Fiddle Hell Schedule

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Saturday FOOD Hotel Breakfast Buffet in Stony Brook Café 7AM-11AM

Start the day with the Westford Regency's hot breakfast buffet ($15.00 + tax + gratuity; or $9.00 + tax + gratuity for continental breakfast). Alternatively, Cash Breakfast Concession opens at 8AM in the Fiddle Hell Lower Hallway.


Fiddle Hell On-Site Registration Opens. Go to the Registration Desk in the Arthur Smith Room 5 near the right front entrance of the Westford Regency Inn. Sign in, get a stylish wristband and nametag, pick up a Program Brochure, perhaps buy a newly-designed T-shirt ($15 or 2 for $25). Then, look for your fellow fiddlers; cellists; mandolin, banjo, and guitar players everywhere around you. And singers! Saturday and weekend registrations include the Saturday night concert and dance for free.
T-shirts, instructors' CDs and books, and Andy's clocks are also in the Arthur Smith Room 5.
Carriage House Violins (Johnson String Instrument) will have fiddles, bows, strings and accessories, and Justin will be able to perform minor set-up work for you (during the day).
Jon Cooper will have splendid violins to show.

Saturday 8:00AM FOOD Quick Breakfast, Snacks, and Coffee in Lower Hallway 8AM-11AM

Cash Breakfast Concession with inexpensive choices: Breakfast Burrito, Oatmeal, Bagel and Cream Cheese, Muffin/Danish/Croissant, Yogurt, Fruit, Granola Bar, COFFEE, Soda, Bottled Water. Eat on the go, at a session, or perhaps upstairs in one of the two Quiet Rooms.

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM WARMUP DROP IN First Thing Saturday Warmup: Scales, Fingers, Bow, Head & Body Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin R1 Ellen Carlson (fiddle)

Get ready for the full day of fiddling by warming up your body and mind.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM DROP IN Help on Fiddle Technique Fiddle L1 L2 L3 L4 R390 Gretchen Koehler (fiddle)

Bowing questions? Intonation and tone? A tricky part of a tune you’re working on? Not sure where to start with a new technique? Gretchen can give your playing the "once over," offering a fresh set of eyes and ears to help answer your fiddle playing questions. Drop in for just a few minutes or stay the whole time.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM How to Learn Tunes by Ear with Lissa Any Instrument L1 L2 R2 Lissa Scheckenburger (fiddle)

Back by popular demand! We’ll go through a series of exercises designed to help strengthen your ears over time, and improve your ability to learn tunes on the fly. No experience necessary, all instruments welcome. Bring a recording device and a notebook!! You'll hear Lissa's fine playing on the concert tonight.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Easy New England Jam Session with Tips for Jamming Any Instrument L1 R1 Pete Sutherland (fiddle) & Paul Harty (guitar)

Some doggone great traditional Yankee dance music is quite easy to learn and play. We're going THERE, with some helpful suggestions on jam etiquette, fitting in when you don’t really know the tune, and more.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM DROP IN Help on Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo Banjo L1 L2 L3 L4 R389 Tim Rowell (banjo)

Drop in for just a few minutes or stay the whole time. Right hand, left hand, basic frailing, double thumbing, slides, different tunings, and whatever else is on your mind. Tim welcomes you to the rhythmic land of oldtime banjo.  Look for his CDs with Jubilee Mule and the Hi-Tone Ramblers in the Fiddle Hell Store.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM NEW 52 Learn an Easy Irish Tune "Egan's Polka" [aka "Kerry Polka"] in D Fiddle, Mandolin L1 R34 Tom Morley (fiddle)

Around the world, a very common, easy and cheerful beginners' tune. If listeners love it, tell them you learned it at Fiddle Hell!  If they don't love it, tell them the exact same thing.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM NEW 52 Learn "June Apple" (Oldtime Reel from New 52) Fiddle L2 R3 Bruce Molsky (fiddle)

What a great, driving, hypnotic tune to start the day! Bruce will cover the style, the notes, the bowing, the rhythmic groove.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Intro to Jazz Violin Fiddle L2 R346 Duncan Wickel (fiddle) & Dave Moultrup (guitar)

Using an easy standard or two such as "Lady Be Good," Duncan will take you into the improvised world of the jazz violin player, with Dave Moultrup providing the rhythm section. This is an introduction - you don't have to have prior experience playing jazz.  Said Christian Howes about Duncan: “He is without question on a path to be one of the top jazz violinists of his generation.” 

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM KIDS Learn a Québecois Fiddle Tune "Le Reel Barachois" Often Used for Step Dancing Fiddle L2 R392 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

Éric will show you a wonderful and energetic tune from the Acadia area that is really good for step dance or square dance, or contradance. A "barachois" is a coastal lagoon separated from the ocean by a sand or shingle bar. Salt water may enter the barachois during high tide. C'est une belle façon de commencer la journée pour les jeunes violoneux!

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Bass Lines for Cello Cello, mainly L2 L3 R7 Rob Thomas (cello)

Part of the job description for the 21st century cellist involves bass function! Learn how to alter your pizzicato technique and use a bit of amplification to get a nice bass-like sound, and how to construct bass lines on chord progressions, simple and complex. Rob is a Professor of Strings at Berklee College of Music, and is a super teacher and performer. Look for his CDs in the FH store.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM NEW 52 Learn "Calliope House" in E (Scottish Jig from New 52) Fiddle L2 R4 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

We'll break down this great jig, written in 1984 by Dave Richardson, into digestible phrases and learn some basic Scottish style. Look for Ed's CDs in the FH store.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn a Traditional Cajun Two-Step Including Seconding Fiddle L2 R347 Michelle Kaminsky (fiddle)

One of the lovely and distinctive things about Cajun music is having twin fiddles, exchanging leads and "seconding" (backing up) each other. We'll learn about the rhythm patterns and chord shapes that will give your fiddling that Cajun feeling. Can you hear the combined influences of music from Louisiana, Texas, Québec, and Cape Breton? Thought so; now please pass me une tarte à la bouillie.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM TEACHERS How to Lead a Group Class of Beginners Fiddle, Cello L2 L3 R8 Pam Wiley (fiddle)

Pam is President of American Music System Charleston, Inc., author of "Teacher Training in the American Music System," and a frequent clinician at music educators' professional development workshops and conventions.  This is a new workshop at FH and with Pam we've got the world's best teacher for it. 

