Maine Fiddle Camp

A multi-generational, lakeside, weekend (June) or week-long (June & August) music camp for all ages and levels of ability. Families welcome. Dance music in Scots-Irish, French Canadian, Canadian Maritime & Scandinavian traditions as they’ve evolved in Maine. Learn by ear, learn to play in an ensemble. Staff of scores of traditional musicians giving fiddle, piano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, cello, accordion, ukulele, flute and pennywhistle, mountain dulcimer, harmonica, bass and other classes and workshops with performances, jams, singing, dancing, and swimming.  Read more…

What’s New?

Belfast Flying Shoes presents “The Dancingmaster”, May 20 in Brooks!

(5/6/2018) Maine Fiddle Campers all know who Dudley Laufman is (if not read here!). He was one of the original inspirations for Maine Fiddle Camp and has come to Camp every year to teach about and to call and play for an evening "Barn Dance". This year Dudley will be in residence at Camp for the whole June week. Read more about that here. Read about the upcoming event here: (more)


(3/14/2018) What?? harmonica in June?? You betcha! Here are some words from long time Maine Fiddle Camp staff member, John Pranio: Hi folks! This June, (for the week and second weekend,) I will be offering a couple one hour afternoon “specialty workshops” on harmonica. We'll learn to understand the difference between playing blues harmonica (improvisational) and straight harmonica (folk, country), and cover the basics so you can pursue this simple instrument on your own with confidence. If you have a harmonica bring it ( key of C preferred).  If you need one, I'll have some $12.00 harmonicas for sale. Contact John Pranio (email hidden; JavaScript is required) with any questions.  (more)

8th YEAR of Mountain Dulcimer! ONE WEEK ONLY (6/17-6/22) at Maine Fiddle Camp

(3/10/2018) Once again the June week, June 17-22 in 2016, is Mountain Dulcimer week at Maine Fiddle Camp. Long time Fiddle Camp instructor, Pam Weeks, will be teaching . Pam started offering Mountain Dulcimer (also called Appalachian Dulcimer) at Camp in 2011 and it was an instant success. The class is open to all levels of experience and Pam can even supply instruments for those who “just want to try it out”! (more)

Youth Fiddle Jam Sessions, 3/16, 4/20 & 5/1

(2/25/2018) Please join us for the seventh Youth Jam Session at Bath Dance Works in downtown Bath.  This session was created by music teachers to give young musician an opportunity to play tunes with each other and learn by ear.   It is for all levels.   We will start with simple tunes and proceed to the more advanced.  The emphasis will be on fiddle tunes in keys of  D, G, A,Em and Am … Instruments other than fiddle are welcome!!    (more)

Dudley Teaches Dance Calling June Week 2018

(12/24/2017) Dudley Laufman is no stranger to anyone who has been to Maine Fiddle Camp. He has been coming every year to call an evening “Old Time Barn Dance”, and to teach a pick up orchestra how to play for such a dance. Dudley, from Canterbury, NH plays melodeon, fiddle, teaches, calls, is a folklorist and poet and has been doing this for over SIXTY-FIVE years!! Here's his new webpage if you want to read more: www.dudleylaufman.com In 2018 Dudley will be on staff for the full June week (June 17-22) teaching his craft. (more)

Dates for 2018 Maine Fiddle Camps

(9/14/2017) We have dates for 2018!! June Weekend I June 15-17, 2018. June Week June 17-22, 2018. June Weekend II June 22-24, 2018. August Week I August 5-10, 2018. August Week II August 12-17, 2018. SAME GREAT PRICE!  2018 prices are the same as 2017. Online registration is open for 2018. Help pass the word!  Download the poster HERE.

Simon St. Pierre Project

(7/16/2017) Fiddle campers Emeline Dehn-Reynolds, Peter Yarensky and Paul Fackler, have just completed a project to transcribe the tunes played by Maine fiddler, Simon St. Pierre.  Check out this page to see a short biography of Simon and a discussion of his playing, as well as the detailed transcriptions of his three albums.

New Simon St. Pierre Interview Video

(5/7/2017) In honor of the untimely passing of Maine's legendary Simon St. Pierre in 2016 we are celebrating his music this year at Maine Fiddle Camp. Click HERE to view the last interview and music playing I did with him just a few years ago, and his fiddling is still masterful and a classic example of our region's fiddling style. More tunes from this session on mp3 are available on our website: www.mainefiddlecamp.org. Also there will be an upcoming version, just music performance, with many more tunes from Simon.

Like MFC? Send Us a Review

(5/9/2016) Hi Fiddle Campers and potential Fiddle Campers! A few days ago we received a very nice review of MFC for the first August Camp last year. This was so great, we realized we need a page just for folks to send in "testimonials". You will now see that at the top of the web page and can access it here. Feel free to send Camp reviews to us (email hidden; JavaScript is required) and we will review and possibly post them on the website. We won't use your full name if you don't want us to.. Thanks.. - bill o.

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