Fiddlekids 2019 - 6/24/19 to 6/28/19

Fiddlekids 2019 - 6/24/19 to 6/28/19

Suzy Thompson, Miguel Govea Jr., Karen Celia Heil, Darcy Noonan, Evie Ladin, Leslie Keir, Julian Smedley, Sandra Poindexter

Monday, June 24th - Saturday, June 29th

9:00 am

$555 Early Bird before 3/30/19 / $575 Regular

  • Fiddlekids Camp is open to fiddlers and violin players aged 7-14, with at least one year of playing experience.
  • Camp sessions are 9am-3pm at Berkwood Hedge, 1809 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94703.
  • End of camp concert at the Freight & Salvage on 6/29/19.
  • To apply for a scholarship or to contribute to the fiddlekids scholarship fund,
    please contact fiddlekids@freightandsalvage.org.
  • For sibling discounts please contact the Freight & Salvage Box Office (510)-644-2020 extension 0, open seven days a week from 12:30pm-7pm.

Fiddlekids
Fiddlekids
Fiddlekids was founded by Bay Area fiddle player and educator Bobbi Nikles in 1997. Now in its twenty-first year, Fiddlekids is a unique, fun-filled summer day camp devoted to traditional fiddle music. We welcome young violinists and fiddlers, ages 7 to 14, with at least one year of violin playing experience. No previous fiddle knowledge is required. Camp is divided into skill-based groups of roughly 15 fiddlers. Student attend classes with three of the camp’s fiddle instructors and learn a wide range of traditional styles— this year’s teachers specialize in Old Time, Regional Mexican, Balkan, and Celtic music. Students also explore the music through daily art and dance classes. Boasting an experienced teaching staff and a wonderfully supportive atmosphere, Fiddlekids has introduced hundreds of youngsters to a lively and expansive fiddle repertoire. We’ve inspired many of our alumni to enjoy a life-long relationship with their instrument, traditional fiddle music, and folk music culture.
Suzy Thompson
Suzy Thompson
Over the past three decades, Suzy has been a leading force in many influential roots music groups, including the California Cajun Orchestra, the Blue Flame Stringband, Klezmorim, the all-woman Any Old Time String Band and the Bluegrass Intentions.

Suzy currently records and performs in a duet with her longtime musical partner, reknowned flatpicker Eric Thompson (4), with the Aux Cajunals and with the Thompson String Ticklers.
Miguel Govea Jr.
Miguel Govea Jr.
Co-Producer, Songwriter and Ascap Publisher.
Karen Celia Heil
Karen Celia Heil
Amerikas singer and guitarist
Darcy Noonan
Darcy Noonan started her violin career at age 7 in Berkeley, California. She studied classical music and supplemented it with weekly Irish dance classes. Years later she combined the two and began playing Irish fiddle. Darcy was lucky enough to have supportive parents with an extensive Irish music library and had many great artists to influence her including Frankie Gavin, Liz Carroll, Tommy Peoples and John Carty among many others. After high school she travelled around Ireland and found a second home in Galway City where she honed her music style and got to meet and play with many of her childhood idols. Now Darcy spends most of her time in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing, teaching violin and experimenting with new styles of music.
Evie Ladin
Evie Ladin
Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer and square-dance caller, Evie grew up steeped in traditional folk music/dance, and brings a contemporary vision to her compositions and choreography. Evie’s performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Celtic Connections. She has taken home ribbons in folk song from Mt Airy, NC Fiddler’s Convention, and Neo-Trad Band from the Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours with Keith Terry and the Evie Ladin Band; and has produced 6 CDs and two instructional DVDs. In the percussive dance world, she is Executive Director of the International Body Music Festival, directs the moving choir MoToR/dance and is an ace freestyle flatfooter. In the trad world, Evie teaches banjo and harmony singing at the infamous Freight & Salvage, online at Peghead Nation and numerous camps. In the songwriter world, she just writes great songs. A highly entertaining performer, Evie enjoys facilitating arts learning in diverse communities.
Julian Smedley
Julian Smedley
British violinist, based in San Francisco, California, USA.