Flute and Pennywhistle

Even though the name of the camp is Maine Fiddle Camp, you can sign up to learn wooden flute or pennywhistle with “no strings attached”.. This year Sharon and Sandy will be teaming up to offer instruction at all levels, and you don’t even need to bring an instrument, since pennywhistles will be available at camp. Finally, since Fiddle Camp is located on True’s Pond, Sandy also reminds us that the whistle is one of the few instruments you can take swimming with you!! Sign up here.

    June Weekend I (June 12-14)

  • Jim DiCarlo

    A self-described “tune hound,” Jim DiCarlo has been playing Irish music on whistle and wooden flute for contra dances, at sessions, and in the hallways of music festivals for the past 25 years.  He loves learning new tunes and has even composed a few of passable quality.  A long-time member of the Maine-based, not-entirely-traditional group Wake the Neighbors, he played alongside Lissa Schneckenburger, John Cote, Jessie & Greg Boardman, Ed Howe, Anthony Shostak and Alfred Lund.  (more)
     
  • Sharon Pyne

    Sharon has been a student of tin whistle and wooden flute since 1977 when she attended the Willy Clancy Summer School while working in Ireland for the year. On her return to Boston to care for her grandmother, she studied with master flute players in the Hanafin /Cooley Comhalthus branch. She move to Maine to raise her children and became a member of the Portland Ceili Band and Ladies of the Lake. She runs a music studio in Bath, Maine where she teaches flute and whistle and Music Together. For a few months every year since 2000, she happily lives and breathes Maine Fiddle alongside director Doug Protsik.  Sharon can be contacted at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 207-522-3900.
     

    June Week (June 14-19)

  • Sandy Davis

    Sandy has been playing for contra dances for over 40 years. In the 70’s, he was a founding member of the Roaring Jelly dance band and the Common Ground quintet. Back then, he played occasionally with Dudley Laufman and the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra. He spent over 20 years as the hired music director of two long-standing community contra dance bands (the Berlin Country Dance Orchestra and Oh, CONTRAire!), and has recorded with a number of traditional musicians, including (more)
     
  • Sharon Pyne

    Sharon has been a student of tin whistle and wooden flute since 1977 when she attended the Willy Clancy Summer School while working in Ireland for the year. On her return to Boston to care for her grandmother, she studied with master flute players in the Hanafin /Cooley Comhalthus branch. She move to Maine to raise her children and became a member of the Portland Ceili Band and Ladies of the Lake. She runs a music studio in Bath, Maine where she teaches flute and whistle and Music Together. For a few months every year since 2000, she happily lives and breathes Maine Fiddle alongside director Doug Protsik.  Sharon can be contacted at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 207-522-3900.
     

    June Weekend II (June 19-21)

  • Brad Hurley

    Brad Hurley has been playing traditional Irish music on whistle and wooden flute since the late 1970s, and has performed in dozens of concerts, weddings, dances, theater productions, and festivals in New England and eastern Canada. Brad has taught flute and whistle for many years, and his online guide to the Irish flute is a popular resource among flute players around the world. He currently performs on flute and 12-string guitar in a duo with his partner Claire Boucher, a traditional singer from southwestern Brittany. (more)
     
  • Sharon Pyne

    Sharon has been a student of tin whistle and wooden flute since 1977 when she attended the Willy Clancy Summer School while working in Ireland for the year. On her return to Boston to care for her grandmother, she studied with master flute players in the Hanafin /Cooley Comhalthus branch. She move to Maine to raise her children and became a member of the Portland Ceili Band and Ladies of the Lake. She runs a music studio in Bath, Maine where she teaches flute and whistle and Music Together. For a few months every year since 2000, she happily lives and breathes Maine Fiddle alongside director Doug Protsik.  Sharon can be contacted at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 207-522-3900.
     

    August Week I (August 9-14)

  • Andrea Cooper

    A 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)
     
  • Sandy Davis

    Sandy has been playing for contra dances for over 40 years. In the 70’s, he was a founding member of the Roaring Jelly dance band and the Common Ground quintet. Back then, he played occasionally with Dudley Laufman and the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra. He spent over 20 years as the hired music director of two long-standing community contra dance bands (the Berlin Country Dance Orchestra and Oh, CONTRAire!), and has recorded with a number of traditional musicians, including (more)
     

    August Week II (August 16-21)

  • Sharon Pyne

    Sharon has been a student of tin whistle and wooden flute since 1977 when she attended the Willy Clancy Summer School while working in Ireland for the year. On her return to Boston to care for her grandmother, she studied with master flute players in the Hanafin /Cooley Comhalthus branch. She move to Maine to raise her children and became a member of the Portland Ceili Band and Ladies of the Lake. She runs a music studio in Bath, Maine where she teaches flute and whistle and Music Together. For a few months every year since 2000, she happily lives and breathes Maine Fiddle alongside director Doug Protsik.  Sharon can be contacted at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 207-522-3900.
     
  • Nicole Rabata

    Irish flutist Nicole Rabata is highly regarded both in and out of traditional music fields. She has toured America and Europe including appearances at International Flute Festivals in Stockholm and Lund (Sweden), Temple Bar Trad Fest in Dublin, the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Scotland, Interharmony International Music Festival in Bavaria, the National Flute Conventions in NYC and San Diego, WOMAD Festival in the UK and the Festival Interceltique du L’Orient in Brittany among others. (more)