An beginner march in the key of G introduced in 2021.
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An beginner march in the key of G introduced in 2021.
An beginner march in the key of G introduced in 2021.
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A 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 masks and keeping our distance, of course). Simultaneously, the entire workshop will go out on Zoom and thus involve as many folks as care to participate. [Read more…] about Maine Country Dance Fiddle Workshop, Feb 13, 2021
Most Fiddle Campers know who Sylvia Miskoe is. She has been teaching piano accordion at Camp for a couple decades, a petite woman with blonde/grey/white hair walking through Camp with an accordion slung over her back. Sylvia loves traditional Scottish dance music and also New England traditional dance music and old time country dancing. [Read more…] about Interview with Sylivia Miskoe
We will continue with a monthly, 3rd Saturday, Maestro Bistro concert featuring MFC staff members preceded by workshops presented by the same staff members. You can participate in two ways. First, you can watch the concert live streamed on YouTube or Facebook by going to the MFC YouTube channel here, or by going to the MFC FaceBook page. We are suggesting a $10 donation for the Maestro Bistro show only (donate here). The second way will be by registering for the full MB+ (register HERE!). This will allow you to take the workshops interactively via Zoom and join everyone in “the main tent” for socializing before and afterwards. Upon registration you will be given Zoom links to all 3 workshops as well as the “main tent”.. After the workshops you will be able to stay in the tent with other campers and interact while watching the show. When you register, you will be asked for a free-will donation of $25 to support our efforts.
The Ridée/Laridé represents a family of Breton dances from the Vannes region, along Brittany’s southern coast. They are characterized by arm movements which enable the dancers to stay in time together and with the music, unlike Breton dances that are defined primarily by the choreography of the foot movements. This workshop will focus on a suite of four Ridée 6 temps (‘six count’) melodies. Open to all instruments, intermediate to advanced.
This workshop will focus on learning a haunting, four-part, D minor reel called “Seann Truibhas Uilleachann” but will also discuss how that tune is related to three other tunes and a dance, which, because of their titles, came to be viewed as coded messages about the powers that be. One of the related tunes even caused a man to be brought to trial for asking a piper to play it while there was a minister present (the title of that version was directed against ministers). All levels are welcome to choose how they’d like to participate, whether to learn the tune or participate in the discussion. Sheet music and audio will be made available online.
I often like to think about the songwriting process in two distinct parts that require two very different approaches: writing and editing. It often helps to write freely without worrying about whether it’s perfect, or even good — you can save the worrying for the editing phase. In this workshop, we’ll start by exploring generative techniques and exercises designed to get you generating lots of ideas. Then, once we’ve got some raw material, we’ll switch into editing mode and talk about how to refine those ideas into a song. We’ll even look at some writing exercises that will get you writing while also making the editing process easier for your future self!
Most of you know from FaceBook that long time MFC staff member, Kaity Newell’s, home in Damariscotta burned to the ground last week. Kaity is fine as are her dogs, cats, chickens, car and fiddle. Everything else is pretty much gone. There is a go fund me campaign started to help Kaity recover from this devastating loss, and you can find that here: www.gofundme.com/f/kaity-newell-fire-recovery I can’t say enough about how big a part Kaity has been in the traditional music scene in Maine for the last 40 years or so. Please help as much as you can!
Those of you who registered for V-MFC all received a survey form to fill out. If you haven’t done that yet, please do, so we know what we did right and what we could improve on. We will definitely have more Maestro Bistros throughout the summer and there is talk about a “virtual winter MFC”, but no definite plans at this point. There are still “Camper Concert” Virtual Ensemble videos being processed and you can stay informed by watching the website and all news will be carried on the newsletter right here!! And of course, we are still hoping to get back to REAL “in person” live Maine Fiddle Camp in 2021. We will keep you informed right here!!
Well… we ALL did it!! Virtual Maine Fiddle Camp is over and it was an unqualified success. There were close to 500 registered campers and well over 1000 who “stopped by.” (Many stayed!) I’d like to let you know about the “crew” who put this all together. This was unchartered territory, and starting approximately one month before the virtual camp, we pretty much made it up as we went. Some of the MFC staff had familiarity with Zoom meetings and other interactive online platforms. Others had knowledge of YouTube, and others yet were familiar with website design, etc. None had EVER done anything approaching the scope of Virtual Maine Fiddle Camp 2020, but we wanted to give it a try. Read on if you want to know who made this happen… [Read more…] about VIRTUAL MAINE FIDDLE CAMP IS THE BEST EVER!!!
