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Fiddle Hell On-Site Registration opens for Sunday. 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. Then, look around for your fellow musicians and singers everywhere around you.

T-shirts ($15 or 2 for $25), CDs, books, clocks, and Lost & Found 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. Today’s the day to go for one!

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin WARMUP DROP IN First Thing Sunday Warmup: Scales, Fingers, Bow, Head & Body 0 All Levels Mellie Dunham Room 1 Ellen Carlson (fiddle)

Get ready for the home stretch at Fiddle Hell by warming up your body and mind.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Voice FLASH SINGALONG Appalachian Mountain Songs, Everyone Welcome 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Lorraine Hammond (vocals, mandolin) & Bennett Hammond (guitar)

Come sing a few great songs to start your day. "The Hammonds are folk missionaries of the first order... who love to introduce people to the joys of traditional music." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn a First Crooked French Canadian Tune 1 Beg Becky Tracy (fiddle)

If you have never played a crooked tune before, this might open an amazing door. We’ll learn a tune from the legendary itinerant fiddle player, Thomas Pomerleau, called "La Marche à Thomas Pomerleau" (key of D). This tune is not to be confused with the more well known "La Marche à Quêteux Pomerleau" (key of G) attributed to the same man. 

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Vocals, Any Instrument Songwriting Workshop 2 with Emy 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv 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. This workshop is independent of Emy's earlier songwriting workshop. Look for Emy's CDs with Darol Anger in the FH store.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Cello Technology for Strings: Amplification Options, Effects, the Looper, and Apps 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Julie Lyonn Lieberman (fiddle)

Julie will cover amplification options for your acoustic instrument; equipment such as the best preamp, mixer, and amplifier for bowed strings; and optimum settings to get your best sound. She’ll touch on solid-body instruments and include how you can use the looper as a practice tool for bass lines, seconding, rhythm, and improvisation. Julie will quickly demonstrate other optional effects and apps for phone and tablet, and there will be enough time for your questions.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Any Instrument Co-writing Fiddle Tunes 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Pete Sutherland (fiddle) & Oliver Scanlon (fiddle)

Vermonters Pete and Oliver have been friends since Oliver, then a 4th grader, found his way to Pete's drop-in fiddle session. Now colleagues, they co-anchor the melody line of the dynamic multi-generational trad-roots trio "Pete's Posse." They've been writing tunes together for years in a variety of ways, and will be sharing some, along with the stories of their creation and a number of tips on how to work together to max effect.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Any Instrument How to Jam - Advice and a Chance to Try it Out 1 Beg Rob Flax (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) & Flynn Cohen (guitar, vocals)

If you’ve never jammed before, there are so many questions. What do I play? How do I even ask someone to jam? Learn the basics of this community-oriented music making method. We’ll talk about jam sessions of different styles, what to play (and what not to play!), and then have some fun playing together.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Banjo DROP IN Oldtime Banjo Questions Answered 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv 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 FH store.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn "The Merry Blacksmith" (Irish Reel from New 52 Common Tunes) 1 Beg 2 Low Int Tom Morley (fiddle)

This popular reel dates back to the O’Neill collection, and is quite cheerful. Like Tom (the cheerful part, at least; he’s not that old). The B part draws a lot from the A part, making the tune an easy one to learn. This tune shows up often in friendly jams. This tune will be a bit of a stretch for Beginners.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Melody and Phrasing Workshop 2 Low Int 3 High Int Darol Anger (fiddle)

How can we keep a melody interesting when it gets repeated so much in fiddling? Darol knows, and soon you will, too. Darol is exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, and recently started up an online fiddling school. May be challenging for Low Int. Listeners welcome.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn "Fort Warden," a Favorite Reel in D from Québec 2 Low Int Éric Favreau (fiddle)

A three-part tune from Gaspesian fiddler Yvon Mimeault. Interesting to learn a few subtle characteristics of Québec music.Yvon suggests his father learned it from one of the itinerant fiddlers ("Quêteux", or 'beggars') that families would put up for a night or two, in return for music. The title, however, is modern, given by Yvon at the American Fiddle Tunes festival in Fort Worden, Washington, where this tune was the favorite of the week's class he taught (Source: the Traditional Tune Archive). Éric’s classes are always fun.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn a Cape Breton Strathspey "Cameron Chisholm's" 2 Low Int Katie McNally (fiddle)

This tune is a now-classic Em strathspey written by Cape Breton pianist Maybelle Chisholm McQueen. It's also known as "Maybelle's Compliments to Her Brother Cameron."  Maybe someday we'll see a tune called "Katie McNally's Compliments to Fiddle Hell"? We're glad to have her back again!

