Yes folks, I KNOW it’s “Maine Fiddle Camp”, but we all know MFC is about a LOT more than fiddles. The second June weekend has been “Maine Squeezebox Weekend” since 2013! Here’s what we have to offer:
The second weekend in June features instruction in Piano Accordion, Button Accordion and English and Anglo Concertina. For teachers we have Sabin Jacques for button accordion, Nancy 3 Hoffman and Sunniva Brynnell for piano accordion, David Stimson for English concertina, and Grey Larsen for Anglo concertina.
Here’s a brief rundown of each of the teachers:
Sabin Jacques, from Quebec (near Quebec City), is a member of the Quebecois band, Raz-de-Marée (Tidal Wave) along with Maine Fiddle Camp staff members Rachel Aucoin, Eric Favreau and Stuart Kenney. Sabin has been at camp a couple times as a camper accompanying his wife, Rachel, and their kids, Matthieu and Gabriel. He is a master of the Quebecois style button accordion and foot percussion! You might notice from the picture above he plays left handed. Here’s a video clip Raz-de-Marée “in action” at Dance Flurry a few years ago. I like this video a lot because the accordion is so energetic and REALLY cuts through!! If you like French Canadian music, note that the whole band, Raz-de-Marée, will be at camp for the June 21-23 weekend and Rachel, Eric and Stuart will be on board the for the June week. Sabin has taught at festivals and camps all across North America and Europe and will be teaching accordion during the weekend session.
Nancy 3. Hoffman is a classically trained pianist and works nationally as a music theater director. Nancy 3. Is a founding member of The Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer Band, (http://www.cascobaytummlers.com/) playing Eastern European Jewish folk music for over 30 years. She brings her love of this music to spice up the mix at Fiddle Camp.She leads The Maine Squeeze accordion ensemble, playing international folk music. Her solo work includes international cabaret and her one-woman rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado. She is also director and curator of the world’s only Umbrella Cover Museum. Nancy 3. lives on Peaks Island and migrates to Key West, Florida for the winter. Her middle name is really 3. Nancy will be teaching during the Squeezebox weekend
Sunniva Brynnel, from Sweden, will be staying over at Camp after teaching piano accordion for the June week. You can read about her here:
David Stimson is from Boothbay and is probably most well known for playing at contradances with the band Calliope on fourth Fridays in North Whitefield, Maine. He has been very active in the Maine traditional music scene for many years. He is a member of the band Steampacket with MFC staffer, Glen Loper, but also in other combinations like Flowing Tide, a band which includes his wife, Tamora Goltz, and sons Abraham and Nathaniel. David, plays LOTS of instruments including piano, guitar, wooden flute, English concertina, mandolin, tenor banjo. This summer he will be available for instruction on English concertina.
Grey Larsen is best know for his playing of wooden Irish flute but is a master of fiddle, concertina, piano, and harmonium as well. His music encompasses the traditions of Appalachia, southern Indiana, Scandinavia and Québec in addition to Ireland. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Grey is also a schooled composer. You can read more about Grey here. Grey will be teaching Anglo Concertina for the Squeezebox weekend
This will be a great weekend! Sign up now!!!