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2019 Friday

Friday FOOD Hotel Breakfast Buffet in Stony Brook Café 7AM-10:30AM Friday

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


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). Then, look for your fellow fiddlers; cellists; and mandolin, guitar, and banjo players everywhere around you. A half-dozen excellent early bird sessions start at 8:30AM today, with regular sessions starting at 9:30AM.

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 will be making a new violin during Fiddle Hell. Magic Fluke will have their travel instruments to show today through Sunday. Dave Golber will have his Hardanger violins to show Sunday.

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

Cash Breakfast Concession with inexpensive choices: Breakfast Burrito, Oatmeal, Bagel and Cream Cheese, Muffin/Danish/Croissant, Gluten Free Muffin, Yogurt, Fruit, Granola Bar, COFFEE, Soda, Bottled Water. Eat on the go or at a session.

Friday 8:30-9:15AM CANCELLED - DROP-IN Technical Help on Bowing with Pam: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 R6 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.

Friday 8:30-9:15AM A Gutsy Irish Tune, "Toss the Feathers": F M L2 R8 MARTIN[F]

This is a classic Irish session tune in E minor. Laurel will teach the notes at a relaxed pace, and offer coaching on how to use the bow and simple ornaments to give it its "gutsy" feel.

Friday 8:30-9:15AM Music Theory for Fiddle Music People: Any L2 R7 F. COHEN[G,M]

Learn basic terminology and understand how scales and arpeggios relate to fiddle tunes; and also how to use the circle of fifths diagram to your great advantage. No theory experience necessary, bring your questions! While Flynn will have mandolin and guitar in hand, the material is appropriate for any instrument.

Friday 8:30-9:15AM Basic Strumming Patterns for Mandolin Players: M OM L2 R4 COLLINS-HILL[M]

In my opinion, your right hand is more than 50% of the puzzle. Let's put it to work to make everything sound good.

Friday 8:30-9:15AM WARMUP DROP-IN Friday Warmup Stretch, Scales, Fingers, Bow, Head, Body: F C M G L2 L3 L4 R1 R2 CARLSON[F]

Stretches (thanks to Marsha Rich), followed by 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 Learn a Crossover Fiddle & Banjo Tune: F B L2 R3 M'GONIGLE[F] DEGROOT[B]

Start your day by learning a fun and easy tune that blurs the line between bluegrass and oldtime. Allison will teach on clawhammer banjo and Patrick on fiddle. 

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Learn a Very Simple Cape Breton Waltz: F L1 R33 BEATON[F]

Andrea will show you a Gaelic air or waltz, "ho ro mo nighean donn bhoidheach," which she's heard translates to "Ho Ro, My Nut Brown Maiden." And of course, she'll help you make it sound Cape Breton-esque. 

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Capturing Emotions & Moods in Composing Tunes: Any L1 L2 L3 R34 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G,P]

A time to share ideas, techniques and approaches for composing music that touches the heart.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM DROP-IN Ask Abby Your Cello Questions: C L1 L2 L3 L4 R347 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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM KIDS Beginning Oldtime Fiddle for Kids: F L1 R35 KAUFMAN[F]

You will learn an easy and fun oldtime tune that has all the rhythmic elements that make a fiddle tune sound "oldtime." Alan will also show you how you can modify oldtime tunes you already play to have them sound more rhythmically exciting and "oldtime." 

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Gorgeous Scottish Gaelic Tunes: F C L1 L2 R6 HEELY[F,V]

The melodies of the Gaels are some of the most beautiful and striking in the world. We will learn a few tunes from the Gaelic song tradition.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM An Intro to Bluegrass Fiddling on "Maiden's Prayer": F L2 R346 P. ANICK[F,V] ROBINSON[G,V]

We’ll learn “Maiden's Prayer,” a standard Western Swing song that has made its way into the bluegrass repertoire, and we'll talk about how to achieve its bluegrassy nuances on fiddle. Including a few tasty double-stops! JR will anchor the rhythm. Fun fact: Peter Anick and Dave Reiner have played in many bands together, including Hot Off the Frets ("All the notes that fit, they play").

