriters, musicians, and luthiers in the world. Ballad singing, blues, bluegrass, gospel, and old-time string band music are just some examples of the folk music traditions passed down through generations that remain prominent in our communities today. Founded in 1984, PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, is a non-profit organization that presents more than 200 programs annually, including more than 30 concerts, youth programs, participatory jams and sessions, and a weekly radio show. Since 2013, PineCone has also been the producer of IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC (formerly Wide Open Bluegrass), the festival component of the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass.

PineCone’s Bluegrass Camp returns to the Town of Cary's Page-Walker Arts & History Center - June 21-24, 2022! Classes available include Guitar (9 a.m.-12 noon), Mandolin (1-4 p.m.), Beginner Fiddle (9 a.m.-12 noon), Intermediate Fiddle (1-4 p.m.), and Songwriting (morning and afternoon options available). Pair any two half-day camps for a full day music camp! For students ages 8-16. Instructors: Charles Pettee (Guitar, Mandolin); Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw (Beginner & Intermediate Fiddle); Lynda Dawson (Songwriting)

Following the feedback from our 2021 camps in Raleigh, this year's Bluegrass Jam Camp will return to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - July 25-29, 2022, 9a.m. - 4 p.m. For students ages 10-17. PineCone’s Bluegrass Jam Camp is a full-day camp for intermediate fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass students looking to learn new repetoire and build their bluegrass jam toolkit while jamming with others. Instructors: Charles Pettee, Pattie Kinlaw, Hank Smith

**Students are expected to provide their own instruments, snacks, lunches, and masks. Pen, paper, and a recording device are recommended as well.**

Campers will spend time both indoors and outdoors during these camps.

Safety Protocols

  • Lunch will be eaten outdoors, weather permitting.
  • Masks will be required indoors and when unable to maintain social distancing.
  • NC DHHS safety protocols and guidelines will be followed at each camp.
  • All instructors and PineCone staff are vaccinated.

Scholarships are available; applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please contact us for more information.


Bluegrass & songwriting camps (ages 8-16) & Bluegrass jam camp (ages 10-17), facilitated youth bluegrass workshops & jams (ages 18 and younger)