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Banjo Melodic Clawhammer Banjo Workshop 2 Low Int Ken Perlman (banjo)

Ken is a well-known pioneer in melodic clawhammer banjo, and you'll see his fine books and CDs in the FH store. In the context of Celtic and New England tunes, Ken will cover the skills  involved in playing fiddle tunes note-for-note on the banjo. drop-thumbing on all strings, melodic fingering shapes,  alternate-string pull-offs and using the fifth string for melody. 

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Norwegian Fiddling 101 2 Low Int Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle, hardanger)

Learn a unique Scandinavian tune from Mariel’s repertoire from her time studying the hardanger fiddle in Norway, or perhaps her time in the Oldtime/Scandinavian band, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers. Look for Mariel’s CDs in the FH store.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn an Easy East European Tune 2 Low Int Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin)

The fiddle 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 "Miserlou," a beautiful Greek tune, which is also claimed by other traditions.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Learn One or Two of Bruce's Oldtime Favorites 3 High Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Bruce Molsky (fiddle) & Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

Come and work through the details of how to play a couple of Bruce’s favorites, with bowings and ornaments. Be prepared to play in alternate tunings. Will this take you to an alternate reality?

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Cello Traditional Cape Breton Ornamentation 3 High Int Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

We’ll talk about the different kinds of grace notes used in CB fiddle style. We’ll also talk about the bowing style and a couple of general rules when playing CB style. Along the way, we'll likely learn a new tune and take a familiar tune to dissect a bit.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn "The Abegweit Reel,” a Great 3-Part Tune from Prince Edward Island 3 High Int Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

Historically, fiddling has always been an important part of life in P.E.I., one of Canada's Maritime Provinces. Tunes with infectious rhythm transport the listeners and dancers above the cares of everyday life. The word "Abegweit" is derived from the Mi'kmaq word for Prince Edward Island, "Epekwit'k," meaning "cradled on the waves." You knew that, right?

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Bluegrass Fiddle Workshop with Patrick 3 High Int Patrick McGonigle (fiddle, vocals)

Bluegrass fiddle is exciting and challenging - and a lot of fun!  Patrick will teach you some tricks of the trade to move you along the path to the high lonesome sound. He plays and tours with The Lonely Heartstring Band; look for their new CD Deep Waters in the FH store. 

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Putting "Lift" into Your New England Dance Playing 3 High Int Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle) & Bethany Waickman (guitar)

What does a caller want; what will animate the dancers? Lissa and Bethany will cover the elements that make New England tunes exciting to dance to. We'll pick a common tune and apply a series of exercises that you can use again and again for other tunes.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Western Fiddle Tunes in Cross-Tunings 3 High Int Skip Gorman (fiddle)

We'll explore exciting possibilities of old time American tunes in tunings such as DDAD, AEAE, GDGD, GDGB and GDAD ("Gee, Dad").  Check out Skip's excellent CDs on fiddle and mandolin in the FH store.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Mandolin Soloing to Vocal Tunes on Bluegrass Mandolin 3 High Int Tony Watt (mandolin)

Tony will focus on the core techniques used to create mandolin solos to vocal tunes in the bluegrass style, especially understanding and applying double stops and tremolo to melodies. Even if you're already familiar with double stops, or use them in your playing, this class will help you understand how and why they work.Tony's a fine flatpicker on both mandolin and guitar, and is a patient teacher. 

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello New England Tune Workshop 4 Adv David Kaynor (fiddle)

Interesting and fun tunes, techniques, and tricks, and a bit of recording for repertoire development. Learn from a fine fiddler and consummate contra caller. David promises to reveal all (well, several) of his secrets.

Sunday 10:30-11:00AM 5-String Fiddle FLASH MEETUP 5-String Fiddle Meetup 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv No Instructor

5-string fiddles are tuned EADGC, with an added low C string as on a viola.  This is a quick chance to meet fellow 5-string players and maybe try a 5-stringer, depending on who shows up.  No leader, just a quick meetup.

Sunday 10:30-11:00AM Any Traditional Instrument FLASH MOB Fiddle Hell Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe 3 High Int 4 Adv Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & Tony Watt (guitar)

"Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe" is an absolute classic bluegrass album with great tunes on it! Road to Columbus, Brown County Breakdown, Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Jerusalem Ridge, Monroe's HP, Ashland Breakdown, and 6 more.  Ellen, Tony, and you will play through several of the tunes from this album.  This is not a teaching session, but a chance to play some classic tunes.  Listeners welcome. We'll expand this to an hour next year if you like it.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Learn an Easy Romanian Fiddle Tune 1 Beg Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

Romanian fiddle music by definition isn’t really easy, but we’ll learn a tune that’s very accessible. Romanian music is often called the roots of Klezmer music - they both use many of the same scales and ornaments. Look for Beth's fine CD Weaving the Worlds in the FH store.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn Äppelbo Gånglåt (Easy Swedish Walking Tune from New 52) 1 Beg David Kaynor (fiddle)

Says David: “One of the nicest tunes in the world, and it’s not hard to learn.” The traditional tempo is that of a stately walk. Stora svenska musiken!