If you would like to participate in a virtual ensemble, the process is pretty simple. [Read more…] about How to Participate in a Virtual Ensemble
Workshop from 10:30 to 11:30. Join at 10:00 to socialize and discuss the state of fiddling and life in general.
The second Maestro e-Bistro is coming on Friday, May 26th at 6pm so mark your calendars! These dinnertime concerts from the staff of MFC are paired with a featured dish and special guest from the MFC kitchen. Enjoy the music while you have your meal and be sure to contribute to the conversation in the live chat. This installment will feature Ellen Gawler, Gordon Peery, Susie Burke and Dave Surette, AND a SSFG (Special Surprise Food Guest)!
The concert will be streaming on both the MFC Youtube channel and the Facebook group so head to one of those places at 6pm to join us for the show. Links to both:
Well, Fiddle Campers, Virtual Maine Fiddle Camp is off to a great start. This past weekend we kicked it off with a “live streamed” Maestro Bistro on Friday, May 15 hosted by Neil Pearlman, and an online “Zoom” fiddle lesson by Elaine M. on Saturday, May 16. Both events went off without a hitch and were very well attended.
After last years’ August (2019) MFC I had the pleasure of visiting David Kaynor at his family home in Maine. David had been a special surprise guest at camp and while he was in Maine we shared tunes on his front porch. We played mostly Swedish tunes, and this is a beautiful one from Dave I recorded. I hope you enjoy. Sheet music is available on the website: Skänklek efter Lars He’en
A note from Doug:
This is a dance tune we played for many years, along with The Dominion Reel. It works great and is an intermediate level classic. This tune was first collected by Smokey Mckeen, Greg Boardman, John Gawler, and Bob Childs around 1976 when visiting maritime folklorist -tune collector Gale Huntington in Cape Cod. He played it for them on a button accordion.
I think it is on the OGG Folkways recording from 1978. — Douglas Protsik
This workshop was held on May 16, 2020.
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Hi Jo-Anne and Doug!
It is sad, but I think the right thing to do. Carl and I have done August camp 4 years running. We will greatly miss camp, all the people, the wonderful food, the great teachers!
Stay well, be safe, see you in 2021!
Phyllis Purves-smith & Carl Hemenway
Not at all surprised but still of course SO sad to hear it….2021 is going to be a banner year.
Hope you are doing ok in all of this. Thinking of all my MFC staff buddies!!!
Jenny van West
Regrettably, I figured it might come to this.
That said, I believe you are doing the right thing.
Hello Joanne – yes, so sad. But so important to do.
I have quite a bit of experience using Zoom for online meetings (even going to use it next week for my hairdresser to coach me through a haircut, because she wouldn’t take my money for doing nothing) so if that experience can be helpful in any way, let me know. This is definitely a time for creativity!
Oh no! I understand the decision but am really sorry not to have the hope of going to the Maine fiddle camp for the two weeks in August. I was hoping that the decision could be put off until later with the illusion that all this mess would clear up enough.but of course, a lot of decisions have to be made. May all of you be safe and remain healthy. I will keep fiddling away and look forward to seeing you in 2021.
A Gail Bier
Brooklyn, New York
Oh boo hoo! We’ll try to keep practicing. We will miss you for sure. Many thanks for the work you do.
Wow, what a bummer. Hadn’t thought that far ahead. Shame. Good luck to you and yours, and thanks,
– Paul Vernet
Jo-Anne, I’m so sorry to hear that we won’t be having MFC this year. I would like to roll my fees and Sophia’s over to 2021, since I sure as heck want to go then.
~ Jeff Tucker
Well, that stinks. Please keep us updated and let us know what’s going on. Hopefully this will end some day.
I was hoping for August, at least… This news made me cry a little. I was unable to block the time for MFC last year due to travel, much to my misery at missing that perfect immersion, and was just waiting for the go-ahead as I’m sure many others were, also. But to my knowledge, you are ALL well and making it through this misery, with the prospect of coming out the other side with a new and optimistic Life Perspective!
Thank you for keeping the MFC info flow going.
See you in 2021!
That is “almost” the saddest news I could have received in the middle of the lockdown! I’ll hop on website and make donation to help out.
Stay safe. I look forward to the Tina Turner revival!
