Island Camp 2017 Instructors
This is the first round of instructor announcements. We’ll be adding to this list in the coming weeks.
|| INSTRUCTORS ||
KRISTIN ANDREASSEN | LAURA CORTESE | ALEC SPIEGELMAN | COURTNEY HARTMAN | MARK SCHATZ | MARK SIMOS | KELLEY ANDERSON | SHANE LEONARD | MAYA DE VITRY | KC GROVES | Val Thompson (Youth Program Coordinator)
|| 2017 TRADITIONAL MUSIC FOCUS – IRELAND ||
CLEEK SCHREY | EAMON O'LEARY | JEFFERSON HAMER| MATTHEW OLWELL
|| GUEST ARTISTS ||
THE BROTHER BROTHERS | CHRIS MILLER | EMILY OLESON | LAUREN BALTHROP | TAYLOR ASHTON | Rennie Elliot
|| KITCHEN ||
Our beloved Kitchen Staff cook up three delicious, healthy meals and a midnight snack for you every day.
TIMOTHY TUCKER - CHEF | SAM LEMONICK - WORK/TRADE CROO CHIEF| PACKARD GILSON - assistant cheF | BAT CLAPHAM - CROO | CARRIE CAHILL-MULLIGAN - THE MIDNIGHT SNACK SPECIAL |
|| GO TEAM ||
Our entire behind-the-scenes team is crucial to creating the well-oiled community machine that is Miles of Music.
DINTY CHILD - ISLAND MANAGER | MATT SMITH - SOUND ENGINEER | SHEENA OZAKI - ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR | SHAWNA KELLEY - INSTRUCTOR LIAISON | GINA LESLIE - GRAPHIC DESIGN
|| instructors ||
Instructors teach about three classes every day.
Kristin Andreassen is a singer, a songwriter and a percussive dancer who combines those skills in musical performances that are both “inventive” (The New Yorker) and “haunting” (NPR’s Folk Alley). Before releasing her 2015 album Gondolier, she toured as a member of some the most respected acoustic groups of the 2000s: the stringband Uncle Earl, the "folk noir” singing trio Sometymes Why, and the Appalachian clogging troupe Footworks. Kristin's songs range from the playfulness of her #1 children’s hit "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes” to emotive soundscapes as heard on Showtime’s The Affair and in this shadow art video collaboration with 2016 Miles of Music instructor Anna Roberts-Gevalt. An experienced teacher and square dance caller, Kristin is a true believer in the transformative power of music camps for all ages. She’s been on staff at a dozen such camps including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance, the Augusta Heritage Center, Voiceworks, Southern Girls’ Rock Camp in Memphis, Rockygrass Academy and the inaugural Wheatland Music Camp. Kristin studied creative writing, history and community development at Montreal’s McGill University, and she is nearly as surprised as her parents that she seems to have found a career where she employs all three of those skills in balance. www.kristinandreassen.com
Laura Cortese has built a distinguished career as an Americana fiddler, songwriter and vocalist. She is now one of the most in-demand musical collaborators on the folk circuit. She grew up in San Francisco, CA and moved to Boston, MA to study at Berklee College of Music, immersing herself in the city's vibrant indie music scene and enjoying a busy touring-and-studio career which included appearances with Band of Horses at Carnegie Hall and Pete Seeger at Newport Folk Festival. She tours internationally with her band, the Dance Cards. The group is bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternatively inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock ’n’ roll hip swagger. Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards have appeared at venues and festivals throughout the US, UK, Sweden, Canada, India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Estonia, Montenegro, Greece and Bangladesh pairing sophisticated string arrangements (two fiddles, cello & bass) and rich vocal harmonies with poignant and powerful singing. www.thisislauracortese.com
Alec Spiegelman is a Brooklyn-based singer, composer, arranger, & multi-instrumentalist specializing in woodwinds.
He is a member of the band Cuddle Magic. As a sideman, on stage and in studio, he’s worked with numerous creative songwriters including Amanda Palmer, Anais Mitchell, Pokey LaFarge, and Will Sheff. He’s arranged and performed the wind instruments on countless recordings, among them three albums by The David Wax Museum, and Kristin Andreassen’s Gondolier. He’s produced recordings for Jennifer Kimball (formerly of The Story), Anna & Elizabeth, and the conceptual multi-media artist Jack Early. His musical-comedy project (with Kelly Roberge), Ronald Reagan – Boston’s Premier 80s Pop Saxophone Duo, has shared stages with Eugene Mirman, Kristin Schaal, and Reggie Watts. His early musical education included lots of improvising in the jazz tradition (broadly defined), formal studies with Steve Lacy and Ran Blake, and a thorough (informal) grounding in r&b saxophone best-practices (a la Junior Walker) directed by Doo Wop survivor Little Joe Cook.