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Piano, Mainly for Listeners Piano Workshop 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Doug Protsik (piano) & Elaine Malkin (fiddle)

Doug, who directs the wonderful Maine Fiddle Camp, likes to play “old-time piano” for dances, melodramas, honky tonk saloons, and silent movies. Doug will demonstrate, elucidate, and illuminate while answering any and all piano questions. Elaine will represent the rest of the dance band.  This is primarily a listening session since we don't have pianos for everybody.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Learn "La Grondeuse à Ti-Ski," an Easy Fiddle Tune from Québec 1 Beg Eric Favreau (fiddle)

Usually the ‘’grondeuse’’ have short phrases and are good for a step dancer. Simple and completely Québécois.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Vocals, Any Instrument Learn to Blend Your Voice in Harmony 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Joy Adams (voice)

Learn how to find 2 and 3-part harmonies on a majestic and spiritual song. A gentle and fun session to try out. Bring your instrument if you have one, or just your voice.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM All instruments Ear Training for Fiddlers 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Matt Glaser (fiddle)

Intervals and rhythms are the building blocks of music. We are all “ear” players, and life-long improvement in our ability to hear and control intervals and rhythms should be our goal. In this class we will see how solfège can be applied to fiddle tunes and songs. Bring your ears and your instrument. All levels and instruments welcome.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle TEACHERS Basic Left Hand Fiddle Technique 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Pam Wiley (fiddle)

Pam will focus on hand shape, finger action, angles of motion for speed and accuracy. Whether you're a fiddler or a fiddle teacher, this is critical technique.  Pam will also touch on shifting and vibrato. Pam has honed her approach through her writings, fiddle camp leadership, and clinics at music educators' professional development workshops and conventions. 

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle DROP IN Help with Your Irish Fiddling 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv 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!  And check out Tom's books and CDs in the Fiddle Hell Store.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Slip into Something More Comfortable - Irish Slip Jigs 2 Low Int Clayton March (fiddle)

Played in 9/8 time, slip jigs are common in Irish step dancing. You may remember "The Butterfly" from the Original 52, but Clayton's got "The Night Before Larry Was Stretched" in mind and in minor. Fun tune, easy to learn.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Mandolin Introduction to Jazz Mandolin Improvising 2 Low Int Eric Kilburn (mandolin) & Dave Moultrup (guitar)

Eric will feature tunes such as "All of Me," "Summertime," and "Flintstones" as he introduces you to to jazz mandolin improvising.  Dave will provide an entire rhythm section.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Learn Puirt à Beul (Cheerful Gaelic "Mouth Music" tunes) on the Fiddle 2 Low Int Katie McNally (fiddle, mouth)

The genre, found in Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, involves a single performer singing lighthearted lyrics. In puirt à beul, the rhythm and sound of the song often have more importance than the depth or even sense of the lyrics, so it's fun to move them onto the fiddle. 

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello KIDS Even Kids Get the Blues Workshop 2 Low Int Rob Flax (fiddle, mandolin)

What are the blues? Where did they come from? How do you play them? You’ll learn about the structure of 12-bar blues, where the blue notes are, where to slide, and more. In French, "J'ai le cafard" literally means "I've got the cockroach"  but is a way of saying "I've got the blues." 

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Mandolin, Fiddle Easy and Sweet Melodies from the Cow Camp 2 Low Int Skip Gorman (mandolin, fiddle)

We'll choose some pretty tunes from my CD "Mandolin in the Cow Camp" (in the Fiddle Hell Store). Start your day with gorgeous, lonesome, wild and woolly oldtime melodies from the Western Plains.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Guitar, Listeners Basics and Parameters of Oldtime Guitar 2 Low Int Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

Explore the guitar’s boom-chuck in old time fiddle and dance music. This foundational workshop is for anybody starting to play backup on guitar, equally focused on listening as playing.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Guided Bluegrass Jam with Tony, Laura, and Mali 2 Low Int Tony Watt (guitar, 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. 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).

