Coaches at Fiddleheads Acoustic JamCamp (Fiddleheads Camp)

Fiddleheads Acoustic JamCamp
formerly Fiddleheads Acoustic Music Camp
September 8-10, 2017
Contoocook, New Hampshire
"I have been to many music camps and music festivals, and this one is the most fun, most all inclusive fun fun fun of any."

"Most enjoyable musical experience of the year."

--Fiddleheads Camp Attendees



blues
bluegrass
jigs
jazz
cajun
country
and more!

Shana Aisenberg mandolin, guitar, ukelele
Shana Aisenberg is a nationally recognized multi-instrumentalist, playing, composing, recording, and teaching diverse acoustic roots styles from traditional southern Appalachian and Celtic, to eastern European Klezmer, bottleneck blues and jazz. She has been a national flatpicking champion.

New this year!
Bob Amos banjo, guitar, songwriting
For 15 years Bob was the front man, lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the internationally acclaimed band "Front Range" and is now part of the Vermont hot bluegrass band "Catamount Crossing" featuring stellar vocals and rock-solid instrumentation where Bob's banjo playing provides a driving force for the group. Bob offers workshops in banjo, guitar, and songwriting. 

Melissa Caron (Bragdon) fiddle, Irish
Melissa Bragdon's interest lies in the fiddling styles of Celtic music and she has performed 
Irish music around New England and in Ireland. She is a member of the bluegrass band 
 "Jerks of Grass" and has taught general music, beginning strings, and high school orchestra. 

Susie Burke vocals, guitar
Susie Burke has a vocal style that is at once stunning and heartfelt. "Burke displays a gift for pulling honest emotional chords--all too rare in these clever and cynical times." (Scott Alarik, Boston Globe)

Bruce Carlson pedal steel guitar
Bruce adds strong jamming skills to the mix, plus he plays the elusive pedal steel guitar (lessons provided also). We let one electric instrument squeak in because he's Ellen’s brother!

Darrell Carlson  Country, Bluegrass, Swing, Rock guitar, vocals
Darrell has been playing guitar and singing since he was nine years old. He started a band when he was twelve and his sister Ellen and brother Bruce joined in along with some neighborhood kids. Not only has he played with bands in Connecticut and New Hampshire, but he jams into the wee hours playing everything from country to rock to blues welcoming players of all levels.

Ellen Carlson fiddle, hamboning
Ellen Carlson is a member of the NH State Council on the Arts education roster and has given fiddle workshops with April Verch, Ruth Ungar and JP Cormier. She teaches at various Kid's Academies: Grey Fox, Joe Val and Pemi Valley. She currently plays with High Range, Jim Prendergast, Joe Deleault, Newfound Grass, the Grumbling Rustics and others.

New this year!
Alan Epstein mandolin
Alan was the founder of the modern day "Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra" in 2002 and has studied gypsy mandolin under the great Charley Rappaport. He lives in upstate New York and teaches many workshops on bluegrass jamming using the Wernick bluegrass jamming technique. Alan excels at helping students master fundamentals and techniques in a highly positive way.

Paul Hubert guitar
Paul Hubert has performed extensively as a solo artist on classical guitar and as a singer/songwriter. He is the guitarist extraordinaire with the NH-based band The Buskers, featuring tasteful fingerstyle guitar to blues-to-the-metal rock licks. He has produced three solo recordings and is featured on several other recordings and has an ongoing relationship with the New Hampshire Very Special Arts program.

Amanda Kowalski bass
Amanda Kowalski was the original bassist with the bluegrass band "Della Mae" and has been on many a national stage. In addition to playing fabulous bass she sings lead and harmony vocals and has taught at Augusta Heritage Center and other camps.

Jim Prendergast guitar, Irish
Jim is a Nashville transplant and has recorded and played with many of the “A” list session musicians in Nashville. You can find him playing Irish music with some of the best in the northeast and his swing guitar playing turns heads of some of the finest guitar pickers around. He owns Mill Pond Music Studio in Portsmouth.

Just Added: Woody Pringle

Steve Roy bass, mandolin, fun-meister
Steve Roy has toured on bass with bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis, Hit and Run Bluegrass and was a member of High Range. He currently plays with the Stowaways and Erica Brown and leads the bluegrass jam in Dover.

Kathy Sommer (Zimpfer) fiddle
Kathy plays fiddle and mandolin with the pop/folk/jazz band The Buskers and with northern NY jazz, folk and classical musicians in Yellow Moon and Northern Lights Orchestra. You can catch her performing across state lines, or maybe giving a workshop at a bluegrass festival or at the NYS Old Tyme Fiddlers' Association.

David Surette guitar, mandolin
David Surette is considered one of New England's finest guitarists, and has distinguished himself among North American Celtic guitarists by his use of Breton and French materials. He also plays mandolin and bouzouki. He is sought after as an accompanist in New England contra dance circles, recording with Rodney Miller, and is head of the folk department at the Concord Community Music School.

Coaches and Back Up Musicians From Previous Years:

Andrea Larson, Swedish
Andrew VanNorstrand Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar
Carter Logan Banjo, Dobro
Jason Anick Fiddle, Mandolin
Erica Brown  Fiddle 
Matt Glaser  Fiddle
Darol Anger  Fiddle
Joyce Andersen  Fiddle and Vocals
Harvey Reid  Guitar and Vocals
Matt Shipman  Guitar, Bass and Mandolin
Rodney Miller  The Great Contra Dance Fiddler
David Surrette  Folk and Bluegrass, Guitar and Mandolin
Shana Aisenburg  Guitar, Mandolin and Fiddle
Ryan Thomson  Fiddle, Accordion, Penny Whistle and Dance
Donna Hebert  Fiddle
Liza Constable  Guitar and Vocals
Paul Bourgelais  Guitar
Nancy Harrowitz  Vocals
Bob Kordas  Banjo and Resonator Guitar
Diane Kordas  Bass, Vocals and Song Writing
Todd Jones  Guitar, Banjo, Vocals and Song Writing
Skip Gorman  Mandolin and Cowboy Historian
August Watters  Guitar, Bass, Mandolin and Vocals
Steve Roy  Bass and Fun
Dave Talmage  Banjo and Fiddle
Sue Hunt  Piano, Accordion and Calling
Peter Stillwagon  Guitar
porch workshop at Camp
Below are coaches for 2016 - Please check back for 2017 Camp coaches
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David Greely Featured Guest Coach 2016
David Greely was born in Baton Rouge of Cajun and Irish ancestry. He learned Cajun music on dance hall stages throughout South Louisiana, in the archives of Cajun and Creole music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and from his apprenticeship to Cajun fiddle master and National Heritage Fellow Dewey Balfa. As a founding member of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, David toured Folk Festivals worldwide for 23 years and was nominated for four Grammy Awards. He has received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance, and is an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle at the University of Louisiana. David teaches Cajun fiddle and Cajun lyrics and vocals to students the world over in workshops and music camps. His fiddle classes subtly instill an understanding of the structure of music along with classic Cajun repertoire, and in his vocals classes he employs a lively and inclusive call-and-response style with a unique method of evoking a true Cajun French accent in his singers.

Check back to see who our Featured Guest Coach will be for 2017.