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Getting Started Playing Harmony and Improvisation for Fiddlers Fiddle, Mandolin L2 R31 Ron Grosslein (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

Would you like to play harmony, but don't know where to start? If you can play some melodies but can't seem to get off the rails and improvise, this workshop is for you. We'll get you going, using straightforward tunes like Mairi's Wedding, Redwing, and Golden Slippers to demolish the obstacles in your way.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Mandolin Fills, Clichés and Riffs To Use Behind Vocals Mandolin L2 L3 R35 Skip Gorman (mandolin, vocals)

In the context of a bluegrass song with three chords, Skip will get you playing some mighty fine fills and riffs from Bill Monroe and others.  Did we mention that Skip learned this directly from Bill?

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Guided Bluegrass Jam to Start Your Day Any Traditional Instrument, Voice L2 R345 Tony Watt (guitar, vocals) & Patrick McGonigle (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass, vocals)

Tony will lead this "teacher-directed" bluegrass jam session, where students will have the opportunity to learn from each other and from discussions about how to improve their playing. Patrick will help out the fiddlers and mandolin players while Mali holds down the low end on bass. Like most bluegrass jams, we won't know what songs we'll be playing beforehand, but we won't play fast instrumentals, very fast vocal tunes, or obscure/difficult songs. You don't need to be able to sing or to improvise solos to attend, but it's more fun if you can. The best way to get prepared for this jam is to learn a common bluegrass song to sing with us (you're welcome to bring a copy of the verses to read from). Look for Tony's and Patrick's fine CDs in the FH store.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn a Fine Cape Breton Tune to Start Your Day Fiddle, Mandolin L3 R33 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

Andrea will teach "Hull’s Reel" by John Morris Rankin, the way he recorded it. A good workshop to start your Saturday at Fiddle Hell! "Listen to her play, the power of her bow, the drive and swing of her timing, the crispness of her attack. [Andrea] has made a name for herself in dance halls, concerts, ceilidhs, and festivals throughout North America and the UK."  

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn a Favorite Irish Tune That's Also a Great Dance Tune Fiddle L3 R6 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

Becky will teach "Jenny Picking Cockles," a driving Irish reel, that always seems to lift dancers off their feet. Included (at no extra charge) are the bowings and ornaments that bring life to the tune.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM A Couple of Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks Fiddle, Mandolin L3 R32 Darol Anger (fiddle) & Flynn Cohen (guitar)

In Bluegrass, quoting performance on the original recording is considered not only a good idea, it's a badge of belonging and a way of connecting past with present. Quoting can develop into subtle and nuanced commentaries on the original solo and other solos in the style. We'll learn a couple of iconic "breaks" and see how they can be used in other contexts as well.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Québecois Workshop with Don Fiddle L3 R36 Don Roy (fiddle)

Don will focus on accordion tunes on the fiddle. Magnifique! As part of the workshop, Cindy Roy will give a brief introduction to tapping the feet Maine style.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Guitar Triads through Song Guitar L3 R391 Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

Learn about the infinite potential of triads on the guitar. Explore different inversions up and down the neck through a simple folk song (such as In the Pines or Don’t this Road Look Rough and Rocky).  Don't forget to pick up the "Stash!" CD in the FH store.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Rhythm and Expression in Playing for New England Dances Fiddle, Mandolin L4 R37 David Kaynor (fiddle, theremin)

As a dance caller and dance fiddler, David is the perfect leader for this workshop. You'll start by learning a solid “workhorse” tune and develop expressive melodic and rhythmic variations that relate to contra dance choreography. David, who will once again be calling for the Fiddle Hell Dance tonight, promises to reveal all (well, several) of his secrets and techniques. Just kidding about the theremin.

Saturday FOOD Quick Lunches, Snacks, and Coffee in Lower Hallway 11:00AM-6:00PM

Cash Lunch Concession with inexpensive choices: Vegetarian Wrap with Grilled Veggies, Roast Turkey & Bacon Wrap, Hot Dog, Individual Pizza, Soup, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, Fruit, Cookies, Chips, COFFEE, Soda, Bottled Water. Eat on the go, at a session, or perhaps upstairs in one of the two Quiet Rooms.

Saturday 10:30-11:00AM TEENS Teen Meetup on Saturday Morning (Ages 13-18 Only) R392

Meet a few others your age at Fiddle Hell. It's during a break, so you won't miss a workshop.

Saturday 10:30-11:00AM FLASH VOCALS The Care and Feeding of Your Voice Voice L1 L2 L3 L4 R2 Lorraine Hammond (vocals)

Fun warm-ups from Lorraine to keep the songs coming. She'll also be leading several singing workshops Saturday and Sunday, including a Flash Singalong Sunday at 8:30AM with Bennett.

Saturday 10:30-11:00AM FLASH MOB Play Along with a Country Singer Any Instrument L2 R4 August Watters (guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass)

August Watters is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist/guitar player, composer/arranger, and teacher in Boston, USA. For this half-hour, he'll wear his country singer hat, and he invites you to sit in on a country and Western Swing song session, backed by Mali on bass. Play along, play backup, take breaks, enjoy!  The chords and melody are generally simple for players, and listeners are welcome, too.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Traditional Oldtime Singing for All Voice L1 L2 L3 L4 R3 Bruce Molsky (vocals, fiddle, banjo, guitar)

All are welcome! With lyric sheets in hand, we’ll sing through some good old songs, maybe work up a few harmonies and listen to some recordings of some very old pieces.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Making Sense of Chords Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello L1 L2 L3 L4 R34 Dave Reiner (fiddle) & Marshall Racowsky (guitar)

This will help you to harmonize, play double stops, back up a tune or song, and play along with tunes you've never heard before. Helpful handout included. Look for Dave's Oldtime Fiddling Across America book/CD in the FH store. 