“The Grand Life of Upright Piano”
by John Pranio
(PA Starck Piano Co. est.1891 New York – Chicago)
So here’s the fairly thrilling story of the piano the Oshima boys grew up plunking away on as kids in Whitefield. Toki’s mother’s old upright was gifted to us early on, and we all enjoyed years of its musical generosity. We had the old-timer tuned countless times and refurbished more than once. But finally, a couple years before we moved to Belfast, it was beyond repair and it ended up out on the screen porch. Here it hunkered down, functioning as a table of sorts at pot-lucks; a dusty collector of stuff; a plant stand, etc. There, hit by sideways spraying rain or snow, spilled lemonade, or manhandled by a new generation of young musical explorers, it stood, dignified, with unflagging posture. [Read more…] about The Grand Life of Upright Piano
Hi Fiddle Campers and prospective Fiddle Campers! As most of you know, the complete 2020 season of MFC has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. *sigh*.. BUT the MFC staff has put together a team to work on a “Virtual Fiddle Camp”. We plan to keep the spirit of MFC alive with live streaming concerts, workshops, presentations, music videos, one on one or group lessons with your favorite instructor, and MORE!! This will definitely be the BEST virtual Fiddle Camp ever!!! You can help to that end by donating with the knowledge that your donation will be going to help underwrite this project and help the MFC staff who are working on the project, many of whom have lost some or all of their livelihood. So keep an eye right here on the website for updates.. Stay safe!!
Dear MFC Campers and friends, It is my sad job to inform you all that we are canceling this season of MFC due to the obvious uncertainty of the virus situation. Most camps have done the same. The plan, just for now, will be to return with the same line up and (approximate) dates in 2021. In the mean time we plan to keep the spirit of MFC alive with live streaming concerts, workshops, presentations, music videos, etc., maybe even a “virtual” online fiddle camp. We are putting together a team to work on that now and you can keep updated on the MFC website and there will be regular newsletters. MFC missed a year in the past and can do so again. Staying healthy is always so important, we have been so lucky in that regard at camp. Hopefully next year will be the best ever.For Campers who have already registered for 2020, there are choices: you may request a full refund (including the “non-refundable” deposit), request to apply the funds to next year’s camp, or donate all or some of the payment to MFC to help support our staff until we can reopen next year. We will be contacting each of you soon regarding these refunds, and all refund requests will be honored without question.With sorrow, but always optimistic, and many thanks to Bill, Jo-Anne and the rest of the MFC management team, and remember: “Look for the Silver Lining!!”
Your fearless leader,Doug
Chris Brinn taught piano accordion for a weekend at MFC several years ago. In 2020 he is BACK and will be teaching during the newly established accordion track for the June week, June 21-26. here are Chris’s own words!! – bill o.
I started playing the trumpet when I was about seven years old. I was extremely lucky that both my parents and teachers always encouraged music. Both my grandmothers played piano, and my grandfather on mother’s side (who was from Wicklow, Ireland) played in a harmonica band when he was in the army. In school though, the headmaster always played guitar and had us all singing during weekly assemblies. I think this was where I first heard, and became hooked on, folks songs and folk music.[Read more…] about Chris Brinn: Irish Piano Accordion
Bill: When did you first come to teach at Maine Fiddle Camp?
Éric: I think it was over ten years, or around
Bill: Who recommended you to MFC? Was it either Guy B. or Lisa O.
Éric: No body recommend me to go at MFC, I remember Guy Bouchard had been there before. I was just interested to travel, to go someplace where the people are interested about Québec music. I sent to Doug a package with my CD Reel à 2 and the last album I did with the band Entourloupe. His answer was cool and he invite me the years after.[Read more…] about AN INTERVIEW WITH QUEBECOIS FIDDLER ÉRIC FAVREAU, (BILL OLSON, FEB 2019)
It was Saturday and it was pouring, they were setting up for the dance. From the time the dance started until the end of the evening at 11 I entered into an infusion of Joy…..To say I laughed and smiled is..!!!!! I smiled until my cheeks ached and I had to keep squeezing them down because I could not stop smiling…I laughed until I was bent over and held my sides to keep them from “splitting at the seams”…my stomach hurt, I couldn’t breathe I thought “Oh My God…I’m going to die laughing (not such a bad way to go)…It was as if a portal into the Hilarity dimension opened and myself and others entered into what can only be described as a realm of pure unadulterated mirth. For about four hours, this experience which I will take to my grave was so intense, and overwhelming that I emerged at the end of the evening, “born again”… baptized with laughter. My deepest gratitude for all of you, those who create, maintain, attend, participate in what was truly The Most Amazing Fiddle Camp Ever!
Sharon has posted several tunes for this year’s flute and pennywhistle classes. Check it out HERE!
