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Bethany Waickman


Bethany Waickman accompanies some of the country’s finest players at dance halls, pub sessions, and on the concert stage. She started piano at an early age and played traditional and classical music along with her fiddle- and cello-playing brothers. She discovered DADGAD guitar tuning while studying with Keith Murphy at Meadowlark Camp; this modified tuning offers unique harmonies and rich drones well suited to supporting traditional music and to the driving, rhythmic guitar playing for which Bethany is known. 

At UMass Amherst, Bethany joined the contra dance band The Hip Bones. At Pinewoods Camp, she formed the energetic contradance trio Anadama with fiddler Amelia Mason and accordionist Emily Troll in 2007. After college, Bethany traveled in Ireland, moved to Boston, and signed on as Lissa Schneckenburger’s guitarist, recording on her album "Dance" and touring with Lissa's band throughout the US, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Belgium. 

Bethany moved to Maine in 2013, and co-founded Fódhla with Nicole Rabata on Irish flute and Ellery Klein on fiddle. The trio brings traditional Irish music to festivals, sessions, and concert series around New England, and recorded a 6-track EP. Bethany has also worked with Ari and Mia Friedman, Mark Roberts and Laurel Martin, Ryan McKasson, Jeremiah McLane, Rose Clancy, Ed Pearlman, Katie McNally, Eric McDonald, Tashina Clarridge, Simon Chrisman, Nic Gareiss, Rodney Miller, Dave Langford, Julie Metcalf, Glen Loper, and Alden Robinson. In 2014 she toured Germany with The Southgate Band.