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Fiddleheads Acoustic JamCamp Weekend

Fiddleheads Acoustic JamCamp
All acoustic musicians are welcome!
We play blues to bluegrass, jigs to jazz, cajun to country and more!

September 6-8, 2019
Camp Methodios, Clement Pond, Contoocook, New Hampshire

Join us each September for a weekend of music, learning, and fun!
Now in our 22nd year!

The Fiddleheads Acoustic JamCamp (formerly Fiddleheads Camp) is organized by experienced fiddlers Kathy Sommer (Zimpfer) and Ellen Carlson with the support of other coaches, volunteers and helpers. The focus of this three-day JamCamp is to teach and inspire musicians to play with each other in various styles--both singing and instrumental--and to experience a band setting. The weekend features hours of jams, workshops and concerts throughout the day. We form bands of various styles, practice playing with others and perform in an energy-filled Saturday evening concert. Jamming of various styles happens Friday and Saturday evenings. The guided jams focus on jamming essentials and techniques (hearing chords, backup, playing in different styles, soloing and more!) JamCamp coaches are not only good musicians but are also good teachers and have played in numerous bands of various styles.

Specific descriptions of the 30+ workshops throughout the weekend can be downloaded at our website. Typical workshops may include:
- Learn a Swing Tune
- Fiddle Tunes for Beginners
- How to Lead a Tune in a Jam
- Beginning Blues and Jazz Jam
- 2-Chord Jamming
- Bluegrass Harmony
- as well as several other vocal and instrument-specific workshops, check back in August each year for final workshop descriptions.
All of the camp coaches (approx. 15) are excellent musicians and teachers and have played in many different styles of bands; each coach bringing a different area of expertise to the lineup. Learn more about the camp coaches at

Camp organizers Kathy and Ellen are no strangers to the violin/fiddle. Performing with numerous groups since they were very young, they are known for their double fiddling and improvisational abilities. They are on several recordings with bands such as The Fiddleheads Band, Sweet (Red) Hot and Sassy, The High Range Band, and The Buskers. Both Ellen and Kathy enjoy playing a wide variety of musical styles. Drawing on bluegrass and classical roots, both are adept at swing, western swing, country, old-time, cajun and jazz.

They have learned from some of the hottest performers today at various fiddle camps throughout the nation: Mark O'Connor; Buddy Spicher; Jay Unger; Matt Glaser; Barbara Lamb; and the Turtle Island String Quartet. Years of experience performing music in public at the professional level, combined with many years of music teaching experience, Kathy and Ellen provide a learning experience second to none. As a student at Fiddleheads JamCamp you will go home satisfied with loads of practical information from experienced professional musicians and teachers that will aid you for a lifetime.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Camp Organizer, Fiddle Instructor
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 77
Nottingham, NH 03290
Physical Address: 
329 Camp Merrimac Road
Contoocook, NH 03229
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Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Traditional
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Children's
Music - Country
Music - Folk
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Arts Camps / Institutes
Activities and Services: 
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region