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Québecois Jam with Don and Cindy Roy 3 High Int Don Roy (fiddle) & Cindy Roy (piano)

Let's share some energy through the music on this fine Sunday morning at Fiddle Hell. There's still time to look for Don's CDs in the FH store.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Cello Learn a Great Cape Breton Strathspey as Played by the Beaton Family 3 High Int Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

Cape Breton in Nova Scotia is home to the world’s largest fiddle and bow. Even better, it’s home to a driving, ornamented, fiddle style that draws on Scottish and Irish traditions and more. Mabou (where the Beatons are from) is a great community of strathspey lovers. We’ll learn "Lucy Campbell," a great, old 4 parter and put the “dirt” (ornaments) from Mabou in it.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn a New England Tune from the Playing of Dick Richardson 3 High Int Becky Tracy (fiddle, caller)

Dick Richardson was a fiddler who played for Dudley Laughman and Ralph Page. He had a propulsive style. I’ll teach "Fireman’s Reel," a reel in A that calls on us to shift on the E string.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Banjo Workshop on Oldtime Banjo 3 High Int Bruce Molsky (banjo)

We’ll explore some of the well-known old time banjo repertoire and dig into the technical nuts and bolts of clawhammer style.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Fiddle as Backup Instrument: What to Do; What Not to Do 3 High Int Darol Anger (fiddle) & Emy Phelps (singer)

The ins and outs of playing behind a singer or other soloist. Not limited to Bluegrass, though that will be our main focus.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn "Wild Rose of the Mountain" from the Oldtime Repertoire of J. P. Fraley 3 High Int George Fowler (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

J. P. was a great East Kentucky fiddler, known for his beautiful tone and soulful touch. His 1974 album "Wild Rose of the Mountain" was greeted with rave reviews. We’ll learn the album’s title cut. Look for George's CD "Never Better" with waltzes and more in the FH store.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Voice, Fiddle KIDS Voices and Fiddles for Kids Rob Flax (vocals, fiddle)

Ever wondered what your violin would say if it could talk? Let’s find out together! In this workshop we will practice singing with our instruments (in every way you could interpret that sentence).

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Learn an Easy Oldtime Southern Tune 1 Beg Cathy Mason (fiddle)

With a simple tune, Cathy will point you towards the flowing, rhythmic and driving energy that produces that irresistible groove of the southern, oldtime sound.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Fiddle Tune Writing Workshop 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

Frank has composed well over 300 fiddle tunes! Says Frank: “We’ll explore inspiration, form and what fits on the fiddle. Then work together to craft a tune.” Look for Frank’s book The Ferrel Collection along with his CD of original tunes "Moxie" in the FH store.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Voice Singing for the Confidence Impaired - For Non-Singers on Sunday 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Lorraine Hammond (singer)

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 Saturday at 12:30.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument Dalcroze Eurhythmics as Applied to Irish Reels and Jigs 2 Low Int Amy Beshara (fiddle, dalcroze)

Dalcroze Eurythmics treats the entire body as an "ear" and it is through movement, singing, and improvisation that musicianship is strengthened and developed. In this class, we will explore how to "internalize" more deeply the rhythms of common fiddle tune forms, through physical movement. When the entire body knows the rhythm, we are more free to play and listen at a deeper level of proficiency. Bring your fiddles to class! In this class we will be moving, with bare feet. Participants (not Fiddle Hell) are responsible for their own well-being given the movement aspects of this session.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument Intermediate Klezmer Jam 2 Low Int 3 High Int Clayton March (clarinet, fiddle) & Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin) & John Chambers (accordion)

Klezmer music is from the mournful but exuberant musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, with influences from American jazz. Crank up your fiddle or other instrument - last year this was a wild session. Handout of tunes.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Fiddling in Layers (Bluegrass, Folk, and More) 2 Low Int Dave Reiner (fiddle) & Jerry Wile (guitar, vocals)

A brand new way to think about learning and playing fiddle breaks and tunes. It will help you forever and a day. Hands-on and fun, short handout provided.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Feet, Fiddle NEW 52 Fiddling with Foot Percussion 2 Low Int Gretchen Koehler (fiddle, feet)

Do you long to be able to do "the feet" WHILE playing your favorite Québecois tunes? Gretchen will help coordinate your feet with your bow and have you fiddling with basic foot percussion in no time. Then she'll teach your fingers Reel de Montréal. Beginners or any instrument can attend for feet only. Gretchen's CD "The Waxwing" (Irish Fiddle & Jazz Piano) is not to be missed at the FH store.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Cello Cello Groove Workshop 2 Low Int Joy Adams (cello)

Have what? What should you play in a jam session? How can you tastefully back up a fiddle player? Where’s the awesome “cello groove”? We'll cover these and more. Who's playing great cello on the New 52 CDs in the FH store - Joy, of course!

