Summer Camps and More

Greetings from sweltering Brooklyn, as I sit in front of the fan, shirtless and restless, listening to Todd Snider’s Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables, pretty certain I don’t want to be hanging around the asphalt jungle come July and August. Good thing June is already accounted for! Read on if you like music, friends, swimming, good food, or all of the above.


Summer Camps
June 9-15

Miles of Music Camp: An All-Ages Music Workshop & Retreat

Lake Winnipesaukee, NH


I’m very excited to announce I’ll be teaching at the second annual Miles of Music Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, along with an all-star roster of dear friends and colleagues, including Kristin Andreassen, Laura Cortese, Stefan Amidon, Zara Bode, Eric Frey, Chas Justus, Dawn Landes, and Christopher Pappas. Besides offering unparalleled natural beauty and an idyllic summer hang with a great crew of staff, instructors, and campers, this one-of-a-kind, all-ages retreat brings instrumentalists, vocalists, and songwriters of all abilities together to learn and create the kind of music we all love to listen to. You get to decide the kind of week you want to have. Want to brush up on your old-time fiddle playing? Want to write some new songs and workshop them with your peers and coaches? Want private guitar lessons by the lake at sunset? Want to just get off the grid for a few days and chill out by the lake? Click these links for more info:

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Those of you headed up to camp, or in the Boston area on June 8th, come to a special concert at Club Passim featuring the staff and guest instructors:

June 8

Miles of Music Pre-Camp Concert

Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA

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I’m also humbled, honored, and wickedly looking forward to teaching voice, guitar, and mandolin for the first time at the Mike Block String Camp in Vero Beach, Florida, alongside a great lineup of instructors including Hanneke Cassel, Joe Craven, Rushad Eggleston, Brittany Haas, Zach Brock, Lauren Rioux, Victor Lin, and of course, camp founder Mike Block. This promises to be a week of fun and learning with some of the best string players on the planet.


June 25-30

Mike Block String Camp

Vero Beach, Florida
New Jefferson Hamer and Tashina Clarridge Record Tracked – Pre-Order Campaign Success

In other news, my new record with Tashina Clarridge has been tracked! It was recorded in Nashville by Dave Sinko and features Tristan Clarridge (cello) and Simon Chrisman (dulcimer) of Tashina’s incredible chamber-grass ensemble The Bee Eaters! We recorded 11 songs in three days: 6 original songs, 3 traditionals, and 2 instrumental pieces. We funded the first phase of the recording with a pre-order campaign, announced on this mailing list and made possible by supporters like you! Thanks and thanks again! We still need to raise more funds to help pay for mixing, mastering, and duplication, so if you haven’t pre-ordered your copy yet via paypal (a $20 donation gets you a signed, limited-edition, advance copy mailed to your home in early June), please click the link below to support our new CD with your pre-order donation.
and once again, thank you.

Upcoming JH Shows – Toad in Cambridge, Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, more

I’ve got a couple exciting shows around New York and Boston in the next few weeks, including two with my friend and wordsmith unparalleled, Robert Sarazin Blake of Bellingham, WA. We’ll be joined by an exceptional duo- Kristin Andreassen and Rayna Gellert (of Uncle Earl fame). I’ll be debuting some brand new songs off the brand new record, missing Tashina and the Bee Eaters, but swinging for the fences nonetheless. I hope to see you there!


Tuesday, April 17

Brooklyn, NY

Jalopy Theatre

8:30 PM


A night of traditional music, collected stories, and new illustrations: Anna & Elizabeth, from Southwest Virginia, with artist Katherine Fahey. Opening sets from Jan Bell, Kristin Andreassen, and Jefferson Hamer.


Tuesday, April 24

Brooklyn, NY

Pete’s Candy Store

Rayna Gellert & Kristin Andreassen 7

Jefferson Hamer 8

Robert Sarazin Blake 9

Get there early for Rayna and Kristin’s set, stay late for Robert Sarazin Blake. I’ll keep you entertained in between!


Saturday, April 28

Cambridge, MA

Club Passim

Reed Foehl

I’m excited to play guitar and sing harmonies with my talented friend Reed Foehl, from Boulder, Colorado. We’re in the middle of recording a brand new record. Come to Passim Saturday night and get a sneak preview of Reed’s incredible new songs.


Sunday, April 29

Cambridge, MA


Robert Sarazin Blake and Jefferson Hamer

I love sharing the bill with Robert. It’s been almost exactly one year since our last show at Toad together. We’re each playing our own set. Don’t miss this one.


Thanks for your love and support. You make it all possible! See you soon.


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