the West River United Methodist Center, MD ยท SEPT 29 - OCT 2ND 2023 




The Getaway is an amazing weekend-long party of folks who love to sing, play and listen to folk music. We come together in a lovely riverside retreat to join together in making music, sharing what we bring and learning from friends old and new. There will be work

shops, sing-arounds, sign-up concerts, music and conversations at all hours. Participation is encouraged at any level comfortable to you in a supportive and welcoming environment. Old and new songs and tunes, recitations and stories, along with information on historical contexts and insights, have filled the Getaway, along with conversation and laughter, for over half a century; come be a part of the fun!

To see a sample schedule from the 2019 Getaway (the last in person Getaway) you can look here:

 2019 Getaway Program

This year it is important that we receive your responses by June 30. This is a firm date dictated by our contract with the camp. If we do not have enough people registered at that time the Getaway will be canceled, and most likely there will not be another one. 

Note that if you are a family each person must register separately. You can register without paying right now. You can pay online in which case you will have to pay the whole amount. However, you can send partial payments by check to

FSGW Getaway

P.O. Box 323

Cabin John, MD 20818 

Make the checks out to FSGW, identify the payment as a Getaway payment, and make sure to indicate which registrants are covered by this payment. Final payments must be made by September 15. In case of emergency or illness preventing your attendance, your payment will be refunded.

If lack of funds would keep you from attending the Getaway, we do have a scholarship fund. If you need financial assistance please contact Charlie Baum at

The program committee builds the program around the people who are coming. We pay attention to your interests and ideas about workshop topics, so please answer the questions about instruments and workshop topics.

Covid Policy

The Getaway will require proof of vaccination, sent to If a medical reason prohibits vaccinations for you, please contact us at this email address to discuss possible alternate strategies. Depending on the situation near the time of the event we may revisit what the testing requirements will be. At this time it seems most likely that  people will need to have a negative covid test about 3 days before the event and a negative test on, or shortly before, their arrival at camp. We also ask that you bring an extra test with you as we all will test before dinner on Saturday as well. We must insist that this protocol is followed in order to allow folks to sing and play without masking. Of course, you are welcome to mask at any time.We also strongly encourage folks to mask for the week leading up to the Getaway when out and about.

Questions about the Getaway contact



guest, SARA GREY

Sara Grey’s love affair with traditional songs for over 60 years has given her an incomparable knowledge of songs and ballads and how they have moved and evolved. She wants to gather the songs and pass them on to future generations so that they will have the pleasure of hearing and singing them just as she has. Her career is not about herself, it has been about the songs, about sharing them with others and ensuring that they go on living in our traditions.


Elizabeth LaPrelle and Brian Dolphin are a married duo who share a love of bright vocal harmonies, eerie traditional songs, and heartfelt originals. Elizabeth is a world-renowned ballad singer and scholar from rural Virginia and Brian is a songwriter, producer, and ethnomusicologist who has studied folk music all over the world.


Kevin Elam is rooted in Irish traditional music. In addition to playing the tin whistle, guitar, mandolin and banjo, Kevin has also honed his skills as a singer and interpreter of Irish traditional song, cultivating a significant repertoire of ballads. He was the 2019 All-Ireland Champion in Men's Singing.


Sean and Deirdre Murtha are a Connecticut couple who play and sing a wide variety of traditional music -- everything from old-timey to Irish traditional to sea chanties!

guest, DAVE ROWE

Dave Rowe's music is handmade and heartfelt. It springs from deep roots borne out of the song traditions of Ireland and the British Isles, cultivated in the roots music of North America. His original songs come from the heart of a poet and the soul of a maestro, examining subject matter as varied as Dave’s interests.

guest, Will Brown

Will Brown is known for his finger style guitar, and also plays the bouzouki and oud. He has played with and recorded with many well known Maine musicians, including Gordon Bok, Cindy Kallet, Grey Larsen, Anne and David Dodson, George Fowler. Will's arrangement of the U. Utah Phillips song "Going Away" is included in the Grammy-nominated compilation, "Singing Through the Hard Times”.

guests, The Ranzo Boys

The Ranzo Boys, Lafayette Matthews (he/him) and Jules Peiperl (they/them), have been singing together for seven years. They seek out traditional, folk, blues, maritime, and modern music that speaks to a queer attitude and a rollicking good time.


   One Day Two Days One Day Two Day
Day Only Adult $50 $100 $60 $120
  Child 13 to 17 $30 $60 $30 $60
  Child 4 to 12 $8 $15 $8 $15
  Child through age 3 $0 $0 $0 $0
   Two Nights Three Nights Two Nights Three Nights
 Overnight Adult $275 $325 $310 $360
  Adult Upper Bunk $265 $310 $300 $345
  Student over 18 $190 $230 $190 $230
  Child 13 to 17 $150 $190 $150 $190
  Child 4 to 12 $115 $160 $115 $160
  Child through age 3 $0 $0 $0 $0

WHERE: West River United Methodist Center, West River, MD 

Take a virtual tour of the venue here

WHEN: 3:00 PM Sept. 29th to 10:00 AM Oct. 2nd

FOOD: Potluck on Friday evening, cafeteria for Saturday through Monday

ACCESSIBILITY: all venues are accessible 


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