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 2019   I would like to suggest that whistle and flute players  LISTEN  to the following tunes…just listen while driving or putting away dishes etc.  Audios and Sheet can be found by year on this website..under “Tunes”  If you can get some tunes in your head first, it will be easier to learn them at camp.  If you have a voice memo or recording device…record them from the website so it will be easier to access them.  Bring your recording device to camp to record more tunes.   Here are the tunes to listen to:

2019

Angeline the Baker Key D
Joe Ryan’s G
Julia Clifford’s Favorite D
Peat Fire Flame Em

2018

O’Keefe’s Slide Em
Road to Boston D
Rakes of Mallow G

Other tunes to listen to:

Britches Full of Stitches 2010
The Wren 2010
Coleman’s March 2014
Have you Been to Ireland 2011
Skye Boat Song  2010

Here is one of the 2019 flute and penneywhistle tunes that will be taught.  It is called
Sunny Banks Reel:

Famous Ballymote Reel:

Humors Of Drinah Jig:

Johnny Mickey’s Slide:

Isabaux s’y Promene:

The Trip to Pakistan:

    June Weekend I

  • Darryn Petersen

    Darryn Petersen began playing the whistle and uilleann pipes twenty four years ago, after being inspired by a Seamus Ennis album he bought on a whim. His first lessons were with Jim Daily and the St James The Great chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in Glasgow, Scotland, and then with All-Ireland piper Patrick Hutchinson in Providence RI. He is greatly interested in the musical styles of the great pipers of the early and mid twentieth century, such as Seamus Ennis, Tommy Reck, and Willie Clancy. Although his day job restoring Maine’s early homes keeps him quite busy, he still finds time to haunt local sessions, and particularly enjoys sharing tunes with Fiddle Camp instructors Tamora Goltz, David Stimson, and Sharon Pyne.
     
  • 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

  • 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 Weekend II

  • 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.
     

    August Week I

  • 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. Since then, her tin whistle teaching and playing has taken her to places as far as Eek, Alaska and Weiser, Idaho. 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”. Andrea has been on staff at various music and dance camps including Pinewoods and Algoma Trad. She is thrilled to be back at Maine Fiddle Camp.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Mark Roberts

    Mark Roberts has been part of a number of groundbreaking bands in traditional music including; The Red Clay Ramblers, Touchstone, The Sevens, The Clayfoot Strutters and Childsplay. His flute and whistle playing also features prominently in the soundtrack to John Sayles’s film The Secret of Roan Inish.  Mark can be heard on numerous recordings including his duo recording with Dan Compton, The High Caul Cap.  Mark is excited to be helping out with the whistle class at this years MFC, you can also find him and his mop in the dinning hall after lunch, don’t worry there are plenty of mops.
     

    August Week II

  • 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.