Jennifer ArmstrongVisit Jennifer's website (http://www.jenniferarmstrong.com/). 233 Poors Mill Road Belfast ME 04915 207-322-2265
Mia BertelliMia Bertelli grew up in the mountains of New Mexico, singing at every chance she could get. Her love of song led her to Vermont at the age of fifteen, where she dove into the polyphonic singing camps of Village Harmony like a penguin into the sea. Since then she has been filling kitchens, streets, concert halls, vegetable gardens, and public restrooms with song, both in the northeast and overseas. Her irrepressible inclination to harmonize and great love of playful nuance have mostly gotten her into all the right sorts of trouble, so she counts them among her blessings. (more)
Susie BurkeSusie Burke has been singing and performing since the early 80s, as a soloist, and a member of several bands and duos, the longest running being with David Surette. Her musical tastes and influences are varied, encompassing contemporary and traditional folk, swing, country, topical songs, and acapella singing, with detours along the way for Broadway showtunes and classic ballads. "She posesses one of the finest, purest ballad voices heard in folk music today” wrote Scott Alarik in the Boston Globe, noting that "her phrasing is unerringly devoted to the lyric…Burke displays a gift for pulling honest emotional chords - all too rare in these clever and cynical times.” (more)
Baron Collins-HillBaron grew up playing the mandolin in Maine and recently graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a degree in music performance and ethnomusicology. Versed in traditional fiddle music, bluegrass, and jazz, he is known for his rhythmic experimentation and unique harmonic sense on both the mandolin and the tenor guitar. Baron plays with fiddler Julia Plumb in their duo Velocipede(www.velocipedemusic.com).
Andrea CooperA trained teacher, Andrea Cooper has taught everything from computers to clawhammer banjo. Andrea caught the Irish music bug while she was living in Toronto over a decade ago. Since then, her tin whistle teaching and playing has taken her to places as far as Eek, Alaska and St. Joseph’s Island, Ontario. Andrea was the resident tin whistle teacher at Randal Bays' Friday Harbor Irish Music Week in the Pacific Northwest for 7 years where a student described her classes as “the icing on the Jackie Daley cake”. (more)
John CotéGuitarist John Coté has been performing for contra dances since he first fell in love with this pastime back in 1995. John did his music studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston as well as the University of Maine at Augusta and incorporates a variety of influences in addition to what he has absorbed through the music of New England contra dance. Bringing his love of community and potent dance music, John has earned national recognition on the contra dance circuit, touring the United States with fiddler and fellow Maine Fiddle Camp instructor Ed Howe in their duo, Perpetual e-Motion. (more)
Liz FaiellaAn Irish fiddler with New England contradance flair and classical sensitivities, Liz Faiella has captivated audiences at premier folk venues, contradances, and festivals around New England. (more)
Dan FaiellaDan Faiella specializes in fingerstyle arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes and songs. He is also in high demand as an accompanist for traditional Irish, Cape Breton, and New England contradance groups. Dan has performed at the Capitol Center for the Arts, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, and the New Hampshire Statehouse. He has studied with folk musician David Surette and classical and jazz guitarist David Newsam. Dan has also had the opportunity to learn from top-notch Irish and New England folk musicians including flute player Shannon Heaton, guitarist Owen Marshall, and fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger. To hear music from his duo project with his sister Liz Faiella, visit www.lizanddanmusic.com.
