We are pleased to announce our featured guest coaches for 2023
Celia Woodsmith and Steve Muise!
Celia Woodsmith is a GRAMMY Nominated performer, vocalist, percussionist, and songwriter. With a style that can be described as "one of a kind: gritty, muscular, folksy and intimate sometimes all at once" (Bluegrass Situation) she has been a fixture of the New England Roots Music scene since 2005.
For the last 12 years, Woodsmith has predominantly performed with the Americana string band, Della Mae. In 2014 Della Mae was nominated for a Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY for their record "This World Oft Can Be". Their 2020 album "Headlight" has been described as "...powerful writing, soaring vocals, and moving musical unity — challenge us, energize us, and touch us as they light the way. This is an album on which you can feel the emotions of the group in each song as they evoke anger, sadness, hopelessness, and joy". (No Depression)
Steve is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He is in his 29th year as a music educator (strings specialist) in the Mt. Blue Regional School District (centered around Farmington, ME). His responsibilities include directing the Mt. Blue High School and Mt. Blue Middle School Orchestras, and teaching stringed instruments to elementary students. Steve also teaches at the Maine Fiddle Camp, has taught at the USM Summer Strings Academy, and has been the associate conductor for MMYO. He founded and directs the Franklin County Fiddlers, a multi-stylistic fiddle band comprised of talented students at Mt. Blue High School. Steve and the fiddlers have toured New England and Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Ireland and throughout the deep South (including Nashville and New Orleans). Steve was awarded Maine’s Music Educator of the Year in 2007, and in December 2010 he was named as a “Director Who Makes a Difference” representing Maine in “School Band and Orchestra” Magazine. He regularly performs throughout New England and beyond with his bands Boréal Tordu, Frigate, and Muisette.
The focus of Fiddleheads Acoustic Jam Camp is to teach and inspire musicians to play with each other in various styles - both singing and instrumental - and to experience playing in a band setting. Held each year in September, Jam Camp features hours of jams, workshops and concerts throughout the weekend. Campers form bands of various styles, work up and arrange a song together, and perform in an energy-filled Saturday evening concert. Jam Camp offers guided jams with focus on jamming essentials and techniques - hearing chords, backup, playing in different styles, soloing and having fun! Coaches and Campers jam in various styles Friday and Saturday evenings and often continue into the late night. From blues to bluegrass, jigs to jazz, cajun to country and more! We hire top-notch coaches who are not only amazing musicians but who are also great teachers! Coach Info
“I had the best time at Fiddleheads Acoustic Jam Camp! The location is way off the beaten path, which allowed for a total focus on the music. The best thing was that the focus was on the students and not the teachers, everybody got to jam and perform. Ellen and Melissa were relaxed but totally on top of all the details and the food was definitely above average! I highly recommend this wonderful weekend!”
-Tony Trischka, featured coach 2022
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Fiddleheads Acoustic Jam Camp
PO Box 77
Nottingham, NH 03290