Folk School: Make and Play Rhythm Bones
September 25 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until September 25, 2022
Instructor: Randy Seppala
Saturday + Sunday, September 24-25, 2022
Jutila Center Model Shop, room 102
Class fee: $120
Materials fee: $20 (paid to instructor)
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Rhythm bones playing is an old tradition here in the Upper Peninsula, and students can continue that tradition by learning how to craft and play their own set of bones. During this two-day workshop, participants will make a complete set of four bones beginning with cherry wood blanks provided by the instructor. After the completing their set, students will learn the basics of playing the instrument. No woodworking or musical experience is necessary. Open to ages 16 and up. Registration closes September 17th.
Randy “Da Bones Man” Seppala is a percussionist who is well-known for making, playing, and teaching the rhythm bones. He trained with bones master Johnny Perona, participated in Michigan State University’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, and was a 2020 Upper Peninsula Folklife Awardee. He has performed with many musical groups including UP Gumbo, Lumber Jakki, “Hart, Harp and Bones”, The Finnish American All-Stars, and many blues artists and groups in Mississippi.