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Courtney Hartman started playing guitar at the young age of eight, after having already spent several years on the fiddle and mandolin. Her early years were spent steeped in American Roots music, and today she has fused a diverse range of influences from Norman Blake to Bill Frisell, creating music that acknowledges and pays homage to her roots, while pushing beyond its defined boundaries.
Her recently released solo project 'Nothing We Say' is flush with intimate ruminations on her life as a traveling musician and a deep curiosity about the world around her. The luminous EP delivers on the promise always apparent in her work as a guitarist and songwriter for Della Mae, the Grammy-nominated string band, along with her collaborations with Bryan Sutton, Jim Lauderdale, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell, among others. Acoustic Guitar Magazine lauds Courtney as a “distinctive guitar stylist… and a songwriter that delights and disturbs.” www.courtneyhartman.com.
Twice named International Bluegrass Music Association’s Bass Player ofthe Year, Mark Schatz has toured and recorded with a stellar array of artists including Bela Fleck, Tony Rice, John Hartford, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, acoustic innovators Nickel Creek, The Claire Lynch Band, and Sarah Jarosz. Mark is the Musical Director for internationally acclaimed Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble which showcases other talents such as clawhammer banjo and Southern Appalachian clog dancing. This versatile multi-instrumentalist has two of his own solo recordings, Brand New Old Tyme Way and Steppin’ in the Boiler House on Rounder Records, which feature his own eclectic blend of original compositions on the banjo. Mark is currently freelancing which includes touring, recording, instructional camps, and private instruction.
Pioneer “neo-traditionalist” Mark Simos—songwriter, “tunesmith” and composer, fiddler, accompanist, and educator—combines long apprenticeship in varied roots music traditions with continuing willingness to stretch forms and take musical risks. Widely known as a songwriter, he’s had more than 50 songs recorded by prominent Americana, bluegrass and folk artists including Alison Krauss and Union Station, the Del McCoury Band, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum among others. Alison Krauss says: “Mark Simos is a remarkable songwriter. He's one of those rare people who knows what words sound good together, and his lyrics are just as unique as his melodies. I never stop being amazed at his songs, and I'm never surprised that I love another one.”
As a tunesmith, Mark’s self-styled “traditional tunes from imaginary countries” have entered the repertoire of many players in the Celtic, old-time, and contra-dance scenes. Mark is currently Asst. Professor in Songwriting at Berklee College of Music.
Kelley Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist and sound artist based in Memphis, Tennessee. She studied jazz guitar at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts & Humanities and earned a Bachelor’s in Recording Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University. She uses her experience in sound engineering to create unique textures, incorporating those soundscapes into more traditional song structures of the American musical canon.
Anderson founded and toured internationally with the band Those Darlins, releasing two full-length albums and several singles with the group. She later recorded and toured as the Grand Strand, releasing a 7" record on Riot House Records and securing an opening spot on a tour for Richard Lloyd of the band Television. She founded the Southern Girls Rock Camp in 2003 and Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities (YEAH!) in 2006 to empower more young people through music.
She has shared a stage with a who-who’s of American rock, blues, country, folk and pop legends as wide ranging as John Fogerty, Jon Spencer, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Wanda Jackson. She currently performs under the name Crystal Shrine, a project in which she uses various sounds to produce eerie, Southern gothic folk and pop songs.
Shane Leonard is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer living in Eau Claire, WI. He's toured the UK supporting Jeff Tweedy, worked with Field Report, Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Paul Simon), Sara and Sean Watkins, Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird), Ben Sollee, Evan Ziporyn (Steve Reich, Bang On A Can), Robbie Lackritz (Feist), MIT's Balinese Gamelan, Berklee College Of Music's Ensemble Robot, and taught music through the Exploration School at Yale University, Augusta Heritage Center, and other programs throughout the US. During that time he's managed a steady output of original work, releasing two EPs and two full-length records under the moniker Kalispell. The debut album, Westbound, was profiled by NPR and many Best Of The Year lists. Kalispell's new album, Printer's Son, was released in Spring 2016 via Cartouche Records. www.kalispellband.com
Maya de Vitry grew up in Pennsylvania with one foot in old-time festival mud and the other on stage with symphony orchestras. Her love of music as human connection was crystalized after busking her way across the U.S.A. and biking with her fiddle across France. Based in Nashville, TN, Maya has spent the last five years touring the United States, Canada and Europe as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer in The Stray Birds.
