Summer of 2022 finally saw some events return that had been postponed since the pandemic. Maine Fiddle Camp ran 4 sessions at its new location at Pilgrim Lodge in Gardiner, ME. Adapting to a new location during the ongoing pandemic was a lot of work, but well worth the effort to get that community back together. (photo credit: Kenny Raskin)
There have been more dances to play for weddings, local dances, and other events this year, and contradance weekends are trying to organize for later this year and in 2023. You can find info about a few of those on the schedule page. Fingers crossed for no new COVID strains or surges.
Fall is also a time where many get inspired to start or resume mandolin lessons. I’m still teaching on Zoom, and in-person in Portland, ME…and I have room for a few more students if you’re interested.
Since March I’ve picked up students from across the country and we’re really enjoying working on music together. Zoom, Skype and Facetime all work well.
I’ve taught mandolin lessons for fifteen years and I am an instructor at the yearly Maine Fiddle Camp in Montville, ME. Sadly, we aren’t having any live camps this year, but we are producing some online workshops and concerts. I’ll be teaching a workshop and playing a short set with Bethany Waickman this Saturday, August 15, 2020. You can follow Maine Fiddle Camp on Facebook.
Hey everyone. I hope you’re all weathering this pandemic well. The contradancing that I play for is indefinitely on hold, but I am still teaching lessons for mandolin and tenor banjo via Skype/Zoom/FaceTime, or the video conference platform of your choice. If you need some music to listen too, you can purchase Riptide’s album here, or shoot me an e-mail if you’re interested in my album with Frigate (Steve Muise and Fred White). I’ll be in Portland, ME working on my foot percussion, playing Farkle via video chat, and cooking up a storm. Stay safe!
Thanks to Alden Robinson, this site is back and extremely Google-able.
It’s been awhile since I’ve updated the site. I added a little bit about my latest contradance band Stomp Rocket, and I posted a few YouTube videos on the Media page.
Website issues aside, it’s been a fun 2019 so far, with New Year’s gigs with Stomp Rocket in Sheffield, MA and Washington D.C., a dance weekend in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho with Alden Robinson and Max Newman, the Epicenter Dance Weekend with Riptide in Mill Valley, CA, and most recently the Chesapeake Bay Dance Weekend with Stomp Rocket.
Next week Riptide will be at the Butterfly Whirl weekend in Atlanta, GA. In June I’ll be back at Maine Fiddle Camp in Montville, ME with all the usual suspects, and I’m looking forward to playing with Larry Unger, Audrey Knuth, and Casey Murray at Labor Day Dance Away in Julian, CA at the end of August.
If you’re looking for mandolin or tenor banjo lessons, I’m still teaching in Portland, ME and I do have openings for new students.