Aiken & Friends Fest Workshops
Songwriting, Guitar, Indie Music Promotion
Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11AM
Fee: $10 (One class included in a weekend pass.)

The Fest is all about music education and we dedicate a portion of the festival to offering workshops given by music professionals. Workshops are open to all ages.  Attendees are encouraged to come with questions. So don’t hesitate – sign up and join us!

As a songwriter Mike puts pen to paper and shares his colorful life. As an artist who comes by his stories honestly, he has definitely taken his place among well-respected songwriters and musicians in the Americana and Country communities. Mike has enjoyed a wide range of success as a professional songwriter and is happy to share his craft and insights. Bring your questions about songwriting and/or the business behind it.

INDIE MUSIC PROMOTION – Amy Aiken, Northwind Records
Learn how to create buzz in the current biz. In 15 years of her Indie label, Amy has seen and weathered industry changes. She has campaigned songs to the US and European Top 30 charts and shepherded Mike Aiken’s Captains & Cowboys to a first-round Grammy nomination. In the Indie world she believes there are tools that every artist should have in place to build a successful career in the music industry. From album production to websites to tour management to pitfalls in the business, Amy has something to share. Bring your questions!

GUITARRon Fetner
Ron Fetner’s songs combine southern roots, soulful songwriting with contemporary folk storytelling. This musical path led to wins at the prestigious Kerrville (TX) NewFolk, (2x)Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and awards at Merlefest’s Chris Austin Song Contest, Falcon Ridge and Austin Songwriting Group. Performances at MerleFest, South Florida Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Festival, and the Tucson Folk Festival, among others.