Fiddle Hell Schedule

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2018 Schedule

Levels: L1=Beginning, L2=Low Intermediate, L3=High Intermediate, L4=Advanced

Your level is related to your repertoire, your technical capabilities on your instrument, your knowledge of the style, and your ability to learn by ear. Lower level workshops and jams have easier tunes, and are taught at a more relaxed pace, with more repetition and hand-holding. More details on Levels here.

Instruments: F=Fiddle, M=Mandolin, G=Guitar, B=Banjo, C=Cello, P=Piano, V=Voice, Any=Any Instrument, Trad=Traditional for Style

Instruments are listed in order of focus for each workshop. For example, F M means Fiddle focus with Mandolins encouraged also. C F means Cello focus with Fiddles encouraged also. The Instruments in [ ] after instructor names are the ones they're using to lead this session.

Thursday 11:00AM REGISTRATION OPENS R5

The Registration Desk is in Room R5 near the right front entrance of the Westford Regency Inn. Sign in, pay if you're not preregistered, get a stylish wristband and nametag, pick up a Program Brochure and Grid, perhaps buy a newly-designed T-shirt ($15 or 2 for $25). Then, look for your fellow fiddlers; cellists; and mandolin, guitar, and banjo players everywhere around you. 

T-shirts and instructors' CDs and books are also in R5, which closes at 10:40PM Thursday. Carriage House Violins (Johnson String Instrument) has fiddles, bows, strings and accessories, and Justin can perform minor set-up work for you (during the day). Jon Cooper has splendid violins to show, and will be making a new violin during Fiddle Hell. Magic Fluke will have their Cricket travel violins to show on Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM JAM Gentle Welcome Jam: Any L1 KAYNOR[F,G]

Welcome to Fiddle Hell, beginners and anyone who wants to ease into the weekend!  Nice straightforward tunes, relaxed tempos, and a sociable atmosphere, with a fine teacher to lead the way.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Getting Started on Oldtime Banjo (Bring Banjo): B L1 DE GROOT[B]

Bring a banjo! This class is for students who are starting from the very beginning or those who want a refresher on technique. We will focus on the bum-ditty and double thumbing patterns and learn a tune you can practice them to. We will learn by ear, but tablature will be provided and it's helpful to bring a recording device.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM An Easy Oldtime Tune from The Horse Flies: F M L1 HYMAN[F]

Description coming.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Scottish Pipe March "Cock Of the North" (New 52): F L1 MCNALLY[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM DROP-IN Technical Help with Fingering: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 WILEY[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM An Ancient Irish Tune "Brian Boru's March" (Original 52): F M L1 T. MORLEY[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Four Useful Licks for Many Styles of Songs: F C M L2 CARLSON[F] HARTY[G,V]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Nice Québecois Tune TBD: F M L2 FAVREAU[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Irish Mandolin Workshop with Flynn: M L2 F. COHEN[M]

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

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM How to Make Your Fiddling More Bluesy: F C L2 L3 M'GONIGLE[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM An Easy East European Tune: F M C L2 AISENBERG[F,M]

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 a beautiful tune.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Guitar Workshop with Skip: G L2 L3 GORMAN[G]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM An Oldtime Waltz with Harmony: F L3 KAUFMAN[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Great Irish Reel: F C L3 WICKEL[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Thoughts and Exercises for Improvisation from Graham: Any L3 CLARK[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Backing Up Irish Tunes on Guitar in DADGAD Tuning: G L3 MURPHY[G]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Classic Cajun Tune TBD: F C M L3 WEEKSS[F,C]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Favorite Dance Tune from the Clayfoot Strutters: F M L3 SUTHERLAND[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Learn "Cutting Ferns" (Scottish Strathspey from New 52): F L3 BEATON[F]

We'll learn this iconic and fun strathspey, focusing on playing it with intensity. The strathspey is said to have originated from the strath or broad glen of the River Spey in NE Scotland. In 4/4 time, but slower than a reel, it contains dotted rhythms, including the Scotch (Scots) snap.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Tunes from New Brunswick Fiddler Gerry Robichaud: F L4 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

Robichaud was influenced by Canadian greats Don Messer and Tommy Doucet. We'll learn "Moccasin Shuffle" and explore another tune or two from his extensive and unusual repertoire.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Classic Bill Monroe Bluegrass Fiddle Tune TBD: F M C L2 SCHATZ[F]

Bill Monroe was known as the "Father of Bluegrass Music."

Thursday 1:35-1:55PM FLASH HELP New to Fiddle Hell? Suggestions for You: R1 DAVE REINER

Helpful suggestions about the Fiddle Hell schedule, choosing where to go, special events, levels for sessions, learning by ear, jamming, and more. Includes the best tips for newbies from prior attendees. Also held Friday at 10:35-10:55AM.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a First Crooked French Canadian Tune: F L1 TRACY[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" (Oldtime March in New 52): F M L1 C. MASON[F] ARKIN[G]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM How to Learn Tunes by Ear with Lissa: Any L1 L2 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

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! Also Friday at 2PM.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Voices and Fiddles for Kids: V F L1 L2 L3 FLAX[V,F]

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).

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM An Oldtime Banjo Tune TBD: B L2 DE GROOT[B]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Essential Bowing Patterns Workshop: F C L2 L3 D. REINER[F]

The rhythmic drive, flow of notes, and liveliness of a fiddle tune owe much to the patterns woven by the fiddler's bow. Dave will impart this essential knowledge in a very approachable way, at an L2 level, with a few L3 patterns and techniques. Helpful handout of patterns and names.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Oldtime Fiddle Technique for Violinists & Violin Technique for Fiddlers: F L2 L3 HYMAN[F]

Judy will teach a simple oldtime tune and use it to help violinists get a more fiddle-y sound and fiddlers improve their violin technique. All will learn different perspectives on playing. Mostly L2 but L3 welcome (perhaps you've been playing New England style and want to sound more Southern).

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM A Fine Cape Breton Tune from the Repertoire of Joe Cormier: F M L2 MCNALLY[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Open Chords on the Mandolin: M L2 MURPHY[M]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM JAM DROP-IN Intermediate Bluegrass Jam: Trad V L2 L3 HARTY[G,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]

Bring your bluegrass instruments (and voices) to this early jam. Brown County Breakdown, anyone? Jerusalem Ridge? Old Daingerfield? Blue Night? How about Old Home Place? Levels vary by tune, covering L2 to L3.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Klezmer 101 - The Basics: Any L2 AISENBERG[F,M]

Klezmer is a rich musical tradition, with fiddle (fidl) playing a prominent role in late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European ensembles. We'll explore scales; learn to play easy tunes (freilachs, bulgars, khosidls and horas); and discuss accompaniment. No previous knowledge required. Klezmer jam at 11AM on Sunday.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM An Oldtime Chattanooga Tune: F M C L2 T. MORLEY[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Fun Mandolin Rags: M L3 KAUFMAN[M]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM A Great Western Swing Tune TBD: F L3 SCHATZ[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM New England Tune Workshop: F M C L3 KAYNOR[F]

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.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM The Iconic Canadian Tune "Maple Sugar": F L3 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM A Bluegrass Fiddle Tune TBD by Bill Monroe: F M L3 CARLSON[F] ROBINSON[G]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM A Favorite Irish Highland from Gerry: F M L3 O'CONNOR[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Breton Gavottes from Kevin Burke: F L3 JOHNSTONE[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Scottish Pipe March Workshop with Barbara: F L4 MCOWEN[F]
Thursday 3:30-4:30PM CONCERT Scottish, Cape Breton & PEI Traditions R1 BEATON[F,P] NEWTON[C] MCOWEN[F,P] JOHNSTONE[F] SEFTON[G]
Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Yoga as Applied to Fiddle Muscles and Issues: F L1 L2 L3 L4 BESHARA[YOGA,F]

Yoga is so good for fiddlers! This "Yinyasa" class starts with a yin yoga sequence for stretching the connective tissue of the body, breathing, and deep relaxation, and then a vinyasa flow to encourage awareness of posture, focusing on parts of the body fiddlers work the hardest. Bring a yoga mat, and any yoga props you have (blocks, yoga belt). Participants are responsible for their own well-being (not Fiddle Hell) in this yoga session.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Basic Guitar Backup for Oldtime, Cajun, & New England Styles: G L1 L2 OLSON[G]

The accompanist helps to drive the music along in these three dance styles, and Bill will show you several key techniques to get it done. A more advanced version of this workshop is on Friday at 2PM.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Collaborative Tune Writing: F M C L2 L3 L4 A. REINER[F]
Thursday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Easy Oldtime Jam in the Afternoon: Trad L2 C. MASON[F] HARTY[G]

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.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Blues Fiddle: From Its Roots Through Today: F C M L2 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Violinists and vocalists invented the style we call “the blues.” Without the blues, we might not have Boogie Woogie, rock, pop, or possibly even swing! This style even influenced traditional Appalachian fiddling. We’ll explore vital ingredients to jam over 12-bar blues and boost your super powers in this style.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Learn a Traditional Cajun Two-Step Including Seconding: F C L2 KAMINSKY[F]

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 rhythm patterns and chord shapes that will give your fiddling that Cajun feeling, with combined influences of music from Louisiana, Texas, Québec, and Cape Breton.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Easy and Sweet Melodies from the Cow Camp: M F L2 GORMAN[M,F]

Skip says: 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.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM KIDS Amazing Kids' Session Any L3 R35 ADAMS[C,F,B,V]

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

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Ornaments in Irish Fiddling: F L3 TRACY[F]

We’ll learn a tune TBD 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!

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Creative Bluegrass Fiddling: F M C L3 WICKEL[F] F. COHEN[M,G]

How do bluegrass fiddlers achieve a bluesy and exciting sound? Duncan will teach a spectrum of techniques in the context of bluegrass fiddle tunes and songs, with Flynn's active support.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Québecois Gaspésie Style Workshop on Tune TBD: F M L4 FAVREAU[F]
Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Contemporary Fiddle Licks & Ideas for Bluegrass and More: F L4 M'GONIGLE[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM CONCERT Cajun Bon Temps! R1 C. MASON[F] WEEKS[F,C] KAMINSKY[F] OLSON[G]

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM A Simple Cape Breton Reel: F M L1 BEATON[F]

You’ll learn 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.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM DANCE Introduction to Step Dancing for Beginners: L1 C. ROY

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 Sunday at 3:30-4:30PM.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM DROP-IN Help on Fiddle Technique: F C L1 L2 L3 MALKIN[F]

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.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Ergonomic Fiddling & Technique: F L1 L2 L3 L4 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

Lots of musicians experience technical stumbling blocks that get in the way of their musical expression, and sometimes even give them pain. We’ll look at how good technique can help us play fiddle pain-free and sound better than ever.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Playing in Tune Harmonically: F L1 L2 WILEY[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM KIDS DROP-IN Help on Fiddle and Mandolin Techniques & Styles: F M L1 L2 L3 L4 FLAX[F,M]

Ask a question, get an answer! How to play chords on a tune? How to count in South Indian rhythmic solfege (konnokol)? How to play a bluegrass lick? Electronics with your fiddle? How nature and dragons and magic and mathematics relate to mandolin or fiddle? Drop in; it’s first-come, first-served.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM "The Stool of Repentance" (Scottish Jig from New 52): F L2 BESHARA[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Swedish Tune Workshop: F C L2 KAYNOR[F]

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.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Flatpicking Guitar Techniques: G L2 L3 COHEN[G]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Southern Fiddle My Way: F L2 SUTHERLAND[F]

Pete says: "The 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."

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM An Irish Reel as Played by Kevin Burke: F L2 T. MORLEY[F]

Tune TBD.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM "Swinging on a Gate" (Irish Reel from New 52): F M L3 MARCH[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM A Canadian Maritime Waltz: F L3 FOWLER[F]

From Nova Scotia, we'll learn "Florence Killen's Waltz" and then George will present a few more great tunes to take home for later learning.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Scottish Pipe Jig "Walking the Floor": F M C L3 MCNALLY[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM A Wild Tune from South Ulster, Ireland: F L4 O'CONNOR[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle Tune Composition Lab: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 KAUFMAN[F]

We'll listen to and analyze several classic "prototypes" of fiddle tunes, and dissect them into their component parts ("riffs"). As a group, we'll decide on a prototype to experiment with and collectively build the tune. The goal is to help you with creating your own tunes.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Tips for Better Practicing: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 CARLSON[F] F. COHEN[G,M]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Explore Jig Bowing on an Easy Jig from Maine F L1 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

Using TBD, a tune you may already know (but easy to learn if you don’t), George and Art will show you a few ways to make your jig bowing feel more comfortable, rhythmic and flowing.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Grooves for Beginning Cellists: C L1 ADAMS[C]

Learn how to become a cello chameleon! Shred the melody like a fiddler, groove like a bass, and chop like a drummer. We will also discuss modifying fiddle tunes to suit the cello.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM River of Suck: Healthy Musical Attitudes: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 A. 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.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Learn a Tune and Secrets of Playing for Scottish Dancing: F M C L2 MCOWEN[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Québecois Song Workshop with Éric: V L2 FAVREAU[V]

Of course, you know Éric on the fiddle - did you know he's also a fine singer, with a repertoire of traditional Québecois songs?