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Intro to Greek Violin: F M L2 R353 B. COHEN[F]

We’ll learn an easy Greek tune in a couple of different makams or modes. It'll be complete with rhythm and chords. 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."

Friday 9:30-10:30AM JAM How to Participate in a Jam: Any L2 R245 C. MASON[F] 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. Art will hold down the backup guitar role. See the Fiddle Hell Jamming Guidelines.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Singing While Playing Fiddle: V F L2 R3 MOLSKY[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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Learn "French Blues," Cajun Style: F C L2 R37 REED[F]

We’ll learn the crooked Nathan Abshire tune “French Blues.” In addition to the melody we will explore drones, and how to play second fiddle for a true Cajun sound. Abshire (1913-1981) was a Cajun accordion player who helped the renaissance of accordion in Cajun music in the '40's.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Quick Help on Learning Fiddle Tunes by Ear: F M G C L2 R247 AISENBERG[F,M]

You may have noticed there's lots of learning by ear at Fiddle Hell. The tunes you learn by ear will stick with you - but how do you actually do it? Shana will share useful tips and help you out. A really good way to start out Friday at Fiddle Hell.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Intro to Strum Bowing and Groove: F F5 C L2 R1 R2 SILVERMAN[F]

Tracy Silverman recently wrote The Strum Bowing Method, which is about about using your bow as if you're strumming a guitar.  It's groundbreaking and fantastic, and we're privileged to have Tracy teaching at Fiddle Hell just for Thursday night and Friday. He'll also teach a more advanced workshop on this topic at 2PM today. Look for his book in the FH Store.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM A Favorite Tune or Two from Maine's Fiddle-icious Group: Any L3 R36 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P]

Fiddle-icious, the largest fiddle orchestra in Maine, evolved out of a monthly fiddle workshop led by Don Roy. Don and his wife Cindy grew up in French Canadian families where music was an integral part of their lives. The goal of Fiddle-icious is to keep the tradition alive by sharing Maine’s musical heritage with the community. 

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Nuances of Backing Up Scottish, Cape Breton & Irish Tunes on Guitar: G L3 L4 R349 SEFTON[G] CLANCY[F]

Delve into the limitless harmonic and rhythmic possibilities of backing up Celtic tunes on the guitar. Explore chord substitutions, advanced right hand rhythmic techniques, inversions, and some basic music theory applied to traditional music. Drop-D and DADGAD tuning is recommended, but Standard is welcome too. Prior experience in Celtic tune accompaniment is highly recommended.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Blues Mandolin Progressions and Leads: M OM L3 R8 COLLINS-HILL[M]

Come learn a simple blues progression and work on some improvising. The mandolin is a great blues instrument; listen to Yank Rachell, Johnny Young, Carl Martin (of Martin, Bogan, and Armstrong), and Rich DelGrosso.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Learn "Kesh Jig" (Irish Jig from CTL): F M C L3 R345 KLEIN[F]

From our Common Tune List, "Kesh Jig" is a sprightly tune with lots of possibilities for rolls and a lilting feel, as well the occasional drone. You'll enjoy learning Ellery's version.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Québecois Bowing Workshop with "La Rivière Acadienne": F L3 R31 FAVREAU[F]

"La Rivière Acadienne" is a pretty Acadian reel, little bit crooked, with a taste of syncopation and spiccato. Just the right tune to help with some of the nuances of Québécois bowing.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Learn a Classic American Clog "The Chirps" via Its Components and Bowing: F L3 R32 FERREL[F]

We’ll learn this tune slowly from the ground up by its component parts, adding more elements as we go with an emphasis on bowing and intonation. Frank is a fine teacher, recognized as a master player of Northern styles. He provides great handouts, too.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Four Ways to Make Your Fiddle Swing: F L3 R4 J. ANICK[F] PADILLA[G]

A deep dive into four essential tools for perfecting your swing feel -- proper bowing patterns, playing with drums, using ghost notes, and laying back.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Learn A Great Swedish Tune from lydia's Trip to Tobo: F F5 M L3 R7 IEVINS[F5]

lydia's e-tunebook Trip to Tobo (mp3s at slow and then real-life tempos, plus supporting dots) showcases a favorite 32 tunes from her year of study in Sweden. From a 1715 collection, this catchy polska - "Polonäs e. Gustav Blidström nr 93" - is a recent big hit in both Sweden and the US.