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Twin (Harmony) Fiddle Playing 2 Low Int Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle) & David Kaynor (fiddle)

What rules, tricks, heuristics, and ideas can help you to work out harmony parts when playing with other fiddlers? Lissa and David know (and have both recorded some excellent twin fiddling) and will be your guides today to twin fiddling.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Voice Shape Note Singing Session 2 Low Int Pete Sutherland (shape note singer)

Some shape note experience is helpful. “Old time New England rock and roll." This community power singing style has been a part of America's musical landscape for centuries and remains a visceral and moving experience for participants and listeners in 2016. The bigger the sound, the better. Check your inhibitions at the door. Music provided.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Oldtime Fiddle Workshop on "Flatwoods" 3 High Int Judy Hyman (fiddle)

Judy will teach Tommy Jarrell’s version of “Flatwoods”, a simple, funky, rhythmic tune in an easy open tuning that’s a great vehicle for exploring bowings, droning, and stylistic nuance. If it’s your first exploration of an alternate tuning, it’s guaranteed to not be your last.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Mandolin Learn a Lyrical Irish Jig on Mandolin 3 High Int David Surette (mandolin)

We will learn "Rolling Waves," a great tune in D that’s sweet and ear-catching on the mando. It's got the feeling of being gently rocked in your dinghy on a light swell. Not complicated.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Guitar Bluegrass Fiddle and Guitar Workshop 3 High Int Patrick McGonigle (fiddle, vocals) & Tony Watt (guitar, vocals)

Patrick and Tony will be exploring the role of the fiddle and the guitar in bluegrass music.  We’ll talk about techniques that are shared between the two instruments, how they differ and complement each other, and ways in which they interact with the other bluegrass instruments to create that classic sound. This is a great opportunity to get all your burning questions about bluegrass fiddle and guitar answered! Are you in search of the high lonesome sound with a powerful rhythm?  It's here.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn Sliabh Luachra Style Tunes from Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford's Recordings (Irish) 3 High Int Laurel Martin (fiddle)

The brother and sister duo Julia Clifford and Denis Murphy learned their fiddle music from the great master of Sliabh Luachra style fiddling, Padraig O’Keeffe. They recorded a duet album in 1969 called “The Star Above the Garter”, which has become a classic. In this workshop we will learn a tune or two from this historic recording and will explore ways we can use the bow to bring that special Sliabh Luachra flavor to polkas, slides, jigs and reels. Bonus: you'll actually know how to pronounce "Sliabh Luachra."

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle TEACHERS How to Lead a Group Class of Intermediates 3 High Int 4 Adv 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. 

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Scottish Workshop with Barbara 4 Adv Barbara McOwen (fiddle)

We're lucky to have Barbara aroon' an' aboot again this year! You'll learn a grand pipe tune on the fiddle, and strategies for lifting tunes and ornaments out of a pipe book.  By ear, with sheet music available.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Maine Heritage Tunes from Simon St. Pierre 4 Adv George Fowler (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

St. Pierre, who passed away in 2016, was a revered Maine fiddler who was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship for his playing. In his memory and his honor we’ll offer a few of his best-known tunes for you to learn and pass along.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM For All Listeners MINI CONCERT "Dance Fiddlers" Becky Tracy (fiddle) & Oliver Scanlon (fiddle) & Judy Hyman (fiddle) & Pete Sutherland (guitar)

Fiddling for dances is a long and wonderful tradition.  Hear three masters in different styles strut their favorite dance tunes.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Beginner's Introduction to Irish Ornaments Tom Morley (fiddle)

How can beginners take their playing to the next level by adding a few well-placed ornaments to their jigs and reels? Tom will show you the grace notes, cuts, and rolls that he uses when he plays. You'll start by practicing them separately and then will see how to add them to tunes.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle DROP IN Help on Technique for Sunday 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int Elaine Malkin (fiddle)

Sound better, play faster. Right hand, left hand, intonation, tone, vibrato, and more (drop in for just a few minutes or stay the whole time).  Maine Fiddle Campers already know Elaine, of course.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Voice Singing with Strength For Singers 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Lorraine Hammond (singer)

Volume control, pitch control, vocal range and stamina are hallmarks of singing with strength. We’ll learn some “tricks of the trade” that help strong singers succeed.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle KIDS Cape Breton Tune Workshop for Kids 2 Low Int Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

We’ll learn a jig commonly played in Cape Breton and tell some jokes!

