Cello

“There’s always room for CELLO!”
(- Doug Protsik)

celloWho knew that cello, a classical instrument more associated with string quartets than traditional dance music, would become all the rage at Maine Fiddle Camp!? Well it has and it IS!! But, why NOT? The cello is an amazingly versatile instrument and actually has been played in the folk genre for quite a while. In fact, before guitar and piano were invented, cello was the preferred back-up instrument at the country dances in Scotland. Also, western Maine fiddler Mellie Dunham’s sister played cello in his family band that toured the east coast back in the early 1900’s, so there is a tradition in Maine of cello at the dances. I remember Norman and Nancy Blake back in the early 70’s (OK that video is recent, but there aren’t any YouTube videos from back then!) and it was quite eye opening!! So early on, we started a cello track at Maine Fiddle camp and the response was overwhelming! We recently have had Ari Friedman, Daniel Hawkins, Pam Weeks and Elsie Gawler teaching cello.  So who ARE these “rebel cello teachers”? Read on…

    June Weekend I (June 17-19)

  • Daniel Hawkins

    The music of Boston-based cellist and composer Daniel Hawkins springs first of all from the dense forests, rolling hills, and crumbling cities of his childhood Pennsylvania. After leaving the Keystone State, Daniel earned undergraduate degrees in composition (studying with Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, and Dan Trueman) and cello performance (Sophie Shao, Susannah Chapman) from Princeton University as well as a master's degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory (Natasha Brofsky, John Mallia, Anthony Coleman, Tanya Kalmanovitch). (more)
     
  • Kaity Newell

    Kaity 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
     

    June Week (June 19-24)

  • Daniel Hawkins

    The music of Boston-based cellist and composer Daniel Hawkins springs first of all from the dense forests, rolling hills, and crumbling cities of his childhood Pennsylvania. After leaving the Keystone State, Daniel earned undergraduate degrees in composition (studying with Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, and Dan Trueman) and cello performance (Sophie Shao, Susannah Chapman) from Princeton University as well as a master's degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory (Natasha Brofsky, John Mallia, Anthony Coleman, Tanya Kalmanovitch). (more)
     

    June Weekend II (June 24-26)

  • Daniel Hawkins

    The music of Boston-based cellist and composer Daniel Hawkins springs first of all from the dense forests, rolling hills, and crumbling cities of his childhood Pennsylvania. After leaving the Keystone State, Daniel earned undergraduate degrees in composition (studying with Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, and Dan Trueman) and cello performance (Sophie Shao, Susannah Chapman) from Princeton University as well as a master's degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory (Natasha Brofsky, John Mallia, Anthony Coleman, Tanya Kalmanovitch). (more)
     
  • Kaity Newell

    Kaity 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
     

    August Week I (August 7-12)

  • Daniel Hawkins

    The music of Boston-based cellist and composer Daniel Hawkins springs first of all from the dense forests, rolling hills, and crumbling cities of his childhood Pennsylvania. After leaving the Keystone State, Daniel earned undergraduate degrees in composition (studying with Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, and Dan Trueman) and cello performance (Sophie Shao, Susannah Chapman) from Princeton University as well as a master's degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory (Natasha Brofsky, John Mallia, Anthony Coleman, Tanya Kalmanovitch). (more)
     
  • Pam Weeks

    Pam 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)
     

    August Week II (August 14-19)

  • Daniel Hawkins

    The music of Boston-based cellist and composer Daniel Hawkins springs first of all from the dense forests, rolling hills, and crumbling cities of his childhood Pennsylvania. After leaving the Keystone State, Daniel earned undergraduate degrees in composition (studying with Paul Lansky, Steve Mackey, and Dan Trueman) and cello performance (Sophie Shao, Susannah Chapman) from Princeton University as well as a master's degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory (Natasha Brofsky, John Mallia, Anthony Coleman, Tanya Kalmanovitch). (more)
     
  • McKinley James

    McKinley 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)
     
  • Beth Robinson

    Classically 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)