K.C. Groves is a driving force in the Colorado acoustic music scene, passing on a spark and her pure joy of playing music to newcomers and the next generation pickers. She is accomplished instrumentalist (mandolin, guitar, bass), vocalist and songwriter. As the creative center and bandleader of Uncle Earl for over a decade, K.C. helped bring old time music to a wider audience. The "g’Earls" played major festival stages in the United States and toured extensively. K.C. has released three solo albums of mostly original material, and was a Telluride Troubadour contest finalist and a Detroit Music Award winner. She has teamed up with countless notable musicians, including old time musician and craftsman Riley Baugus and Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman.
KC' is about to release her first solo album in 13 years. The album, entitled "Happy Little Trees"is comprised of mostly original songs and tunes and features a core band of long time friends, Oliver Craven, Erin Youngberg, Jake Simpson, Charlie Rose, Sally Truitt, and many other special guests.
Valerie Thompson is a native of Kansas City, MO. She began classical cello studies at the age of ten, and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in music performance. She has performed in the Czech Republic as a participant of the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival, at the Banff International Youth Symphony Festival in Alberta, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine with the Berklee String Orchestra. When not freelancing or teaching cello, Valerie can be heard in any of her fine musical projects FLUTTR EFFECT, the Yurodivy Quintet, and the Ephemeral Duet. http://www.valeriethompson.com/bio.htm
|| TRADITIONAL music focus - IRELAND ||
Each year, we feature one regional traditional music style. In 2017 we’re bringing four stellar musicians who are thoroughly at home in Irish music, while also bringing a range of skills in other styles. They'll all be members of our full-time staff.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Jefferson Hamer has been living and breathing acoustic folk and electric roots music for over 20 years. He performs original and traditional songs, produces records, teaches, and tours across the USA and Europe with friends and collaborators from both sides of the Atlantic. His Child Ballads album with Anais Mitchell earned a BBC2 Folk Award in the Best Traditional Track category, and was named one of NPR’s top-ten Folk and Americana releases of 2013. His acoustic collaboration with Dublin-born Eamon O’Leary, The Murphy Beds, features ten folk songs sung in harmony duets, decorated with intricate guitar and bouzouki accompaniment. The Huffington Post said it succinctly: “The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” www.jeffersonhamer.com
Originally from Dublin, Eamon O'Leary has performed and recorded with many of Irish music's great players. His recordings include the trad song collections 'The Murphy Beds' with regular touring partner Jefferson Hamer, and 'The Alt' with John Doyle and Nuala Kennedy. His original songs are featured on the album 'Old Clump.' He has also taught at many music camps throughout the U.S and Canada.
Matthew Olwell has worked as a musician and dancer at festivals and theaters across North America and Europe since 1996. The son of renowned flute-maker Patrick Olwell, Matthew began his professional career touring for nine years with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, with whom he appeared in Riverdance. He has performed and taught at numerous festivals and camps, including the Swannanoa Gathering, the Augusta Heritage Center, and the John C. Campbell Folk School. In the summer of 2014, Matthew performed in Russia on a U.S. State Department Arts Envoy tour with The Meaning of Buck Dance. Other recent projects include a guest appearance with Anam (a new performance piece co-produced by Ireland’s National Folk Theatre and The Dublin Dance Festival), and CyberTrad, Matthew’s debut solo album, which blends wooden flute and Human Beatbox with Irish and Breton music, and of which the Irish Echo said, “Outstanding... Olwell is an artist with a keen vision.” www.mattolwell.com
Cleek Schrey is a fiddler and composer from Virginia, now based in Brooklyn, NY. An active figure in traditional music communities in Ireland and America, Cleek has been exploring traditional fiddle styles since childhood. He plays in the Ghost Trio with the sean nos singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and the piper Ivan Goff. He also collaborates regularly with Irish fiddlers Martín Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Cleek plays old time music in the stringband “Stringband Bigfoot” and the Brooklyn fiddler Stephanie Coleman. In addition to his pursuits as a traditional fiddler, Cleek is also active in the experimental music community, collaborating with influential figures like David Behrman and Ellen Fullman, and making work with his own New Perplexity collective of new wartime composers. His research interests include the aural turn in oral traditions via technological invention and the modes of listening and attention afforded by time spent with historic media.
|| GUEST ARTISTS ||
Guest Artists teach about one class/day.