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn an Easy Traditional Cajun Waltz Fiddle L1 R7 Michelle Kaminsky (fiddle)

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Michelle’s got a fine Cajun waltz to show you, with the elusive Aieee! factor. She’ll start with the skeleton or vocal line of the tune, and then add the ornaments that give it a Cajun flavor. Michelle plays with the Magnolia Cajun Band as well as others.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM KIDS DROP IN Help for Kids: Fiddle and Mandolin Techniques and Styles Fiddle, Mandolin L1 L2 L3 L4 R391 Rob Flax (fiddle, mandolin)

Ask a question, get an answer! Want to know how to play chords on one of the Common Tunes? Want to learn how to count to ten in South Indian rhythmic solfege (konokol)? Want to learn how to play a bluegrass lick? Interested in using electronics with your fiddle? Want to talk about how nature and dragons and magic and mathematics relate to the mandolin or fiddle? Drop in; it’s first-come, first-served.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Basic Mandolin Technique Workshop Mandolin L1 L2 R345 Tony Watt (mandolin)

Tony will focus on essential left- and right-hand techniques, including instrument and hand positioning, picking and tone, and more. He is primarily a bluegrass mandolin player and teacher, but the techniques he will cover will be valuable for mandolin players of any style. You'll find Tony to be a patient and supportive teacher.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn an Easy Scottish Strathspey on Cello and Discuss the History Cello L2 R37 Abby Newton (cello)

What is a strathspey? Is it a type of tune, a dance, a location in Scotland or maybe all of the above! And many are named for historical events in that ancient land. We’ll learn one and talk about that bit of Scottish history.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM NEW 52 Learn Oldtime Southern Reel "Kitchen Girl" in A Fiddle, Mandolin L2 R32 Alan Kaufman (fiddle)

"Kitchen Girl" is a striking tune from the first two notes. It was recorded by the Hollow Rock String Band on their 1968 Traditional Dance Tunes album as learned by Alan Jabbour from his mentor Henry Reed, and from there the tune has found its way into the repertories of many oldtime fiddlers.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Intro to Greek Violin Fiddle, Mandolin L2 R389 Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

We’ll learn a Greek island medley - a dance called Ballos - in a couple of different makams or modes.  It'll be complete with rhythm and chords. Look for Beth's Weaving the Worlds CD in the FH store.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Doubling Down on Double Stops Fiddle L2 L3 R31 Darol Anger (fiddle)

Double Stops [notes played together on two strings] are considered the Final Frontier in Bluegrass and Swing fiddling; The oldest and greatest fiddlers obsess over them. Organizing our thoughts on this difficult technique is paramount. We''ll work through the different flavors and explore simple techniques for practicing them.  Some parts of the workshop will visit High Int territory.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Easy Québecois Jig Workshop "Valcartier Jig" Fiddle L2 R2 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

From the Corrigan family, this easy jig was used for the dance "The Lancer.’’ The swing inside the jig needs to be relaxed and stable for the dancer, but still solid.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Southern Fiddle My Way on Saturday Fiddle L2 R8 Pete Sutherland (fiddle)

Says Pete: “First fiddling I fell hard for was Southern. Loved the groove, the swing of it, the simple melodies that seemed to grow out of the bowing. I love sharing the ingredients that make this happen."

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM The Circle of Fifths is Your Best Friend Forever (BFF) Any Instrument L2 R346 Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin)

Understanding the Circle of Fifths can help to unlock many music theory mysteries. Shana will discuss the types of major, minor and seventh chords found in any key; some typical chord progressions in a key; and look at swing progressions that use backwards cycling through the circle. She'll start at a Low Int level and may take you into High Int territory towards the end.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn a Round Peak Oldtime Banjo Tune Banjo L2 R390 Allison de Groot (banjo)

The old-time music from Surry County, North Carolina - known as Round Peak - is a distinct tradition with a unique and exciting banjo style. Slides, blues notes, syncopations and sparser use of the “bum-ditty” are at the heart of the sound. We will learn a tune by ear, but tablature will be provided and bring a recording device.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Essential Scottish Bowing Techniques Fiddle L3 R33 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

We'll learn a classic strathspey, which will serve as a platform for applying what we learn about snaps and the up-driven bow.  Did you know that J. Scott Skinner's Guide to [Scottish] Bowing was first published in 1900?

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM The Irish Roll - A Complete Breakdown of the Technique and Where to Use It Fiddle L3 R35 Rose Clancy (fiddle)

Learn to make your rolls more rhythmic and percussive.  We'll examine the roll anatomy from the root note, high cut, low lift and the bow. Rose will also discuss where and when to use the roll with specific examples using common tunes. She'll be your "roll" model.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Cape Breton Set Workshop: March to Strathspey to Reel Fiddle L4 R1 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

We’ll start with a Cape Breton setting of "Balkan Hills March" and go into the Cape Breton settings of "Athole Brose Strathspey" and "General Stewart" reel.This strathspey and reel are commonly played together by most CB fiddlers; they ratchet up the excitement as the tempo increases. Look for Andrea’s CDs and tune book in the FH store.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn Two Favorite French Canadian Tunes that Work Great for Contra Dancing Fiddle, Mandolin L4 R4 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

Says Becky: "I'll teach “Reel Ste. Louise" and “The Telephone Reel." We’ll learn these in a slow session style, with less breaking down of the tunes, since there are two tunes here. So prepare yourself mentally and have your recording device at the ready." Today's a good time to look for Becky's CDs in the FH store.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Chord Scale Theory for Cello and Violin Cello, Violin L4 R6 Rob Thomas (cello)

Rob’s scale system for learning jazz has been mesmerizing Berklee College of Music string students for 15 years. Learn the basics in this hands-on introductory experience. Harness the awesome power of the major scale by learning about its six relatives.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM How to Play a 12-Bar Blues: "Florida Blues" Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin L3 R347 Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & Bennett Hammond (guitar)

The great tune "Florida Blues" was written by Fiddlin' Arthur Smith and recorded by him in 1937.  Chubby Wise was also known for playing this blues, as was Vassar Clements. While learning the tune, we will explore the 12-bar blues form and blues scales and how this form relates to other styles of music. Wear blue if you like!

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Twin Fiddling Workshop with The Moving Violations Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello L3 R36 Ron Grosslein (fiddle) & Van Kaynor (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

Van and Ron have a great feel for innovative twin fiddling after many years of playing together in The Moving Violations, ably backed up by Eric Eid-Reiner.  In this hands-on workshop, they’ll demonstrate and teach some of the key techniques that you can apply to a variety of tunes. Don't have your Moving Violations CD yet? Head for the FH store.

Saturday FOOD and DRINK at Old Joe Clark's Pub 12:30PM-11PM R9

Hungry? Thirsty? Food and drinks available at Old Joe Clark's Pub off the Lobby. Special menu for Fiddle Hell of relatively fast dishes. A faster alternative for dinner is the Quick Dinner Buffet from 5PM-6:30PM in the Lobby.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM MINI CONCERT "Dynamic Duos" For All Listeners L1 L2 L3 L4 R37 Duncan Wickel (fiddle) / Flynn Cohen (guitar) & Allison De Groot (banjo) / Patrick McGonigle (fiddle)

A one-hour musical extravaganza!

