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Acoustic Music Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee offers musicians experience playing with others

The Fiddleheads Acoustic Music Camp on Lake Winnipesauke, Geneva Point Center, NH is an experience that budding and more experienced acoustic musicians (adult and kids) can't pass up. In their eleventh year, the camp will be held from Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7 on the beautiful shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. The camp is open to musicians interested in improving their improvisational skill and ability to play with others in bands. Students can also find specialized instruction in many instruments, including, but not limited to, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, piano, hammered dulcimer, banjo and even viola and cello.

Camp founders, instructors and fiddlers, Kathy Zimpfer-Sommer and Ellen Carlson, describe the camp: "We wanted to create a camp that helped musicians to not only improve their individual skills which many camps do, but we also wanted to show students how rewarding it is to play with others. This means many things to musicians -- it means learning how to improvise, how to back up others, how to arrange songs, how to play harmony, and so much more. We hire top notch musicians to help instruct campers and to lead bands that practice on Saturday and perform on Saturday evening." This year, instructors for the camp include award-winning guitarist and mandolinist David Surette, stunning vocalist Susie Burke, world music musicians and leading instructors Seth Austen on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle, and Beverly Woods on hammered dulcimer, nyckleharp, piano and other instruments, Matt Shipman, guitarist and mandolin player with High Range as well as instructor at 317 Main Street in Yarmouth, ME, and well-known author of instructional materials Ryan Thomson, fiddle, banjo, penny whistle and clogging.

Bob and Diane Kordas will also be joining to assist with workshops and backing up bands.

1- In their eleventh year, the camp has received rave reviews from camp attendees:

“All workshops were hands-on – not just talking and demo from instructors – but students playing and performing. All practical, useable info!”

"You people kick butt! I hope to be like you guys (and women) when I'm older"

"The instructors made you feel comfortable and no question was ever dismissed - each question was respectfully and helpfully addressed."
"I learned a great deal at this camp… very useful info... plus a lot of fun!"

"Fiddleheads Camp really inspired me, I bring my fiddle everywhere I go now... My new willingness to improvise comes completely from Fiddleheads Camp... "

Both Kathy and Ellen have been performing fiddle in various groups for more than thirty years, including the Buskers, High Range, Sweet, (Red) Hot & Sassy, and the Fiddleheads Band. They have attended numerous music camps, including the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp, Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp, Jazz in July, and Augusta Heritage Camps. They have also taught for the Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids and the Strawberry Park Bluegrass Academy. New this year is a special beginner track for rank beginners and specialized instruction (and discounts) for bands that sign up.

To find out more information about the camp, visit or call 603-528-1705.

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