Upper Potomac Music Weekends

PO Box 1474, Shepherdstown, WV  25443

(304) 263-2531   upperpotomac@gmail.com

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About the Teachers  

Elke Baker, 1995 U.S. National Scottish fiddle champion, plays Scottish and American music for concerts, festivals, and dances across America and abroad. She teaches Scottish music, music history and dance at numerous festivals and workshops, at the Washington Conservatory of Music and the Potomac Scottish Fiddle Club. She has five fine recordings, including her newest release, “Out of the Wood” with Ken Kolodner.

Multi-Genre violinist/fiddler Seán Heely is one of the most creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. He is a U.S National Scottish Fiddle Champion as well as an award-winning Irish Fiddler and singer in the folk traditions of Scotland and Ireland. Seán has performed with traditional music icons such as Liz Carroll, Bonnie Rideout, Natalie Haas, Cathy Jordan, Eamon O’Leary, Zan McLeod, Maeve Gilchrist, and Paddy Keenan.

David Kaynor began playing fiddle in 1974, and started calling local contra dances in Western Massacussetts around 1980 and has become increasingly involved as both fiddler and caller in the New England and national contra dance scenes. He has been on staff at Northern Week at Ashokan, John C. Campbell Folk School, Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Mendocino, and a myriad of other camps, workshops and music events around the country. He is also involved in playing and teaching Swedish fiddle-music and folk-dancing.  David has been recently diagnosed with lou gehrig's disease, and has difficulty speaking, but his playing is still unaffected.  Rebecca Weiss will be his assistant and his "voice" as needed, during the weekend.  We treasure this opportunity to enjoy and share his fine fiddling while his capability lasts.

Ken Kolodner is widely recognized as one of "one of today's most accomplished, musical hammered dulcimer artists and a fine old-time fiddler. As a soloist and in ensembles with Helicon (with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock), Greenfire (with Laura Risk), with fiddlers Elke Baker, Jim Eagan, his son Bradley , and many others, Ken has performed for more than 30 years. He is known for his expansive and improvisational style and creative backup playing on the hammered dulcimer. Ken has taught at music camps and festivals around the U.S, in addition to his own highly popular Sandbridge, Virginia dulcimer weeks.

Fiddle virtuoso Lisa Ornstein is an outstanding interpreter of the traditional music of French Canada and Appalachia, blending compelling and inventive playing with impeccable tune choice. Befriended by North Carolina fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell while she was in her teens, Lisa quickly became an accomplished fiddler in the Round Peak style. A musical friendship with Franco-American fiddler Louis Beaudoin set her on a path to Quebec in 1978. When La Bottine -- Quebec’s internationally renowned traditional supergroup — invited her to join the band, Lisa’s projected six-month stay began to stretch, eventually lasting twelve years. While in Quebec, Lisa spent countless hours visiting with older musicians and playing in kitchens and dance halls. She also squeezed in a master’s in folklore on the life and music of master fiddler Louis “Pitou” Boudreault. She has taught, concertized, and toured extensively in North America and Europe with some of Quebec’s finest musicians, and recorded for both Smithsonian Folkways and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her music appears on a number of La Bottine’s albums, and on critically acclaimed CDs with former bandmates André Marchand and Normand Miron.

Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths from Galax, Virginia. They are married - in life and music. Southern song-duets and powerful fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse sets. Erynn spent many years learning from older fiddlers and singers in West Virginia. Her book, Music In The Air Somewhere, is published by the WVU Press. Georgia born - Carl is a songwriter, multi-instumentalist and popular teacher at Augusta and other camps across the country. His song Last Time on the Road was featured on the grammy-award winning album “Unleashed” by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Marshall won 1st place fiddle at the Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, WV and Carl won a guitar when he placed 3rd in the fingerpick-guitar category at Winfield, KS. They love recording and have a brand new CD together called Sweet Memories... Never Leave. www.dittyville.com

Dave Wiesler has built a national reputation for his rhythmic and innovative piano playing. At home in a huge range of styles, Dave plays for concerts and dances of many sorts: contra, swing, vintage, couple dance, English and Scottish country dance, Viennese waltz. He has played at festivals and dance camps across the country as well as in Canada, Scotland, and England. Dave has played on over a dozen recordings, many featuring tunes and songs he wrote, and he is also a capable guitarist and singer. Some of his other bands include Laura and the Lava Lamps, Cabaret Sauvignon, The Avant Gardeners, The Gigmeisters, Green Light Karma, and Thistle House.