Piano

Learn to play piano at Maine Fiddle Camp

Sure, Maine Fiddle Camp has a lot to do with learning to play the fiddle. But fiddlers need accompanists and piano is one of the oldest traditional accompanying instruments for fiddle. This year we have several top notch teachers who will instruct in a variety of styles, Quebecois, Scottish and Cape Breton, old time New England, or just the “beginner level”.

It is recommended, but not required, that piano students bring your own keyboard!

Check out the bios below, look on the staff schedule to see who is on staff for which session and sign up here..

    June Weekend I (June 15-17)

  • David Stimson

    David Stimson began backing up country dance music on the guitar in 1965 at the age of eleven. During several summers the 1960s he attended Pinewoods cape with his family while his stepfather, Bob Guillard, taught Morris Dancing and English Country Dance. David's was first exposed to Contra Dance during the evening dances at Pinewoods; however, the disease remained latent until he learned English Concertina and joined the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra in1979. (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)
     

    June Week (June 17-22)

  • Gordon Peery

    Gordon Peery started playing contra dance piano in the late 1970’s  He was fortunate to be in the neighborhood of Bob McQuillen, who was an inspiration and mentor. Though Gordon quickly evolved his own style of playing, he was permanently influenced by Bob’s commitment to providing a solid bass line for dances. Gordon was the piano player for the band Fresh Fish, (with fiddler Kerry Elkin), which became a nationally prominent contra dance band. They toured the country extensively between 1985 and 1995, and produced a recording, “Turning of the Tide”. During that time Gordon also played with the New Hampshire Fiddlers Union, with Rodney Miller, Randy Miller, and Skip Gorman. That group was featured at the 10th Annual Shetland Folk Festival. The NH Fiddlers Union produced a cassette recording. “The Music of John Taggart”. Gordon also plays on several recordings with Gorman. More recently Gordon enjoyed a couple of great years with a band of young musicians, Trip to Nelson. Their recording “The Winding Road” is available on CD Baby and Spotify. (more)
     
  • Mesa Schubeck

    I grew up in the small town of Blue Hill, Maine nestled in the forest on the edge of the ocean. My parents are both self taught folk musicians and from a young age I have heard them play traditional music for contra dances, weddings and other events. Growing up with my sisters we listened to lots of different kinds of music. My mom had Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Carole King records and my dad was into Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and the artists from the Motown era. These sounds absorbed into my being and began to expose me to the vast, rich world of music. Though I have to credit my dad as my first piano teacher, I began official piano lessons with Win Pusey at age eight. I loved playing the piano and I felt a natural connection to the instrument. Once I advanced to 6th grade I started with teacher and lifelong mentor Ginger Hwalek who helped take my classical playing to the next level. In 7th grade when I formed an a cappella group at the Bay School with some of my friends, I really started to get excited about exploring my voice. I had the opportunity to record my own CD in a professional studio as my 8th grade project and I saw first hand how much work goes into making a recording; but the rush I got from being in the studio was like nothing else. (more)
     

    June Weekend II (June 22-24)

  • Gordon Peery

    Gordon Peery started playing contra dance piano in the late 1970’s  He was fortunate to be in the neighborhood of Bob McQuillen, who was an inspiration and mentor. Though Gordon quickly evolved his own style of playing, he was permanently influenced by Bob’s commitment to providing a solid bass line for dances. Gordon was the piano player for the band Fresh Fish, (with fiddler Kerry Elkin), which became a nationally prominent contra dance band. They toured the country extensively between 1985 and 1995, and produced a recording, “Turning of the Tide”. During that time Gordon also played with the New Hampshire Fiddlers Union, with Rodney Miller, Randy Miller, and Skip Gorman. That group was featured at the 10th Annual Shetland Folk Festival. The NH Fiddlers Union produced a cassette recording. “The Music of John Taggart”. Gordon also plays on several recordings with Gorman. More recently Gordon enjoyed a couple of great years with a band of young musicians, Trip to Nelson. Their recording “The Winding Road” is available on CD Baby and Spotify. (more)
     
  • Mesa Schubeck

    I grew up in the small town of Blue Hill, Maine nestled in the forest on the edge of the ocean. My parents are both self taught folk musicians and from a young age I have heard them play traditional music for contra dances, weddings and other events. Growing up with my sisters we listened to lots of different kinds of music. My mom had Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Carole King records and my dad was into Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis and the artists from the Motown era. These sounds absorbed into my being and began to expose me to the vast, rich world of music. Though I have to credit my dad as my first piano teacher, I began official piano lessons with Win Pusey at age eight. I loved playing the piano and I felt a natural connection to the instrument. Once I advanced to 6th grade I started with teacher and lifelong mentor Ginger Hwalek who helped take my classical playing to the next level. In 7th grade when I formed an a cappella group at the Bay School with some of my friends, I really started to get excited about exploring my voice. I had the opportunity to record my own CD in a professional studio as my 8th grade project and I saw first hand how much work goes into making a recording; but the rush I got from being in the studio was like nothing else. (more)
     

    August Week I (August 5-10)

  • Clayton Clemetson

    Clayton Clemetson was raised in the New England folk and contra dance traditions as both a dancer and a musician. After years of classical lessons he discovered a love for piano accompaniment at our very own Maine Fiddle Camp at age 11 and the music and community has been central in his life ever since. His style ranges from catchy contra dance grooves to expansive waltzes, influenced by Cape Breton and Irish music with a contemporary twist. (more)
     
  • Neil Pearlman

    Neil 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)
     

    August Week II (August 12-17)

  • Clayton Clemetson

    Clayton Clemetson was raised in the New England folk and contra dance traditions as both a dancer and a musician. After years of classical lessons he discovered a love for piano accompaniment at our very own Maine Fiddle Camp at age 11 and the music and community has been central in his life ever since. His style ranges from catchy contra dance grooves to expansive waltzes, influenced by Cape Breton and Irish music with a contemporary twist. (more)
     
  • Neil Pearlman

    Neil 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)
     
  • Cindy Roy

    Cindy is an accomplished piano accompanist and stepdancer and has collaborated with her husband, Don Roy on numerous recordings and performances. 114 Plummer Rd. Gorham ME. 04038 892-3512