Louisa Branscomb & Brink Brinkman at The Mast Farm Inn

Louisa Branscomb & Brink Brinkman at The Mast Farm Inn

Join Louisa Branscomb & Brink Brinkman at The Mast Farm Inn, the 4 days before MerleFest weekend, for a state of the art songwriting workshop, an hour’s drive from MerleFest 2012Reserve Now

Register for a state-of-the-art songwriter’s workshop with Louisa Branscomb & Brink Brinkman at The Mast Farm Inn, in Historic Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Check-In for the workshop is Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 3:00PM. The workshop starts at that time and ends at check-out on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at Noon.

All inclusive price includes the workshop registration, participation, all books, workbooks, materials, lodging, all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, all non-alcoholic beverages, taxes & gratuities. The all inclusive costs are $890 per person single occupancy, private room • $1190 per couple sharing private room, double occupancy, with one person taking class • $1690 per couple sharing private room, double occupancy, with both persons taking class • Reserve Now

Louisa Branscomb & Brink Brinkman at The Mast Farm Inn
Louisa Branscomb is a “household word” in bluegrass and acoustic music, and credited with bringing a “whole generation of young women” into bluegrass via her classic composition, “Steel Rails” as recorded by Alison Krauss.

A few honors garnered by Steel Rails are recordings on two Grammies (Alison Krauss, and John Denver), SPBGMA song of the year in 1991, and the distinction of the longest running chart hit in Bluegrass Music. 2009-2010 saw her song “Don’t Turn Your Back,” the title track recorded by Dale Ann Bradley on Compass Records, hold a place on bluegrass charts for nearly a year, and win a fans’ choice CMA video award as well.

A nominee for 2011 SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year, Louisa has over 90 cuts by artists including Krauss, Denver, Dale Ann Bradley, McPeak Brothers, Lonesome Redwing, Janet McGarry, Fontanna Sunset, and others. Her soon-to-be-released Compass Records project, “I’ll Take Love,” pairs world-class vocalists with Branscomb creations that span country to bluegrass to swing, including Dale Ann Bradley, John Cowan, Claire Lynch, Alison Krauss, Steve Gulley, and mega-players Alison Brown, Josh Williams, Alan Bibey, Missy Raines and others. Besides her 2 Grammy cuts, Louisa has earned two International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year trophies, “Tribute to Women in Bluegrass,” (Mark Newton, producer) and “Daughters of Bluegrass.”

Louisa Branscomb & Brink Brinkman at The Mast Farm Inn
Award Winning Songwriter & Performer Mark “Brink” Brinkman has been writing and singing songs his entire life.

Along with being an avid bluegrass picker, he enjoys writing new songs for the Bluegrass/Americana/Gospel and Country genres. Brink is an accomplished musician and is a musical utility hitter. You might find him sitting in playing piano, guitar, banjo, and mandolin with several bands in Central Ohio. Brink is one of the most sought after, respected and recorded songwriters in bluegrass, Americana and gospel having achieved over 130 “cuts” or recordings of his songs. In 2008 his song “She’s a Stranger In His Mind” was awarded the “Spirit Award” from “Strictly Country Magazine as the fan voted “Country Song of the Year”. The song was recorded by Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain. “Brink’s” song “Beyond the Rain” was nominated and voted “Best Bluegrass Gospel Song 2007” at the National Gospel Quartet Convention in Louisville,KY.

“Brink”, as all his friends call him, has been a Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest finalist 5 times. He won the MerleFest Gospel songwriting competition in 2009 as well as his song “The Old Coal Mine” took the 2nd spot in the bluegrass competition. His song “Bluestone Mountain” was awarded the West Virginia “Governor’s Award” for Don Rigsby’s version of this haunting song.

“Brink” has conducted workshops for many songwriting associations over the years sharing his knowledge and experience. He conducts songwriting workshops at many bluegrass and other music festivals around the country along with being an instructor the past several years at the prestigious Nashcamp Songwriting Camp. Many notable artists have recorded and/or played “Brink’s” songs including several that have charted “Top 10” in bluegrass and gospel. The list reads like a short “who’s who” in bluegrass music and includes great artists/bands like Larry Sparks, Grasstowne, Lou Reid & Carolina, Wildfire, JD Crowe & the New South, The Kruger Brothers, Valerie Smith, Pine Mountain Railroad, Dwight McCall, Darrell Webb, and Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road among others. Along with writing, Brink has his own publishing company, “BRINKSONGS” and “MARK BRINKMAN SONGS” where he publishes for several other writers. He has published songs on recordings for artists like The Lonesome River Band, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Larry Stephenson Band, JD Crowe & the New South, Lou Reid & Carolina and many others.