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Riff, Pattern, Melody: What’s the Difference?: Any L2 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Be the driver at the wheel rather than grazing the landscape without direction. Learn to master the difference between these three musical vessels and boost your skills for tune interpretation, soloing and writing your own tunes.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Deceptively Simple: Bringing Irish Trad Tunes to Life: F L2 MARTIN[F]

It’s deceptively simple!...or is it deceptively challenging? Come and find out! We’ll explore some of the secrets of making even the simplest traditional Irish tunes sound enthralling. We’ll learn a barn dance by ear and will explore some subtle bowing and variation techniques to add nuance and musicality.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Harmony Singing: V L2 L3 WEEKS[V,F] OLSON[V,G]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM TEACHERS Vibrato from the Sound Up: F L2 L3 WILEY[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM KIDS Mandolin for Kids (Bring Mandolin): M L2 FLAX[M]

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.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM The Magic of Pentatonic Scales: Any L2 AISENBERG[M,F]

How far can you go with just 5 notes? Quite a ways, it turns out. We'll explore both major and minor pentatonic scales, and learn how to use them to improvise solos in various styles such as blues and bluegrass, even if you've never improvised!

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM A New England Tune from Dick Richardson: F M C L3 TRACY[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM JAM Up to Speed Irish Jam: Trad L3 L4 MARCH[F] SEFTON[G,TB]

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

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM JAM Franco-American Jam with Don & Cindy Roy: Trad L3 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P]

Let's share some energy through the music on this fine Thursday evening at the beginning of Fiddle Hell.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM A System for Playing Syncopation, Clawhammer Style: B L3 PERLMAN[B]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Western Fiddle Tunes in Cross Tunings: F L3 GORMAN[F]

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

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM A Cape Breton Strathspey "Calum Breugach": F M L4 MCNALLY[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Tunes from Acadian Fiddler Eddy Arsenault: F L4 JOHNSTONE[F]
Thursday TEENS Teen Meetup On Thursday Night (Ages 13-18 only)

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

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM CONCERT Low Lily Trio SCHNECKENBURGER[F,V] F. COHEN[G,M,V] SIMMONS[G,V]

New England-based string and vocal trio Low Lily explores the roots of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration. The musicians have deep relationships to traditional music styles, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, English, New England, and old-time Appalachian sounds. Their music is rooted, yet contemporary.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Simple 12-Bar Blues on the Fiddle "Deep Elum Blues": F C L1 CARLSON[F]

We'll learn a very easy and traditional blues tune dating back to the 1930's, "Deep Elum Blues." Along the way, we will explore the 12-bar blues form and blues scales. Ironically, playing the blues will probably cheer you up! 

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM An Easy Prince Edward Island Tune: Any L1 PERLMAN[B]

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

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM JAM Sea Shanty / Sea Song Swap: V Trad L1 L2 L3 L4 WEEKS[V] OLSON[V,G]
Thursday 8:00-9:00PM DROP-IN Help on Mandolin from Shana: M L1 L2 L3 L4 AISENBERG[M]

We will focus on your mandolin questions on scales, arpeggios, pick direction, tremolo, chord shapes up the neck, and more. Drop in or stay for a while; Shana will also teach some exercises for developing and refining technique.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM DROP-IN Help with Your Irish Fiddling: F L1 L2 L3 L4 T. MORLEY[F]

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!

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM An Easy Cape Breton Strathspey as Played by the Beaton Family: F C L2 BEATON[F]

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.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Easy Québecois Jig Workshop: F L2 FAVREAU[F]

We'll learn TBD. The swing inside this jig needs to be relaxed and stable for the dancer, but still solid.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Singing while Playing Oldtime Banjo: V B L2 L3 ADAMS[V,B]

Can you do both? Sure, says Joy.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Waltz Playalong 1 of 3 Music Provided: Any L3 ALESSIO[F] KAYNOR[G]

A warm, welcoming, waltz wonderland. Read the music or play by ear to drift along through a 3/4 landscape for an hour. Actual waltzers welcome. Two more waltz sessions on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Sliabh Luachra Style Tunes from Dennis Murphy / Julia Clifford: F M C L3 MARTIN[F]

Brother and sister duo Julia Clifford and Denis Murphy learned from the great master of Sliabh Luachra style fiddling, Padraig O’Keeffe. They recorded a classic duet album in 1969 called “The Star Above the Garter.” We’ll learn tune(s) from this recording and explore bowing for that special Sliabh Luachra flavor.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Double Stop Magic on the Fiddle: F L3 M'GONIGLE[F]
Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Oldtime Indiana Tunes from Lotus Dickey: F L3 SUTHERLAND[F]

Indiana is a crossroads of fiddling. Lotus was a true treasure of American music and fiddling was just one of his talents. It was privilege for me to have spent some of the 1980's in his company, I in my 30's, he in his 70's. I love sharing his music and stories. I'll teach a couple of his pieces.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Jazz Violin Workshop: F C L4 WICKEL[F] TBD[G]

Are you drawn to the allure of jazz violin or cello? "… Duncan is without question on a path to be one of the top jazz violinists of his generation" - Christian Howes.

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Original Tunes - Bring Your Own for People to Hear or Play Along With: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 MARCH[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Cool Secrets of Backing Up a Singer: F M C L1 L2 L3 D. REINER[F] HARTY[V,G]

Hear and see exactly how it's done, and try it yourself. Examples in multiple styles, from bluegrass, blues, and folk to other styles. Helpful handout on back-up approaches and on chords.

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Essentials of Calling for Contra Dances (Dancers Welcome): V L1 L2 L3 L4 KAYNOR[V,F]

You'll see David in glorious action at the contra dances Friday and Saturday. 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!

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Slow Airs and Ornaments: C L2 NEWTON[C]

Slow airs are the heart of Scottish cello playing; slow, beautiful and soulful. Ornaments give character to the simple melody. We will discuss different possibilities while learning a short slow air.

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Franco-American Call & Response Tunes: F M C L2 D. ROY[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Tenor Banjo Basics for Irish Playing: TB M L2 SEFTON[TB]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Breton Fiddling - Listen and Learn a Tune: F M C L2 O'CONNOR[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM JAM Oldtime Jam in Memory of Alan Jabbour: Trad L3 KAUFMAN[F] PERLMAN[B]

Play some of Alan Jabbour's favorites. Listeners welcome! Classically trained, Alan Jabbour began documenting Southern oldtime tunes in the 1960s from musicians like Henry Reed and Tommy Jarrell. Alan taught many oldtime fiddle tunes to his Hollow Rock String Band, an important link in the ‘60s instrumental music revival.

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Québecois Workshop on Tune TBD: F L3 FAVREAU[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Rocking Out on Fiddle: F L3 HYMAN[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Scottish Snaps and Advanced Ornamentation: F C L4 BESHARA[F]
Thursday 10:40PM REGISTRATION and FIDDLE HELL STORE CLOSE

Registration and Fiddle Hell Store close until 7:45AM Friday morning.  But jams and workshops continue! Plan ahead for the very useful early sessions on Friday, starting at 8:30AM.

Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM Mandolin for Fiddle Players (Bring Mandolin): M L2 F. COHEN[M]

Mandolin is a great instrument for fiddlers to double on. Flynn's session will focus on the aspects that can be vexing for fiddlers: chords and pick technique.

Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM Easy Shredding on Your Fiddle or Cello: F C L2 WICKEL[F,C] OBOMSAWIN[Bass]

Officially, shredding is a virtuoso lead solo playing style for guitar or other instrument, based on various advanced and complex playing techniques, particularly rapid passages and advanced performance effects. Unofficially, it's about having some crazy fun with your instrument, and Duncan will get you started shredding on fiddle and cello.

Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM An Oldtime Cross-Tuned Tommy Jarrell Tune: F C L3 HYMAN[F]
Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Got Those Fiddle Hell Blues: Any L3 FLAX[F,G,V]

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. L3 with some L2; don't worry too much about your level.

Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM Getting the Swing Into Your Fiddle Tunes: F C L3 JOHNSTONE[F]
Friday 7:45AM REGISTRATION OPENS EARLY

The Registration Desk is in Room R5 near the right front entrance of the Westford Regency Inn. Sign in, pay if you're not preregistered, get a stylish wristband and nametag, pick up a Program Brochure and Grid, perhaps buy a newly-designed T-shirt ($15 or 2 for $25). Then, look for your fellow fiddlers; cellists; and mandolin, guitar, and banjo players everywhere around you.

T-shirts and instructors' CDs and books are also in R5, which closes at 10:40PM Friday. Carriage House Violins (Johnson String Instrument) has fiddles, bows, strings and accessories, and Justin can perform minor set-up work for you (during the day). Jon Cooper has splendid violins to show, and will be making a new violin during Fiddle Hell. Magic Fluke will have their Cricket travel violins to show on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday 8:30-9:15AM WARMUP DROP-IN Friday Warmup Scales, Fingers, Bow, Head, Body: F C M G L1 L2 L3 L4 CARLSON[F]

Stretches with Marsha Rich and warmup scales, arpeggios, patterns, rhythms,  and bowing. Get ready for the second day at Fiddle Hell by warming up your body and mind. 

Friday 8:30-9:15AM The Care and Feeding of Your Fiddle: F L1 L2 L3 L4 COOPER[Luthier]

Jon Cooper's a master luthier, known far and wide for his great 4- and 5-string fiddles. Start the day with his practical words of wisdom about the care and feeding of your instrument. Jon will be building a fiddle at his hallway table at Fiddle Hell this year - stop by later on to say hello and try one of his fiddles.

Friday 8:30-9:15AM Basic Bowing Technique with Pam: F L1 L2 WILEY[F]

Pam will help you control the bow with your right arm (larger muscles) rather than your hand for better tone and smoother playing. She has been a symphony player for 28 years, a well known Suzuki teacher for 40 years, and an avid back-porch fiddler since the early ‘70s.

Friday 8:30-9:15AM Developing Your Own Exercises & Practice Routine: F C L2 L3 M'GONIGLE[F]
Friday 9:30-10:30AM Tune Writing - Ideas, Approaches, Examples: MURPHY[P,M,G] TRACY[F]
Friday 9:30-10:30AM Very Easy Oldtime Fiddle Workshop: F L1 MOLSKY[F]

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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM An Easy Québecois Fiddle Tune: F L1 MALKIN[F]
Friday 9:30-10:30AM Stephen Foster Song Workshop - Learn & Sing: V L1 L2 L3 L4 M. MASON[V,G]
Friday 9:30-10:30AM DROP-IN Help for Fiddlers with Rob: F L1 L2 L3 FLAX[F]

Drop in for a few minutes or stay for a while. Technique, style, tone, improvisation, sounding bluesy. Rob will help you out.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Learn an Easy Scottish Strathspey on Cello & Discuss the History: C L2 NEWTON[C]

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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM "Calliope House" in E (Scottish Jig from New 52): F M L2 BEATON[F]

Andrea will break down this great jig, written in 1984 by Dave Richardson, into digestible phrases and learn some basic Scottish style.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM JAM How to Participate in a Jam: Any L2 C. MASON[F] ROWELL[B] BRYAN[G]

Cathy will teach effective social and musical jam participation strategies. Learn how to play along with tunes you've never played before and make friends at the same time. Tim and Art will hold down the banjo and backup guitar roles. See the Fiddle Hell Jamming Guidelines.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Basic Backup for Scottish & Irish Tunes on Guitar: G L2 SEFTONG] BESHARA[F]
Friday 9:30-10:30AM Creative Guitar Backup in Standard Tuning: G L2 L3 F. COHEN[G] WICKEL[F]
Friday 9:30-10:30AM Practical Tips to Refine Your Sound: F C L2 KOEHLER[F]

Not sounding exactly the way you'd like? Understanding the relationship between bowing speed and weight, and between finger pressure and placement, will help you improve your overall tone and clarity. With slight playing adjustments, Gretchen will help you expand your "tone bank," and will offer practice techniques to continue working on.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM A Bluesy Mandolin Tune TBD: M L2 UNGAR[M]
Friday 9:30-10:30AM Ornamentation in Traditional Irish Tunes: F L2 MARTIN[F]

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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM JAM Fun Multi-Style Jam: Any L3 A. REINER[F] ADAMS[C] OBOMSAWIN[Bass]

New England, oldtime, Irish, bluegrass, Scottish, and the unexpected. Says Darol Anger: "Andy Reiner is an exceptional creative presence in this rapidly evolving Fiddle world, and stands tall among his peers as an agent of positive change." Joy and Mali play really big fiddles to hold down the growly low end.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Maine Fiddle Style - Tunes and Techniques: F L3 L4 PROTSIK[F]
Friday 9:30-10:30AM A Classic Bluegrass Break for "Little Cabin Home on the Hill": F M L3 CARLSON[F] ROBINSON[G]
Friday 9:30-10:30AM "Morrison's Jig" (Irish Jig from New 52): F M C L3 KLEIN[F]

A classic, driving jig in Em.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Putting "Lift" into Your New England Dance Playing: F C M L3 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

What does a caller want; what will animate the dancers? Lissa 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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Tunes from Franco American Fiddler Louis Beaudoin: F M L3 SUTHERLAND[F]

Says Pete: "As a young buck who didn't know one style from another, I was unbelievably fortunate to be introduced to this ex-cop and radiator repairman living a mile away in Burlington, VT. Louis and his music influenced me tremendously, and some of his tunes are deservedly well-known. I'll teach a couple."