Maine Fiddle Campers all know who Dudley Laufman is (if not read here!). He was one of the original inspirations for Maine Fiddle Camp and has come to Camp every year to teach about and to call and play for an evening “Barn Dance”. This year Dudley will be in residence at Camp for the whole June week. Read more about that here. Read about the upcoming event here: [Read more…] about Belfast Flying Shoes presents “The Dancingmaster”, May 20 in Brooks!
What?? harmonica in June?? You betcha! Here are some words from long time Maine Fiddle Camp staff member, John Pranio:
Hi folks! This June, (for the first weekend and week ) I will be offering full blown classes on harmonica. We’ll learn to understand the difference between playing blues harmonica (improvisational) and straight harmonica (folk, country), and cover the basics so you can pursue this simple instrument on your own with confidence. If you have a harmonica bring it ( key of C preferred). If you need one, I’ll have some $12.00 harmonicas for sale. Contact John Pranio ( Pranioshima@gmail.com) with any questions.
Once again the June week, June 17-22 in 2016, is Mountain Dulcimer week at Maine Fiddle Camp. Long time Fiddle Camp instructor, Pam Weeks, will be teaching . Pam started offering Mountain Dulcimer (also called Appalachian Dulcimer) at Camp in 2011 and it was an instant success. The class is open to all levels of experience and Pam can even supply instruments for those who “just want to try it out”! [Read more…] about 8th YEAR of Mountain Dulcimer! ONE WEEK ONLY (6/17-6/22) at Maine Fiddle Camp
Please join us for the seventh Youth Jam Session at Bath Dance Works in downtown Bath. This session was created by music teachers to give young musician an opportunity to play tunes with each other and learn by ear. It is for all levels. We will start with simple tunes and proceed to the more advanced. The emphasis will be on fiddle tunes in keys of D, G, A,Em and Am … Instruments other than fiddle are welcome!! [Read more…] about Youth Fiddle Jam Sessions, 3/16, 4/20 & 5/18
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Maine Fiddle Camp Review. By Julie G. (For more information on the camp see www.mainefiddlecamp.org)
Last year I applied for a grant to learn how to play Cape Breton piano. I found a camp that offered Cape Breton piano that was (slightly) closer than Cape Breton: Maine Fiddle Camp. With some skepticism, due to the lengthy drive through just about every trafficky large metropolitan area the East Coast has to offer, plus concerns about the vague information on how you get into the class you want, I packed my fiddle, accordion, and digital piano into the car and headed North. Two days later I was setting up my tent in a pine forest next to a lake in Maine. Other campers were nearby and cheerfully offered to help me, as if this was the most entertaining thing a person could possibly do. This is Maine Fiddle Camp in a nutshell: everyone is really happy all the time about everything.
(Some of you may remember Barbora from last year.. When I wrote the piece in the last newsletter about the “international aspect” of MFC, I asked Barbora to comment. This came to me late but it’s a GREAT story!!!…. – bill )
I grew up under the mountains in Slovakia, a tiny country in Central Europe, where I attend our only liberal arts college – BISLA. Two years ago, I got the opportunity to study at Marlboro College, VT for one semester. I fell in love with that place immediately. I felt like people in New England knew how to enjoy every single moment in life and music was its proof. When I was back home, I knew that not coming back was not an option and so I found myself buying flight tickets to Boston half a year later. [Read more…] about A WORD FROM A MAINE FIDDLE CAMPER FROM SLOVAKIA
Come join us for the 26th Annual Maine Country Dance Fiddle Workshop,Saturday, February 10th, 2018 (snow date Feb 11th). Hallowell City Hall Auditorium, 1 Winthrop Street, Hallowell, Maine. Click on (more) to download the flyer and see the tunes! [Read more…] about 26th Maine Country Dance Fiddle Workshop, 2/10/2018
Le Rang du Pic Dur, intermediate reel in G by Claude Méthé. Audio from his 2006 recording L’amant Confesseur.
La Valse des Trois Soleils, intermediate waltz in D by Claude Méthé. Audio from his family band Dentdelion.
Valse à Donald, intermediate waltz in A by Claude Méthé made to the memory of Qc city friend Donald Masse, recorded in the 90’s with his groupe Manigance in Québec.
Fiddle campers Emeline Dehn-Reynolds, Peter Yarensky and Paul Fackler, have just completed a project to transcribe the tunes played by Maine fiddler, Simon St. Pierre. Check out this page to see a short biography of Simon and a discussion of his playing, as well as the detailed transcriptions of his three albums.
An intermediate reel in the key of F by Claude Méthé, introduced in 2017. A message from Claude:
Here is another of my tunes that I would teach in August at camp.
Denise Daigle from Bouctouche NB recorded it with her group Bourrée de Joie last year.
See you in August.