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Voice, Fiddle Singing while Playing Fiddle 2 Low Int Bruce Molsky (vocals, fiddle)

The strings of the fiddle and the human voice have a lot in common, and can be made to blend beautifully. Bruce will lead the class through some exercises to get fiddle and voice working together so we can play through a simple song, and also demonstrate a couple of his own favorites.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Great Tune or Two from Maine 2 Low Int Don Roy (fiddle)

Says Don: "Tunes from one of my mentors, Bill Darrah. Originally from New Brunswick, Bill ran a crane laying railroad tracks through the White Mountains. He has some nice tunes with his own twist."

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Irish Barndance Workshop "Lucy Farr’s" 2 Low Int Ellery Klein (fiddle)

Barndances are a great relic of Irish musical history, having had their heyday in the big dancehalls of the early part of the last century. They are also often fun, accessible, easy tunes to learn. We’ll learn Lucy Farr's in G (it's sometimes played in A), and play around with some easy ornamentation ideas. If there's time we'll try "Auchdon House" as well.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Cello Learn One or Two 18th Century Scottish or Irish Tunes 3 High Int Abby Newton (cello)

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Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Cello Cajun House Party Jam 3 High Int Cathy Mason (fiddle) & Paul Harty (guitar)

Cajun music is emblematic of Louisiana. If you have a Cajun tune that you would like to share, come on in, or if you would like to learn a little back-up to play along while someone else is taking the lead; come on in.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Any Instrument Jam Session with Darol 3 High Int Darol Anger (fiddle) & Andy Reiner (octave mandolin, fiddle)

Darol is stylistically sweeping, melodically magical, and rhythmically remarkable. All that and he's a nice guy, too. Bring your favorite tune or just play along with Darol, Andy, and the other hellions.  Anything can happen - and will!

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Work on Your Double Shuffle Bowing as You Learn "Buck Fever Rag" by Reg Hill 3 High Int Dave Reiner (fiddle) & Jerry Wile (guitar)

Crowds love it! This syncopated, string-crossing shuffle fits over two measures of a fiddle tune, sometimes as an integral part of the tune (e.g., Back Up and Push, Orange Blossom Special) and sometimes as a fun variation on the tune (e.g., Beaumont Rag, Devil's Dream).  This charismatic bowing is actually easier than it sounds (that's the point!), and Dave will slow it down for you, fit it into "Buck Fever Rag," show you how to practice it, and let you loose on the world.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Banjo Celtic Reels Clawhammer Style 3 High Int Ken Perlman (banjo)

Learn how to achieve authentic phrasing and sound like a pro. If there's time, Ken will also show you how to adapt clawhammer playing to jigs in 6/8 time. Look for Ken's latest CD, Frails & Frolics, and his excellent books in the FH store.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Any Traditional Instrument New England Jam 3 High Int Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

A combination of classic and modern tunes that are common to New England repertoire. It helps to be at least somewhat familiar with the New England style. Bring your instruments, jokes, and favorite tunes to share. You’ll want to look for Lissa’s many CDs and for Eric’s solo CDs and his latest CD with The Moving Violations in the FH store.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Guitar Guitar Workshop with Skip 3 High Int Skip Gorman (guitar)

For over 60 years, Skip has been following the old-time mountain and bluegrass guitarists like Riley Puckett and Jimmie Rodgers and their older styles of guitar picking on 78 and LP recordings. In this class, he will lead you through some of the nuance and technique executed on guitar behind instrumental and vocal music of the period 1920-1970.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Québecois Workshop to Learn a Fine Reel “Le Domaine Joly" 4 Adv Éric Favreau (fiddle)

A regular reel with many variations - bowing, melodic and different kind of ornamentation. Need
to have a good memory to learn this one, but you'll be happy you did.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Fine Cape Breton Tune from the Repertoire of Joe Cormier 4 Adv Katie McNally (fiddle)

Joe Cormier (1927-2015) grew up speaking French in Chéticamp, Cape Breton, but the musical tradition around him was mostly Scottish. He moved to Waltham, MA in the 1960's. We'll learn "The Cheticamp Jig" which was one of Joe's signature tunes.

Sunday 3:00-3:30PM Dance DANCE FLASH MOB A Short Intro to Step Dancing for Beginners 1 Beg Cindy Roy (dance)

Just the basic step can get you through the whole party. Here's a quick chance to try some step dancing with Cindy Roy.  Also offered Friday at 4:30-5:00PM.

Sunday 3:00-3:30PM Any Instrument FLASH MOB Running Sound - How to Make Performers Sound Good 2 Low Int 3 High Int Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Oliver Scanlon (sound man)

You understand something about microphones, mixers, and speakers, but how do you make musicians sound good individually, and mix several of them together? Right after the mini-concert, Oliver will talk through this from the perspective of a sound person.  We might use a volunteer instrumentalist or two to experiment on. A more basic version is offered at 4:30PM on Friday.

