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Maine Fiddle Camp is a family traditional music camp in central Maine. Not just for fiddles, MFC offers instruction in at least 14 instruments plus voice. Instructors emphasize learning and playing by ear. All ages and levels are welcome—from skilled players to people who have never played before. Besides instrument workshops, there are opportunities to perform, sing around the campfire, and “form a band”. There are jam sessions, variety shows, old time country dances and traditional camp activities like swimming and games for the kids. The FOOD at MFC is healthy, locally sourced wherever possible, respectful campers’ dietary needs, and above all, delicious.
Virtual MFC 2021-22
Join us for a monthly series of workshops with the fantastic Maine Fiddle Camp staff. Every 2nd Saturday, from November thru June, we will gather on Zoom for classes, specialty workshops, and more. The final June 2022 event will be tailored to flow “seamlessly” into live Fiddle Camp in June 2022 which will start on Friday, June 17.
With the MFC staff
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November – June
Register for one workshop or the entire season.
PLUS!! Join us for specialty workshops at 5 p.m. each month. And stay tuned each evening for the Old Time Variety Show premiering live on MFC’s YouTube channel.
All workshops will meet in Zoom breakout rooms. You’ll receive the link via email and we will post it here on the day.
9:30 a.m. Main Tent Opens. Coffee available.*
* Your own coffee.
Eagles (beginner fiddle) – with Maggie Robinson
Martins (guitar) – with John Pranio
Dulcimergansers (mountain dulcimer) – with Pam Weeks
Loons (intermediate fiddle) – with Pam Weeks
Boom Chickadees (piano) – with Doug Protsik
Buffleheads (advanced fiddle) – with Ellen Gawler
Cuckooleles (uke) – with Kenny Raskin
Puffins (harmonica) – with Steve Weiss
Cello-Bellied Sapsuckers (cello) – with Elsie Gawler
Woodpickers (mandolin) – with Glen Loper
Reed-Winged Blackbirds (button accordion) – with Sabin Jacques
Thumbingbirds (banjo) – with Jennifer Armstrong
Whistlers (flute/whistle) – with Nicole Rabata
Warblers (singing) – with Bennett Konesni and Mia Bertelli
Thunderpumpers (bass) – with Stuart Kenney
7 p.m. OLD TIME VARIETY SHOW
The elves are still preparing the link for this one. Check back in the afternoon.
Your Talented Virtual Staff
These folks are teaching at V-MFC this season. Instructors will rotate month-to-month.
Buffleheads (Advanced Fiddle) Éric Favreau, Ellen Gawler, Alden Robinson, Ed Pearlman, Frank Ferrel
Loons (Intermediate Fiddle) Elaine Malkin, John Pranio, Jessie Boardman, Elizabeth Anderson
Eagles (Beginner Fiddle) Maggie Robinson, Mia Friedman.
Boom Chickadees (Piano) Doug Protsik, Neil Pearlman, Alex Fortier.
Cuckooleles (Ukulele) Kenny Raskin, Nina Miller
Thumbingbirds (Clawhammer Banjo) Jennifer Armstrong
Woodpickers (Mandolin) Baron Collins-Hill, Glen Loper
Martins (Guitar) Fred White & Others
Whistlers (Flute & Whistle) Sharon Pyne, Sandy Davis, Nicole Rabata.
Cello Bellied Sapsuckers (Cello…) Elsie Gawler, McKinley James, Daniel Hawkins.
Warblers (Singing) Bennett Konesni, Mia Bertelli
Thunder Pumpers (Bass) Stuart Kenney
Dulcimergansers (Mountain Dulcimer) Pam Weeks
Puffins (Harmonica) Steven Weiss.
Reedwinged Blackbirds (Button Accordion) Sabin Jacques, Jim Joseph.
Additional MFC staff members will undoubtedly show up in Specialty Workshops
Get a shirt!
Official V-MFC 2021 Shirts are available online!
Please note: all shirts are printed with white ink.
Virtual Camp Highlights
- Film premiere: “Bonsoir Mes Amis / Goodnight My Friends” — A Film by Huey“Huey explores the changing relationship of two top folk musicians and captures a joyous facet of Maine life. From start to finish the film is a unique, sensitive and satisfying contribution to understanding our time and place.” (William D. Barry, Maine historian and writer). “Bonsoir Mes Amis” features cameo appearances by MFC’ers MFC Ellen and […]
- Maine Country Dance Fiddle Workshop, Feb 13, 2021A note from Greg Boardman: We would just like to tell you about the upcoming Maine Country Dance Fiddle Workshop this February 13, 2021. We are still negotiating for a hall in which to invite the first five registrants of each group, advanced, intermediate and beginner, to do the live portion of the workshop (wearing […]
- VIRTUAL MAINE FIDDLE CAMP February 19-21 2021An online traditional music camp for all ages and abilities!!! “Twice the program at half the price”. We laugh but it’s really not a joke.Read on! What is MFC? Why is it different?I am often asked “why is Maine Fiddle Camp different?” I don’t normally answer that question here on the MFC newsletter because […]
November 8th, 2021 – Virtual MFC returns!
Can you help us find past camp videos?
We are looking for videos from “real” MFC.
Some of you may have video of past variety shows, dances, etc.
Would you be willing to share it with us?
You can upload videos on this page. Please contact us if you have questions or leads!