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Shetland Tune Workshop: F M C L3 GORMAN[F]

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. Some of the tunes we might work on include Shaalds o' Foula, The Full Rigged Ship, Da Scalloway Lasses, and Sleep Sound in the Morning.”

Friday 9:30-10:30AM A Favorite Tune from Gerry Robichaud: F M L4 D. ROY[F]
Friday 10:35-10:55AM FLASH HELP New to Fiddle Hell? Suggestions for You: R1 DAVE REINER

Helpful suggestions about the Fiddle Hell schedule, choosing where to go, special events, levels for sessions, learning by ear, jamming, and more. Includes the best tips for newbies from prior attendees. Also held Thursday at 1:35-1:55PM.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM CONCERT Traditional Irish Fiddle MARTIN[F] O'CONNOR[F] CLANCY[F] SURETTE[G] O'DONOVAN[M.C.]

You'd think you're in the Cobblestone Pub in Dublin with these three fine Irish fiddlers. Brian O'Donovan of WGBH will be our genial M.C. for this dynamic concert of Irish trad music, featuring fantastic Fiddle Hell instructors - and performers. Laurel Martin will lead off, followed by Gerry O'Connor (visiting FH from Ireland), and then Rose Clancy. Hard-working guitarist David Surette will back them all up.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM "Gary Owen" on Cello (Irish Jig in Original 52): C F L1 WEEKS[C,F]
Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM KIDS TEENS Singing for the Joy of It: V L1 L2 L3 BURKE[V,G]

The title truly sums up the spirit of the class. Susie will lead you through many songs, ranging from rounds both simple and sublime, to folk songs as diverse as "What a Wonderful World" and "My Sweet Forget Me Not."

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Easy Waltz Playalong 2 of 3 Music Provided: Any L2 ALESSIO[F] ROBINSON[G]

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

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Oldtime Fiddle Basics: F L2 MOLSKY[F] DE GROOT[B]
Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM "Josefin's Dopvals" (Swedish Waltz from New 52): F M C L2 KAYNOR[G] DUNCAN[G]
Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM How to Play an Easy 12-Bar Blues "Brain Cloudy Blues": F C M L2 CARLSON[F] B. HAMMOND[G]

We'll learn "Brain Cloudy Blues" from the Merle Haggard Tribute to Bob Wills album. As we learn this 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! 

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn to Play Puirt à Beul (Cheerful Gaelic "Mouth Music"): F C M L2 MCNALLY[F]
Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Beginning Bass Runs on Guitar: G L2 WYSLOUCH[G]

Bass runs are a quintessential part of the folk-guitar vocabulary. They expand on the basic boom-chuck rhythm heard throughout the world and propel tunes and songs forward. Come to this workshop to get your bass runs going with a few quick tricks to get from chord X to chord Y.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM How to Learn an Oldtime Fiddle Tune on the Fly for Banjo Players: B L2 ROWELL[B]

This is a critical skill for banjo players, especially for oldtime tunes. Tim knows the secrets and will share them happily.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks: F M L3 ANGER[F] F. COHEN[G]

In Bluegrass, quoting performance on the original recording is a badge of belonging and a way of connecting past with present. Quoting can develop into subtle, nuanced commentaries on the original solo and others in the style. We'll learn several iconic "breaks" and how they can be used in other contexts.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Innovative Double Stops on the Fiddle: F C L3 L4 WICKEL[F]
Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Hot Techniques for Swing Mandolin: M L3 L4 J. ANICK[M] P. ANICK[G]

We will work on the essential elements of soloing within a swing setting, including rhythm, picking technique, phrasing, dynamics, and more. Says Mike Marshall: “Jason Anick's playing has a wonderful clarity and creativity and his compositions offer a modern jazz approach to our instrument which is truly refreshing and inspired.”

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Techniques for Bringing Waltzes and Airs to Life: F C L3 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G]
Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Prince Edward Island Tunes: Any L3 PERLMAN[B]

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

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Crooked Québecois Tunes TBD: F M L4 FAVREAU[F]
Friday 12:30-1:30PM CONCERT Fête Française R1 TRACY[F] FAVREAU[F] D. ROY[F] MURPHY[P,G] C. ROY[P] O'DONOVAN[M.C.]

Brian O'Donovan of WGBH will be our M.C. for this dynamic concert of French Canadian and Franco American music, featuring fantastic Fiddle Hell instructors - and performers. Becky Tracy will lead off, backed by Keith Murphy.  Then, Éric Favreau, also backed by Keith. Finally, Don and Cindy Roy will take the stage for Franco American tunes.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Healthy Singing from the Ground Up: V L1 L2 L3 WEEKS[V]
Friday 12:30-1:30PM Backing Up a Singer on a Lead Instrument: F C M L1 L2 L3 L4 SUTHERLAND[F] L. HAMMOND[V] B. HAMMOND[G]

Says Pete: "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. A little basic street theory, but mostly open ears and eyes, and we’ll try some ideas.”

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Picking Techniques for Mandolin: M L1 L2 FLAX[M]

Rob will cover the critical downs and ups of picking techniques for reels and jigs. If your goal is to pick more cleanly, more consistently in rhythm, and with better tone, this is the session for you.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM An Easy Scottish Jig "Chase Me Charlie": F M L1 JOHNSTONE[F]
Friday 12:30-1:30PM DROP-IN Help on Irish Fiddling from Tom: F L1 L2 L3 L4 T. MORLEY[F]

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!

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Learn "Magic Fiddle" from the Composer (New 52): F M C L2 P. ANICK[F]

"Magic Fiddle" is an ancient sounding tune in Am, which evokes different moods at different tempos. We’ll start with the basic melody and add in bowings and variations to make it sound more “magical.” Peter has played with Dave Reiner in several bluegrass and Western Swing bands in the past.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM JAM Somewhat Slow Oldtime Jam: Trad L2 KAUFMAN[F] ROWELL[B]

Southern oldtime tunes are hypnotic, rhythmic, and sometimes highly modal. They come around enough times at a jam that you can learn some of them on the fly. Alan and Tim promise this session will be somewhat s l o w. Really, they do.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM A Round Peak Oldtime Banjo Tune: B L2 DE GROOT[B]

Oldtime music from Surry County, NC (“Round Peak”) is a distinct tradition with a unique and exciting banjo style. Slides, blues notes, syncopations and sparser use of “bum-ditty” are at the heart of the sound. We’ll learn a tune by ear, but tablature will be provided and bring a recording device.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Easy Bowing Patterns for Irish Reels and Hornpipes: F C L2 O'CONNOR[F]
Friday 12:30-1:30PM Shetland Tunes & the Idiosyncratic Bowing: C L3 NEWTON[C]

Shetland is an island unto itself 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 - you can get a free loaner cello for Fiddle Hell by prearrangement with Justin Davis at Johnson Strings.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Improve Your Twin Fiddling Across the Styles: F M L3 A. REINER[F] D. REINER[F]

Andy grew up playing twin fiddle with dad Dave in the Reiner Family Band. They’ll demonstrate and teach exciting twin (harmony) fiddling techniques ranging from close harmonies to counterpoint to tradeoffs to chopping. New England, Bluegrass, Western Swing, Scandinavian, and Gypsy styles will all get a turn in the spotlight.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Secrets to Improvise Over Chords on Western Swing Tunes: F M C L3 SCHATZ[F] RACOWSKY[G]

We'll use a few well known Western Swing songs to explore ideas for playing jazzy solos over the chord changes. We'll start with a simple blues-based song to review basic swing chords and find interesting ways to move among them while soloing. Art and Marshall play together in the Beantown Buckaroos.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Canadian Tunes from Don Messer & Ward Allen: F M L3 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

Messer and Allen were big fiddle stars in mid-20th c. Canada and have left us an incredible legacy of great dance music. We’ll learn tunes TBD. Look for George and Art's CDs (including The Montville Project) in the FH store.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM An Irish Tune by Maurice Lennon: F M L4 MARCH[F] SEFTON[G]
Friday 12:30-1:30PM Learn Cape Breton Tunes That Are Secretly Irish Tunes: F M L4 MCNALLY[F]
Friday 12:30-1:30PM Bungle Melodies Beautifully, Baby!: G F L4 WYSLOUCH[G] WICKEL[F]

Learn how to unconventionally alter beautiful traditional melodies into odd, angular, and mind-bending jewels of your own. This class focuses on weird double stops on the guitar and fiddle and exploring non-diatonic possibilities of tunes. Half of "The Stash Band"!

Friday 2:00-3:00PM How to Learn Tunes by Ear with Lissa: Any L1 L2 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

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! Also Thursday at 2PM.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM DROP IN Cello Help and Workshop: C L1 L2 L3 L4 ADAMS[C]

How do I survive all these fiddle tunes in A major? Am I holding my bow right? What's a Block Strap? Bring in any question you may have about your cello. Stay a little while or for the whole hour.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Singing for the Confidence Impaired - for Non-Singers: V L1 L2 L3 L. HAMMOND[V]

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.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM How to Jam - Advice and a Chance to Try It Out: Any L1 FLAX[F,M,V] F. COHEN[G,V]

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!), and then have fun playing together.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Tone Production on the Fiddle: F L1 L2 L3 CLANCY[F]
Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Intermediate New England Jam: Any L2 L3 KAYNOR[F] EID-REINER[P]

Some easy tunes, some a touch harder.  Share, request, learn, listen, record, ENJOY! 

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Intro to Swing Fiddle in The Style of Jason Anick: F M L2 J. ANICK[F]
Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Easy Favorite Tunes from Prince Edward Island - Not Too Fast: Trad L2 JOHNSTONE[F] PERLMAN[B] SEFTON[G]
Friday 2:00-3:00PM Mandolin Fills, Clichés and Riffs To Use Behind Vocals: M L2 L3 GORMAN[M]

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?

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Irish Really S L O W Jam: Trad L2 T. MORLEY[F] SURETTE[G]

Tom leads many slow jams, from Tennessee to Ireland. Some common seisiún tunes, at a s l o w pace. David Surette on guitar will add the low end and keep it steady.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM French Canadian Jam Session: Trad L3 TRACY[F] MURPHY[P,G]

Bring your favorite French Canadian tunes to share, and Becky and Keith will share some of theirs. Should be a rocking good time. Soyez le bienvenu!

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Driving Guitar Backup for Oldtime, Cajun, & New England Styles: G L3 OLSON[G]

The accompanist helps to drive the music along in these three dance styles, and Bill will show you several key techniques to get it done. A more basic version of this workshop is on Thursday at 3:30PM.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM The Blues: North America's Musical Language: F C M G L3 ANGER[F] WYSLOUCH[G]

The Blues as a common language pervades EVERY style of American music. It's a harmonic and melodic system with specific 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.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Essential Scottish Bowing Techniques: F L3 PEARLMAN[F]

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? For extra credit, in which year did Skinner's name appear on the back of the FH t-shirt?

