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…
August Weeks are Full(7/9/2019)
Both August camp weeks are full. There is a chance of getting in if you get on the waiting list early.
SEVENTH ANNUAL SQUEEZEBOX WEEKEND, JUNE 21-23 2019!!(5/28/2019)
Yes folks, I KNOW it's “Maine Fiddle Camp”, but we all know MFC is about a LOT more than fiddles. The second June weekend has been “Maine Squeezebox Weekend” since 2013! Here's what we have to offer:
The second weekend in June features instruction in Piano Accordion, Button Accordion and English and Anglo Concertina. For teachers we have Sabin Jacques for button accordion, Nancy 3 Hoffman and Sunniva Brynnell for piano accordion, David Stimson for English concertina, and Grey Larsen for Anglo concertina.(more)
Dudley Teaches Dance Calling June Week 2019(3/24/2019) In 2019, Dudley will be on staff for the full June week (June 16-21) offering a dance calling workshop. His focus will be on calling dances for one-night stands, weddings, barn dances, birthday parties and community dances with participants of all ages and abilities, that don’t need much teaching. You’ll learn how to call without cards and to play an instrument at the same time (if you wish). He’ll discuss how to choose music for whole set/circle dances, when or when not to use certain dances, the history of these dances/music and his personal connection to both. (more)
AN INTERVIEW WITH QUEBECOIS FIDDLER ÉRIC FAVREAU, (BILL OLSON, FEB 2019)(2/26/2019)
Bill: When did you first come to teach at Maine Fiddle Camp?
Éric: I think it was over ten years, or around
Bill: Who recommended you to MFC? Was it either Guy B. or Lisa O.
Éric: No body recommend me to go at MFC, I remember Guy Bouchard had been there before. I was just interested to travel, to go someplace where the people are interested about Québec music. I sent to Doug a package with my CD Reel à 2 and the last album I did with the band Entourloupe. His answer was cool and he invite me the years after.(more)
New! Storytelling Nest at Maine Fiddle Camp with Jennifer Armstrong and You!!(2/1/2019)
This tasty treat of tale telling will be offered the first June Weekend. Our weekend together will be an active exploration of voice and storytelling styles. It is not a story swap. You don’t need to know any stories or how to tell them to come. We will work with a few simple stories and practice telling them in a variety of ways; fairy tale, tall tale, personal story, story poem, with music, with movement, tandem telling, readers theatre. We will play with vocal tones and sounds, facial expression and gestures, timing and silence. We will build up our storytelling vocabulary to apply to any story you may want to tell. “Once upon a time there was a fiddler, a dancer and a storyteller. And if they can live happily ever after, why not you and me?” Register now to join in the fun!