Sunday 3:00-3:30PM Any Treble Clef Readers FLASH MOB Read through a Couple of Cool Hungarian Tunes 3 High Int Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

We’ll play a short medley of fun Ugros dance tunes from Dunántúl (=Transdanubia, a traditional region of Hungary). “Ugros” means “jumping" in Hungarian. You might want to bring a portable music stand.

Sunday 3:05-3:20PM Any Instrument FLASH MOB NEW 52 Cellosaurus Stomp 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Mellie Dunham Room 1 Andy Reiner (violinadactyl), Joy Adams (celloceratops), Mali Obomsawin (bassasaurus rex)

Play it, sing it, dance it! Or just listen. We'll meet in Dunham Room 1 and step into the hallway when we're ready. The music and words and dance steps are in the Fiddle Hell program book. Supplies available for FH cosplay.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Cape Breton Bowing Workshop (including Learning an Easy Tune) 1 Beg Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

In Cape Breton, we saw more with our bow, and slur less, so we'll work on the "general rules" of that - in the context of a fine 2/4 march from Cape Breton, called "Mary Ann McDougall’s March."

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a New Waltz by Becky Tracy 2 Low Int 3 High Int Becky Tracy (fiddle)

We’ll learn “Croyez”, a lyrical waltz, and then find harmonies to make it sing. In French, "Croyez" means "Believe."

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Any Treble Clef Readers Easy Waltz Playalong (2 of 3) (Music Provided, Dancers Welcome) 2 Low Int Bob Alessio (fiddle) & David Kaynor (guitar)

This is at an easier level than the other two waltz playalong sessions. Sheet music provided. Play by ear or read the music to help us gently wind down in this musical reunion. Waltzers welcome.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Oldtime Fiddle Workshop on a Regional Tune 2 Low Int Bruce Molsky (fiddle)

We’ll hone in on a particular regional style and focus in first on melody, then phrasing, and how to move the bow and then maybe a little ornamentation. Participants can build the tune up to the level that's comfortable for them.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello What Makes a Really Good Tune, and Why 2 Low Int Darol Anger (fiddle, mandolin)

A skilled player can make a so-so tune sound great, but even a beginner can put across a really great fiddle tune. What makes these warhorses great? We will discuss structure, texture, and story in the context of fiddle tunes, and probably learn most of a couple. Listeners welcome, too.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Voice, Any Traditional Instrument (or None) Bluegrass Singing Workshop 2 Low Int Tony Watt (vocals, guitar, mandolin)

We all love a good fiddle tune, but for bluegrass music, the real heart and soul is in the singing.  Whether you’re drawn to the old brother-duet style, the tight 3-part stack, or the gospel quartet, knowing how to use your voice in a healthy way is key!  Tony will hone in on some characteristics bluegrass singing that differentiate it from other styles and discuss how multiple vocalists and instrumentalists interact with each other within the structure of a bluegrass jam or band.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Ornamentation in Traditional Irish Tunes 2 Low Int Laurel Martin (fiddle)

In this workshop we will explore how to articulate grace notes, triplets, trebles and rolls, and— most importantly— we’ll unlock the secret of where they fit (or don’t fit) in traditional Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes. We’ll also talk about suggested exercises for improving articulation of ornaments.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Mandolin Right Hand Rhythms to Make Your Mandolin Playing Sparkle 3 High Int David Surette (mandolin, taropatch)

We will look at double-stop grooves, strumming and picking patterns, and rhythmic playing based on Norman Blake-style mandolin and old-time fiddle tunes. Your right hand will move along the sparkle spectrum.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Québecois Workshop on "Reel Alouette" 3 High Int Éric Favreau (fiddle)

A version that combines two different fiddle sources: Isidore Soucy and Jean Carignan. According to Carignan, Isidore Soucy was one of the best player for a dance evening in Montréal during the period 1940-60. The first part will reflect Carignan playing and the second part the swing of Soucy. Fiddle Hell may be almost over, but Éric will lift your spirits in his final workshop of the weekend. Did you look for his CDs and book in the FH store?

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Any Traditional Instrument Traditional Scottish Session 3 High Int Katie McNally (fiddle) & Barbara McOwen (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (Piano)

Smith's a Gallant Fireman? The High Road to Linton? Atholl Highlanders? Join Katie, Barbara and Eric for some sets of classic Scottish session tunes.  Be sure to bring some of your favorites, too! 

