CHARLESTOWN — The Rhythm & Roots Festival,  the annual music and dance festival held at Ninigret Park over Labor Day Weekend, is offering a free music camp, open to all children from 8-18, even if their families are not attending the festival.

Children can learn to play, sing and perform traditional Cajun music during the camp, and classes are offered in fiddle, guitar, accordion, mandolin and bass, in the Ninigret Park picnic pavilion outside the ticket gate. 

The R&R Youth Music Camp, or "Les Jeunes Cajuns," will end with a performance for festival fans at on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the dance tent, when, with their instructors will play and sing tunes they have learned during the weekend. 

As part of the festival commitment to keeping traditional Cajun music alive and thriving in New England, the camp is offered at no cost, and admission to the festival is free for kids 12 and younger. Students 13 years and older who are also attending the festival will need to purchase a ticket, which is half price for teenagers.

Renowned fiddle teacher Pam Weeks directs the camp, and will be assisted by Karen McGrath, Amy Larkin, and Cathy Mason (fiddle,) Alan Bradbury and Tim Kness (accordion,) Bill Olson (guitar/bass) and Michael Pattavina (mandolin/guitar).

Online registration is open through Aug. 28. Find more information and sign up at Early registration is appreciated.

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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