Friday 10:35-10:55AM FLASH HELP New to Fiddle Hell? Suggestions for You: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 R3 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 10:30-11:00AM FLASH READTHROUGH Read Through a Couple of Cool Hungarian Tunes: Any Readers L3 R37 B. COHEN[F]

We’ll play a short medley of fun Hungarian dance tunes TBD. You might want to bring a portable music stand.

Friday FOOD Quick Lunches, Snacks, and Coffee in Lower Hallway 11AM-6PM Friday

Cash Lunch Concession with inexpensive choices: Sausage, Pepper & Onion Sub; Individual Pizza, Soup of the Day, Turkey Bacon Wrap, Marinated Roast Beef on French Bread, Grilled Vegetable Wrap, Gluten Free Sandwich (ask), Chicken Caesar Salad, Garden Salad, Fruit, Cookies, Chips, COFFEE, Soda, Bottled Water. Eat on the go or at a session.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM CONCERT Traditional Irish Fiddle: R1 R2 CLANCY[F] FERREL[F] KLEIN[F] SURETTE[G]

You'd think you were in the venerable Cobblestone Pub in Dublin with these three fine Irish fiddlers, all fantastic Fiddle Hell instructors - and performers. Rose Clancy will lead off, followed by Frank Ferrel, and then Ellery Klein. Hard-working guitarist David Surette will back them up as needed.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM CANCELLED KIDS TEENS Singing for the Joy of It: V L1 L2 L3 R346 BURKE[V,G]

Sorry, Susie's ill today, and this session is cancelled.

The title sums it up — joyful singing for all kids and teens! We will learn a few quick and useful vocal warm-ups and then learn songs on the fly — rounds, call and response, and chorus songs. Maybe singing is your main thing, or maybe you want a break from playing tunes. Come along.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Mandolin Technique for Beginners with "St. Anne's Reel" (Canadian Reel from CTL): M L1 R7 ROWELL[M]

Together we’ll explore right and left hand techniques including pick choice, tremolo and chord shapes. And we'll learn an easy version of "St. Anne's Reel."

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Singing for the Confidence Impaired - for Non-Singers: V L1 L2 L3 R245 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 11:00AM-12:00PM "Josefin's Dopvals" (Swedish Waltz from CTL): F M C L2 R34 KAYNOR[F] T. DUNCAN[G]

This compelling waltz by Väsen’s Roger Tallroth has been described as “one of the most important compositions of our time." While it was originally written in F, it's usually played in G these days. "Dopvals" translates roughly as "christening waltz" or "baptism waltz." Thanks to Tom Duncan for guitar backup.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Easy Waltz Playalong 2 of 3 Music Provided: Any L2 R8 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 How to Play an Easy 12-Bar Blues, "T-Bone Shuffle": F C M L2 R31 CARLSON[F] B. HAMMOND[G]

I’ll teach "T-Bone" Shuffle, from T-Bone Walker. 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 Play Scottish & Cape Breton Tunes (From CTL) at a Moderate Pace: Trad L2 L3 R6 MOYNIHAN[F] NEWTON[C]

Fun possibilities to ask for: Atholl Highlanders, Big John McNeill, Brenda Stubbert's, Calliope House, Cock of the North, Cutting Ferns, Fairy Dance, Flowers of Edinburgh, Laird O'Drumblair, My Cape Breton Home, The Reconciliation, The Sailor's Wife, and The Stool of Repentance. Jenna will guide fiddlers, mandolin players, and more in the playthroughs; Abby will guide cellists who may play backup for these tunes if they don't know the melodies.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM A Favorite Dance Tune from the Clayfoot Strutters: F M L3 R35 SUTHERLAND[F]