Mary FraserMary Fraser began her musical life by training in classical violin for thirteen years, concluding with a Suzuki method violin teacher certification. She then left the classical music world and traveled extensively throughout the UK, immersing in the traditional music of her heritage. Carrying right on into the southern US states to study the old time fiddle styles of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina. (more)
Mia FriedmanMia Friedman is a virtuosic fiddler and singer. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary experimental music in her compositions. She graduated from New England Conservatory in 2012 where she studied with Anthony Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, and Hankus Netsky, and is an active composer, performer, and educator. Mia has a private studio of fiddle students, and also teaches at two El Sistema inspired music programs in the Berkshires. (more)
Ellen GawlerEllen Gawler is a celebrated fiddler, masterful in many styles, including Irish, French-Canadian, Maritime, Shetland and New England. Her fiddling possesses sparkling clarity, authentically rooted in tradition while at the same time inventive and playful. Her lively delivery of traditional fiddling has sent many a contra dance hall into whirling delight with soaring melodies and driving rhythms. (more)
McKinley JamesMcKinley James is a cellist living in the Boston area. She has performed across the Northeast with her band, the Irregulars. Performance highlights include performing at the Dance Flurry weekend and New World Festival. The Irregulars also won First Place in the Young Traditions Vermont competition in 2011 and recorded their CD, Waiting for Wisdom, in 2013. She has also performed with Isabel Oliart on the national radio show Says You, and opened for the Irish band Teada at the Burren. (more)
Stuart KenneyOne of the most in demand upright bass, and five-string banjo players on the US contradance circuit, Stuart Kenney's regional musical interests sweep from Southwest Louisiana to Acadia. He has a long career in many traditional music genres. His interest in Quebecois music formed through the fiddling of Lisa Ornstein, and performances by La Bottine Souriante. The inclusion of French Canadian music into the living tradition of New England contradance music caught his attention early on. (more)
Bennett KonesniBennett Konesni grew up in Appleton, Maine, 10 miles downstream of Maine Fiddle Camp. He was naturally drawn into the strong communities of old-time music, sailing, and farming in the area. At thirteen he shipped as a deckhand aboard local schooners, sailing Penobscot Bay and learning the traditional work songs of the tall ships as he raised sails and hauled anchor. Later, at Middlebury College, Bennett co-founded the student farm and spent six months studying Zulu farming songs in South Africa. (more)
Jeff LewisJeff Lewis is a native to Waldo County and has spent the greater portion of his life immersed in music, specializing on mandolin in a diverse range of styles. He attended MFC as a student for the first time in 2005. After a stint studying mandolin at Berklee College of Music in fall 2010, Jeff relocated to Portland, Maine to pursue music professionally in performance and composing, in addition to continued intense focus on the mandolin. You can hear Jeff playing with Bennett Konesni and Mia Friedman as Fireside, and with Konesni and David Lewis as Free Seedlings. Jeff can be reached at 46 Turner St. Portland, Maine, 207-930-0009 or visit him on line at jeffersonlewis.bandcamp.com or myspace.com/dingomandolin.
Carter LoganCarter plays banjo with his band “Jerks of Grass” and also plays for dances. He has a unique repertoire and we are pleased to have him on staff at camp www.jerksofgrass.com
Glen LoperGlen gives private lessons for mandolin and tenor banjo from his home in Portland, ME, and plays for contradances throughout the Northeast, and at festivals across the country with bands such as Frigate, Riptide, The Steampacket, and The Sharktones. Visit Glen at www.glenloper.com. 49 Brackett St, Portland ME, 04102 Phone: 207-837-8249 LINKS: "Frigate" , Riptide
Elaine MalkinElaine Malkin has played the violin since the age of five and prefers a clean, crisp, yet ripping, New England fiddle style. She was a part of the resurgence of contra dances in the early seventies in Maine, having learned from Otto Soper and Dudley Laufman. In her spare time she plays with horses, photography, and trains dogs for agility competitions. See the web site www.northstarsisters.com.
