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Kick up your heels at the first annual

Indiana Fiddle Frolic

September 15–17, 2023!


The Indiana Fiddle Frolic is an Old Time music weekend camp presented by the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering. Jam and learn with instructors and fellow music lovers at the beautiful Pine Creek Camp retreat center, just 25 miles west of Lafayette.


We know that many of our annual festival participants join us for the community and camaraderie of jamming in the campground. We also know that there are not a lot of public opportunities in Indiana for Old Time music instruction and jamming – so we're bringing another opportunity for the tunes to play on!


Seasoned jammers and beginners alike can play, listen, and learn. The best way for Old Time and folk music to thrive is for people to study and play it together. 


The Indiana Fiddle Frolic’s schedule gives you choices and flexibility so you can meet your goals. We’re creating a schedule of large-group workshops, guided jams, and small group lessons with our instructors. As the weekend unfolds, you can choose what you want to do – or do your own thing!

Instructors & Staff


Chirps Smith 

Cliff Harrison

Deb Shebish

Paul Tyler


Clawhammer Banjo

Jude Odell

Steve Rosen

Backup Guitar and Ukulele

John Hatton


Staff Musician

Jill Vass


Program Director

Allie Burbrink

Camp Overview

  • Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17, 2023

  • Instructor Concert on Friday

  • Square Dance on Saturday

  • On-site meals and lodging

  • Build your own schedule



Workshop titles are in the schedule below.

  • Each workshop will be about 60 minutes

  • You can choose what workshops you want to attend

  • Led by instructors

  • Instrument-specific

  • For players of any level


Guided Jams 

The feeling of a typical jam but with more opportunities for asking about music theory, jam etiquette, and tune history!

  • Led by instructors or staff musicians

  • Inspired by abilities and interests of the group

  • Designed as a safe place to ask questions, play a tune slower, request tunes, etc.


Small Group Lessons

Participants will be invited to sign up for a few 30-45-minute lessons with different instructors.

  • A great opportunity to ask in-depth questions, learn a specific tune, or study technique up close

  • No more than 4 students per small group lesson

Lodging & Meals

Lodging in cabins will be available. Participants may opt in/out of lodging during registration.


There are 19 cabins, arranged into 4 clusters. Each cluster shares a bathhouse. Each cabin sleeps 6 people. Cabins have electrical outlets, lights, and fans.

Meals will be served by the camp staff and are included in your Camp Pass price. Meal times are set by the camp staff: 8am, 12pm, and 5pm.



Accessibility Information

If you would like to request an accommodation, please contact program director Allie Burbrink at There is also a place to tell us when you get your ticket. We kindly request you let us know at least two weeks before the event.


While we strive make sure all our programs are wheelchair accessible, please notify us if you require any accommodations so we can ensure your needs are met.

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