The Clayfoot Strutters were among the very earliest of the big groundbreaking ‘jam band’ style contradance outfits of the modern age. At 31 years and counting, they continue to be a huge influence. Founding member Pete Sutherland will teach a classic tune or two from the Strutters’ timeless repertoire.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM JAM Jazz Standards Jam: Any L3 L4 R247 HARGREAVES[F] PADILLA[G]

Bring your instrument and an improvisational mindset. Alex and Duane will have a few suggestions to get you started, such as Lady Be Good, Sweet Georgia Brown, Minor Swing, EMD, All of Me, Take the "A" Train, Satin Doll, Body and Soul, etc., but suggest your own favorite standards as well.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Rhythms and Chords for Backing Up New England Tunes: G M L3 R345 WAICKMAN[G,M] SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

Bethany will look at a few different right hand strumming/rhythm options for backing up New England reels, jigs, and waltzes. She'll use these in conjunction with left hand chord positions for both guitar and mandolin. Lissa will provide sprightly New England melodies to be backed up.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn the Canadian Tune "St. Anne's Reel" (from CTL) and Don's Variations On It: F L3 R36 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P]

From our Common Tune List, this tune originated in Canada but has spread nearly everywhere. After quickly teaching the basic tune, which many fiddlers know, Don will take you through his favorite variations. A chance to see how two National Heritage Fellows bring life to a common dance tune. Also taught for fiddle and cello together Sunday at 3:30PM.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn "Crested Hens" in Em (French Bourée from CTL): F M L3 R4 SCHALLERT[F]

"Les Poules Huppées" in French, "Crested Hens" in English, is played in Em and sometimes Dm. Mary will teach this flowing and mysterious tune in Em, as recorded on the 2nd volume of the Common Tunes CDs. You won't want to stop playing it!

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Get In the Groove: F C L4 R32 DENINZON[F]

This class explores bowed strings as a member of the rhythm section. Chopping, comping. scratching, strum bowing, and thinking harmonically and rhythmically will all be covered. Learn practical exercises to develop your "pocket." We also discuss how to create great riffs to enhance the arrangement and compliment the other rhythm players in a band.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Post-Classical Violin Playing Techniques: F F5 C L4 R33 SILVERMAN[F]

Redefining the role of the violin in contemporary music, Tracy Silverman has contributed significantly to the repertoire and development of the 6-string electric violin and what he calls “post-classical violin playing.” Lauded by BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Silverman’s groundbreaking work defies musical boundaries. He's at Fiddle Hell today.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM CONCERT Molsky's Mountain Drifters: R1 R2 MOLSKY[F,V] DE GROOT[B,V] WYSLOUCH[G,V]

Tradition steeped in possibility! Bruce and his band dig deep to transport audiences to another time and place, with an authentic feel for Southern Appalachian tunes and songs. Want to join in? An easy oldtime jam with Bruce, Allison, and Stash follows at 6:30PM tonight, and there's a full-speed jam with them on Saturday at 3:30PM.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Lunchtime Storytelling from Maine and Louisiana: Listeners R37 BRYANT[Storyteller] REED[Storyteller]

Hear two fine storytellers from different parts of the country tell stories. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll eat lunch (if you bring it). Quick lunch available in the main hallway outside the Registration Room.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Getting Started on Harmonica (Bring C Harmonica): C Harmonica L1 R7 TURNER[Harm]

For this workshop, bring a diatonic harmonica in the key of C (you can find these for $10 in the Fiddle Hell store). Chris will show you harmonica basics (holding the harmonica, getting clean notes, blow/draw techniques) on a couple of easy songs. 

Friday 12:30-1:30PM An Ancient Irish Tune "Brian Boru's March" (From CTL) : F M L1 R34 KLEIN[F]

"Brian Boru's March" is a traditional Irish tune from our Common Tune List about the High King of Ireland from about 941-1014. Brian Boru died in the Battle of Clontarf in which his army defeated the Vikings. This was originally a slow air (you can almost hear the pipes) but works well as a march; it commemorates the journey where his body was brought back to Armagh for burial. 3 parts, as we usually play it.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Guitar Backup for a Bluegrass Fiddler: G L2 L3 R35 F. COHEN[G] M'GONIGLE[F]

Says Flynn: "Everything you need to know about playing rhythm guitar for fiddle tunes in bluegrass jams, including typical keys, chord voicings, and bass runs. Bring your capo and a heavy pick. Patrick will be our live bluegrass fiddler for this workshop."

