2016 INSTRUCTORS

   Richard Wood - Prince Edward Island

   Richard Wood - Prince Edward Island

Richard has been an anchor at PEI Fiddle Camp since it began in 2010. He is a highly-favoured teacher with a gift for guiding learning. He will be offering group fiddle sessions for Intermediate & Advanced players as well as a fiddling master class. He is also available for one-on-one sessions in fiddle and piano accompaniment. 

For more than two decades, Richard Wood has impressed audiences all across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America,” Carnegie Hall with Irish legends The Chieftains, a featured performer on CBC’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill, “Rita MacNeil and Friends,” and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric.”  Richard has played for Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, the Queen of England (in Toronto), and for the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo. In the late 1990s he toured the UK & Europe headlining concert halls and folk festivals. He’s since played at the Lincoln Centre in New York City, Epcot at Disney World, and was a featured performer in the touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire.”  

Richard is proud to have entertained Canada’s armed forces in Bosnia and twice in Afghanistan. He has five previous CD recordings and has won three Canadian East Coast Music Awards. MacLean’s Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century. With a new CD, rejuvenated energy and enthusiasm, Richard Wood, Prince Edward Island fiddler, artist, composer and entertainer has taken on the world once again. Richard has come full circle, not just in his musical career, but from the sheltered innocence as a child prodigy to learning life’s lessons the hard way.

   Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald  

   Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald
 

Ben is an American-born player of Scottish bagpipes, currently living in Cape Breton, NS. His interest in traditional music stems from his exposure to the pipes at a young age, in his hometown of Queensbury, New York, as well as his family’s strong connections to its Scottish and Irish roots, through both his American mother and Canadian father. He began studying the Highland Bagpipes around age eight, but by twelve he began to shift his focus to the bellows-blown Scottish smallpipes and Border pipes.  Ben is also an academic, holding an undergraduate degree in Music, as well as a Master's degree in Scottish Ethnology, from the University of Edinburgh's School of Scottish Studies. His repertoire and style draw mainly on the Gaelic traditions of Western Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes, blended with a healthy dash of Irish tunes for good measure.Ben is an experienced instructor, in both one-on-one and group settings. He has taught at PEI Fiddle Camp before and has been a member of teaching staff at several large-scale piping workshops, including the Piper’s Gathering (Vermont, USA) and the Maine Pipes and Fiddle Workshops (Maine, USA).

Anita is an accomplished musician, dancer, and Gaelic singer from Little Narrows, Cape Breton. She began stepdancing in the family kitchen at the tender age of four, and picked up the fiddle a few short years later, at age eight. Anita has been wowing audiences with her impeccable timing and neatly choreographed steps ever since. Anita’s fiddle playing has a distinctive sound, influenced by the deep roots of her musical family and her teachers throughout the years. Her energetic style has put her in demand as a performer and teacher, across Cape Breton and beyond. She has been a featured artist in the Celtic Colours International Festival, and has toured throughout New England with Cape Breton folk trio, The Goin’s On. Anita is also the recipient of the Frank “Big Sampie” Sampson Award, nominated by the Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association. Following this award, Anita released her debut album, “Stepping Stone,” during the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival.

                              LUASCADH - Ireland

                              LUASCADH - Ireland

The members of LUASCADH - a traditional Irish band direct from Ireland will offer a variety of classes in music, storytelling and irish language. Brid Harper, Stacey Gilroy, Margaret Hoban, David Crowe, and Kathy Kirke hail from all over Ireland and are individually renowned. They are all graduates of the Masters program in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick where they met and formed the group. They have performed all over Ireland and continental Europe. They will offer classes in Irish fiddle, flute, concertina, bodhran, singing, storytelling, The Irish language, as well as a children’s programme.

   Zakk Cormier - Prince Edward Island

   Zakk Cormier - Prince Edward Island

Zakk Cormier is rooted in the Acadian fiddling traditions of PEI's Evangeline Region. He is a young multi-instrumentalist who has quickly become a favourite accompanist for many Island performers, and he recently provided accompaniment for the legendary Uilleann piper, Paddy Keenan.

Zakk is currently studying music at Holland College's School of Performing Arts.  He will be teaching guitar accompaniment for all levels - group and private sessions are available. 

 Ward MacDonald - Prince Edward Island

 Ward MacDonald - Prince Edward Island


Ward MacDonald grew up in the Scottish fiddling traditions of Prince Edward Island. His playing reflects four generations of family fiddling and is spiced with a unique blend of Cape Breton, Acadian, and Irish influences. He has been featured at concerts, festivals, and square dances across Atlantic Canada and has traveled with his music as far as Cuba and the Bahamas. He has also taught and performed at fiddle camps in New Brunswick, Vermont, Maine, Colorado and the Yukon.

As a teacher, Ward works to continuously grow his own understanding of the music while striving to explain it in simple terms. His teaching methods include guided ear training aided by singing tunes, dancing, marching and sheet music. Over the last two decades, Ward has worked to promote the traditional music scene on Prince Edward Island and develop new performing and learning opportunities. Along the way he created PEI’s Festival of Small Halls in 2008 and founded the PEI Fiddle Camp in 2010. In 2013, he was recognized by the Caledonia Club of PEI for his contribution to Scottish culture on Prince Edward Island, and he was honoured with a Lifetime membership from the PEI Fiddlers' Society.

Dr. Tiber Falzett - Prince Edward Island

Dr. Tiber Falzett - Prince Edward Island

Dr. Tiber Falzett is a speaker of Scottish Gaelic and has conducted over a decade of fieldwork among Scottish Gaels in both Cape Breton and the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides. He enjoys a good cèilidh sharing Gaelic songs and tunes on the bagpipes. He recently completed his PhD in Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh and has now returned home to the Island. He looks forward to making connections with fellow musicians interested in the unique local legacy of the Scottish Gaelic language and its musical traditions in the province.