Earful of Fiddle Music and Dance Camp
About Earful of Fiddle
June 23 - 28, 2019 ~ Camp Brethren Heights ~ 9478 Lakeview Blvd., Rodney, MI 49342

"Having been to many camps and putting on camps this one felt like 'home'…every instructor went the extra mile to be helpful. Very inclusive!"
- Earful of Fiddle Camper

Artists / Instructors

Nic GareissNIC GAREISS (dance)

Nic Gareiss is a performer, teacher, and researcher in the field of traditional music and percussive dance. He has been described by the Irish Times
as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald.
His dancing re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has performed with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance, including The Chieftains, Darol Anger, Footworks
Percussive Dance Ensemble, Dervish, Buille, Liz Carroll, Rhythm in Shoes, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair Fraser, and Martin Hayes and has performed
across North America as well as in Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and New Zealand.
www.nicgareiss.com .



Sheila Graziano discovered her passion for dance at an early age. Rooted in ten years of tap lessons as a child, her enthusiasm grew with the discovery of Appalachian clogging and other forms of traditional dance.

Smitten with the art, Sheila Graziano devotes much of her time to continually developing her skills and knowledge of traditional dance, including
American, English, Irish, Scottish, and Canadian dance steps. Ms. Graziano was a founder and member of The Crosstown Cloggers and Crow's Feet,
and is the artistic director of The CommonWealth Dance Collective. She teaches ongoing workshops for adults, private lessons, various dance workshops at festivals and events, and has been the dance instructor and choreographer for The Saline Fiddlers for 24 years.

Sheila is very committed to passing on the 'common wealth' of knowledge of the dances and dance styles that she has learned over the years, and welcomes
the opportunity to work with Earful of Fiddle campers this summer!


Minneapolis-born dancer, musician, dance historian, and educator, Danielle Enblom is known for her work as a researcher and ethnochoreologist;
her performance work that explores and integrates concepts of dance tradition and innovation; and her work in education. A trained Waldorf teacher
and seasoned educator, she has worked extensively with adults and children with an intent focus on the art of learning and integrating the study and implementation of intellectual, practical, and creative processes. Ultimately she is driven by the joy of dance, of learning, and sharing with others! 

First and foremost an Irish step dancer and sean-nós dancer, Danielle grew up dancing competitively in Irish dance and studying ballet and modern
dance. She is influenced by her studies with dancers from many practices and paradigms, most notably Peggy McTeggart in Country Cork a direct component of the nineteenth century Cork dancing masters, and sean-nós, Cormac O'Shea of Dublin and the original 
Riverdance cast, and Kieran
Jordan of Boston, MA. Danielle holds a Diploma in Traditional Irish Music from University County Cork and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the
Tralee Institute of Technology.

Megahn McCartney ScottMEGHAN McCARTNEY SCOTT (dance)

Meghan McCartney Scott specializes in Irish dance education and percussive dance performance. She is an Open Champion Irish step dancer, and
she competed in both the North American Championships and World Championships as a solo dancer. Her dance background features a variety of percussive dance styles, including Appalachian clogging, Canadian step dancing, and Rapper sword dancing. She was a member of the Bailey
Mountain Cloggers, and she won two national championship titles while on the team. Meghan has performed at theaters and festivals across North America and internationally, including performances at the World Folk Dance Festival in Majorca, Spain. She was a guest dancer for many well known traditional music groups, including Eileen Ivers, the Gibson Brothers, and Liz Carroll and John Doyle.

Meghan is the Owner and Director of McCartney Irish Dance, an Irish dance school that is based in the East Lansing, MI area. She also teaches and choreographs for the Irish Dance Company of Lansing, a nonprofit children's performance troupe that performs throughout Mid-Michigan. www.mccartneydance.com .

EMILY DOEBLER (apprentice instructor, dance)

Emily started studying dance at Concord Academy Antrim in Alba, Michigan with Jeannine Sladick at the age of 10. She was a part of a dance ensemble called Dance Attack! and performed throughout Northern Michigan. Emily has studied with many different percussive dancers including Nic Gareiss, Sheila Graziano, Daniel Gorno, and many others. Attending Central Michigan University, Emily plans to incorporate the performing arts into her degree and while attending school and also teaches percussive dance at the Academy Of Performing Arts and Off-Broadway dance studios. Most recently she was involved in the Carry it On… project presented at the 40th annual Wheatland Festival and was in five Sharon Leahy pieces during the summer of 2013. Emily is very enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn as much as possible, traveling to camps and festivals over summer breaks. Emily has been attending Earful since its inception, and is very excited to become more integrated with the camp.


Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjoist, singer and scholar based in Washington, DC.  He has studied with modern masters of old-time music, including Bruce Molsky, Judy Hyman (of the Horse Flies), and Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins (of the GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops).  He centers and venerates his racial and ethnic heritage through his approach to music and its history. In 2016, Blount became the first Black person to make the finals at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV, and the first to win in the traditional band category.  In the following
year, he received his B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Hamilton College and released his debut EP, “Reparations,” with award-winning fiddler Tatiana Hargreaves. He has since shared his music and research at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA and numerous other museums, colleges and universities.  He recently released a CD and toured Scandinavia with the Moose Whisperers, his decorated old-time string band, and opened several shows for MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Rhiannon Giddens.

Learn more about Jake at http://www.jakeblount.com

MICAH LING (cello)

Micah Ling has deep roots in Michigan's traditional music community. She cut her teeth as cello player and harmony vocalist in the Grand Rapids-based old time band Hawks and Owls. Since then, she has performed with Seth Bernard & May Erlewine, Chris Bathgate, and Strawberry Heritage, to name a few. She joined the Earthwork Music roster, an active collective of folk and traditional musicians from across the state, in 2013. She is focused on the reintegration of cello into traditional music and exploring the relationship between cello and voice.

Her debut traditional album, Kingdom Come, was released under the Earthwork label in the fall of 2014, and included Michigan musicians and dancers such as Chris Bathgate, Red Tail Ring, Nic Gareiss, Samantha Cooper, and Becky Hill.

For more information, visit facebook.com/micahlingmusic
Photo by Alex Difiglia



Award winning guitarist, educator, and historian Rollie Tussing has performed in concert halls, major music festivals and sidewalks all over the
United States and parts of Europe.His raggedy brand of music is informed by the era of 78 rpm records, juke-joints,and street performers. He
composes a lot of his own songs and has a knack for re-working an old obscure tune, finding beauty in the forgotten scratches, pops and grooves
of his esoteric record collection.

Photo by Brian Calloway



John Warstler is comfortable playing many styles of music on guitar. He is at his best when accompanying others whether it be Old Time or Celtic
fiddle, singer songwriters or accompanying almost anything on fingerstyle and flatpicked guitar. John prides himself on his ability actively listen and play with a wide variety of melody instruments where he is able to provide a solid rhythmic foundation for the session. John feels strongly that in
most cases, without this foundation, a session or a dance is not complete. He has two CDs to his credit; Solace & Grace and Solace for the Season .
These CDs feature his unique fingerstyle playing . They can be heard at his website at http://www.hymnsonguitar.com .


Ruby JohnRUBY JOHN (fiddle)

Ruby John plays Celtic, country, bluegrass, old time and Metis fiddle music. She is from Northport, Michigan and has studied with some of the top fiddlers from the US and Canada, including Pierre Schryer, Lee Sloan, Bobbie Hicks, and Anne Lederman. Ruby grew up attending Julie Schryer’s
and Pat O’Gorman’s Algoma Trad Traditional Music Camp on St. Joseph Island, Canada, where she studied with some of the top fiddlers from Canada. Anne Lederman invited Ruby to be a participant in the Elder Youth Legacy workshop in Toronto, Canada, where six young Native American fiddlers learned tunes from four of the top Metis Fiddlers in Canada: Lawrence “Teddy Boy” Houle, John Arcand, Colin Adjun, and James Chee Choo, and performed the tunes they learned at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Ruby is a member of the Heart
To Heart Bluegrass Band, the Chico Luna Country Band, and two Celtic Duos with Dane Hyde and Sue Wood and Old Time Country Duo with
George “Jaach” Trudeau, and performs with these groups at festivals and the Leelanau Sands Casino. Ruby is excited and looking forward to
meeting everyone at the Earful of Fiddle Music Camp this summer.


Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman has been teaching and playing fiddle for many years. He grew up in a musical family in Indiana and studied Irish music in New York with fiddler Brian Conway. He has played with many bands in his home state, including Goldmine Pickers, The Goat's Beards and Soltre.
He is fascinated by the relationship between Irish music and old-time music, and most recently by an ongoing search for the elusive “Indiana fiddler”.