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Learn "All Blues," An Easy Jazz Violin Tune from Miles Davis: F M L2 R6 PADILLA[F] MOULTRUP[G]

Come learn not only the melody, but also the bass line, inner voices, and strategies to improvise your way though this iconic Miles Davis tune.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Learn to Sing a Few Songs from Swing & Western Swing Traditions: V L2 R31 M. MASON[V,G]

Learn a couple of easy and appealing songs from these two lively traditions of song and music for listening and dancing. 

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Backing Up an Irish Fiddler in DADGAD Tuning: G L3 R8 WAICKMAN[G] CLANCY[F]

Good intro to this popular alternate guitar tuning in Irish music, with Rose Clancy playing melody. The focus will be on some very useful and beautiful sounding chord shapes in DADGAD.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Getting Started on Gypsy Swing Mandolin: M F L3 R345 J. ANICK[M] P. ANICK[G]

Learn all the basic chord shapes and common arpeggios used in Gypsy swing music on mandolin. Has some applicability to fiddle as well.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM JAM Franco-American Jam with Don & Cindy Roy: Trad L3 R36 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P]

Let's share some energy through the music! This jam will include Franco-American tunes from Québec and the Canadian Maritimes that have been popular in Maine. Don and Cindy were named National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts just last year!

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Klezmer Scales & Rhythms - Learn a Classic Tune: F L3 R245 B. COHEN[F]

Klezmer is a rich musical tradition, dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European ensembles. We'll learn a classic tune. Don't forget the Klezmer jam at 11AM on Sunday.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Learn Sliabh Luachra Style Tunes from Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford's Recordings (Irish) F M C L3 R247 MARTIN [F]

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Traditional Cape Breton Ornamentation: F C L3 R33 BEATON[F]

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Classic Blues Riffs and Techniques: F C M Any L3 R32 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Learn inspirational riffs from top blues artists and learn how to unpackage the secrets to great blues lines. We’ll run an inquiry regarding what works well and why. Most importantly, this session is designed to provide support so that you, too, can build your own memorable lines when you solo.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Learn "Da Slockit Light" (Shetland Air from CTL): F M L3 R4 HEELY[F]

From our Common Tune List, this great tune by Shetland Fiddler Tom Anderson is about the gradual trend of migration away from the Shetland Islands. "Da Slockit Light" was inspired by the depopulation of the area of Eshaness where he was born. The song reflects his impression that each time the occupants of another croft moved out, or died, another light was "slockit" (Shetland for extinguished).

Friday 2:00-3:00PM "River of Suck" Live Podcast with Andy and Alex (Listening): R245 A. REINER[F,OM] HARGREAVES[F]

Andy's River of Suck Podcast is real-talk about struggles with confidence, self-doubt and becoming the youest you. Check out Andy's entertaining and thought-provoking podcast here. Today's musical discussion with Alex will be a future podcast - be there right at the start!

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Co-Writing Fiddle Tunes: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 R346 SUTHERLAND[F] SCANLON[F]

Pete and Oliver represent two-thirds of Pete's Posse, known for its excellent original fiddle tunes.  Learn just how they do it. Hear them on the Friday night dance tonight, and check out their Fruit Fly Blues CD.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Mandolin from the Beginning (Bring Mandolin): M L1 R349 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 2:00-3:00PM Tips for Better Practicing: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 R4 CARLSON[F] F. COHEN[G,M]

Practicing is more than just playing tunes :-). Get the most out of your practice time with insightful and helpful tips learned from years of experience. Between them, Ellen and Flynn cover fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, but their suggestions should be applicable to any instrument. Topics include goal setting, technique, practicing for improvising and improving tunes.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Playing Healthy: F C Any L1 L2 L3 L4 R345 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Are you in pain while you play or afterwards? Learn how to protect yourself from injury and create a quality music-making experience. Volunteers will be selected after a “walking tour.” Julie wrote the first book in the world (1991) on this topic, “You Are Your Instrument,” and five DVDs.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Irish Really S L O W Jam: Trad L2 R33 KLEIN[F] WAICKMAN[G]

