Music Camp 2012

The Mission Folk Music Festival & The Sabir Sisters Present

July 16 to 20, 2012

Fiddle, Guitar, Voice, Step dancing, Songwriting, Piano and more with festival artists-in-residency and award winning instructors.

The Mission Folk Music Festival and the Sabir Sisters Music School are excited to announce their collaboration in offering a world class summer music camp as part of the 25th Annual Mission Folk Music Festival. The camp will take place from Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20 and will overlap with the Festival which runs July 19 to 22.

Challenge your artistic imagination and hone your skills in songwriting with Juno award winning singer-songwriter David Francey, put some panache into your mandolin and fiddle playing ; stretch your boundaries and learn Scandinavian fiddle styles; get the Cape Breton Ceili touch with Mairi Rankin or simply get your feet tapping. Flatfoot, clogging, hambone, we’ll have it all.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to participate in world class instruction with Sun skies and great music festival artists-in-residence and award winning instructors. Finish it all off with a weekend of great music at one of Western Canada’s finest music festivals. Make it your summer of music. See below for a list of instructors and camp information.


David Francey
Three time Juno Award winner, master songwriter and story teller. Learn to write songs or  improve your craft and presentation with one of Canada’s best in the field.

– Songwriting and presentation

Visit David’s website

Mairi Campbell (Scotland)
“Deep down I know that music, community and healing go together, I’ve always known it and I’ve always been interested in it. It doesn’t come much better than making music with others with the instrument you were born with. I’ve been lucky to have lead a folk choir called Sangstream, for the last 10 years. No auditions, no experience necessary, just turn up and sing! You don’t need to read music either, we’ll have place for all at the Music Camp.”

Visit Mary’s website 

This is your invitation to learn with Scotland’s Tutor of the Year at the 2012 Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Mairi also was awarded Scots Singer of the Year in 2009, the Neil Gow Composition Award in 2010 and was a Burns Song winner in 2008


Mairi Rankin (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)
As one of Canada’s most celebrated fiddlers, she hardly needs an introduction. Born in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Mairi has been influenced by some of the best Cape Breton traditional musicians and instructors on the island and has toured internationally as a performer and educator in both fiddle and step dance.

As an educator Mairi has taught at Universities, schools, festivals and workshops from Newcastle University in England to Augusta Heritage Festival, West Virginia; Ohio Scottish Arts School, Ohio; Buddy MacMaster School of Fiddling, Cape Breton; and Montpelier Fiddle Camp, Vermont. She currently resides in the Fraser Valley and teaches at the Sabir Sisters Music Studio in Abbotsford.

– Cape Breton and Celtic fiddle styles; Step dancing

Trent Freeman (Canada)
Trent studied Orchestral Instrument Performance at the University of British Columbia for a year before transferring to Berklee College of Music in Boston. His teaching skills developed through his volunteer work teaching and directing the group Fiddlejam, a dance band and performance group consisting of around 40 musicians on Vancouver Island. In 2007, Trent was awarded the Comox Valley Mentor of the Year Award for his work with this group. From classical violin to traditional fiddle and jazz, he moves fluently between genres, is a sought after musician and has performed with Wailin’ Jennys, Wyclif Jean, John Reischman, Calvin Volrath and many others. He will be performing at the Mission Festival with his newest band project Fretless; a fiddle string quartet. 

– fiddle, ensemble   

Visit Trent’s website

Chris Coole (Canada)
Chris is acknowledged as a skilled teacher of both banjo and guitar. He has taught at many workshops across Canada and the U.S. including The Augusta Heritage Centre, The Woods Music and Dance Camp, The Midwest Banjo Camp, The B.C. Bluegrass Workshops, Saltspring Island Fiddleworks, The Sunshine Coast School of Celtic Music as well as others. In 2007, Woodhall Music released “The Elements of Clawhammer Banjo” an instructional DVD featuring Chris’ approach to teaching the banjo.

Apart from his own albums, Chris can be heard as a sideman on over 75 albums from artists such as Jenny Whiteley, Jim Cuddy, Sylvia Tyson, Justin Rutledge. In 2008, Chris was featured on the Rounder Records release “Old-Time Banjo Festival” a collection of some of today’s top clawhammer banjo players from around the world.

– Clawhammer banjo 

Visit the cool website of Chris Coole

Shamma Sabir (British Columbia)
Shamma, the eldest of the Sabir Sisters, is acknowledged as one of Canada’s finest fiddlers. She was the first and youngest female nominee ever to be invited to the Canadian Grand Masters Championships and placed in Canada’s top eleven in the Ottawa competition. She is a songwriter and composer with writing credits on the albums of many prestigious Canadian fiddlers including Calvin Vollrath and Gordon Stobbe. Shamma’s heartfelt bluesy vocals, combined with her fiddle, mandolin and cello offerings, give the group a folk/roots flavor that is distinctly their own.

– fiddle

These are just a few of the artists lined up for what is going to be one of the best music experiences of the summer – a world class music camp together with an amazing music festival. Expect festival artists to drop in for sessions, workshops and spontaneous fun.

Don’t miss out, register now HERE

You will be taken to the Sabir Sisters Summer Camp page. Scroll to the bottom of the page for payment information.