Friday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Fun with Improvisation: Any L3 KLEIN[F]
Friday 2:00-3:00PM TEACHERS Breaking Tunes Down for Students (& Idea Swap): F C L3 KOEHLER[F]

Gretchen invites teachers to swap their "best of" ideas to bring back to their teaching studios. She will offer her own tried-and-true techniques gathered over her 30+ yrs that help students "catch tunes," including tips on breaking tunes down and hands on pointers for a variety of learning styles and musical situations.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Learn "Lover's Waltz" From the Composers Themselves: F M C G L3 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G]

"Lovers Waltz" seems to trace the rise of romantic desire and its satisfaction in each section." Is this really true? See for yourself.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Oldtime Fiddling: The Bow is Your Drumstick: F L4 MOLSKY[F]
Friday 2:00-3:00PM A Challenging Western Swing Tune "Maiden's Prayer": F L4 CARLSON[F] RACOWSKY[G]

Western Swing is a style typified by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. "Maiden's Prayer" is a classic, relaxed tune in A, which can be played on one fiddle or several. Incidentally, bluegrassers such as Richard Green have added their own take on this tune as well.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM A Favorite Tune from Pete's Posse: F M L4 SUTHERLAND[F] SCANLON[M,F]
Friday 3:00-3:30PM FLASH HISTORY The Origins of Fiddle Hell USA and FH UK: CLARKE[FH UK ORGANIZER]

Graham attended the first Fiddle Hell in Missouri, hosted by Dale Hopkins in 2004, and then organized a series of FHs in the UK in Buxton. Dave Reiner started up FH in Massachusetts in 2005. Welcome Graham and hear his stories of the good old days of Fiddle Hell.

Friday 3:00-3:30PM FLASH MOB Running Sound 101: L1 SCANLON[Sound]

Microphones, mixer, speakers - what's it all about? Oliver will talk through a few of the basics. We might use a volunteer instrumentalist or two to experiment on. A more advanced version offered as a full session by Oliver and Colin at 2PM on Saturday.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM DROP-IN Help for Beginning Fiddlers: F L1 L2 KOEHLER[F]

Drop in for a few minutes or stay for a while. Left hand, right hand, style, tone, technique - Gretchen will help wherever you'd like.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Mandolin from the Beginning (Bring Mandolin): M L1 L. HAMMOND[M]

This gentle introduction to a versatile and fun instrument from Lorraine starts with the basics of holding the mandolin and pick, getting good sound from it, and fingering chords and easy melodies.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM DROP-IN Help on Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo: B L1 L2 L3 L4 ROWELL[B]

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 Tim’s CDs with Jubilee Mule and the Hi-Tone Ramblers.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Play Faster by Playing Less: F M C L2 MARCH[F] KAYNOR[F]

This session was suggested by a FH attendee last year. Sometimes there are just too many notes and the tune is going too fast. What can you do to hang in there at speed and still feel good about what you're playing? Well, you can play faster by playing less. Clayton and David will demonstrate and help you learn to do the same.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Easy Breton Tunes for Melody Instruments: M F C L2 SURETTE[M]
Friday 3:30-4:30PM A Great Tune or Two from Maine: F M L2 D. ROY[F]

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."

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Irish Barndance Workshop: F M C L2 KLEIN[F]

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 fun, accessible, easy tunes to learn. We might learn "Auchdon House" or another tune, and play around with some easy ornamentation ideas.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM How to Use a Vamp or Cadence as a Vibrant Gateway into Creativity: F M C L2 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Learn to use a sweet, succinct melodic/harmonic idea to build every creative skill you’ll need to improvise in any style. We will learn a few of the most classic vamps and cadences and use them as a springboard into skills essential to fearless and effortless improvisation.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Melodic Clawhammer Banjo Workshop: B L2 L3 PERLMAN[B]

Ken is a well-known pioneer in melodic clawhammer banjo. 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.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Singing Classic Bluegrass & Country Songs: V L2 ORSHAW[V]
Friday 3:30-4:30PM Backing Up a Fiddler on Guitar: G L2 L3 M. MASON[G] UNGAR[F]
Friday 3:30-4:30PM An Intro to Bluegrass Fiddling on "Mule Skinner Blues": F L2 P. ANICK[F,V] ROBINSON[G,V]

We’ll learn “Mule Skinner Blues,” a standard bluegrass song and talk about how to achieve its bluegrassy nuances on fiddle. JR will anchor the rhythm and sing. Trivia: Peter Anick and Dave Reiner have played in many bands together, including Hot Off the Frets ("All the notes that fit, they play").

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Helpful Ways to Improvise in Jazz: F M C G L2 L3 FLAX[F,M,G]

Feel okay about taking an easy solo on some tunes, but still sometimes get confused about where you are? Do you hear a harmony player’s juicy chords, but can’t figure out how to react? Do you want to build a solo with a satisfying narrative arc? This session is for you.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM The Beauty of the Slow Air: F L2 L3 HEELY[F]
Friday 3:30-4:30PM A Lyrical Irish Jig TBD: F M L2 GORMAN[F,M]
Friday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Easy Guided Bluegrass Jam with Tony & Mali: Trad V L2 WATT[G,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]

Guided jam with easy songs – not too fast or difficult. Learn as you jam. It’s more fun if you can sing or improvise solos, but not required. The best way to get prepared is to learn a common bluegrass song to sing (you can bring the verses along to read from).

Friday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Cape Breton Jam Session: Trad L3 BEATON[F] EID-REINER[P]

Who knew that the Ceilidh Trail led right to Westford, MA? This should be a fine session, full of fun tunes. The main purpose of Cape Breton music was always social. This tradition was something that knit together  small coal-mining communities and then spread well beyond them.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Full Speed Oldtime Jam with The Mountain Drifters: Trad L3 L4 MOLSKY[F] DE GROOT[B] WYSLOUCH[G]

Tunes will move right along, although we’ll play each one for a while in true oldtime style. Key changes will come regularly every three days :-). Read more about Molsky's Mountain Drifters.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Québecois Bowing Workshop: F L3 FAVREAU[F]

Traditional bowing techniques really make the sound of Québecois fiddling. When you play a simple tune without many notes, you can create variations with ornamentation and different bowings. You can transform a simple melody, make it a bit more complex, and different every time, but always in a traditional style.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Klezmer 201 - Going Beyond the Basics: Any L3 AISENBERG[F,M]]

Klezmer is a rich musical tradition, with the fiddle (aka fidl) playing a prominent role in late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European ensembles. Don't forget the intermediate Klezmer jam at 11AM on Sunday.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Learn an Irish Tune or Two from The Dance Music of Oriel: F L4 O'CONNOR[F] F L4 O'CONNOR[F]

Learn a great tune or two that Gerry has helped resurrect and record from the South Ulster aread of Ireland.  But that's not all - at 7:30-8:00PM tonight, we'll launch Gerry's new book Rose in the Garden, which covers the Dance Music of Oriel.  Be sure to stop by!

Friday 4:30-5:00PM FLASH YODELING Intro to Yodeling: V L1 L2 L3 L4 KAUMAN[YODEL]

Quickly learn a few basics of yodeling. No experience necessary; just bring yourself and your sense of humor :-).  Alan was one of the three yodelers and yodel composers in a much-loved YouTube video .

Friday 4:30-5:00PM FLASH MOB Intro to Bodhrán (Bring One or Listen): Bodh L1 L2 F. MORLEY[Bodh] T. MORLEY[F]

Traditional Irish goatskin drum, played with a tipper. Bring yours for an easy introduction, or just listen in

Friday 5:00-6:00PM CONCERT Darol Anger & the Furies ANGER[F] PHELPS[V,G] A. REINER[OM,F] ADAMS[V,C,B]

When these powerful forces get together with Darol, the result is mythical, magical, musical mayhem that varies from bluegrass to world to folk music.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Easy and Beautiful Gaelic Melodies from Scotland: F M L1 PEARLMAN[F]

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland have given rise to some of the most beautiful of Celtic melodies, some haunting, some upbeat. Some of the best are uncomplicated and easy to learn.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Appalachian Mountain Songs, Everyone Welcome: V Any L1 L2 L3 L4 L. HAMMOND[V,M] B. HAMMOND[G]

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.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM An Easy Traditional Cajun Waltz: F L1 KAMINSKY[F]

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.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Intro to Bluegrass Banjo: B L1 ARKIN[B]

Most of the banjo classes at Fiddle Hell are of the oldtime persuasion. Not this one! Bring your banjo and try out some 3-finger bluegrass picking. Steve's also got an L2 bluegrass banjo session on Saturday at 9:30PM, after the main concert.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Mandolin Technique and a Tune for Beginners: M L1 ROWELL[M]
Friday 5:00-6:00PM Music Theory for Fiddle Music People: Any L2 F. COHEN[G,M]
Friday 5:00-6:00PM From Page to Stage - A Note Reader's Guide to Basic Oldtime Ornamentation: Any L2 KOEHLER[F]

 Players with note reading skills quickly notice that notated music leaves much to the imagination. Gretchen will show many great techniques such as shuffles, drones, slides and more that can be layered on the basic tune to give it a more authentic old time sound.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar Workshop: G L2 L3 O'ROURKE[G]
Friday 5:00-6:00PM How to Jam with a Percussionist: F M L3 M'GONIGLE[F] TBD[Perc]
Friday 5:00-6:00PM JAM Oldtime Jam Session with Pete: Trad L3 SUTHERLAND[F] OLSON[G]

How about a blast of oldtime Southern tunes? They're in Pete's DNA, we think.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Brilliant Irish Tune Workshop on a Josephine Keegan Tune: F M C L3 CLANCY[F,M]

Josephine Keegan was born in 1935 in Dundee, Scotland, and moved to Co. Armagh in 1939 and Mullaghbane in 1950. She is known for being Seán Maguire's pianist, but is also an excellent fiddle player and a prolific composer. Rose Clancy founded and runs The Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, MA.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM A Challenging Bulgarian Dance Tune in 15/16, “Bucimis”: F M C L4 AISENBERG[F,M]

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 an exciting Bulgarian dance tune in 15/16, “Bucimis".

Friday 6:30-7:30PM "My Cape Breton Home" - A Very Simple Cape Breton Waltz (New 52): F L1 BEATON[F]

Andrea will show you "My Cape Breton Home," a beautiful waltz (or air) written by Jerry Holland and commonly played in Cape Breton. And of course, she'll help you make it sound Cape Breton-esque. 

Friday 6:30-7:30PM The Nitty Gritty Details of Practicing to Improve: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 TRACY[F]

Bring your issue, whether it’s about bowing, ornaments, fingering, or phrasing, and we’ll brainstorm ways to work on it. I have some techniques I have explored with my students that we will try out.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Making Sense of Chords: F M C L1 L2 L3 D. REINER[F] RACOWSKY[G]

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.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Piano Workshop (Demonstration): P Demo L1 L2 L3 L4 PROTSIK[P]

Doug, who directs the wonderful Maine Fiddle Camp,plays “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. This is primarily a listening session since we don't have pianos for everybody.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Taming Performance Jitters - Workshop & Discussion: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 EID-REINER
Friday 6:30-7:30PM KIDS Learn Scottish Jig "Off She Goes": F C L1 MCNALLY[F]

A pleasing tune that goes places and has fun getting there. 

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Oldtime Fiddle Workshop on a Regional Tune: F L2 MOLSKY[F]

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.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Slow Motion Irish Ornamentation: F C L2 KOEHLER[F]

Ever wish you could slow down a player to see exactly what was happening during those lightening fast ornaments? Gretchen will break down a variety of left and right hand ornamentation, offering tips on speed & weight (bow/finger) during rolls, turns, flicks, cuts, grace notes, triplets and more.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM TEACHERS Out of First Position - Shifting: F L2 L3 WILEY[F]
Friday 6:30-7:30PM Getting Into the Bluegrass Mandolin Style of Bill Monroe: M L2 L3 BROWN[M]

Learn from a great player who himself learned directly from Bill Monroe. Maybe Dave Dillon will drop by on guitar - he played with Joe Val for many years. BTW, Dr. Brown will lead off the Mandolin Summit Concert on Saturday morning at 11AM.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Finger Picking Guitar - Play Like Yourself, Only More So: G L3 B. HAMMOND[G]
Friday 6:30-7:30PM Klezmer Scales & Rhythms - Learn "der Heyser Bulgar": F L3 B. COHEN[F]

Klezmer is a rich musical tradition, dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European ensembles. This classic showpiece is a rhythmically spirited dance with syncopated accents and expressive energy. "Heyser" means "hot" and a "Bulgar" is a dance. Don't forget the Klezmer jam at 11AM on Sunday.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM A Lyrical Irish Jig on Mandolin: M OM L3 SURETTE[M]

We will learn a sweet and ear-catching tune on the mando, with nice ornaments and traditional jig picking patterns.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Franco-American Accordion Tunes on the Fiddle: F L3 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P,Feet]

Franco-American accordion tunes are great on the fiddle, bringing energy and happiness. As do Don and Cindy...