Louisa Branscomb & Brink Brinkman at The Mast Farm InnLouisa Branscomb & Brink Brinkman at The Mast Farm Inn
Workshop Information

The April Workshop

Maximum Number of Workshop Participants • 12
Location • The Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Check-In Day & Time • Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 3:00PM
Check-Out Day & Time • Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at Noon
Costs • $890 per person single occupancy, private room , $1190 per couple sharing private room, double occupancy, with one person taking class, $1690 per couple sharing private room, double occupancy, with both persons taking class
Includes • All inclusive price includes the workshop registration, all books, workbooks, materials, lodging, meals, beverages, taxes & gratuities
Does Not Include • Beer, Wine & Other Alcoholic Beverages
CONDITIONS & TERMS
• Minimum Stay ~ 3 Nights, Check-In Sunday
• Maximum Stay ~ 3 Nights, Check-Out Wednesday
May Be Reserved No Earlier Than ~ 12 weeks prior to scheduled date
• Must Be Reserved No Later Than ~ 6 weeks prior to scheduled date
• Deposit required ~ 100%
• Cancelation Policy ~ Full refund minus a $35 processing fee if cancelled 60 days prior to scheduled arrival, 50% refund if cancelled between 60-31 days prior to scheduled arrival, Billed completely without refund if cancelled 31 days or less prior to scheduled date of arrival
• Workshop Rescheduled ~ If the workshop is rescheduled for another date you will receive a full refund
• To benefit you must request this package when reserving, this rate cannot be applied to reservations already made
• Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, special offers, packages, promotions, gift certificates or packages

The September Workshop

Maximum Number of Workshop Participants • 12
Location • The Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, North Carolina
Check-In Day & Time • Sunday, September 9th, 2012 at 3:00PM
Check-Out Day & Time • Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at Noon
Costs • $890 per person single occupancy, private room, $1190 per couple sharing private room, double occupancy, with one person taking class, $1690 per couple sharing private room, double occupancy, with both persons taking class
Includes • All inclusive price includes the workshop registration, all books, workbooks, materials, lodging, meals, beverages, taxes & gratuities
Does Not Include • Beer, Wine & Other Alcoholic Beverages
CONDITIONS & TERMS
• Minimum Stay ~ 3 Nights, Check-In Sunday
• Maximum Stay ~ 3 Nights, Check-Out Wednesday
May Be Reserved No Earlier Than ~ 24 weeks prior to scheduled date
• Must Be Reserved No Later Than ~ 8 weeks prior to scheduled date
• Deposit required ~ 100%
• Cancelation Policy ~ Full refund minus a $35 processing fee if cancelled 60 days prior to scheduled arrival, 50% refund if cancelled between 60-31 days prior to scheduled arrival, Billed completely without refund if cancelled 31 days or less prior to scheduled date of arrival
• Workshop Rescheduled ~ If the workshop is rescheduled for another date you will receive a full refund
• To benefit you must request this package when reserving, this rate cannot be applied to reservations already made
• Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, special offers, packages, promotions, gift certificates or packages

Louisa Branscomb & Brink Brinkman at The Mast Farm Inn
For More Information Louisa Branscomb
WebSite • www.louisabranscomb.com
FaceBook Profile • www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000362726847

For More Information Brink Brinkman
FaceBook Group • www.facebook.com/groups/216099642877/
WebSite • www.brinksongs.com
FaceBook Profile • www.facebook.com/brinksongs

For More Information The Mast Farm Inn
FaceBook Page • www.facebook.com/mastfarm
WebSite • www.themastfarminn.com
FaceBook Profile • www.facebook.com/mhdeschamps
Twitter • www.twitter.com/mastfarm

The Mast Farm Inn, Historic North Carolina Country Inn & Restaurant, Valle Crucis, NC