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Any Instrument Got Those Fiddle Hell Blues - A Jam Session 3 High Int Rob Flax (fiddle, guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass)

Blues music, originated by African Americans in the Deep South,  traverses a wide range of emotions and musical styles. Playing and hearing the blues can help you cheer up and lose "the blues." 12-bar blues and more. Some may be at Low Int level; don't worry too much about your level.   

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Guitar Advanced Bass Runs on the Guitar 3 High Int Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

Guitar: [Hi Int]  - Take your bass runs to the next level. Surprise yourself and those around you with inventive new ways to get from chord X to chord Y. Basic knowledge of playing single note lines and scales on the guitar suggested. 

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn a Fine Irish Reel "Father Kelly's" 3 High Int Tom Morley (fiddle, crwth)

This is a lyrical and well-known Irish reel.  Once you learn the basic tune, Tom will help you add ornaments (cuts, trebles, rolls, warbles, quarks). No, he doesn't really play the crwth, but he does channel the ancient Celtic tones.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Challenging Greek Violin Workshop 4 Adv Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

We’ll learn a couple of contrasting tunes in odd meters and in different makams or modes. There are many regional styles of traditional Greek music for the violin, which has been a principal instrument in Greece for over 400 years. In old times, people in some areas would say, "Let's go to the violins", meaning "Let's go for some music and dance." 

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Instrument Easy Last Jam 1 Beg David Kaynor (fiddle, zither) & Jerry Wile (guitar)

It's not quite over yet! David and Jerry will guide you through a last beginner jam at Fiddle Hell.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Voice, Any Instrument (or None) Effective Songwriting Workshop 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Joy Adams (voice, cello, banjo)

Through writing a group song, we'll cover several strategies for effective songwriting, focusing on methods to beat writer's block. Bring a notebook and pencil.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Voice Singing for the Joy of It at Fiddle Hell 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Lorraine Hammond (voice)

Challenging - and rewarding - songs that are worth the stretch! The title truly sums up the spirit of the class.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Hypnotic, Moderately-Paced Oldtime Jam 2 Low Int Cathy Mason (fiddle) & Tim Rowell (banjo)

Lock in with other musicians in a moderately-paced Southern oldtime jam, with tunes on the easier side.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Oldtime Jam Session with Pete 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Pete Sutherland (fiddle) & John Robinson (guitar)

Let's wind up Fiddle Hell with one more blast of Southern tunes!

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Guitar Playing the Oldtime Fiddle Tunes on RHYTHM Guitar 3 High Int Bennett Hammond (guitar)

Bring your guitar.  Be there, but don't be in the way. Every tune has its own rhythm.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Treble Clef Reader Waltz Playalong (3 of 3) (Music Provided, Dancers Welcome!) 3 High Int Bob Alessio (fiddle) & David Surette (guitar)

Play by ear or read the music as this friendly session continues until the end of Fiddle Hell 2017. Heartfelt musical goodbyes. Waltzers welcome to dance.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Instrument, Voice The Last Bluegrass and Western Swing Jam at Fiddle Hell 3 High Int Paul Harty (vocals, guitar) & Art Schatz (fiddle)

Do you like Del McCoury, Bill Monroe, Kenny Baker, Laurie Lewis, Sierra Hull?  What about Bob Wills,  Asleep at the Wheel, Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies? Jam on some of your favorite tunes to round out the weekend.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Alluring Australian Tunes 3 High Int Terri Lukačko (fiddle)

Did you miss the Yarra Junction Fiddler's Convention this year?  No worries, mate.  Terri will teach you a rousing Australian tune or two (sheet music provided). From EADG to G'DAE isn't as far as you think.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Last Up-to-Speed Irish Jam 3 High Int Tom Morley (fiddle) & Andy Reiner (octave mandolin, fiddle)

Reels, jigs, and the occasional hornpipe. You could be in the Cobblestone Pub in Dublin, Ireland. Or The Burren in Somerville, MA. Slán agus beannacht!

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn "The Leitrim Lilter" and "The Twelve Pins" (Irish) 4 Adv Ellery Klein (fiddle)

Charlie Lennon is one of the most highly respected Irish fiddlers alive today, and has written many tunes that are in standard repertoire. These two reels were written for Lennon’s The Emigrant Suite and are true masterpieces of tunecraft.


Our Fiddle Hell Store is closed until next year. Fiddle Hell Massachusetts is officially over. Go to dinner, take in a live performance, make your way to Boston or Cambridge. Or head home, glowing with the aura of new friends, new tunes, and new experiences.

Plan ahead for Fiddle Hell next year! It'll be on Nov 2-4, 2018.