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fundamentals of Rock Violin: F L3 CLARK[F]

Graham organizes Fiddle Hell in the UK, and is a renowned performer and teacher in jazz and rock styles. Don't miss his FLASH HISTORY session at 3PM on Friday about the first US FH, and what goes on at FH in Buxton, UK.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Learn "Minor Swing" in Am (New 52): F M OM L3 J. ANICK[F] P. ANICK[G]

Written by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, this is a Gypsy jazz anthem. Apart from the brief introduction and final coda or playout, there is no discernable melody, just a repeated sequence of chord changes over which players improvise continuously until the end is decided and the playout performed.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM How to Capture the Style: Any L3 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

What key skills do you need to capture a style? Do you know how to lock into the groove? The ornamentation? The timing of how to enter, sustain and leave each note or where to place the accents? Let’s explore one phrase across a number of styles.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM "Fisher's Hornpipe" in D (New England from New 52): F M C L3 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]
Friday 6:30-7:30PM JAM Session with Darol, Andy, & Joy: Any L3 ANGER[F] A. REINER[OM] ADAMS[C]

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, Joy, and the other hellions.  Anything can happen - and will!

Friday 6:30-7:30PM New Tunes from Scotland: F M OM L4 PEARLMAN[F]

The vibrancy of Scottish music today is unbelievable and yet little of it makes it over the ocean. Learn a few contemporary favorites by today's fiddlers. Ed played a central role in creating the Boston Scottish music scene, and he's a great teacher.

Friday 7:30-8:00PM FLASH BOOK LAUNCH "Rose in the Gap" by Gerry O'Connor: O'CONNOR[Author,F]

We'll launch Gerry's new book Rose in the Gap, which covers the Dance Music of Oriel. Be sure to stop by!

Friday 7:30-8:00PM FLASH SING Shape Note Singing (No Teaching): V L2 L3 SUTHERLAND[V]

Some shape note experience is needed. 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 2018. The bigger the sound, the better. Music provided. More at 5PM Sunday.

Friday 7:30-8:00PM TEENS Teen Meetup On Friday Night (Ages 13-18 only)

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

Friday 8:00-9:00PM DANCE Easy Contradance: KAYNOR[Caller] UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P] NEWTON[C]

No dance experience necessary! All are welcome to dance or listen, with David Kaynor calling. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are joining us at Fiddle Hell for the first time. Together with Abby Newton on cello, they're a great dance band. (No sit-ins tonight; that will happen at the Saturday night dance.)  Jay and Molly are also playing for dancing Saturday morning at 11AM - waltzes and other 3/4 dances.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Intro to Québecois Fiddle Style: F L1 FAVREAU[F]

Éric will teach tune TBD. He's here for all four days to teach tunes in the French Canadian style of beauty, feeling, rhythm, and excitement.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM TEACHERS How to Help Suzuki Students Get Into Traditional Fiddle Styles: F C L2 BESHARA[F]

This is an important session for teachers of fiddle / violin. How can you leverage typical Suzuki student skills and knowledge, and add to this to get them playing traditional fiddle tunes?

Friday 8:00-9:00PM A Favorite New England Waltz from Becky: TRACY[F] L2
Friday 8:00-9:00PM Intro to Greek Violin: F M L2 B. COHEN[F]

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.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM An Oldtime Tune in Cross Tuning: F M L2 HYMAN[F]

Judy will teach tune TBD, a great, easy introduction to the world of alternate tunings and their blissful overtones.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Bringing an Irish Jig to Life with Your Bow: F L3 O'CONNOR[F]]
Friday 8:00-9:00PM The Rhythmic Side of Gypsy Jazz: F M G L3 J. ANICK[F,M] O'ROURKE[G]
Friday 8:00-9:00PM JAM Traditional Scottish Session: Trad L3 MCNALLY[F] SEFTON[G]
Friday 8:00-9:00PM Learn Mariel's Favorite Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes: F L3 VANDERSTEEL[F]
Friday 8:00-9:00PM Building Variations into Oldtime Banjo Tunes: B L4 DE GROOT[B]

Allison will show you tools you can incorporate into any tune to build variations. It can be difficult to get away from the usual banjo arrangement in a jam; we will discuss how to break down a tune and then rebuild it to make it more interesting. By ear, but tablature provided.

Friday 9:30-11:00PM THE WHOMP! Glowing Gathering of Groove (Join in at Any Time): Any L2 A. REINER[F,OM] ADAMS[C,B] WYSLOUCH[G] OBOMSAWIN[Bass]

A primal gathering of the groove, with tunes and songs from oldtime, blues, world, intergalactic and other traditions. Participatory, with the emphasis on spirit and community more than technique. Echoes of Meadowlark Music Camp and Rustic Roots, now right here at Fiddle Hell for the third time!

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Play Scottish & Cape Breton Tunes (From New 52) at a Moderate Pace: Trad L2 L3 PEARLMAN[F] NEWTON[C]

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 Repentance. Ed will guide fiddlers, mandolin players, and more; Abby will guide cellists who may play backup for these tunes if they don't know the melodies.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM JAM New England Slow Jam at Night: Any L2 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

Tunes will be common repertoire similar to what you might find in The New England Fiddlers Repertoire book, but anyone is welcome to join whether familiar with the New England style or not. Bring your instruments, jokes, and favorite tunes to share. Tunes will be played 30-50% slower than usual.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM An Oldtime Fiddle & Banjo Tune TBD: F B L2 M'GONIGLE[F] DEGROOT[B]
Friday 9:30-10:30PM A Gutsy Irish Tune TBD with Ornaments: F M L2 T. MORLEY[F]
Friday 9:30-10:30PM JAM Western Swing Jam at Night: F M C G V L3 HARTY[G,V] SCHATZ[F,V]

Try some hot breaks on your instrument, or just play melody and backup as Paul and Art lead you through classic tunes like Take Me Back to Tulsa. Do you think Time Changes Everything? Sorry, no Bubbles in My Beer, but maybe we'll try some twin or triple fiddling on Faded Love.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Rhythm & Expression in Playing for New England Dances: F M L4 KAYNOR[F]

As a dance caller and dance fiddler, David is the perfect leader for this workshop. You'll learn a solid “workhorse” tune and thendevelop expressive melodic and rhythmic variations that relate to contra dance choreography. David, who will call at the Saturday night dance, promises to reveal several of his secrets and techniques.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Playing Double Stops on Fiddle & Mandolin on Bluegrass Songs: F M L4 ORSHAW[F] WATT[M]

Fiddle and mandolin share the billing since they're tuned the same. And for both, double stops can ratchet up your playing to the next level. In this deep and exciting workshop, Laura will guide fiddlers while Tony will commune with  mandolin players.

Friday 10:40PM REGISTRATION and FIDDLE HELL STORE CLOSE R5

Registration and Fiddle Hell Store close until 7:45AM Saturday morning.  But THE WHOMP! continues until 11:00PM. Plan ahead for the very helpful early sessions on Saturday, starting at 8:30AM.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Beginner S L O W Jam to Finish the Day (Old and New 52): Any L1 L2 LUKAČKO(F) BRYAN(G)

Terri and Art will pick easier tunes from the Original 52 and New 52 common tune lists, like Bile 'Em Cabbage Down, Angeline the Baker, Old Joe Clark, Gary Owen, Redwing, Soldier's Joy, Da Slockit Light, Ten Penny Bit, Jamie Allen, Road to Boston, ... A slow jam helps you learn these.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Southern Oldtime Bowing & Rhythms: F L2 KAUFMAN[F]

From anticipation to syncopation, from bow rocks to slurs, Alan will show you the details of how it's done, in the context of a classic Southern oldtime tune or two. Alan wrote the book Beginning Old-Time Fiddle and he’s a patient and experienced teacher.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Irish Jam Session with Amy, Laurel and David: Trad L2 L3 BESHARA[F] MARTIN[F] SURETTE[G]

Laurel Martin's fiddle playing moves with the joyful, lilting rhythm and soulful nuance she hears in the music of Clare and East Galway. Amy Beshara channels an ancient Irish soul in her playing, and knows a slew of tunes. And David will lay down a great foundation at this energetic late-night jam.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Easy Guided Bluegrass Jam: Trad V L2 WATT[G,M,V] ORSHAW[F,M,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]

Guided jam with easy songs – not too fast or difficult. Learn as you jam. It’s more fun if you can sing or improvise solos, but not required. The best way to get prepared is to learn a common bluegrass song to sing (you can bring the verses along to read from).

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Late Night Jazz Standards Jam: Any L3 WICKEL[F] RACOWSKY[G]

Lady Be Good? How High the Moon? Take the A Train? Satin Doll? Minor Swing? EMD? All of Me? Autumn Leaves? Bring your favorites to this late night jam. Duncan and Marshall will have some good suggestions, too, depending on who shows up. Fiddle, guitar, mandolin, cello, and others are welcome.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Learn One of Judy's Most Favorite Oldtime Tunes: F L3 HYMAN[F]
Saturday 7:45AM REGISTRATION OPENS EARLY

The Registration Desk is in Room R5 near the right front entrance of the Westford Regency Inn. Sign in, pay if you're not preregistered, get a stylish wristband and nametag, pick up a Program Brochure and Grid, perhaps buy a newly-designed T-shirt ($15 or 2 for $25). Then, look for your fellow fiddlers; cellists; and mandolin, guitar, and banjo players everywhere around you.

T-shirts and instructors' CDs and books are also in R5, which closes at 11:15PM Saturday. Carriage House Violins (Johnson String Instrument) has fiddles, bows, strings and accessories, and Justin can perform minor set-up work for you (during the day). Jon Cooper has splendid violins to show, and will be making a new violin during Fiddle Hell. Magic Fluke will have their Cricket travel violins to show on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM WARMUP DROP-IN Saturday Warmup Scales, Fingers, Bow, Head, Body: F C M G L1 L2 L3 L4 CARLSON[F]

Stretches with Marsha Rich and warmup scales, arpeggios, patterns, rhythms,  and bowing. Get ready for the third day at Fiddle Hell by warming up your body and mind. 

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM Singing with Strength for Singers: V L1 L2 L3 L4 L. HAMMOND[V]

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.

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM JAM Play Fun Tunes from the Maine Fiddle Camp: F M C G L2 FOWLER[F] PROTSIK[P]

Maine Fiddle Camp welcomes players of all levels. We’ll play tunes from our classes and from easy jams during those wonderful summer music gatherings in Montville, Maine.

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM DROP-IN Help on Fiddle Techniques: F L2 L3 KOEHLER[F]

Bowing questions? Intonation and tone? A tricky part of a tune? 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 a few minutes or stay the whole time.

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM Start Your Day With a Fine Original Waltz from Judy: F M C G L2 HYMAN[F]
Saturday 8:30-9:15AM Arranging Tunes for a Band or Ensemble: Any L2 MURPHY[G,M] TRACY[F]
Saturday 8:30-9:15AM Quick Help on Learning Fiddle Tunes by Ear: F M G C L2 AISENBERG[F,M]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM DROP-IN Ask Abby Your Cello Questions: C L1 L2 L3 L4 NEWTON[C]

Drop in for a few minutes or stay for a while. Technique, style, tone, improvisation, ornaments. Scottish, Irish, and more. Abby will help you out.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Cape Breton Bowing Workshop with "Sarabelle Beaton’s March" F L1 BEATON[F]

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 in A from Cape Breton. Andrea wrote this classic tune!

