At Fiddleheads Acoustic JamCamp attendees gain practical experience with a strong emphasis on bands and playing with others. All acoustic instruments are welcome at the camp and teachers are encouraged to attend as well. It may be the best weekend of your year! Learn more about our coaches here.
You'll learn from great teachers how to:
- play with bands
- back up others
- train your ear
- expand your styles and playing
- bring out the heart and soul of your playing
- band members can attend our "Band Masterclass" to learn about arranging, harmony singing, song writing, sound equipment, getting gigs, recording, band dynamics and other topics.
Fiddler Ellen Carlson has a strong grasp on several musical genres. She has played with bluegrass, swing, western swing, country, Irish and square dance bands. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine gave her a coveted highlight review for her solo album "People I Play With" as well as three excellent reviews for her band High Range, calling her "a talented musician." She teaches at numerous festivals and workshops including Fiddle Hell, Grey Fox, Joe Val, and Pemi Valley. She started and leads the NH Fiddle Ensemble (featured on WMUR's Chronicle) with over 80 members. She is a member of the NH State Council on the Arts Teaching Roster.
Kathy plays fiddle, electric violin, mandolin, and sings with the band The Buskers, a wild and fun, folky and funky band based in NH, and performs with northern NY musicians as Yellow Moon Jazz. She is adept at folk, swing and jazz, and has tried her hand at the Latin jazz scene as well. You can catch her performing across state lines, traveling with The Buskers or playing a variety of gigs in northern NY, including the Northern Lights Orchestra. She also has played many years for New England contra and square dances, was a member of The Fiddleheads Band, and Sweet, Red, Hot, and Sassy, and gives fiddle workshops in NH and NY.
Melissa is a fiddler who is known for playing and teaching many different styles of music. Classically trained, she went on to study music education at the University of Maine at Orono. While in college, Melissa became interested in the fiddling styles of Celtic music and has been performing Irish music ever since. She has taught general music, beginning strings, and the high school orchestra in the Windham School System. Soon after moving to Portland, Maine, Melissa became acquainted with the bluegrass band "Jerks of Grass" and has been a part of the band since 2006. She also enjoys performing with the old-time band "Sugar Hill" and the "Muddy Marsh Ramblers." Melissa has been greatly involved with the development of 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine, since it began in 2004. She co-directs the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble with Ellen Carlson, a diverse group with over 100 members! Melissa also teaches at her home studio in Scarborough, Maine, and enjoys spending time with her two young sons, Daniel and Aidan.
Melissa Bragdon Caron: (207) 415-9314 email Melissa