Camp Coach Information

Two Guest Coaches in 2019:

Canadian Fiddler Shane Cook

Ellen Carlson and Shane Cook
Ellen Carlson and Shane Cook

From ShaneCook.com

"Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook captivates audiences with technically thrilling and adventurous performances. Cook has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and also excels at Irish, Scottish and Bluegrass. In concert, his expressive and virtually flawless performances place him in high demand among a variety of ensembles and collaborations that have seen him tour extensively in Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan."

Denny Breau, 6 String Guitar, Singer Songwriter

From DennyBreau.com

"Denny Breau's rhythmically flawless and dazzlingly clear style allows him to do amazing and stunning things with a six-string guitar. He first draws in an audience with a finely arranged melody and then slides effortlessly into scorching fingerwork that sets ears aflame. Lucky Clark has said that 'Denny is a consummate picker, evocative songwriter, and a singer with a voice that is warm and inviting but completely unpretentious.' He has long been in demand as a studio musician and has done jingles and sound tracks for radio and television as well as recorded and produced albums for other artists." 

Denny Breau
Denny Breau

From DennyBreau.com

"Denny Breau's rhythmically flawless and dazzlingly clear style allows him to do amazing and stunning things with a six-string guitar. He first draws in an audience with a finely arranged melody and then slides effortlessly into scorching fingerwork that sets ears aflame. Lucky Clark has said that 'Denny is a consummate picker, evocative songwriter, and a singer with a voice that is warm and inviting but completely unpretentious.' He has long been in demand as a studio musician and has done jingles and sound tracks for radio and television as well as recorded and produced albums for other artists." 

Coaches

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.

website

 

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)

www.BurkeSurette.com

 

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

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.

www.EllenCarlson.com

 

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.

www.AlanEpsteinMusic.com/bio

 

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.

www.TheBuskers.com/bios

 

Bob Kordas banjo, resophonic guitar (dobro)

Bob is a member of the "Bluegrass Bureaux Cats" and can be seen playing with many people on the seacoast.

 

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.

 

Woody Pringle old-time banjo

Woody has been studying and playing Appalachian music most of his adult life. He performs with the oldtime band "Bradford Bog People" and the award-winning New Hampshire historic band the "Hardtacks." Additionally, he is a performing artist with the NH State Arts Council in Education.

 

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 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.

www.TheBuskers.com

 

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.

www.BurkeSurette.com

Coaches and Back Up Musicians From Previous Years

Byron Berline  Fiddle

David Greely  Cajun Fiddle

Andrea Larson  Swedish

Andrew VanNorstrand  Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar

Carter Logan  Banjo, Dobro

Jason Anick  Fiddle, Mandolin

Erica Brown  Fiddle 

Bob Amos  Banjo, Guitar, Songwriting

Jim Prendergast  Guitar, Irish

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