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Easy Intro to Swedish Fiddling: F Nyck L1 BIRD[Nyck]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn to Blend Your Voice in Harmony: V Any L1 PHELPS[V] ADAMS[V]

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. Emy and Joy sing together in Darol Anger and the Furies.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM An Easy Fiddle Tune TBD from Québec: F L1 FAVREAU[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Southern Fiddle My Way: F L1 SUTHERLAND[F]

Pete says: "The 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 9:30-10:30AM "The Merry Blacksmith" (Irish Reel from New 52): F L1 L2 T. MORLEY[F]

This popular reel dates back to the O’Neill collection, and is quite cheerful. 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.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn "Miserlou" a Greek & Turkish Dance Tune: F C M L2 B. COHEN[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Doubling Down on Double Stops: F C L2 L3 ANGER[F]

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. L2 with some L3.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Intro to Jazz Violin: F L2 WICKEL[F] MOULTRUP[G]

Using an easy standard tune or two, Duncan will take you into the improvised world of the jazz violin player. You don't have to have prior experience playing jazz. Said Christian Howes: “Duncan 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 Fine Irish Tune in Traditional Style: F L2 KLEIN[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn "Acadian Two Step" (Cajun): F M C L2 UNGAR[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn to Sing a Few Songs from Swing & Western Swing Traditions: V L2 M. MASON[V,G]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM "Fingal's Cave," a Scottish Pipe March: F L2 JOHNSTONE[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Flatpicking Guitar Leads: G L2 L3 WATT[G]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM "Grey Owl" by Métis Fiddler John Arcand: F M L3 MOLSKY[F]

From Native Western Canadian fiddler and composer John Arcand, "Grey Owl" fluctuates among D major, E minor and B minor. It's a crooked tune with great spirit. Andy DeJarlis and John Arcand are the two best-known Métis fiddler-tune composers, who have ably added to the store of traditional tunes.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM The Mechanics of Irish Ornamentation ("Cooley's Reel" from Original 52): F C L3 MARCH[F]

"Cooley's Reel" (from the Original 52 common tunes) will be the canvas. Cuts, rolls, spitting triplets, and serpentine bowings will be the paint. Get in to the nitty gritty of Irish ornamentation with a focus on how to use your fingers and hands to create a vibrant masterpiece.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Bluegrass Tune "Big Sciota" (New 52): F M L3 CARLSON[F] ROBINSON[G]

This great tune comes up a lot in jams. Ellen will have a few variations and bluegrassy bowings to add once you know the basic tune.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Finding Chords to Slippery Tunes: Any L3 SIMOS[F,G]

Some of the coolest tunes to play are also the most elusive to accompany. 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.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Two French Canadian Tunes for Contra Dancing: F L4 TRACY[F]

Says Becky: "I'll teach TBD1 and TBD2. 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."

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Some Challenging New England Tunes: F M C L4 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]
Saturday 10:30-11:00AM FLASH MARCH "Bonaparte & Moscow" (New 52): Any (or just march along) L2 L3 KAYNOR[F] VANDERSTEEL[F] ROBINSON[G]

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.  

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

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM CONCERT Mandolin Summit BROWN[M] AISENBERG[M] GORMAN[M,G] TBD[G] EID-REINER[P]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Beginning Oldtime Fiddle: F L1 KAUFMAN[F]

Alan wrote a fine book called Beginning Oldtime Fiddle, from which this session takes its name.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM JAM Guided Jam for Beginners: Any L1 PEARLMAN[F] BRYAN[G]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn and Sing Traditional Songs from French Canada: V L1 L2 MURPHY[V,G,Feet]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Co-Writing Fiddle Tunes: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 SUTHERLAND[F] SCANLON[F]

Pete and Oliver represent two-thirds of Pete's Posse, known for its excellent original fiddle tunes.  Learn how they do it. Their "Fruit Fly Blues" CD is hot off the press.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM KIDS Learn a Québecois Fiddle Tune Used for Step Dancing: F L2 FAVREAU[F]

Éric will show you a wonderful and energetic tune TBD from the Acadia area that is really good for step dance or square dance, or contradance. C'est une belle façon de commencer la journée pour les jeunes violoneux!

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Guitar Backup for a Bluegrass Fiddler: G L2 L3 F. COHEN[G] M'GONIGLE[F]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM An Easy Tune from South Ulster, Ireland: F M C L2 O'CONNOR[F]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Cello Groove Workshop: C L2 L3 ADAMS[C]

Have cello....now 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!

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Essential Scottish Bowing Techniques: F C L2 L3 MCNALLY[F]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM A Franco-American Tune from Don's Uncle Lucien Mathieu: F M L3 D. ROY[F]

Don learned to play mostly from his uncle, Lucien Matthieu of Westbrook, Maine, who taught his nephew the basics and gave him records to listen to and learn from.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn and Play a Swedish Tune Together: G F M L3 WYSLOUCH[G] VANDERSTEEL[F]

Congratulations to Mariel and Stash!

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Favorite Tunes from the Beaton and MacMaster Families: F M L4 BEATON[F]

Andrea came down from Cape Breton just for the Fiddle Hell Festival, carrying with her the awesome fiddling traditions of the Beaton family, the MacMasters, and more.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Diary of a Fiddler - Techniques for Duets: F L4 ANGER[F] A. REINER[F] + Guests

Released in 2002, Diary of a Fiddler was Darol’s time-capsule masterpiece CD. It was an all-fiddles recording, with some of the greatest fiddlers on the planet. Darol, Andy, and a surprise guest or two show and teach twin techniques for fiddlers playing together.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Two Favorite Irish Tunes from Fódhla: F M G L4 KLEIN[F] WAICKMAN[G]

Ellery and Bethany are two-thirds of the band Fódhla, well-known in the Northeast for beautiful and driving traditional Irish tunes.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fundamental Gypsy Jazz Techniques: F M L4 J. ANICK[F] O'ROURKE[G]

Jason will help you to achieve that authentic sound and feel of Gypsy Jazz (vibrato, tone, phrasing, and more). At 3:30PM today, catch The Jason Anick Acoustic Trio in concert to hear more Gypsy Jazz.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn "Popcorn Behavior" by Jay Ungar: F M L4 UNGAR[F]

Jay Ungar wrote this catchy tune for the Vermont based group of the same name (they changed it later to Assembly), to capture the energy of teenaged musicians. Interesting string-crossing shuffles and chords.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Play Through Some Irish Tunes at Moderate Pace (New 52): Trad L2 MARTIN[F] SEFTON[G]

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 12:30-1:30PM CONCERT Molsky's Mountain Drifters MOLSKY[F,V] DEGROOT[B,V] WYSLOUCH[G,V]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Music Therapy Discussion: Discussion for Any BIRD[Nyck,V] ORSHAW[F,V]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Tune Writing Strategies: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 SIMOS[F,G,V]

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 12:30-1:30PM Singing for the Joy of It: V L1 L2 L3 BURKE[V,G]

The title truly sums up the spirit of the class. Susie will lead you through many songs, ranging from rounds both simple and sublime, to folk songs as diverse as "What a Wonderful World" and "My Sweet Forget Me Not."

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Great But Little Known Shetland Tunes: F M L2 PEARLMAN[F]

Many people know Shetland tunes such as Willafjord, Sleep Soond Ida Moarnin, and Da Slockit Light, but there are so many great tunes that fly under the radar. You'll get to choose your favorites to learn from a variety of samples Ed will play; sheet music and recordings will be available afterward.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM KIDS: Playing in a Bluegrass Band: Trad V L2 L3 CARLSON[F] WATT[G,M]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM "La Maison de Glace" on Cello (French Canadian in New 52): C F M L2 WEEKS[C]

“The Icehouse” was composed in 1997 by accordion player Réjean Brunet, brother of fiddler André Brunet. Réjean composed the first strain at the Augusta Heritage Festival, then asked the workshop group to complete the second strain, following his chords. The result – a fantastic tune.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM TEACHERS How to Add Chords and Rhythm to Tunes in a Group Class: F C L2 L3 WILEY[F]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Right Hand Rhythms to Make Your Mandolin Playing Sparkle: M OM L3 SURETTE[M]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Gypsy Jazz Lead Guitar Workshop: G L3 L4 O'ROURKE[G] P. ANICK[G]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM JAM Up-to-Speed Bluegrass Jam with Dr. Brown: Trad V L3 L4 BROWN[M]

Should be a fine bluegrass jam, ably led by Dr. Brown. Dave Dillon may drop by on guitar.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM The Complete Technique of the Irish Roll and Where to Use It: F L3 CLANCY[F]

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 12:30-1:30PM Challenging Greek Violin Workshop: F L4 B. COHEN[F]

We’ll learn a couple of contrasting tunes in odd meters and in different makams or modes. Regional styles of traditional Greek music for the violin date back 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."

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Get Wild - Shredding on Your Fiddle or Cello: F C L4 WICKEL[F,C]

Officially, shredding is a virtuoso lead solo playing style for guitar or other instrument, based on various advanced and complex playing techniques, particularly rapid passages and advanced performance effects. Unofficially, it's about having some crazy fun with your instrument, and Duncan will move your shredding ahead on fiddle and cello.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Build Your Skills for Contemporary Improvisation: Any L4 FLAX[F,G,M]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Improvisation Masterclass: Feedback on Soloing: Any L2 L3 L4 A. REINER[F,OM]

When you take a solo - rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic improvisation strategies can enhance your creative musicianship. The class will rotate among attendees (likely with different instruments, styles, and levels) so that Andy can provide constructive feedback and suggestions. This might be just the thing to take your improv up a notch!

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Dalcroze Eurhythmics as Applied to Irish Reels and Jigs: F or Any L2 BESHARA[F]

Dalcroze Eurythmics will help us 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 freer to play and listen at a deeper level of proficiency. Bring your instruments to class; we’ll be moving, with bare feet. Participants (not Fiddle Hell) are responsible for their own well-being given the movement aspects of this session.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM A Beautiful Irish Jig: F M L2 TRACY[F]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Backing Up Jigs, Reels, and Waltzes: G M L2 L3 L4 WAICKMAN[G,M] KLEIN[F]

We'll look at a few 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 others looking to play rhythm. Right hand focus, so chording will be secondary. Bethany and Ellery play together in Fódhla.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Swedish Singing Workshop: V L2 BIRD[V]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Easy Oldtime Jam with The Mountain Drifters: Trad L2 MOLSKY[F] DEGROOT[B] WYSLOUCH[G]

Tunes and keys will be announced, and tunes will be played at a relaxed pace to give you a chance to absorb them more easily. Read more about Molsky's Mountain Drifters.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Calling for a Dance While Playing Fiddle: V F L2 PROTSIK[V,F]

Doug directs the great Maine Fiddle Camp, and is clearly a multi-tasker. He'll help you to wear multiple hats as a fiddling caller.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Learn a Great Scottish Tune "The Corrie Man" on Fiddle & Cello: F C L2 E.Anderson[F] B. Anderson[C]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Jazz Bass Workshop: Bass L2 L3 LOUGHMAN[Bass]

Hear Greg later (3:30PM today) with the Jason Anick Acoustic Trio. But first, bring your bass (or just listen in) for some helpful ideas about jazz bass playing.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddling with Foot Percussion on "Reel de Gaspé" (New 52): Feet F L2 KOEHLER[Feet,F]

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 Gaspé. Beginners or any instrument can attend for feet only.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Getting Started on Gypsy Swing Mandolin: M F L2 L3 J. ANICK[M] P. ANICK[G]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Favorite Tunes from Northern Week at Ashokan Camp: Trad L2 L3 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P,G]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Norwegian Fiddling 101: F L2 VANDERSTEEL[F,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 fusion band, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers (performing Sunday afternoon at FH).

