CUYAHOGA VALLEY INSTITUTE: FIDDLE CAMP

August 3-5, 2016

Fiddle Camp brings together some of the best fiddling talent in northeast Ohio for three days of classes, performances, jam sessions, and camaraderie. Attendees will receive excellent instruction in Celtic and Americana fiddling styles, with an option for staying overnight at the Stanford House.

Class Schedule

Class size is 4-10 students. Ability level varies from complete beginners to seasoned professionals and everything in between. See the full camp schedule > 

Transitioning to Celtic Fiddle
Maureen Reich | Happy Days Lodge

Part 1: Wednesday, August 3 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, August 4 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

For student violinists trained classically; beginner to intermediate.

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Dance Music of County Kerry: Polkas and Slides
Nikki Custy | Hines Hill Conference Center

Part 1: Wednesday, August 3 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, August 4 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

For intermediate players.

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"Jamgrass" Improvisation
Ed Caner | Bronson Hall

Part 1: Wednesday, August 3 | 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, August 4 | 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.

For intermediate and advanced players.

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Beginning Fiddle for Adults
Maureen Reich | Happy Days Lodge

Part 1: Wednesday, August 3 | 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, August 4 | 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Should have some basic ability, be able to hold the instrument properly, play basic scales, and be able to read some music.

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Celtic Beauty: Waltzes, Airs, and the Music of O'Carolan
Francis Quinn | Hines Hill Conference Center

Part 1: Wednesday, August 3 | 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Part 2: Thursday, August 4 | 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.

For intermediate to advanced players; learn style and ornamentation that makes this music unique.

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American Fiddle Tunes for Classical Players
Ed Caner | Hines Hill Conference Center

Part 1: Thursday, August 4 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Part 2: Friday, August 5 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

For intermediate and advanced players.

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The Irish Seisiun: Building Repertoire
Nikki Custy | GAR Hall

Part 1: Thursday, August 4 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Part 2: Friday, August 5 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

For intermediate players.

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Advanced Irish Fiddle: Reels & Jigs; Mastering Style & Ornamentations
Francis Quinn | Happy Days Lodge (Thu.) and Ledges Shelter (Fri.)

Part 1: Thursday, August 4 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m
Part 2: Friday, August 5 | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

For intermediate to advanced players; must be able to both read music and play by ear. 

 

CAMP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, August 3

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Classes
3:00 p.m. Check in for overnight attendees
5:30 - 7:15 p.m. Classes
7:30 p.m. Outdoor adventure (optional)

Thursday, August 4

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Classes
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch, free time, practice time, jam sessions...
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Classes
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Free time
5:30 - 7:15 p.m. Classes
7:15 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner (optional) and Ceilidh workshop with Maureen Reich // Happy Days Lodge
8:00 - 10:30 p.m. Concert: The PorterSharks

Friday, August 5

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Classes
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Student concert for friends & family // Ledges Shelter


Many thanks to Karen Walters and the Peninsula Foundation for offering several of their facilities as classrom space.

Instructor Bios

Ed Caner spent over 12 years performing as a sideman and soloist in national touring bands and orchestras, including Wayne Newton, Luciano Pavarotti, Smokey Robinson, and Natalie Cole. In northeast Ohio, he performs frequently with the New Barleycorn, Mo Mojo, and his own group, Hey Mavis. He has hosted the Conservancy’s monthly House Concerts since 2010 and has published several books on fiddling. A master of many styles, Ed gravitates toward blues, rock, Celtic, and American fiddle tunes.

Nikki Custy was first introduced to traditional Irish music by accordionist Gordon Shaffer of Akron and fiddler Tom McCaffery of Cleveland. During college, she studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, where she spent most of her time playing tunes in the pubs of Galway and Clare. Nikki has taught traditional Irish fiddle at the Irish Music Academy of Cleveland and the Hibernian Club of Akron.

Francis Quinn started playing the violin in third grade under the instruction of Jim Brenner and learned all of his Irish tunes from the Cleveland Irish Musicians Club and Tom McCaffrey. Francis is well-known in the Midwestern Feis circuit and has started several groups, including the PorterSharks. His love for traditional music is fostered by his parents, who are natives of County Cavan, Ireland.

Maureen Conway Reich grew up in an Irish household surrounded by the culture and tunes of Ireland. Although classically trained, she also trained in the Irish traditions with renowned fiddle player, Tom McCaffrey. Maureen has played with local groups including The Terriors, Mo Chairde, and Ballinloch, and currently leads the Cleveland Ceili Club. She specializes in teaching new students, both young, and not as young, sharing her love and passion for the fiddle, dance, and Irish traditions.

1403 West Hines Hill Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264  |  Tel 330 657 2909  |  Fax 330 657 2328