Moab Folk Camp brings a community of music and song to Moab’s red rock country
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John Kirk will be teaching advanced guitar and Trish Miller will teach guitar flat-picking during the 2013 Moab Folk Camp. Courtesy photo
John Kirk will be teaching advanced guitar and Trish Miller will teach guitar flat-picking during the 2013 Moab Folk Camp. Courtesy photo
On Oct. 27, music lovers and music learners from all over the country will converge on Moab for the sixth-annual Moab Folk Camp. Held during the five days leading up to the Moab Folk Festival, Moab Folk Camp offers four days of hands-on workshops for adults in songwriting and singing as well as instruction in a variety of instruments, including beginning to advanced guitar, ukulele, mandolin and banjo.

“Our goal is to offer a supportive environment where anyone can experience the joy of making music and learning new skills within a supportive community,” said the Moab Folk Camp’s founder and producer, Cosy Sheridan. 

Moab Folk Camp brings in teachers from all over the country; this year Sloan Wainwright will return to teach a vocal workshop, and Salt Lake City singer/songwriter, Anke Summerhill, will once again lead the beginning guitar class.

Three of the teachers this year will be coming from upstate New York – David Kiphuth will teach old-time banjo; John Kirk will be the teacher for an advanced guitar and intermediate mandolin class; and Trish Miller will be teaching an old-time country guitar flat-picking class, as well as a wide-ranging percussion class called “From the feet to the beat.”

Kirk and Miller are new to the folk camp staff this year, Sheridan said. The pair have served with a U.S. State Department program which took them to eastern European countries as “musical ambassadors” for the United States. 

A few years ago, the classes at Moab Folk Camp branched out a bit to include an open-air art class taught by local artist Chad Niehaus. And just last year, an early morning photography class led by local photographer Jon Fuller was added as well.

Moab Folk Camp is based at the 3 Dogs & A Moose Guest Cottages just a few blocks off of Main Street. Students stay at the cottages and at a nearby motel. Some classes are also held at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center. Evening events include a campfire, song circles and jams, a staff concert, a student concert, and a contra dance. 

The folk camp instructors will perform at the camp’s Staff Concert at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, 111 North 100 West, on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free to the public.

Moab Folk Camp ends the morning of Friday, Nov. 1, “just in time for The Moab Folk Festival,” Sheridan said.

Class fees for the Moab Folk Camp range from $530 for the full camp, including meal vouchers, to $190 for individual classes. A folk camp/Moab Folk Festival full package is also available. Moab residents may attend the full folk camp for $329 – a 30 percent discount. The price for local residents does not include meal vouchers.

For more information, visit the folk camp’s website at, email Sheridan at: or call 603-731-3240. Registration forms are available online at

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