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Making Performers Sound Good Using a Sound System: Any or None L2 L3 SCANLON[Sound] MCKINLEY[Sound]

You understand something about microphones, mixers, and speakers, but how do you make musicians sound good individually, and mix several together? Oliver and Colin will talk through the perspective of a sound person. They might use a volunteer instrumentalist to experiment on. A flash version is offered at 3PM on Friday.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Developing Harmony Vocals: V L2 L3 L4 GORMAN[V,G] OBOMSAWIN[V,Bass]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Wild Cape Breton Jam: Any L3 L4 BEATON[F] EID-REINER[P]

Join in with traditional fiddle music, laughter, smiles, and maybe some dancing. On Cape Breton island, they add up to a wild ceilidh.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Hot Licks from SimCity: F M C L3 ANGER[F]

Darol is the fiddler (violinist) you hear on the original SimCity game and soundtrack. How cool is that? He'll teach you some of his hot licks from the game.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Work on Your Double Shuffle Bowing as You Learn "Buck Fever Rag" by Reg Hill: L3 L4 D. REINER[F] WILE[G]

This syncopated, string-crossing shuffle fits over two measures of a fiddle tune such as Orange Blossom Special or Devil's Dream. This charismatic bowing is easier than it sounds,and Dave will slow it down, fit it into "Buck Fever Rag," show you how to practice it, and let you loose on the world.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Irish Jam Session with Gerry: Trad L3 L4 O'CONNOR[F] MCILROY?[G]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM The Dark Art of Singing with the Fiddle in Harmony: V F L3 SUTHERLAND[V,F]

Not a dark art at all, really, but undeniably magical, even when it's not all that technical. Pete likes getting fiddlers of all kinds to go beyond their limits, to get tight with both their fiddling "voice" AND their singing voice and connect them.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM "Boys Them Buzzards Is Flying" on Oldtime Banjo: B L3 ROWELL[B]
Saturday 3:05-3:20PM FLASH MOB "Cellosaurus Stomp" (New 52): Any or None L1 L2 L3 L4 R3 A. REINER[Violinadactyl] ADAMS[Celloceratops] OBOMSAWIN[Bassasaurus Rex]

Play it, sing it, dance it! Or just listen. We'll meet in Room 3 and step into the hallway when we're ready. The music and words and dance steps are in the Fiddle Hell program book. Dinosaur supplies available for FH cosplay.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM CONCERT Jason Anick Acoustic Trio (Gypsy Jazz) J. ANICK[F] O'ROURKE[G] LOUGHMAN[Bass]

The Jason Anick Acoustic Trio is a perfect example of an open minded approach that fuses together contemporary jazz, classical, and new acoustic music. Rounding out the trio are guitarist Max O'Rouke and bassist Greg Loughman, world-class musicians and creative forces in their own right.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Picking Techniques for Mandolin: M OM L1 L2 SURETTE[M]

David will cover the critical downs and ups of picking techniques for reels and jigs. If your goal is to pick more cleanly, more consistently in rhythm, and with better tone, this is the session for you. 

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM An Easy Franco-American Reel TBD: F M L1 D. ROY[F]
Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Ergonomic Exercises - Play Fiddle Without Tiring or Hurting: F L1 L2 L3 L4 PEARLMAN[F]

You can be a good fiddler no matter how "correctly" you play. But gaining awareness of how your joints and muscles actually do their jobs, and doing simple exercises to teach your muscles to be efficient will help you relax and play longer without getting tired or injured. Video support available afterward.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Songwriting Workshop with Emy and Joy: V Any L1 L2 L3 L4 PHELPS[V,G] ADAMS[V,C,B]

Emy is a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. Joy writes great songs and sings with Emy in Darol Anger and the Furies. They'll help you move along the path to effective songwriting. There's another songwriting workshop from Joy and Emy Sunday morning at 8:30AM.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Hypnotic, Moderately Paced, Oldtime: Trad L2 C. MASON[F] ROWELL[B] OLSON[G]

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM KIDS Fiddling with Rhythm Grooves for Kids: F C L2 HYMAN[F]

Judy is known for her wonderful, driving rhythm grooves on fiddle with bands such as The Horse Flies. She'll show you how.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Twin (Harmony) Fiddle Playing: F M C L2 SCHNECKENBURGER[F] KAYNOR[F]

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.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM TEACHERS How to Play Faster and More Rhythmically: F C L2 L3 WILEY[F]

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 3:30-4:30PM Playing Cool Harmonica Breaks to Songs (Bring C Harmonica): Harmonica L2 L3 HARTY[Harm,G]

Paul plays with the Reiner Family Band, and adds great harmonica to his guitar playing and vocals. Bring your C harmonica and learn several key techniques for playing melody, playing "cross-harp" in G, and even bending notes.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM The Circle of Fifths is Your Best Friend Forever (BFF): F M L2 AISENBERG[F,M]

Understanding the Circle of Fifths can help to unlock many music theory mysteries. Shana will discuss the major, minor and seventh chords found in any key; typical chord progressions in a key; and swing progressions with backwards cycling through the circle. She'll start at L2 and may take you to L3 territory.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Hell Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe: Trad L3 L4 CARLSON[F] WATT[G]

"Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe" is an classic bluegrass album with great tunes! Road to Columbus, Brown County Breakdown, Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Jerusalem Ridge, and 8 more. We’ll play through several of the tunes from this album. Not a teaching session, but a chance to play some classic tunes. Listeners welcome.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Québecois Afternoon Jam: L3 FAVREAU[F]

Your favorites and some proposed tunes from Éric. 

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Get a Jumpstart on How to Play Contemporary Strings: F C L3 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Itching to jam over your favorite blues, pop, rock, or swing tune? Tired of sounding the same in every style? Learn the secret ingredients that can be used to vary slide and vibrato technique. Master vertical technique to generate innumerable sounds, from ghosting to vibraslides and beyond.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Two Flowing and Rhythmic Oldtime Tunes: F M C L3 SIMOS[F]

Tunes with few notes are hard to get right. They need flawless flow and phrasing. While it’s helpful to know rhythmic bowing techniques, it’s hard to employ these to reveal, not obscure, the heart of the tune. We’ll “work up" two such tunes - one familiar and one a lesser-known gem.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM A Favorite Irish Tune as Played by Manus McGuire: F M L3 T. MORLEY[F]
Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Learn One or Two of Paddy Fahey's Tunes (Irish): F C L4 MARTIN[F]

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 to learn 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 5:00-6:00PM Easy Lap Dulcimer Workshop (Bring Dulcimer or Just Watch): Dulcimer L1 L2 L. HAMMOND[Dulcimer]

Lorraine's well-known as a great lap dulcimer player, and it's high time to have a dulcimer workshop at Fiddle Hell. Easy and fun tunes - bring your instrument or just listen. 

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM "Spotted Pony" (Oldtime Missouri Breakdown from New 52): F M L2 KAUFMAN[F,M]

This Missouri oldtime breakdown in D is common in old-time sessions. And it's pretty easy. Take a ride on the "Spotted Pony" with Alan.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Five-String Fiddle Tunes Workshop: F5 F L2 L3 ALESSIO[F5]

A five-string fiddle adds a low C string, which helps with melodies and chords, and extends the range of the fiddle downwards in a pleasing, growly way. Bob will demo and teach examples of 5-string playing. If you don't have one, come to listen and maybe get a chance to try one out.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM A Fine Reel or Two (For Both Melody & Backup Players): Any L2 L3 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Singing Bluegrass Leads: V L2 L3 ORSHAW[V,F] WATT[G]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Beatles on the Fiddle: F L2 M'GONIGLE[F] P. ANICK[G]

Fiddle Hell just couldn't Let It Be. Because. Don't Let Me Down. Here Comes the Sun. And here come Patrick and Peter to be your magical mystery tour guides to playing Beatles on the fiddle.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM KIDS Even Kids Get the Blues Workshop: F M C G V L2 FLAX[F,M,G]

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, and where to slide. In French, "J'ai le cafard" literally means "I've got the cockroach," but is a way of saying "I've got the blues."

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Irish Mandolin Workshop - A Tune and Techniques: M OM L2 CLANCY[M]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM A Favorite Cello Tune from the Band Ferintosh: C L3 NEWTON[C]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Playing Oldtime Banjo Up the Neck: B L3 DE GROOT[B]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM A Soulful Hungarian Violin Tune: F L3 B. COHEN[F]

We’ll learn a beautiful tune TBD by ear, complete with ornaments and accompaniment. This is Beth Bahia Cohen's second year at Fiddle Hell, and she's bringing several new styles for us to learn and enjoy. Look for her on tonight's concert.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Intro to Métis Fiddling: F L3 MOLSKY[F]

Métis fiddling is a beautiful oldtime style based mostly in the Canadian prairies and upper midwestern US. The tunes are crooked and interesting, with melodies very similar to many American oldtime tunes. Bruce will demonstrate some Métis tunes and teach a fine one on the fiddle.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar: G L3 L4 SURETTE[G]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Improvising for Traditional Musicians: Any L3 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

We’ll see how you can be more playful and free in playing your favorite traditional fiddle tunes, with some exercises and practice techniques to develop your own personal style. Starting with a common simple fiddle tune we’ll bend it in a variety of ways. Bring a recorder and notebook to capture ideas.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM The Potential of Guitar Triads through Song: G L3 WYSLOUCH[G]

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).

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Subtleties of Irish Bowing Patterns: F C L4 O'CONNOR[F]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes: Any L4 GLASER[F]

Matt wrote a book on this! He'll show you how to develop jazz solos using melodic fragments from traditional fiddle tunes. Melodic cells can be used to create extended improvisations, where fragments of a traditional fiddle tune (like "Turkey in the Straw") are developed over standard jazz chord progressions.

Saturday 7:00-9:30PM CONCERT Traditional Music Concert - Fiddle and More (Open to the Public) R2 PERFORMER LIST COMING SHORTLY

Please invite your families and tell your friends about this great concert! Short appearances by more than 20 excellent traditional musicians. Doors open at 6:20PM. Free for Fiddle Hell attendees who have paid for Saturday. Walk-ins are $15 (includes contra dance at 9:30PM). Featuring (without even mentioning all the great accompanists) [Performers to be announced shortly]. Thanks to Tim Rowell, Oliver Scanlon, and Colin McKinley for sound engineering and Eric Kilburn of Wellspring Sound for lighting.

Saturday 9:30-11:00PM DANCE New England Contra Dance [No Dance Experience Necessary] L1 L2 R1 KAYNOR[Caller] LESTER[F] FOWLER[F] EID-REINER[P]

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30PM DROP-IN Try Some Western Swing: F G M C V L2 SCHATZ[F,V] RACOWSKY[G]

Drop in for a few minutes or stay for a while to try out some Western Swing tunes. It's a style that combines hot fiddling and improvising with a great dance beat, on classics like Take Me Back to Tulsa. Art and Marshall go way back with Fiddle Hell, and play together in the Beantown Buckaroos.

Saturday 9:30-10:30PM Getting Deeper into Bluegrass Banjo: B L2 L3 ARKIN[B]
Saturday 9:30-10:30PM Advanced Swedish Tunes: F M L4 BIRD[Nyck]
Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Free Improvisation: F M C L1 L2 L3 L4 REINER[F,OM]

No boundaries!

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM It's Not Too Late for an Easy and Hypnotic Fiddle Tune: F M L1 L2 VANDERSTEEL[F]

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 easy favorites that will be sure to leave you in a trance.

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Sing Along with Fine Irish Ballads and Songs: V L1 L2 L3 HARTY[V,G]

Bring the day to a rousing close by singing some classic ballads, led by Paul. Irish ballads have simple melodies and great refrains, and sometimes there's even Whiskey in the Jar.

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Konnakol - The Alluring Art of South Indian Spoken Percussion: V L1 L2 L3 L4 FLAX[V]
Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Trick and Fancy Fiddling: F L2 L3 KOEHLER[F]

Some contests have a whole Trick and Fancy or Novelty division, where anything goes - visual tricks, wierd sounds, fancy bowing, and more. It's late - time to unwind...

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Cape Breton Tunes from the Boston States: F M L2 MCNALLY[F]
Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Late Night Bluegrass Jam: Trad V L2 L3 ORSHAW[F,V] WATT[G,M,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]
Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Late Night Oldtime Jam with Judy: Trad L3 HYMAN[F]

Judy is a founding member of the alt-folk rock band, The Horse Flies, who have toured extensively and recorded many albums. Join her joyful jam tonight. Tunes will be at a moderate tempo and played long enough to seek trance.

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Bill Monroe's "Road to Columbus" on Mandolin and Guitar: M G L3 GORMAN[M] WILE[G]

Great tune! Kenny Baker fiddles it nicely, and it's perfect for mandolin and flat-picking guitar leads.

Saturday 11:15PM REGISTRATION AND STORE CLOSE FOR THE NIGHT

Registration and Fiddle Hell Store close until 8AM Sunday morning.  But jams and workshops continue! Plan ahead for the very useful early sessions on Sunday, starting at 8:30AM. Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour at 2AM for Daylight Savings Time!

Saturday EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP TONIGHT - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!

An extra hour of sleep tonight, provided to you by Fiddle Hell! Officially, clocks should be turned back an hour at 2AM Sunday morning. Some smartphones will do this automatically for you; some may not.

Sunday 8:00AM REGISTRATION OPENS EARLY

The Registration Desk is in Room R5 near the right front entrance of the Westford Regency Inn. Sign in, pay if you're not preregistered, get a stylish wristband and nametag, pick up a Program Brochure and Grid, perhaps buy a newly-designed T-shirt ($15 or 2 for $25). Then, look for your fellow fiddlers; cellists; and mandolin, guitar, and banjo players everywhere around you.