Owen MarshallVogue magazine calls musician Owen Marshall "A guitar/mandolin/banjo player rivaled in character only by the occasional three-pronged carrot" (Vogue 2009). Owen has accompanied and collaborated with many of traditional music's top performers including Aoife Clancy, Liz Carroll, Darol Anger, John Doyle, Andrea Beaton, Jerry Holland, Ari & Mia Friedman and his own traditional Irish trio "The Press Gang". (more)
Jeremiah McLaneThe music of composer, accordionist, and pianist Jeremiah McLane is a unique blend of Franco-American, Celtic, jazz, and roots influenced music. In 1980 Jeremiah started studying Celtic music and began playing the accordion, influenced largely by the Bothy Band and Dedanann. He studied with Chicago accordionist Jimmy Keane and Cape Breton pianist Doug McPhee. In the early 1990s he helped start two bands with strong traditional New England roots: The Clayfoot Strutters and Nightingale, both of which are active today. In 2003 he formed Le Bon Vent, a sextet specializing in Breton and French music. He has recorded nine CDs with these and other musicians. www.jeremiahmclane.com
Claude MéthéClaude Méthé, is a self-taught fiddler, his style reflects most particularly the eighteen years he lived in the region of Lotbinière, Québec, on the south side of the St-Lawrence river not far from Québec City. Today, he resides in Ste-Béatrix, Québec, in the Lanaudière region, known worldwide as the epicenter of Québec trad music. (more)
Kaity NewellKaity teaches fiddle in Damariscotta and has played for dances for many years with The Maine Country Dance Orchestra, and with the band The Lady Bugs. A native of Great Britain, Kaity has brought many a fine tune from the British Isles to our local dances. Kaity also plays viola in the local community orchestra and has four children, all of whom play music and come to camp every year. 7 Creek Lane Damariscotta ME 044543 207-563-8440
Bill OlsonBill Olson teaches both guitar and upright bass at Maine Fiddle Camp. He is probably best known at home and abroad as a contradance caller and choreographer. Bill has played and called for dances in 25 states and his dance compositions, known for their high potential energy and excellent flow, and are called by contradance callers all over the world. Bill started playing guitar in 1958, dancing in 1976, calling in 1985, and playing bass in 1993. He has been singing all his life.
Hannah OttenHannah Otten grew up in upstate New York, living both near the banks of the Hudson River and within the Catskill Mountains. She began playing classical viola at the age of 9, picked up a violin at age 15, arrived at Maine Fiddle Camp, and kept on playing traditional fiddle styles from there. Hannah has a clear and playful teaching style that serves camp well as a member of the beginner team. (more)
Ed PearlmanEd Pearlman enjoys many styles of fiddle music but is best known for Scottish and Cape Breton fiddling, often working with his wife, dancer Laura Scott, and their family band, Highland Soles (www.highlandsoles.com). Since the mid 1990s, he has taught fiddle in Portland, and written the music column for Scottish Life magazine. Ed has worked closely with top artists such as Alasdair Fraser, Natalie MacMaster, Tony Cuffe, Aly Bain, Jerry Holland and many others, especially when he directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, 1981-99. His latest CD is On the Edge with son Neil on piano. Ed has played various Celtic and American styles, Eastern European and classical. For more info & some fiddling resources, see http://www.edpearlman.net - 207-650-2030
Neil PearlmanNeil Pearlman is emerging as one of the traditional music scene's most innovative young artists. Legendary Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland said that "watching Neil's hands on the piano is like watching two spiders on crack!" His piano style is rooted in Cape Breton traditions while drawing on latin, jazz and funk influences. The result is a exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots. An accomplished Cape Breton step dancer and mandolinist as well, Neil grew up in the family band Highland Soles and (more)
Julia PlumbJulia lives and teaches fiddle and clawhammer banjo in Belfast, Maine. Equally at home on the stage and on the dance floor, Julia loves the percussive interplay between traditional music and dance forms and has enjoyed soaking up bits and pieces from players and dancers throughout New England and in Québec, Ireland, Brittany, and the southern Appalachians. Julia plays with Baron Collins-Hill in their duo Velocipede (www.velocipedemusic.com) and loves connecting people with music and dance. In addition to teaching at camps and in face-to-face lessons, Julia maintains freefiddlelessons.com, where she creates YouTube fiddle lesson videos and learning materials. Julia has achieved her 2010 goal to make her life more like Maine Fiddle Camp!