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM DROP IN Help on Irish Fiddling from Tom Fiddle L1 L2 L3 L4 R391 Tom Morley (fiddle)

Come for the whole time or just drop in. Bowing, tunes, cuts, rolls, trebles, slurs across the beat, and other ways to bring your Irish fiddling to the next level. Ask away!

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Healthy Musical Attitudes Any Instrument L1 L2 L3 L4 R31 Andy Reiner

Andy's practical and sage advice will help you make progress on your instrument while keeping sane! This has been described as "transformational" by several prior attendees.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Songwriting Workshop 1 with Emy Voice, Any Instrument L1 L2 L3 L4 R346 Emy Phelps (vocals, guitar)

Emy Phelps is a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. She'll help you along the songwriting path. Emy will do another Songwriting Workshop on Sunday at 9:30AM (doesn't assume you've come to this one). Look for Emy's CDs with Darol Anger in the FH store, and hear her sing more at 3:30PM today with Darol Anger and the Furies. 

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM An Easy Down East Tune "Maple Leaf Two-Step" as Played by Tommy Doucet FIddle L1 R2 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

Legendary Boston fiddler Tommy Doucet (1902-1992) played some deceptively easy tunes. Beginners, here's a chance to get together with Frank at Fiddle Hell; he's made a deep study of Tommy's music. Look for Frank's great CDs and books in the FH store.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM NEW 52 Learn to Play, Sing and Dance "Cellosaurus Stomp" for All Ages Any Instrument, Voice L1 L2 L3 L4 R6 Joy Adams (cellosaurus, violinadactyl, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bassasaurus rex, vocals)

Cosmic! Dinosaurastic! If you miss this session, you'll find the music, words and dance in the program booklet. Try to learn them in time for the Cellosaurus Stomp FLASH MOB at 3:05PM Sunday afternoon.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Singing for the Confidence Impaired - For Non-Singers on Saturday Voice L1 L2 L3 R33 Lorraine Hammond (vocals, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer)

Shy about singing in public? Come have fun with simple songs, vocal warm-ups and easy techniques that will help you find your voice. Pressure? No. Fun? Yes, indeed. Participatory for all levels. Also offered Sunday at 12:30PM.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM DROP IN Help on Oldtime Banjo or Guitar Banjo, Guitar L1 L2 L3 L4 R347 Tim Rowell (banjo, guitar)

Right hand, left hand, rhythm, chords, and much more. Drop in with a question, stay for a while if you like. Look for Tim's CDs with Jubilee Mule and the Hi-Tone Ramblers in the Fiddle Hell Store.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM NEW 52 Learn Oldtime Southern Reel "Boatsman" in A Fiddle, Mandolin L2 R32 Alan Kaufman (fiddle)

At a relaxed pace, learn a driving, three-part oldtime tune from the New 52 common tunes. It likely entered the oldtime tradition from a minstrel tune. Alan will lead you through this tune with patience and good cheer.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Getting into the Groove on Fiddle! Fiddle L2 L3 R7 Autumn Rose Lester (fiddle)

Where does the magic groove come from in Northeastern fiddle tunes? We'll combine playing and discussion as we delve into what makes a fiddle tune sound "fiddle-y." Starting with a fiddle tune or two in sheet music form, we'll explore how to make the transition from sheet music to fiddle tune. This workshop will be geared towards intermediate players, and the focus will be on Northern and contra dance style emphasis and groove. Did you know that Autumn Rose designed the new Fiddle Hell t-shirt?

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Getting Started with the Bluegrass Mandolin Style of Bill Monroe Mandolin L2 R4 Richard Brown (mandolin)

Dr. Brown plays with The Reunion Band, known for its solid traditional bluegrass sound.  He learned directly from Bill Monroe (really!).

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Super Guitar Backup Techniques Guitar L3 R392 Bennett Hammond (guitar)

Non-generic guitar accompaniment knows one tune or song from another. Guitar wisdom from Bennett.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Quintessential New England Jam Any Instrument L3 R1 David Kaynor (fiddle, ektara) & Bethany Waickman (guitar)

Westford’s the perfect place for your favorite New England tunes, and a few that might be new to you. Spend a happy hour with David and Bethany, having great fun with classic tunes. 

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Prince Edward Island Tunes Any Instrument L3 R345 Ken Perlman (banjo)

Ken wrote two great books on the music of PEI, and has released many field recordings from fiddlers there (see  Learn some great tunes that Ken collected  from PEI roots players.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM A Tune or Two from Michael Coleman's Repertoire Fiddle, Mandolin L3 R34 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

The recordings of the great Sligo fiddle player Michael Coleman were a wild sensation in their day. His virtuosic technique, imaginative variations and beautiful bowing and ornamentation captured the interest of traditional Irish musicians all over the world. Sets of tunes he recorded back in the 1930s and 1940s are still favorite standards in traditional Irish sessions today. Join us for this class, and we’ll learn a tune or two from his classic repertoire.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Learn Two Flowing and Rhythmic Oldtime Tunes Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello L3 R3 Mark Simos (fiddle)

Some tunes are cool to play 'cause they’re notey, some are noteworthy 'cause they’re not! Yet, spare tunes with few notes are hard to get right. They need flawless flow and phrasing; and while it’s helpful to know rhythmic bowing techniques, it’s harder to employ these in ways that reveal, rather than obscure, the heart of the tune. We’ll tackle ways to “work up" two flowing, rhythmic old-time tunes: a familiar, session-friendly standard, and a lesser-known gem—both equally fun to get a groove on!

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Learn "Bluegrass Breakdown" on Mandolin Mandolin L3 L4 R35 Skip Gorman (mandolin)

An iconic bluegrass standard on mandolin, this tune has a lot to teach about playing fast and lonesome. Skip will slow it down and get you well along the way.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Irish Tunes from Tommy Peoples Fiddle, Mandolin L4 R36 Clayton March (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

Fiddler Tommy Peoples (b. 1948) plays in the Donegal tradition and has played with the Bothy Band and many others. Clayton will teach "Grainne's Jig" and if time permits also "Beautiful Gortree."