T-shirts and instructors' CDs and books are also in R5, which closes until next year at 6:15PM today. Carriage House Violins (Johnson String Instrument) has fiddles, bows, strings and accessories, and Justin can perform minor set-up work for you (during the day). Jon Cooper has splendid violins to show, and will be making a new violin during Fiddle Hell. Magic Fluke will have their Cricket travel violins to show today.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM WARMUP DROP-IN Sunday Warmup Scales, Fingers, Bow, Head, Body: F C M G L1 L2 L3 L4 CARLSON[F]

Stretches with Marsha Rich and warmup scales, arpeggios, patterns, rhythms,  and bowing. Get ready for the last day at Fiddle Hell by warming up your body and mind. 

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Effective Songwriting Workshop: V Any L1 L2 L3 L4 ADAMS[V,C,B] PHELPS[V,G]

Joy writes great songs and sings harmony with Andy Reiner in Half Pelican, as well as with Emy in Darol Anger and the Furies. Emy is a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. They'll help you move along the path to effective songwriting. There's another songwriting workshop from Emy and Joy Saturday afternoon at 3:30PM.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM "Pays de Haut" - An Easy Dance Tune from the Montville Project: F M G L1 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

The Montville Project is is a Maine/New Hampshire based band dedicated to recording and performing the essential repertoire of New England dance music. The inspiration for this project came in the summer of 2007 at Maine Fiddle Camp (in the town of Montville), George and Art will start your day off with this easy and catchy tune - look for their Montville Project CDs in the FH store.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM SINGALONG Appalachian Mountain Songs for Everyone: V Any(optional) L1 L2 L3 L4 L. HAMMOND[V,M] B. HAMMOND[G]

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.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM DROP-IN Technical Help on Bowing with Pam: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 WILEY[F]

Drop in with your bowing questions; stay and learn more. Pam will help you control the bow with your right arm (larger muscles) rather than your hand for better tone and smoother playing.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Learn "Gary Owen" (Easy Irish Jig from Original 52): F M C L1 T. MORLEY[F]

Can you play a G scale? That'll make learning this tune easy.  "Garry Owen" is an old Irish quick-step that can be traced back to the 1800s. it was used by Irish regiments as a drinking and marching song. The tune has a lively beat, which accentuates the cadence of marching horses. The name (sometimes written "Garryowen") is derived from Gaelic meaning Owen's garden, a suburb of Limerick.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Learn "The Sailor's Wife" in Dm (Scottish Jig from New 52): F M L3 HEELY[F]

Seán's the 2016 US Scottish Fiddle Champion. He'll teach one of his favorite tunes, coincidentally one of the New 52.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Scottish Fiddling for Beginners: F L1 MCOWEN[F]
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM A Swedish Polska or Two: F M Nyck L2 BIRD[Nyck]
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Cajun Fiddle Workshop on Tune TBD: F C L2 C. MASON[F] ARKIN [G]

Through the magic of the seductive Cajun rhythm, learn to play and back up a rollicking traditional tune.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM What Makes a Really Good Tune and Why: F C M L2 ANGER[F,M]

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 9:30-10:30AM KIDS Mandolin for Kids (Bring Mandolin): M OM L2 SURETTE[M]

We will review the basics and play a tune on the mando, come on out! David’s a friendly teacher known for his superb mandolin playing in Irish, Breton, and other styles.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Bowing French Tunes from the Canadian Maritimes: F C L2 D. ROY[F]

A big part of the rhythm and sound of Franco American fiddling comes from the bowing. Don will lead you through several exciting bowing techniques in the context of French tunes from the Canadian Maritimes.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Intro to Jazz Mandolin Improvising: M OM L2 L3 KILBURN[M] MOULTRUP[G]

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 9:30-10:30AM Learn to Blend Your Voice in Harmony: V Any(optional) L2 ADAMS[V] PHELPS[V]

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. Joy and Emy sing together in Darol Anger and the Furies.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Backing up Fiddle Tunes on Lap Dulcimer (Bring Dulcimer or Just Watch): Dulcimer L2 L3 L. HAMMOND[Dulc] FOWLER[F]

Lorraine does it best! She'll show you the tricks and techniques for this very effective combination of instruments. Bring your lap dulcimer or just watch. BTW, Lorraine will be backing up Dave Reiner in the Hell tune workshop at 11AM.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Essential Techniques for Using a Looper: F C G Loop L2 L3 FLAX[F,G,Loop]

You may have heard Rob and his looper at last night's concert. He layered rhythm and melodies  to build the song. How is it done? Rob will show you the basics, and you may get a chance to try it out.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Improving Your Tone and Adding Ornamentation on Slow Airs: F C L2 L3 JOHNSTONE[F]
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Basics & Parameters of Oldtime Guitar (Listeners Welcome): G L2 WYSLOUCH[G]

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 9:30-10:30AM JAM Guided Bluegrass Jam: Trad V L2 L3 WATT[G,M,V] ORSHAW[F,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]

Guided jam with songs – a little faster than earlier days. Learn as you jam. It’s more fun if you can sing or improvise solos. The best way to get prepared is to learn a common bluegrass song to sing (you can bring the verses along to read from).

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM "Brenda Stubbert's" (Cape Breton Reel from New 52): F L3 BEATON[F]

Brenda Stubbert is a fine Cape Breton fiddler and composer from Point Aconi, Nova Scotia. "Brenda Stubbert's Reel", written by Jerry Holland, was named for her. It's got a wonderful hypnotic and modal feel, with bowed triplets and the occasional grace note. Andrea will lead you through the tune and its nuances.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Workshop on Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo: B L3 MOLSKY[B]

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Nuances of Backing Up Scottish & Irish Tunes on Guitar: G L3 L4 SEFTON[G] BESHARA[F]
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Play Through Original Tunes with Jay & Molly: Any L3 L4 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P,G]

Ashokan Farewell, Lover's Waltz, Wizard's Walk, and Popcorn Behavior - Great tunes from great composers! 

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM JAM New England Jam: Any L3 SCHNECKENBURGER[F] EID-REINER[P]

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.

Sunday 10:30-11:00AM FLASH MOB Read Through a Couple of Cool Hungarian Tunes: Readers L3 B. COHEN[F]

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 11:00AM-12:00PM DANCE Waltzes and Other 3/4 Tunes from Many Traditions: Dancers L2 L3 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P,G]

Time to dance! Waltzes and other 3/4 tunes from a variety of traditions. There's not a caller for these couple dances. Bring a dance partner or find partners there. Or watch and listen.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Making Simple Cape Breton Tunes Come Alive: C L1 L2 NEWTON[C]
Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Getting Started on the Bodhrán (Bring Bodhrán): Bodhrán L1 L2 F. MORLEY[Bodh] T. MORLEY[F]
Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM KIDS Fun New England Tunes: F M G C L1 L2 SCHNECKENBURGER[F] GORMAN[M,G]

Anyone from New England? Lissa will cover fiddle and cello, and Skip will cover guitar and mandolin, as you learn an easy New England tune or two.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Singing While Playing Fiddle: V F L2 OLSKY[V,F]

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 11:00AM-12:00PM JAM Intermediate Klezmer Jam: Any L2 L3 MARCH[Clarinet,F] AISENBERG[F,M] 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 11:00AM-12:00PM TEACHERS How to Make Music with Different Levels of Students in the Same Jam Class: F C L2 L3 L4 WILEY[F]

Pam is the 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 Pam's got some great ideas to share. Hands-on.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle as Backup - What To Do, What Not To Do: F C M L3 ANGER[F] PHELPS[V,G] A. REINER[OM,F] ADAMS[V,C,B]

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 Learn "Hell Up Coal Holler" and Another Hellish Tune: F M L3 D. REINER[F] L. HAMMOND[Dulcimer]

"Hell Up Coal Holler" in C is close to Gerry Milnes' oldtime version (which Lorraine has recorded with Gerry). "Hell in the Mud" in D is about the way Missouri fiddler Cyril Stinnett played it. Both are great tunes that don't get played enough.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Sunday JAM Quintessential New England Jam: Any L3 KAYNOR[F] WAICKMAN[G]

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.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Intro to Comping on Jazz Guitar: G L3 MOULTRUP[G]

"Comping" (an abbreviation of "accompanying" or possibly from the verb to "complement") is the chords, rhythms, and occasionally countermelodies that guitar players use to support a jazz musician's improvised solo or melody lines. Dave will show you some basic comping chords and rhythms on the guitar as an intro.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Dock Boggs Oldtime Tunes for Banjo: B L3 ROWELL[B]

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Cape Breton Set Workshop (March to Strathspey to Reel): F L4 BEATON[F]

We’ll start with a Cape Breton setting of the marching air "Lament for James Moray of Abercairny," and then go into the Cape Breton settings of a John Campbell strathspey and the "Lord Seaforth" reel. The excitement ratchets up as the tempo increases. 

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Québecois Workshop to Learn a Fine Reel: F L4 FAVREAU[F]

Here's a reel TBD 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 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiery Twin Fiddle Workshop in Memory of Stacy Philips: F L4 ORSHAW[F] CHIARANDINI[F]

Dave Reiner says: "Stacy Phillips, fiddler and dobro player extraordinaire, was an inspiration and a charismatic musical friend to many musicians. We'll miss his great music, his clear teaching, his dry sense of humor, and his vast knowledge of traditional fiddling. I learned a lot - as did many fiddlers - from his wonderful fiddle books, recordings, and DVDs. The Phillips Collection of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes (in two volumes) is a monumental work of fiddle tune curation, scholarship, expertise, and love. Stacy would have been teaching and performing at Fiddle Hell Massachusetts this year. Sadly, we'll remember him here instead. May his memory be a blessing.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Beyond Ornaments: Melodic Variations in Irish Trad Tunes: F M L4 MARTIN[F]

You may include ornaments and interesting bowing but want other ways to make trad tunes your own. This is for you! We'll consider conventions of variation in traditional Irish music, and then we’ll work together to apply variations to a traditional Irish reel, creating our own signature version of the tune.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM CONCERT Blue Moose & the Unbuttoned Zippers (Hypnotic Swedish-Oldtime Fusion) A. REINER[F,OM] VANDERSTEEL[F,V] WYSLOUCH[G,V] BIRD[Nyck,V]

BMUZ reunion concert right here at Fiddle Hell! BMUZ plays original, oldtime, and Scandinavian fiddle tunes and songs. Hypnotic and exciting! BMUZ will also be appearing at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, on Nov. 5th at 8PM.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Sing Along with Songs of the Carter Family V L1 L2 L3 L4 BURKE[V,G] SURETTE[M,G]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM An Easy Romanian Fiddle Tune: F L1 B. COHEN[F]

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.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM How About an Easy Tune from Québec? F C M L1 WEEKS[F,C]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM DROP-IN Help on Oldtime Banjo or Guitar: B G L1 L2 L3 L4 ROWELL[B,G]

Right hand, left hand, rhythm, chords, and much more. Drop in with a question, stay for a while if you like.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Basic Mandolin Technique Workshop: M L1 L2 WATT[M]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Efficient & Stress-Free Practicing: Any L2 L3 C. MASON[F,G] BESHARA[F]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Easy Favorites from Maine's Fiddle-icious Group: Any L2 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Intermediate DADGAD Tuned Guitar: G L2 L3 WAICKMAN[G]

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. This class will go somewhat further and faster than the DADGAD 101 workshops Bethany has done in past years.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Read Through a Few 18th Century Scottish and Irish Tunes: C F Trad Readers L3 NEWTON[C] MCOWEN[F]

This will be a mini traditional folk chamber music experience. Abby will bring some not too difficult Scottish Baroque pieces and some O’Carolan to read. We will jam on 18th Century tunes.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Playing the Blues: F C L3 CLARK[F] B. HAMMOND[G]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Learn a Bluegrassy "Billy in the Lowground" (Original 52): F M L3 ORSHAW[F,M]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Scottish Influenced Tunes from County Donegal: F L4 HEELY[F]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Bow Chopping Workshop: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 A. REINER[F] ADAMS[C]

A modern fiddling technique for both backup and leads, like playing drums on your fiddle or cello. Crunches, ghost notes, syncopation - it’s all there and nobody does it better than Andy and Joy. They'll help you chop step by step.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Capturing Emotions & Moods in Composing Tunes: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Easy New England Jam with Jam Tips: Any L1 L2 SUTHERLAND[F] SURETTE[G] WEEKS[C]

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.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Cape Breton Tune Workshop for Kids: F M L2 BEATON[F]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM DANCE Learn Some Simple Swedish Dances from Bronwyn: Dancers L2 BIRD[Dance,Nyck] KAYNOR[F,G]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddling in Layers (Bluegrass, Folk & More): F M C L2 REINER[F] WILE[G,V]

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.