Sean teaches English as a New Language at Fairfield Elementary School in Fort Wayne, IN and also runs his own Fairfield Falcon Fiddle Club for
4th and 5th grade students who perform at the annual FAME festival and on the WBOI 89.1 NPR radio show Meet the Music with host Julia Meek.
He hosts a monthly Irish session at JK O’Donnell’s Irish pub and a free monthly teaching workshop at the 3 Rivers Natural Grocery. He also teaches
at the Red Wing Academy, a fiddle camp hosted by The Steel Wheels in Harrisonburg, VA.



Christine Williams has been fiddling since the late sixties. Her teachers include Bob Saddler and Stuart Williams, as well as numerous fiddlers at
Algoma Trad and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. A Charter Member of the Spirit of the Woods Music Association, Chris has played in various dance bands and, via Spirit of the Woods’ Music in the Classroom project, has brought folk music to hundreds of school-age children in Manistee County. Chris has taught fiddle at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Suzuki Workshops, Algoma Trad and Wheatland. She created the Baker’s Dozen Collection for American Fiddle Tunes. Chris currently teaches strings (cello, violin, fiddle and viola) at Traverse Community Music and Marshall Music in Traverse City. Several of her former students (including longtime Earful instructor Ruby John) are carrying the fiddling tradition forward into the next generation, with accolades. 


While Fiddler Marty Somberg has developed a driving, lyrical style that he applies to a variety of musical genres, he has a special interest in Irish music. As a member of the band Knock-na-Shee, he toured East in 1979 and recorded the album Last Night’s Fun on the Shanachie label. After the break up of Knock-na-Shee, Marty was a member of the well-known Washington D.C. band Celtic Thunder and also played for Contra dances in the Washington D.C. area. He moved back to his native Michigan in the early 1980s.

While living in the Ann Arbor, he has performed with the Irish band Finvarra’s Wren and played for innumerable Contra dances with The Contrapreneurs, The Sharon Hollow String Band, Big Fun, and others. He has hosted the Sunday night Irish music session at Conor O’Neill’s pub in Ann Arbor for eighteen years.

Marty has been a dedicated teacher of Irish music for over 45 years, on both coasts and in the Midwest. In addition to having a very large repertoire of tunes,
he has developed and evolved an effective method of isolating the key style components of Irish fiddle playing and communicating these elements and techniques
to students in a clear and understandable method. He can work with students at various levels to imbue their playing with “nyah”—the very soul of Irish fiddle playing.


Since his Plymouth, Michigan, childhood Bruce has had an interest in fiddling and square dancing. An elder cousin spun 78 RPM fiddle records by “the Henry Ford Orchestra” while he called dances in his barn. Hearing broadcasts of the Renfro Valley (KY) Barn Dance on WJR Detroit was an asset, too. In 1976 Bruce took up the fiddle in earnest and with his exposure to the fiddlers at the Wheatland Music Festivals, and a growing collection of recordings, he determined to learn to play. Twenty years later the opportunity came along to teach fiddling and the students have been coming ever since.

Frank YOungmanFRANK YOUNGMAN (ukelele & singing)

Frank will be teaching Ukelele and Group Singing, has over 50 years of experience playing music and over 30 years of teaching experience. Frank’s formal training on piano and trumpet led to years of informal learning on many other instruments. As a teacher, Frank meets people where they are and helps them to go where they want to be.

BRUCE GARTNER (mandolin)

Bruce Gartner has been playing music for over 50 years beginning with clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon in public school. As a child, Bruce’s
father played mandolin and keyboard with a country band and those memories sparked a life long interest in playing traditional music.

Bruce is adept with both mandolin and fiddle playing in the genre most commonly referred to as Old Time music. In addition to old time music,
Bruce has been playing traditional Irish music for over a decade and has competed in all Ireland competitions in 2002 and 2003.

Bruce is a member of the Old Time string band “Rhythm Billies,” and the “Palooka Brothers.” He has played at festivals and taught workshops at Wheatland, Bliss, Alaska Folk Festival, and Hiawatha. The Rhythm Billies completed a tour of Ireland in the summer of 2011 playing American
Old Time music. He is currently semi-retired and teaches fiddle and mandolin at B’s Music in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.