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Yoga as Applied to Fiddle Muscles and Issues Fiddle L1 L2 L3 L4 R2 Amy Beshara (yoga instructor, fiddle)

Yoga is so good for fiddlers! Fiddlers use their bodies like athletes but often don't know how to take care of them. This "Yinyasa" class will start with a yin yoga sequence for stretching the connective tissue of the body, breathing, and deep relaxation, and will transition into a vinyasa flow that will encourage awareness of posture, with special focus on the parts of the body fiddlers work the hardest. Bring a yoga mat, and any yoga props you have (blocks, yoga belt) to class. Participants are responsible for their own well-being (not Fiddle Hell) in this yoga session.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Easy Oldtime Fiddle Workshop on Saturday Fiddle L1 R3 Bruce Molsky (fiddle) & Allison de Groot (banjo)

If you’re new to oldtime fiddling, or newish to the fiddle, Bruce will lead you through the basics, what to listen for and how to find your way into a simple tune.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Backing Up a Singer on Fiddle or Other Lead Instrument Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin L1 L2 L3 L4 R31 Pete Sutherland (fiddle) & Lorraine Hammond (singer) & Bennett Hammond (guitar)

Says Pete: "I'm a singer myself, and so as a fiddler I love to figure out how to move around a singer, between, behind and through the lines of the song, to reflect, comment, hopefully enhance the line, and magnify the mood. You need a little basic street theory, but mostly open ears and eyes. Bring a fiddle or mandolin or cello - we'll try some ideas. Great to have Lorraine and Bennett to help with this workshop!"

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Brilliant Irish Tune Workshop on a Variant of Drowsy Maggie" from John "Tinker" Doherty Fiddle, Mandolin L2 R32 Rose Clancy (fiddle)

John Doherty (1900-1980) was born in Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland. From the late 40s to the 1970s he was sought out by collectors; he was known for fine ornamentation, and was heavily influenced by the Scottish bagpiping tradition. John was a significant influence on the fiddle playing of The Chieftains and Altan. Rose will teach a variant of "Drowsy Maggie" as John played it, and if time permits "Gallagher's March."

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM DADGAD Tuned Guitar 101 Guitar L2 R8 Bethany Waickman (guitar)

DADGAD is an alternative guitar tuning most associated with Celtic music. This open tuning is neither intrinsically major nor minor; it facilitates moveable chords and drones. Try it!

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Essential Bowing Patterns Workshop Fiddle L2 L3 R6 Dave Reiner (fiddle)

The rhythmic drive, flow of notes, and liveliness of a fiddle tune owe much to the often intricate patterns woven by the fiddler's bow. Dave will impart this essential knowledge in a very approachable way, as he does every year. He'll mostly be at a Low Int level, with a few patterns that approach High Int territory. Rather helpful handout includes catalog of bowing patterns and their names.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Swedish Tune Workshop Fiddle, Cello L2 R346 David Kaynor (fiddle)

Interesting, yet accessible tunes from a staggeringly rich tradition where fiddle is the most important instrument.  We’ll work in detail on an easy schottische or march and a melodically and rhythmically mysterious polska.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Québecois Workshop, Not Very Difficult Fiddle L2 R36 Don Roy (fiddle)

Call and response tunes. Can you hear the story being told?

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Slow Airs and Ornamentation Ideas in Scottish Playing Fiddle, Cello L2 R33 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

We’ll work on two beautiful slow airs: one in 4/4 and one in 3/4 that can serve for listening or as a waltz. Beginners will get a sense of the tunes, while intermediates will also get tips on enriching the tunes with ornamentation.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM TEACHERS Arranging for Group Classes Fiddle, Cello L2 L3 R345 Pam Wiley (fiddle)

Teachers - would you like to learn how to add chording and rhythm to melodies in group classes for "whole music"? Pam wrote "Teacher Training in the American Music System" and is a much-admired clinician at music educators' professional development workshops and conventions.  This is another new workshop at FH and with Pam we've got a great leader for it.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a Classic Western Swing Tune Fiddle L3 R390 Art Schatz (fiddle)

James Robert (“Bob”) Wills was the primary founder of Western Swing.  He and his band the Texas Playboys were known for jazz-like arrangements and great dance music. Art will teach the fine tune "Old Fashioned Love." Art's version is G-rated, but it's in the key of D.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Ornaments in Irish Fiddling Fiddle L3 R34 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

We’ll learn the tune “Grogan’s" to explore these various ornaments and bow techniques in Irish fiddling: cuts, bowed triplets, serpentine bowing, and rolls. Becky will be your "roll model" and more! 

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM The Blues: North America's Musical Language Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin, Guitar L3 R1 Darol Anger (fiddle) & Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

The Blues, as a musical idiom and common language, pervades EVERY style of American music and is an essential communication tool for every musician who lives here. Like the fugue, waltz, and sarabande, it's a musical form. It's also a harmonic and melodic system with a very specific set of moves and skills. We will analyze and PLAY the Blues, focusing on the form, and the three crucial Blue Notes in the Blues scale and how to use them. Listeners welcome even if you don't pick up an instrument.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Québecois Saturday Afternoon Jam Any Traditional Instrument L3 R4 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

Not too far to the north of Boston is a wonderland of Québecois fiddling. Let’s recreate it at Fiddle Hell; come to share your favorite French Canadian tune, straight or crooked.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Minor Scale Jazz Improv for Swing Mandolin Mandolin L3 R391 Eric Kilburn (mandolin) & Dave Moultrup (guitar)

Eric's a fine swing mandolin player who also runs Wellspring Sound Recording Studio in Acton.  He'll use tunes such as "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," "Minor Swing," and "It Don't Mean A Thing" to help you with minor scale jazz improvisation over Dave's solid rhythm playing.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Electronic Looping for Cello and Violin Cello, Violin L3 R37 Rob Thomas (cello, violin)

Take a turn with Rob’s Loop Station and effects pedals, and learn how to play a duet (or even a trio or quartet) with yourself! Looping pedals are a way to record multiple, layered tracks - live - using your feet.  Loopers can be used in live performance as well as being the ultimate practice tool - like a recording studio controlled by your toes.  In the early 1990s, dedicated digital devices were invented for use in live looping, and now many hardware loopers exist, some in rack unit form, but primarily as effect pedals. The musical loop is one of the most important features of video game music.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Amazing Kids' Session Any Instrument L3 R35 Joy Adams (cello, banjo, fiddle)

Learn an oldtime tune TBD with funky lyrics. Then we'll play rhythm and groove games and get our jam on!

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a Challenging Western Swing Tune "Draggin' the Bow" and How to Fancy It Up Fiddle L4 R389 Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & John Robinson (guitar)

Ellen will start by teaching a basic version of "Draggin' the Bow" and then explore typical little things to spice it up and make it sound more "swingy." She might even teach the triple shuffle variation, with 50% more notes than the double shuffle. Ellen is an inspiring and clear teacher as well as a fine fiddler in multiple traditions. 

