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String Summit combined concert, camp

Will Duggan
On the last night of the week-long music camp conducted by Tristan and Tashina Clarridge at Mount Shasta City Park there was plenty of spirited improvisation and humor to go around.

A mid-week All Star String Summit Performance on July 9 at College of the Siskiyous in Weed went slightly longer than originally scheduled due to the synergy and enthusiasm of the performers and the audience, but there were no complaints.

The concert was part of what has become an annual week-long music camp that features young musicians who specialize in acoustic bluegrass, jazz and Celtic music.

“It seems like every year the musicians want to give a little more, and the people in the audience ask for a little more, and it just happens,” said Maureen Ripp, who has attended the concert the past few years. “The nature of the music just seems to create an energy that takes over and it’s wonderful. It’s so much fun. The music is uplifting and everyone has a great time.”

The by-invitation-only camp features world renown instructors teaching amidst the trees at Mount Shasta City Park, where everyone camps together in tents for the week.

Brother and sister Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, both National Fiddle Champions, put on the camp with the assistance of 15 instructors.

“We enjoy the area of Mount Shasta which really helps to make all the hard work of organizing the camp worth while,” Tashina said. “The natural surroundings help to balance things out because some of the teaching we do in the classes can be pretty intensive. It’s great to be able to take a break and go to the lake or take a hike. We’re from Northern California originally and love it here.”

Several instructors and their students had fun improvising and switching instruments mid-tune the night of Friday, July 11, to the delight of everyone  winding down from the music filled week.

This was the fourth year for the camp and the Clarridge’s are hoping to stage a fifth next   year if their busy touring schedules allow for it.