Music Camp Fees

Full program with all the trimmings:

The cost for Participants is $250 for the full program.

If you're travelling with a partner who doesn't play, he/she can come as an Accompanist for only $120. That includes all the parties, meals, concert, and attendance at select demonstration workshops, and participation in the square dance session.


Take just an individual workshop or two:

We also offer the workshops 'a la carte' for $40 each, if you have a very specific interest and can't spend the whole weekend with us. Just pop us an email at to let us know if you're interested in this. The actual workshop schedule will be on line by about May 15.


Check out the workshops: click here.

What you get with your full registration

Everybody participates in the jams, including your instructors.

Jam session socials on two nights, five workshops in small classes (select from about 40 different workshops) with incredible instructors, a Band Lab with professional coaching, 2 lunches, a gourmet supper, a fantastic All Star Concert on Saturday night, and how can we say it best?...a weekend that will make any traditonal music enthusiast very happy. The finale to the weekend, after our Sunday lunch, is a Band Lab showcase performance by the new bands formed here over the weekend.

Food at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn draws rave reviews every year.

The fee for Accompanists (ie, partners who want to come for all the food and fun, .....but don't sing or play) is $120. That's 3 very nice meals, premium seats at the All Star concert, our two evening social jam sessions...and leisure daytime to explore St. Peter's trails and shorelines by paddle, bicycle (rentals avail. or bring your own) or on foot. Accompanists are invited to join the square dance session on Saturday afternoon, and may attend as observers at some workshop sessions.

Close to the floor with Roddie's dancers

Square dance set

Those that like it, like it a lot. Last period of Saturday afternoon is a square dance hosted by our local Roddie's Square Dance Society. All campers and accompanists are welcome to join in with Roddie's enthusiastic dancers and other members of the community. The session starts with some basic instruction in the steps and set patterns for beginners, then everyone can join in for a session powered by live local players.

'Pluck you' workshop with Darren.
Dwayne leads a fiddle class.
Roger on the Musical Theory of Relativity (just kidding, this is from his famous Singing 101 workshop).
Allie conducts a Celtic rhythm guitar workshop.

On-Site Luthier

Cape Breton luthier Johannes Sturm is on hand during the weekend to help you resolve any problems you might encounter with your stringed instruments. In addition to leading workshops on his craft, he is available to help with minor repairs and tunings, instrument assessments, and advice on your own instrument. Johannes' services in this regard are available to music campers at no cost during Music Camp.

This show has become an annual highlight for the whole community.

Our Saturday night All Star Concert features your workshop instructors in a fabulous live stage show. This concert is a very special feature of camp weekend. Each year it has become 'one of those concerts you will never forget'. Registered campers and accompianists get choice seats in the front rows. The house has always been filled to standing room only with our sponsors and members of the local community in the audience. This year, the concert will be held at St. Peter's Lions Hall - the same venue used for our annual Celtic Colours concerts, dances, weddings and so on. The hall offers our growing audience ample seating and comfort, barrier-free access, handy washrooms, close parking, and a refreshment counter at intermission. John Ellingbo and his associates at Sound Source will spoil us with their exceptionally good sound as always, and some new lighting tricks this year.

Artisans Show and Sale + Instrument Swap and Sale

This will be our third year of hosting an Artisans Market featuring the best of our local craft and art makers. We will also have a kiosk to sell recordings and publications by our faculty musicians. This event is open to, and promoted to the general public. New this year: Used Instrument Swap and Sale. During the Artisans Market on Saturday (1-5 pm), you can put any surplus instruments you have up for sale, or come shopping for a new thing of beauty. For details get in touch with Dawn Silver at