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Learn an American Clog from the J. W. Pepper Collection, "The Sparrow Dance Clog" Fiddle, Mandolin L4 R347 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

A look at an often-neglected style, American clog dances, popular in early vaudeville and music
halls. These moderate-tempo tunes were favorites of northern fiddlers like Jean Carignan, Tommy Doucet, and Joseph Allard. Jean Carignan (1916-1988) was a fiddler from Québec who played with great technique and joy, and had a repertoire of over 7000 tunes! "The Sparrow Dance Clog" is from the early 20th century J. W. Pepper collection - a rare volume to find.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Bluegrass Fiddle & Mandolin Workshop on a Bill Monroe Tune Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello L4 R7 Patrick McGonigle (fiddle, vocals) & Tony Watt (mandolin, vocals)

Patrick and Tony will teach the Bill Monroe tune "Tombstone Junction."  The tune starts out as an energetic 12 bar blues in the key of G, and it takes a couple twists and turns along the way.  

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Challenging East European Tunes Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello L4 R392 Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin)

The music of Eastern Europe encompasses Klezmer, Balkan, Greek and Gypsy traditions. We'll explore the unique scales, modes and odd meter rhythms that are often used in these styles, and learn to play "Kopenitsa", an exciting Bulgarian dance tune in 11/8.

Saturday 3:05-3:20PM FLASH MARCH NEW 52 with "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" and "Trip to Moscow" Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello, or Other (Able to play one tune or both, or just march along) L2 L3 R2 David Kaynor (fiddle) & Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle) & John Robinson (guitar)

Meet in Carignan Room 2. March to Lobby playing "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" in D. March back playing "Trip to Moscow" in Gm, by Ian Ball.  Both are from the new 52 common tunes (2-CD set at the FH store).

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM MINI CONCERT "Darol Anger and the Furies" For All Listeners L1 L2 L3 L4 R1 Darol Anger (fiddle) & Emy Phelps (guitar) & Andy Reiner (octave mando, fiddle) & Joy Adams (cello)

Here's a great band that played in Montana in August for the total eclipse of the sun.  Maybe they even caused it! When these powerful forces get together with Darol, the result is mythical, magical, musical mayhem that varies from bluegrass to world to folk music.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Ergonomic Exercises - Play Without Tiring or Hurting Fiddle L1 L2 L3 L4 R37 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

You can be a good fiddler if you love it and play enough, no matter how "correctly" you play, but if you gain awareness of how your joints and muscles actually do their jobs, and do some simple exercises to teach your muscles to be efficient, you can relax and play a lot longer without getting tired or injured. Video support available afterward.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Easy Tunes from the Maine Fiddle Camp Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello, Guitar L1 R4 George Fowler (fiddle) & Doug Protsik (piano)

Maine Fiddle Camp welcomes players of all levels. We’ll teach tunes from our classes and from beginner jams during those wonderful summer music gatherings in Montville, Maine. Look for classic New England CDs from George called "The Montville Project" in the FH Store.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Expanding a Basic Lick to Help in Jamming with a Singer Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin L2 R7 Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & Paul Harty (vocals, guitar)

Playing with a singer is an important role for a fiddler. Ellen will start with a common ending lick and show you how to enhance and change the lick for variety, ending up with a pocketful of useful licks. Paul will sing mightily and patiently.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM NEW 52 Learn "Cliffs of Moher" (Irish Jig from New 52) Emphasizing Rhythm and Lilt Fiddle L2 R32 Ellery Klein (fiddle)

The physical Cliffs of Moher may be deadly for American tourists used to lawsuit-preventing rails at the edge of the heights, but the traditional Irish jig is an accessible and classic “chestnut" of a tune. Ellery will teach the tune and help fiddlers lock into a solid jig rhythm and groove of the tune -aka, the musical guard rail that will prevent your fiddle playing from going over the edge and taking the session with you!

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Irish Mandolin Workshop with Flynn Mandolin L2 R8 Flynn Cohen (mandolin)

Learn a fun tune while picking up Irish mandolin techniques for both your left and right hands.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Playing Fiddle Backup in an Oldtime Jam Fiddle L2 R35 Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle)

Join Mariel in exploring different ways to back up a tune in an Oldtime jam setting. We’ll explore rhythmic bowing, and how to hear and play chords on our fiddle. Look for Mariel's great CD "Hickory" in the FH store.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM KIDS Jazz/Swing Workshop for Kids - How to Use Rhythms Instead of Licks Fiddle L2 L3 R392 Rob Flax (fiddle)

Want to improvise, but don't know a lot of cool licks? Take a simple idea and play with the rhythm. We'll explore rhythms from all over the world, using techniques not usually taught to fiddlers, and then apply them to an awesome tune.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Cape Breton Jam Session Any Traditional Instrument L3 R36 Andrea Beaton (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

Who knew that the Ceilidh Trail led right to Westford, MA? This should be a fine session.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Québecois Bowing Workshop with Éric Fiddle and Bow L3 R3 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

Traditional bowing techniques really make the sound of Québecois fiddling. What do you do when you want to play a tune without many notes to make the melody? You can create different kinds of variation with ornamentation and especially use different bowings. From the simple melody in "Gigue à Médée," you can transform the tune, make it a little bit more complex, and different everytime, but always in a traditional style. 

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Third Position Exercises and a Fine Reel Fiddle L3 R33 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

We'll start with some exercises to become comfortable with third position, then put it to work to learn a classic third position reel from the old Cole’s Collection.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Improvising for Traditional Fiddlers Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin L3 R31 Lissa Scheckenburger (fiddle)

This workshop will show you how to be more playful and free when playing your favorite traditional fiddle tunes, and give you some exercises and practice techniques to develop your own personal style. We will start with a common simple fiddle tune, and work together to bend it in a variety of ways. Bring a recording device and notebook; there will be lots of ideas you’ll want to take home.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Finding Chords to Slippery Tunes Any Instrument L3 R346 Mark Simos (fiddle, guitar)

Some tunes lend themselves to standard chord progressions. But some of the coolest tunes to play are also the most elusive to accompany: they go right when you think they’ll go left, stay put just when you think they’ll go… In this hands-on, entertaining, and practical session, Mark will draw on lessons of many years accompanying traditional Celtic music, to share some handy tricks of the vamper’s trade you can apply in many styles. He’ll come prepared with a couple of “problem child” tunes, then will ask for a head-scratcher or two from you.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Dock Boggs Tunes for Banjo Banjo L3 R347 Tim Rowell (banjo)

We’ll explore Dock Boggs' unique up-picking banjo style in two of his most enduring songs. We’ll learn a couple of his unusual tunings and a bunch of his signature licks.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Learn One or Two of Paddy Fahey's Tunes (Irish) Fiddle L4 R34 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

Lugubrious and serpentine, mysterious and puzzling and challenging to play, fiddler Paddy Fahey’s compositions capture the deep “draiocht” (soul) of traditional Irish music. Join us as we learn one or two of the compositions of this enigmatic East Galway musician, and as we explore the fluid style of bowing that highlights the grace and mystery of his tunes.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Great New Tunes from the NW Vermont Youth Scene Fiddle L4 R6 Pete Sutherland (fiddle)

Back by popular demand! The Burlington area has been a hotbed of youth fiddling for years, and many of these young friends of mine are prolific writers of really catchy tunes. I love sharing a couple of them each year here at Fiddle Hell. Pete might have a surprise guest or two.

