Sunshine Fiddle Camp 2012

by | 26 Sep, 2012

The 2nd Sunshine Fiddle Camp is scheduled for Fri 28th September 2012.

There is a range world class tutors who will bring skills in performance, composition, arranging and improvisation. There is also a separate class for those that wish to take learning at a slower pace as well as a class just for the kids.

If you started the Violin a long time ago, or always wanted to play the Fiddle here is your chance, the camp provides a class that will get you started or restarted on the fiddle.

The camp tutors will include:

Hanneke Cassel

Hanneke performs as a solo act and tours regularly with Baroque/Celtic group Ensemble Galilei. She has performed with the Cathie Ryan Band, Cherish the Ladies, Alasdair Fraser, and Matt Glaser and the Wayfaring Strangers.  She is an active member of Boston-based band Childsplay (featuring 20+ fiddles made by Bob Childs) and co-founder (with Laura Cortese and Lissa Schneckenburger) of Celtic chick band Halali.  She teaches regularly at Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon and Sierra Fiddle Camps, Boston Harbor Fiddle Camp, and the Club Passim School of Music.  Hanneke’s fiddling has graced the stages of The Boston Hatch Shell (performing with Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block), Boston’s Symphony Hall (opening for Judy Collins), Mountain Stage, The Plaza Hotel, and the Lincoln Center.


Chris Stone

Chris Stone played Scottish fiddle music for six years before taking a brief excursion into the classical realm, completing a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Australian National University in 2006. He now plays neither. Chris’ great enthusiasm for fish, fishing, fish farming and fish spotting is almost balanced by his love of books, vintage cheese and organic gardening. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Performance from the Victorian College of Arts in 2009 and now has a PhD in his sights.


George Jackson

George Jackson grew up on the sounds of Folk and Bluegrass from his parents Alistair and Karen. He was given his first fiddle at the age of 4, performed with his parents onstage at age 9 forming the family band “Fiddlesticks”. Now in his 20’s George Jackson is an accomplished touring musician, so far he has performed extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia at many music festivals as a soloist and as member of many bands. From age 16 – 19 George performed with Fiddlesticks in Australia touring for the Queensland Arts Council “Ontour in Schools” and “Ontour by Request” touring programs, all the while finishing school by correspondence. 2007 and 2011 saw George perform at the Wonju Tattoo in South Korea as a dancer and fiddler for the “NZ Highland Dancers”. In 2011 George completed a one month tour of Scotland with the Bluegrass unit “Present Company”, it was an inspiring month featuring performances at 3 festivals alongside some of his Scottish music heroes and included many concerts around the country. Meanwhile George has gone on to study Jazz Violin performance at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.


Karen and Jacko Jackson

Karen and Jacko are Fiddlesticks and play fiddle, sometimes together, sometimes separate, mostly acoustic, sometimes electric, mostly with voice, sometimes with feet but always with energy, emotion and fire. Fiddlesticks have been on a musical journey for 20 years, touring extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand, spinning their musical stories, spreading their love of all things “Fiddle” through performance, schools and workshops.

Both have Music Degrees from Canterbury University, they have won multi awards for their fiddling, reached the finals in the TV series “Show Case” and for the last 5 years, have been exclusively contracted to Queensland Arts Council. They cross the generations, the genres, mix the electronic with the acoustic, and toss it all into the world music melting pot.

I am keen for people to know about so many styles of music such as bluegrass, jazz, celtic – Karen Jackson.

The camp venue is Alexandra Park Conference Centre in the heart of the Sunshine Coast Beaches, a 200 metre walk to a patrolled Surf Beach and nestled amongst one of the few remaining pockets of Sunshine Coast Rainforest, between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.