Lauren Balthrop is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter born and raised in Alabama where her family gatherings always included sing-alongs of the Everly Brothers, the Andrew Sisters, the Louvin Brothers, and the Beatles. She formed a big folk-rock band and "small town" with her brother called Balthrop, Alabama and they've toured all across the states. They have plans to write an "Our Town" inspired musical. Her 60's inspired girl group, The Bandana Splits, has released two records with songs landing on shows such as HBO's 'Bored to Death'. Lauren has one solo album with another one on the way under the name Dear Georgiana. She's also toured extensively as a multi-instrumentalist for Elizabeth & the Catapult and Ximena Sariñana. Lauren is a knitter and tap dancer too! www.deargeorgiana.com
“The Chris Miller” - as he is affectionately referred to - could not imagine his life without Miles of Music Camp. Chris plays a variety of instruments (banjo, clarinet, dobro, flute, t’fer), but it’s his captivating saxophone style that has brought him around the world and recently earned him a GRAMMY nomination with his band The Revelers (2016 Best Regional Roots Music). His versatility and sunny disposition have also earned him gigs with A.C Newman, Doug Wamble, The Mike & Ruthy Band, and as a mainstay addition to the Great Bear Trio. He splits his time between Brooklyn, NY, Lafayette, LA and The Road. www.chrismillersax.com
The Brother Brothers are identical twins Adam and David Moss, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Drawing from varied musical influences, they have combined to create a duo that leans as heavily on its songwriting and instrumentation as it does its arrangements and character. Adam plays violin and banjo while David plays guitar and cello, and the brothers utilize these instruments to both be genre bending while still addressing the roots that have brought the music they love to be where it is today. They released their debut EP on January 27. thebrotherbrothersmusic.com
Rennie Elliot is a singer, banjo player and drummer who spends her time between Brooklyn, Nashville & Austin. She loves to play everything from old time, country, cajun, mariachi, punk, & viper jazz in such bands as Woody Pines, Kings County Queens, Wild Angles & The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
She also works professionally in video production, tv commercials and film, as well as puts on camps and festivals.
She would love to help you get you started on drums, banjo, singing or video making.
Besides being the off-season manager of Three Mile Island, Dinty Child is a longtime member of the Boston roots/folk scene. A fearless multi-instrumentalist he can most often be seen with the band Session Americana, as well as the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the unapologetically loud and grimy Catbirds, as sensitive side man to any number of singer/songwriters, including Rose Cousins and Kris Delmhorst, and even fronting the 15 piece party band, the Funky White Honkies. www.sessionamericana.com/
Chef Timothy Tucker was born in Springfield, IL, and graduated from Sullivan University in Louisville, KY with a degree in Culinary Arts. He began his career working at restaurants such as The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and The Painted Table in Seattle. Since then he has established three culinary training programs for low-income populations in Louisville, Miami, FL,and in Boston, MA, where he resides now. Timothy has also been the chef for Three Mile Island (summer) and Miles of Music since 2011. The author of Food to Make Music To, a collection of recipes from Three Mile Island, was inspired by his time working with Miles of Music. He also has a a food radio blog WGGF radio (World Gathering Good Food). www.cheftimothytucker.com
Carrie Cahill Mulligan is a park ranger turned fiber artist who plays a little banjo when she's not playing ice hockey. Happy to be here in the camp kitchen to serve you! https://ccmhats.com/
Since beginning his career in the music world, Matt Smith has been on panels and advisory committees at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the International Folk Alliance, and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance. He has worked as a tour manager and sound engineer for the singer-songwriter collaborative, Live From New York (Edie Carey, Teddy Goldstein, Anne Heaton, and Andrew Kerr) and the Celtic band Halali (Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Flynn Cohen). Matt has also been a stage emcee at the Falcon Ridge and the Newport Folk Festivals, and he is the managing director of Club Passim and founder of Club Passim's Campfire Festival.