Saturday 5:00-6:30PM FOOD Quick Dinner Buffet in Lobby 5PM-6:30PM

Want a quick dinner before the concert and dance? The hotel is running a Fiddle Hell buffet for us in the Stoney Brook Café next to the main lobby. Help yourself to pasta primavera in cream sauce, penne pasta in marinara sauce, meatballs in marinara sauce, garden salad, garlic bread, rolls and butter, and your choice of a soft drink or a bottle of water. Prices include tax and gratuity: Adults $19, Kids 4-12 $12, Kids under 4 free.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Tune Writing Strategies Any Instrument L1 L2 L3 L4 R37 Mark Simos (fiddle, guitar, vocals)

Mark will present exercises and techniques for writing new tunes in traditional styles, sharing some of his own tunesmith’s secrets, and drawing on approaches described in his book Songwriting Strategies: A 360º Approach (Berklee Press; FH store). Come get acquainted with Smitty, the Tunesmith Genie!

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Learn a Simple Cape Breton Reel including Bowing and a Few Ornaments Fiddle, Mandolin L1 R36 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

You’ll learn "Sir Reginald MacDonald Reel," a good old traditional tune that's one of Andrea's favorites,  as played on Cape Breton Island. This will be at a relaxed pace for beginners, and even starts with an easy scale going down.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Backing Up Jigs, Reels and Waltzes Guitar, Mandolin, Any Rhythm Instrument L1 L2 L3 L4 R7 Bethany Waickman (guitar) & Ellery Klein (fiddle)

We'll look at a few different right hand strumming/rhythm options for backing up jigs, reels, and waltzes. Although Bethany plays open-tuned (DADGAD) guitar, the workshop is open to guitars, mandolins, ukes, and anyone looking to play rhythm behind fiddle tunes. Right hand focus, so chording will be secondary. Bethany and Ellery play together in Fódhla (see their latest CD in the FH store).

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Essentials of Calling for Contra Dances Voice, Dancers Welcome to Help Out L1 L2 L3 L4 R8 David Kaynor (caller)

You'll see David in glorious action again at the contra dance tonight, right after the concert. But here's a behind-the-scenes look at the caller's viewpoint, and a chance to try a little bit yourself. If you don't want to call, but would like to dance a bit, you'd be most welcome!

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Appalachian Mountain Songs, Everyone Welcome Voice, Any Instrument (Optional) L1 L2 L3 L4 R4 Lorraine Hammond (vocals, mandolin) & Bennett Hammond (guitar)

Come collect a few great “little” songs that will last you forever. Singers, fiddlers, all pickers welcome to participate. "The Hammonds are folk missionaries of the first order... who love to introduce people to the joys of traditional music." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Easy Oldtime Jam in the Afternoon Any Instrument L2 R32 Cathy Mason (fiddle) & Paul Harty (guitar)

Cathy and Paul have led many happy jams over the years, and they’ll share a few nuggets of helpful advice on jamming throughout this session. It’ll be very basic to start with, and will pick up a bit as the jam progresses.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM KIDS Mandolin for Kids Mandolin L2 R391 Rob Flax (mandolin)

We will learn the basics and play a song on the mando, come on out! Rob's a multi-instrumentalist, and a friendly teacher whose technique suggestions are worth their weight in gold.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Trick and Fancy Fiddling Fiddle L2 R35 Gretchen Koehler (fiddle)

Some contests have a whole Trick and Fancy or Novelty division, where anything goes - visual tricks, wierd sounds, fancy bowing, and more. Great for kids and kids at heart. 

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Up-to-Speed Irish Jam Any Traditional Instrument L3 R34 Andy Reiner (fiddle, octave mandolin] and Clayton March (fiddle)

The craic will be mighty! Time for lots of trad tunes. Sorry, no black pudding or barmbrack.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Shetland Tunes and the Indiosyncratic Bowings Cello L3 R390 Abby Newton (cello)

Shetland is an island onto itself in the way north of the Scottish Isles. We’ll explore some of the fun bowings and cool tunes from that treeless land!  Fiddle Hell welcomes cello players; did you know you can get a free loaner cello for Fiddle Hell by prearrangement with Justin Davis at Johnson Strings?

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Jam Session in Memory of Oldtime Fiddler Alan Jabbour (1942-2017) Any Traditional Instrument L3 R33 Alan Kaufman (fiddle) & Ken Perlman (banjo)

Join Alan Kaufman and Ken Perlman in playing some of Alan Jabbour's favorite tunes. Listeners welcome! Alan Jabbour started with classical music, but then in the 1960s, he began documenting Southern oldtime tunes from musicians like Henry Reed and Tommy Jarrell. Alan taught many oldtime fiddle tunes to his band, the Hollow Rock String Band, which was an important link in the instrumental music revival in the 1960s. Read more about Alan Jabbour here.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Learn a Soulful Hungarian Violin Tune Fiddle L3 R6 Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

We’ll learn a beautiful wedding song from Ördöngösfüzes (Transylvania) by ear, complete with ornaments and accompaniment. This is Beth Bahia Cohen's first year at Fiddle Hell, and she's bringing several new styles for us to learn and enjoy.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM NEW 52 Learn "The Reconciliation" (Scottish Reel from the New 52 Common Tunes) Fiddle, Mandolin L3 R392 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

We'll learn this rollicking and fun reel, including Scottish bowing and ornamentation techniques.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Getting Deeper into the Bluegrass Mandolin Style of Bill Monroe Mandolin L3 R345 Richard Brown (mandolin)

Learn from a great player who himself learned directly from Bill Monroe.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Shetland Fiddle Workshop Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello L3 R346 Skip Gorman (fiddle)