Doug ProtsikDoug likes to play the "old-time piano" for dances, melodramas, honky tonk saloons, and silent movies. He learned his style from Otto Soper, Geneva Walton, and Danny Patt among many others. He plays with Old Grey Goose and produced all three of their recordings, including the group’s first recording in 1978 for Folkways, "Old Time Country Dance Tunes and Songs from Maine", now available again on CD. Doug also plays piano, accordion, and fiddle. He is the Camp Director again this year. 116 Pleasant Cove Dr. Woolwich ME O4579 207-443-5411
Alden RobinsonAlden Robinson learned to play the fiddle as a child growing up in coastal Maine. His earliest lessons came from Tamora Goltz, Katie Newell, and from the teachers at Maine Fiddle Camp. In college, he studied Irish fiddle in Ireland at University College Cork, and in several pubs. For the past five years or so he has toured and recorded with The Press Gang, an Irish trad band from Portland. He also loves playing for contra dances and performs to several dance bands, including "Riptide", which features Owen Marshall and Glen Loper. (more)
Beth RobinsonClassically trained cellist Beth Robinson has been teaching cello to students ages 4-adult for nearly 30 years. Based in Potsdam, NY, she began playing for dances in the late 1980’s at a time when there were few cellists to guide her and so she looked to other instrumentalists for inspiration. Her mentors and teachers include fiddlers David Kaynor, George Wilson, Claude Methe, pianist Jacqueline Schwab, and guitarists Dana Whittle and Paul Marchand. (more)
Maggie RobinsonMaggie Robinson has been teaching fiddle since 2003. She began taking fiddle lessons the age of 10 and became concert mistress of her school orchestra during her senior year. Many years later she discovered Contradancing and fell in love with the music She took the violin out of the closet and began learning fiddle tunes. She completed a course in 2003 at the Hartt College of Music, Theater, & Dance on “Teaching Fiddling”. Currently she is teaching at several locations in greater Portland, and also regularly calls for contra dances around the state.
David SuretteOne of New England's finest guitarists, David Surette has been quietly generating a growing following for his work as a soloist. His solo albums "Back Roads" and "Trip to Kemper" have helped to establish him as a top player and arranger of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity. He is equally at home on the mandolin and bouzouki, and is well-known as a top-notch accompanist in New England's contra dance and Celtic music circles, and is also in demand as a studio musician and sideman. www.burkesurette.com
Julie Vallimont performs nationwide on piano and accordion with the bands Buddy System and Nor’easter and other collaborations. She plays for contra, English, and French dancing. A former classical pianist and organist, she fell in love with traditional music and dance, and since then has gone on to perform at numerous festivals and music camps. Drawing on teaching skills developed over fifteen years as a natural science educator, Julie enjoys teaching and leading workshops.
Bethany WaickmanBethany Waickman is a guitarist based out of Portland, Maine. She grew up in a musical family in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York state. After college she spent some time traveling, hiking, and playing music in Ireland. Upon returning, she moved to Boston to focus on music. She co-founded the contra dance trio, Anadama, and is the guitarist for VT-based fiddler/singer Lissa Schneckenburger. (more)
Pam WeeksPam sings and plays several instruments in the folk trio, T-Acadie, is fiddler and singer for the Maine-based Cajun dance band, Jimmyjo & the Jumbol'Ayuhs, plays fiddle and mountain dulcimer in the contradance band, Scrod Pudding, and performs solo or with guitar player and caller Bill Olson. She is an accomplished tunesmith and has composed scores of tunes, from lively jigs and reels, to entrancing airs and beautiful waltzes. Pam has toured throughout the U.S. with her bands, playing for contradances, concerts, and teaching at festivals and workshops. (more)
Steven WeissSteven Weiss began blowing harmonica when he was four years old. His father and grandfather both played the mouth organ as well. Growing up in the more popular cross-harp rock/blues/boogies styles, he began playing straight harp (melodies rather than chords or blues)- traditional, mostly old-timey, tunes on the harmonica in 1970, hanging out with southern tow boat pilots on the Ohio River near where he went to college. This was followed by many years living in Maine playing for contradances, folk clubs, concerts, festivals and playing back-up for other performers. (more)