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Arts & Artists

New Hampshire Artist Roster

Ellen Carlson


Ellen Carlson has been playing, recording and teaching fiddle music for 40 years growing up in a musical family and performing with her family band. She is a New Hampshire-certified middle school math teacher with 15 years’ classroom experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education, and has taught a variety of subjects to first-graders, college students, and every level in between. She plays with proficiency across a variety of musical styles performing with the well reviewed acoustic roots band, High Range, swing trio Sweet, Hot & Sassy, the award-winning country band The Blue Hill Kickers, plus square dances with Lester Bradley and others growing up, blues and rock with TJ Wheeler, as well as Celtic groups. Ellen is the organizer of the NH Fiddle Ensemble (featured on NH Chronicle) with over 60 members ages 5 to 80. She also co-organizes the Fiddleheads Acoustic JamCamp which has had 18 years of success teaching acoustic musicians how to play with others in a jam setting. She is a sought after teacher with 65 students and teaches workshops at Fiddle Hell, Grey Fox Kids Academy, Joe Val Kids Academy, Pemi Valley Kids Academy, Wernick Jam Camps and other venues. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine called her “an exceptionally talented musician” and gave her a coveted highlight review for her solo album “People I Play With.” Fiddler Magazine picked one of her tunes as a winner for publication in the annual tune contest. She does educational programs that integrate music and mathematics as well as programs on Fiddle Styles and Women in Traditional Music.

Programs offered: Ellen offers entertaining, educational participatory programs on Fiddling Styles (including singing and hamboning) and Women in Traditional Music. She also does a long-term, integrated program on folk music, fiddling, square dancing, quilting, social studies and mathematics for first-to-eighth grade.

Populations served: All

Availability: statewide, year round

Fees: Fees start at $250 but vary depending on program. Individual Residencies: $300 - $350/day plus travel and accommodations, if necessary. Other performance fees depend on number of performers, time and travel. Contact artist for other fees.

Contact Information:
22 Case Rd
Nottingham, NH 03290
Phone: 603/661-1981


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