Says Skip: “I met Aly Bain in the late 60's and later traveled with him and Tom Anderson for a week in the Scottish Highlands. I played the Shetland Folk Festival in the 90's. Some of the tunes we might work on include some Foula reels (which are really jigs): Shaalds o' Foula & Garster's Dream. Perhaps The Full Rigged Ship or Gramsay jigs. Reels we might try are Da Lerwick Lasses, Da Scalloway Lasses, Sleep Sound in the Morning, Jack Broke the Prison Door & Donal Blue. Lots of possibilities…”

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Drift into an Oldtime Jam Any Traditional Instrument L4 R31 Bruce Molsky (fiddle) & Allison De Groot (banjo) & Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

All instruments welcome at this fast paced jam. Look for Bruce’s many CDs and DVDs in the Fiddle Hell Store.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Brilliant Irish Tune Workshop on "The Curlews" from Josephine Keegan Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello L4 R347 Rose Clancy (fiddle)

Josephine Keegan was born in 1935 in Dundee, Scotland, and moved with her family to Co. Armagh in 1939 and later to Mullaghbane in 1950.  She is primarily known for being Seán Maguire's pianist, but she is also an excellent fiddle player and a prolific composer.  Josiphine was named TG4 Composer of the Year in 2005. Rose Clancy founded and runs The Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, MA.

Saturday 7:00-9:30PM CONCERT Traditional Fiddle Concert (Open to the Public) R2

Please invite your families and tell your friends about this great concert! Short appearances by more than 20 excellent traditional musicians. Doors open at 6:30PM. Free for Saturday or weekend attendees. Walk-ins are $15 (includes contra dance at 9:30PM). Featuring (without even mentioning all the great accompanists) Dave Reiner; Alan Kaufman / Ken Perlman; Rose Clancy; Andrea Beaton; Pete Sutherland; Gretchen Koehler / Rebecca Koehler; Don Roy; Rob Flax; Frank Ferrel; Lissa Schneckenburger; Duncan Wickel / Flynn Cohen; Ellen Carlson; Andy Reiner / Joy Adams; Rob Thomas; Tom Morley; Ron Grosslein / Van Kaynor / Eric Eid-Reiner; Judy Hyman; Éric Favreau; Abby Newton; Darol Anger; Bruce Molsky / Stash Wyslouch / Allison De Groot. Thanks to Tim Rowell & Oliver Scanlon for sound engineering and Eric Kilburn of Wellspring Sound for lighting.

Saturday 9:30-11:00PM DANCE New England Contra Dance (open to the public) [No Dance Experience Necessary] L1 L2 L3 L4 R1 David Kaynor (calling), George Fowler (fiddle), Autumn Rose Lester (fiddle), Eric Eid-Reiner (piano), and the Fiddle Hell sit-in band

Free if you're at the concert; no separate tickets  for the dance.  Fun, easy dances for all, with exuberant, rich, inclusive music by an enormous, expertly-guided folk orchestra. You can put down your instrument and dance a few easy contras and circle dances. Or FH attendees are welcome to sit in with the band to play well-known New England tunes for the dancers.

Saturday 9:30-10:30PM DROP IN Intermediate Bluegrass Jam Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Vocals L2 L3 R36 Paul Harty (guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass, vocals)

If you're not at the dance for some reason, here's a bluegrassy alternative. Bring your fiddle; other bluegrass instruments (and voices) are welcome, too. Brown County Breakdown, anyone? Jerusalem Ridge? Old Daingerfield? Blue Night? How about Old Home Place?  Levels vary by tune, covering Low Int to High Int.

Saturday 9:30-10:30PM Jazz Violin Workshop Fiddle L4 R35 Duncan Wickel (fiddle) & Flynn Cohen (guitar)

There's a dance going on right now, but you feel yourself drawn to the allure of jazz violin. "… Duncan is without question on a path to be one of the top jazz violinists of his generation" - Christian Howes. Duncan and Flynn are on tour right now, and it's great to have them both at Fiddle Hell.

Saturday DRINKS at Old Joe Clark's Pub 11PM-1AM R9

Thirsty? Drinks available at Old Joe Clark's Pub off the Lobby. Jam session! Last call is 12:30AM.

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Free Improvisation Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello L1 L2 L3 L4 R36 Andy Reiner (fiddle)

No boundaries!

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM It's Not Too Late to Learn an Easy, Hypnotic Oldtime Reel Fiddle L1 L2 R35 Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle)

The magic of old time music is how you can play the same tune again and again and again and again and again and again... Learn a few favorites that will be sure to leave you in a trance.

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM NEW 52 Play through Some Scottish and Cape Breton Tunes Together from the New 52, at a Moderate Pace Fiddle, Cello, or Any Traditional Instrument L2 L3 R4 Ed Pearlman (fiddle) & Abby Newton (cello)

Here are some fun possibilities: Brenda Stubbert's, Calliope House, Cock of the North, Cutting Ferns, My Cape Breton Home, The Reconciliation, The Sailor's Wife, and The Stool of Repentence.  They're all on the New 52 2-CD set. Ed will guide fiddlers, mandolin players, and more; Abby will guide cellists who may be playing backup for these tunes if they don't know the melodies. 

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM NEW 52 Play through Some Irish Tunes Together from the New 52, at a Moderate Pace Any Traditional Instrument L2 R6 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

Here are some possibilities: The Cliffs of Moher, Egan's Polka, Father Kelly's, Inisheer, The Merry Blacksmith, Morrison's Jig, Swinging on a Gate. They're all on the New 52 2-CD set. We'll play at a relaxed tempo.

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Helpful Ways to Improvise in Jazz Fiddle, Mandolin L2 L3 R8 Rob Flax (fiddle)

Know a few tunes, and feel okay about taking an easy solo, but still sometimes get confused about where you are in the form? Do you hear a harmony player playing juicy chords, but can’t figure out how to react in time? Do you want to build a solo that has a satisfying narrative arc? This session is for you.

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Late Night Bluegrass Jam Any Traditional Instrument, Vocals L2 L3 R3 Skip Gorman (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) & Tony Watt (guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass, vocals)

Play and sing through some common bluegrass tunes with Skip, Tony, and Mali. They've got ideas, and you should feel free to suggest your favorites, too (but try to avoid jam-busters).

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Late Night Oldtime Jam with Judy Any Traditional Instrument L3 R7 Judy Hyman (fiddle)

With roots in Appalachian fiddle music, classical, and modern rock, Judy is a founding member of the alt-folk rock band, The Horse Flies, who have toured extensively and recorded many albums (check the FH store). Join her joyful jam tonight. Tunes will be at a moderate tempo and played long enough to seek trance.