2nd Annual Spring String Gathering

Friday & Saturday, April 4th & 5th

The Spring String Gathering is an indoor, Bluegrass and Old-time music jam-festival, in Baraboo, WI. The fest provides an opportunity for Bluegrass and Old-Time musicians all across Wisconsin, it’s bordering states and beyond, to come together and celebrate their common love of music, and shake off the long Midwestern winter.

Hosted at the Clarion Convention Center in Baraboo, WI, The fest will feature impromptu jamming, showcases and workshops, and will coincide with an evening concert at the historic Al Ringling Theater (buy concert tickets).

New in 2014, the Gathering doubles down! We’ve added a day to the fest… twice the jams; twice the fun. And will be having an old-time contra dance Friday night, featuring host band, White Mule, with caller Dot Kent. All are welcome at the dance; you don’t need a partner or experience. Come ready to have fun.

Host Bands

For 2014, our host bands are Art Stevenson & High Water (bluegrass) and White Mule (old-time). Both bands will be leading workshops at the hotel, as well as jamming throughout the night. They will also be performing a special concert Saturday night at the Al Ringling Theater, in downtown Baraboo.

Art Stevenson & High Water is Wisconsin’s best-known bluegrass show, and has been in demand throughout the Midwest festival circuit since 1993. The band’s bluegrass sound comes from the close duet singing of husband and wife team Art and Stephanie Stevenson, along with the spirited banjo and Dobro playing of Dale Reichert, and the hard-driving mandolin picking of Bruce King. High Water’s music is heard on bluegrass radio programs around the USA and has received critical acclaim in the magazines Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now.

White Mule features Genevieve (Harrison) Koester, who learned to play the fiddle from her late father Garry Harrison who was an influence in the world of old-time fiddling for over 30 years. Together with Smith Koester, Andy Gribble and Abby Ladin, they played as The New Mules, and appeared in concert at such venues as the Old Town School of Folk Music, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, the National Folk Festival, as well as earned the Blue Ribbon at the traditional band contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival near Clifftop, WV.

Carrying on this musical heritage, the group continues to play under the name White Mule and can be seen at the upcoming 2014 Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival among other venues. All of the band members are equally well-established in the world of old-time music.


Reserve your room by calling the Clarion and mention you’ll be attending “The String Gathering” and want the musician rate to secure our group rate of $58. Rooms are available on jam floors and non-jam floors. Make sure to state your preference.

Clarion Convention Center – 626 W Pine St Baraboo, WI (map) – (608) 356-6422

More Info

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