Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: Trad String Fling 2016

Trad Spring Fling at Ashokan - 2016
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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: Trad String Fling 2016

This camp took place Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, 2016

Register for the upcoming Trad String Fling


Performers and Teachers

AlFraser-Haas-Promo-Shotasdair Fraser is consummate teacher and performer. Alasdair’s dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland’s music has created an international demand for his concert performances. Born in the county of Clackmannan, Scotland, Alasdair now lives in California and tours regularly. He has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the United States, inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps, and concerts. You can find more about Alasdair on his website.

Natalie Haas is a vibrant and creative cellist, a seasoned performer and recording artist, and a skilled and experienced teacher. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her musical journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by Alasdair, she began to investigate the cello’s potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes. Her and Fraser’s duo release, Fire & Grace, was awarded the Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004. More information about Natalie can be found on her website.

Joining Alasdair and Natalie in 2016 were dance caller Quena Crain and fiddle coaches Lilly Pearlman and Aldo Lavaggi.

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Quena Crain – dance caller
Quena (pronounced KAY-nuh) grew up contra dancing in San Diego, California. She called her first contra dance at Camp Harmony Folk Music and Dance camp on New Year’s eve the year she turned sixteen, but it wasn’t until she moved to Blue Hill, Maine that she really caught the calling bug. Quena is known for her cheerful stage presence, easy teaching style and her enjoyably diverse repertoire of dances.
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Lilly Pearlman – fiddle coach
Lilly tours internationally with Scottish-jazz quartet Alba’s Edge which she co-leads with her brother, Neil Pearlman, and grew up immersed in the music and dance traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton, and performing with the family band Highland Soles since the age of nine. She has taught at various traditional music camps and at Ashokan’s Trad String Fling for the past two years.
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Aldo Lavaggi – fiddle coach
Aldo was born in the Catskill Mountains of NY, a child of the vibrant New England folk music scene. As a boy, he lived down the road from fiddler, Jay Ungar, who he studied with for seven years. Touring Europe as a street performer Aldo was exposed and inspired by a wide variety of European folk traditions. He co-founded the Russet Trio and teaches fiddle and folk music privately and full-time in schools, and is a guest instructor at a variety of music camps including Pinewoods and Ashokan.

2016 Schedule


  • 3-5pm: Arrival and check in.
    Follow signs to check-in. If you must drive down, please unload and then return your car to the main lot immediately. If you need your car nearby for disability or health reasons, youʼll need a special parking permit from the Ashokan office on site.
  • 5pm: Open Jam
  • 6pm: Dinner
  • 8pm: Welcome Concert/Workshop, Jam Session


  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9am – Noon: Workshops
  • 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 2-5pm: Workshops
  • 5:30pm: Dinner
  • 7:30pm: Ceilidh (Dance), Jam Session


2016 Tuition & Meals

Tuition includes all classes, dances, workshops, and meals. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available.

$315 Adult
$265 Youth 25 and under
$200 Parent/Guardian
Children under 5 are free

*Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a special Parent/Guardian rate which includes meals, dance and concert, but no classes.

Lodging is additional.

You may select regular, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free meals. We make every effort to include a range of allergen-free dishes and to inform diners of meal ingredients.

Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policy

You may hold your place with a deposit of $150. Full payment is due no later than six weeks before camp begins.

Partial refunds are available until two weeks before camp begins. Cancellation fees apply.

Please refer to our official payment/cancellation/refund policy for important deadlines and dates for this workshop.


Enjoy the full Ashokan experience and choose comfortable onsite lodging as part of the registration process. More information and costs here.

What to Bring

  • If you are staying onsite: Sleeping bag or sheets, blanket, pillowcases, towels, soap, toiletries. There are light quilts in each private room and a small number of light blankets for those bunkhouse residents who are unable to bring one of their own. If you will need us to provide one, please let us know well in advance and we’ll do our best.
  • Flashlight, camera.
  • Clothes and shoes for wet and dry weather.
  • Public consumption of alcohol is discouraged.

See this What To Bring/Camp Summary for more details about what to bring, the schedule for the weekend, directions to Ashokan and additional important information.

Youth Pricing and Scholarship Fund

We’re excited about the growing interest in traditional music and dancing among young people–the future is in their hands. To help young people take part in Ashokan Music & Dance Camps, we offer major discounts for children and young adults and have established a Youth Scholarship Fund. Anyone age 25 or younger can apply by filling out our Youth Scholarship Application.

Work Exchange

A limited number of work exchange positions are available to partially defray the cost of the camp.  A list of available positions can be found here.

Indicate your first three choices of positions during online registration and make a deposit of $150 or more to hold your registration.

Contact us by phone (845) 246-2121, or email for details.