Instructors for the 2013 Fiddlekids Camp—this not the current staff.

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John Blasquez John Blasquez, fiddlekids program director, is a superlative, seasoned performer in bluegrass, old-time, and Celtic genres, and his fiddling expertise is matched by his remarkable gift for teaching. Patient, encouraging, and creative, John is especially skilled in connecting with kids. Having served on staff for most of its years, John has contributed immensely to fiddlekids. We welcome his ingenuity, motivational talents, and great humor.
Julian Smedleyplays truly brilliant swing-jazz fiddle. Julian's stratospheric expertise is balanced by his down to earth teaching style, his effortless patience, an his natural ability with pacing his delivery. The kids love his inventiveness, spontaneity and wit, and his truly swingin' impact on camp. Julian's early European touring on the violin led him to the United States with artists such as Ralph Towner and Dan Hicks. He performs with Mike Wollenberg, Duo Gadjo, and his wife Alison Odell. Mike and Julian have just completed their eagerly awaited CD, A Common Language.
Caroline McCaskey is a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in music composition from the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music. She combines her compelling classical technique with a driving, dynamic style of fiddling that spans the traditions of Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton, French Canada, and Appalachia. She plays and records with her band, and has made a name for herself on the contradance circuit throughout California. Caroline has spent a decade teaching fiddle to children and adults. She is the 2007 winner of the International Musical Saw Association's annual Saw-Off.
Karen Cella Heil Karen Celia Heil, a skillful, fun & enthusiastic teacher, is an expert fiddler and guitarist with a special love of old-time southern American fiddle music. Karen has been part of the teaching staff at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Lark in the Morning Camp, and the Berkeley String Band Class. She performs with the Knuckle Knockers and AxeL EepH, and is musical director of the Tin Can Banjo Project. A natural livewire, she brings lots of spark and current to fiddlekids, and to fiddling at large!
Deanne Burke Deanne Burke brings her background and experience as a classroom teacher and Art Specialist. Presently, she teaches at Berkwood Hedge School. Deanne is excited about integrating music with the visual arts and working with the talents and ideas that come from the fiddlekids campers. Deanne has exhibited her ceramic sculptures in Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek, and Berkeley, and recently collaborated with Diana Bohn.
Evie LadinEvie Ladin has taught dance at fiddlekids for 10 prior years. She is a step-dancer, square-dance caller, banjo player, singer, and songwriter with a lifetime of experience in traditional American cultural arts. She connects the fiddle tunes to their dance traditions, getting the music into the body. Playing banjo since the age of 8, clogging since 5, Evie has a fluid expressiveness in these traditional Appalachian arts. She grew up in a trad/folk scene up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the US. Currently she travels the world, and calls Oakland, California home.

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