Fiddle Frenzy or Bust

The Pineland Fiddlers, led by Maine master fiddler Ellen Gawler, are traveling to the Shetland Islands for two weeks of intensive, experiential immersion in Shetland musical traditions.  They will attend the Shetland Folk Frenzy, a festival week of workshops, sessions, concerts, and master classes.  These talented young fiddlers, ages 8-16, are also booked for several concerts to share tunes from Maine & the Maritimes with trad music fans across the ocean.  It is the musical adventure of a lifetime! 

In fact, the Pineland Fiddlers have already worked themselves into a frenzy - of fundraising!  You may have heard them sharing tunes this fall/winter throughout Central Maine, with more dances scheduled this winter/spring, in Bowdoinham & Vassalboro, and concerts booked in Winthrop and in Belfast, where the kids are thrilled to share the stage with the Gawler Family Band!  Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram (Pineland Fiddlers) for event info and fun pictures & videos!  

However, the travel costs are significant, at about $3,200 per student. With 15 kids traveling, we need to raise $40,000, part of which we are hoping will be generated through this Go Fund Me campaign.  Your generous, tax-deductible donation supports traditional music, music education, and these terrific Maine kids, offering them the opportunity to broaden their horizons through music, travel, and exposure to another culture.  They will bring back stories & tunes, energy & inspiration, to share with the community who supported them on this adventure!  

For more information about the Pineland Fiddlers, who are part of the Pineland Suzuki School based in Central Maine and hosted by the University of Maine Augusta, please visit our website.  For more music, check out this Youtube playlist.  

Thank you for your support!

Pineland Fiddlers
  • Katie Held 
    • $150 
    • 27 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 27 mos
  • Jerome Gilg 
    • $100 
    • 28 mos
  • Cindy Dick 
    • $50 
    • 28 mos
  • Rebecca Jude 
    • $50 
    • 28 mos
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Fundraising team (2)

Ken Hahn 
Raised $250 from 3 donations
Manchester, ME
Pineland Suzuki School 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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Christina Kennedy 
Team member
Raised $80 from 3 donations
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