June 26 - June 30, 2017 Westcliffe, Colorado
Thanks to all the 2016 campers who expressed enthusiasm for returning next year! Last year's faculty is returning to teach in 2017: Katie Glassman, Giselle Lee, Matt, Grace, Gail and Peter Rolland, a great team! Registration for RFC 2017 is now open. Click on the Rolland Fiddle Camp link on the left panel.
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Reflections on a great 2016 Rolland Fiddle Camp
Jamming: lots of it
Tuesday night square dance: what fun!
Wednesday night faculty concert: packed & Wow!
Learning & epiphanies: lots of it, oh yeah!
Pictures: coming soon to the camp facebook page 2016 TEACHERS & primary focus:
Katie Glassman: improvisation, swing fiddle & Texas fiddle
Giselle Lee: clawhammer banjo & novice fiddle
Matt Rolland: old-time fiddle & mandolin
Grace Rolland: cello & singing
Michael Rolland: bluegrass fiddle, guitar & mandolin
Peter Rolland (director) all fiddle styles, bass
Gail Rolland (co-director) Folk Orchestra, beginning fiddle
Doc Rolland (fiddle & vocals), after his exciting 23-city, 24-concert tour (see below) of major civic venues throughout China in August 2014 with "Doc Rolland's Americana String Ensemble" (a 9-piece band plus 2 dancers) has teamed up with Mark Hickler (guitar, banjo & vocals), a mighty fine singer & guitarist, and Bryan Seegers (bass, fiddle & vocals) to develop and perform new arrangements of favorite fiddle & folk material as well as to explore, write and arrange new and original compositions under the name "The Quantum Dogs" (pictured above). They invite you have a howling good time with them and become part of their musical journey and adventure. Doc also loves and Irish & Scottish music and since 1986 has performed with his "Crossbow Celtic Ensemble". A seasoned veteran of the cowboy/western swing/traditional country & bluegrass music circuit since the 1970s, Doc continues to perform that music under the name "Doc Rolland & The Night Riders" with some of the most respected acoustic musicians in the Phoenix area including Ron Privett (vocals, guitar & fiddle), Lee Gendvilas (vocals, bass & banjo), Igor Glenn (vocals, bass & guitar), and Gail Rolland (bass).
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Doc Rolland also performs with Pioneer Pepper & The Sunset Pioneers under the cowboy moniker "The Perfesser". This is his 11th year with this mighty fine cowboy showband, which recorded two new CDs in 2016 that feature some of Doc's best vocal and fiddle studio work to-date.
Rolland Fiddle Camp instructors Matt and Grace Rolland have had a very eventful year. How do you follow up two appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" national broadcasts, lots of national tours with their band Run Boy Run &
and the release of their second album "Something To Someone"? The answer is, with the release in September 2016 of their latest EP,
is a most exciting development for followers and fans of Paul Rolland's
string pedagogy. Most of his string teaching career took place at the
University of Illinois where he was chairman of the string
department. It was there that he designed and conducted the University
of Illinois String Research Project, which formed the basis for his
celebrated book and film series "The Teaching of Action In String
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Americana String Ensemble" returned on September 3, 2014 from a 5-week,
24-concert, 23 city tour of China. The 9 piece band and two dancers
performed in China Poly Theaters nationwide in magnificent large
theaters, many having the appearance of architectural wonders. The band
performed culturally-based American roots music in various forms,
primarily old-time fiddling, old-time string band music, bluegrass,
early country, traditional jazz, cowboy music, western swing music and
Cajun, with a nod to our Canadian, Mexican and Celtic musical heritage,
and a bow to the Chinese with arrangements of Chinese songs. All 9
musicians sang, and the instrumentation was 3 fiddles, clawhammer and
bluegrass banjos, 2 guitars, mandolin, bass, piano, clarinet and
percussion. The two dancers performed the Cotton Eyed Joe, Balboa &
Charleston, Tap, Swing, Country Polka, Waltz, Fox Trot, Country 2-Step,
Flatfoot, and Lindy Hop and provided a marvelous visual interpretation
of the band's music. Kudos to Steve Conrad and Lacey Maynard for the
magnificent job they did lighting up the stage with their beautiful,
well-choreographed dancing. My musical companions did a fantastic job
both in their features numbers and their well-rehearsed ensemble work.
The audiences ranged from 200 to 1500 in number at each of the 24 shows;
they loved our music and we did encores at every show. I was truly
fortunate to have such wonderful musicians to work with: Igor Glenn
(bass), Ron Privett and Annie Trimble (guitars), Ken Bucy (percussion),
Nancy Bucy (clarinet & piano), Bryan Seegers (mandolin &
bluegrass banjo), Giselle Lee (clawhammer banjo & fiddle) and Ben
Shu (fiddle). We were able to film three of the concerts and I'm
currently working on editing the footage. I hope to post concert videos
from the tour spring 2015.
WORLD PREMIERE OF MY FIDDLE CONCERTO, "The Traveler's Footprints" May 6, 2012 at the Chandler Center For The Arts performed with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. ALSO: video of The Rolland Family Band performing at the same event; click here.