Ellery leads many jams and is a fine teacher. Some common seisiún tunes, at a s l o w pace. Bethany Waickman on guitar will add the low end and keep it steady.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Mandolin for Kids (Bring Mandolin): M OM L2 L3 R353 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.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a Great Cajun Tune: F M C G L2 R32 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G]

Jay will teach the melody with slides and more, and also the chords and rhythms used for “seconding." Molly will teach the guitarists how to play Cajun style backup guitar to support the melody.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Oldtime Fiddle Basics: F L2 R3 MOLSKY[F] DE GROOT[B]

Once you've got the basics of a tune, Bruce will show you a couple of oldtime rhythmic and melodic techniques that can drive and animate the tune and give it that oldtime sound. Starting with a simple tune, Bruce will guide you along the path to oldtime happiness, with Allison anchoring the tune on clawhammer banjo.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Learn Original Songs: V Any or None L2 R7 KARLSON[V,Bass]

Great songs are not just from the distant past -- they're still being written!  Brittany Karlson will teach you to sing one of or more of her original songs. Instruments are optional - the focus is on singing.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM "Gravel Walk(s)" (Irish Reel from CTL): F M L3 R35 MARCH[F]

We will explore bowing patterns and Irish ornamentation on this flowing reel, from the Fiddle Hell Common Tune List (CTL). Derived from "The Highland Man That Kissed His Granny," it's a favorite reel in County Donegal, popularized through the playing of the Byrne brothers of Kilcar and the traveling Doherty family (according to Mick Conneely).

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Dock Boggs Oldtime Tunes for Banjo: B L3 R347 ROWELL[B]

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

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Traditional Scottish Session: Trad L3 R247 MOYNIHAN[F] SEFTON[G]

Join Jenna and Eamon for a session of classic Scottish and Cape Breton tunes. They'll lead the way and students are encouraged to bring some of their favorite tunes to share. There's another Scottish jam Sunday at 2PM.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Traditional Oldtime & New England Tunes: Trad L3 R36 KAUFMAN[F,G] NEIMAN[HD]

Can't beat the oldtime + New England combination for a fun jam! Ably led by Alan Kaufman on fiddle and Dave Neiman on hammered dulcimer. You can see them perform on Sunday at the Duos with Daves concert.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Shetland Tunes & the Idiosyncratic Bowing: C L3 R6 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 2:00-3:00PM Putting "Lift" into Your New England Dance Playing: F C M L3 R34 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 2:00-3:00PM The Potential of Guitar Triads through Song: G L3 R8 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).

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Using Strum Bowing to Move into the Groove: F F5 C L3 R1 R2 SILVERMAN[F]

Tracy Silverman recently wrote The Strum Bowing Method, which is about about using your bow to groove as if you're strumming a guitar.  It's groundbreaking and fantastic, and we're privileged to have Tracy teaching at Fiddle Hell for two days (look for his book in the FH Store). He'll also be on the Electric Violin Extravaganza concert at 5PM today.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Québécois Workshop to Learn a Fine New Reel "Le Venveau": F L4 R31 FAVREAU[F]

Éric says: "Sometimes I compose melodies, I take inspiration from the styles I like and I like to create different ways inside the interpretation. Welcome to my world, in my kitchen." He is a super player and a fun teacher.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a Great Kenny Baker Tune, "Washington County": F M L4 R37 M'GONIGLE[F]

Kenny Baker played bluegrass fiddle with Bill Monroe, and wrote tasteful, driving tunes. Learn "Washington County," written by Baker based on "Washington & Lee Swing." Great bluegrass double stops in this tune.

Friday 3:00-3:30PM FLASH LOOPING Amazing Looping Demonstration: Any Demo L1 L2 L3 L4 R1 R2 DENINZON[F,Looper]

Joe will demonstrate how he uses an electronic looper to layer rhythm and melodies and creatively build a song. You'll have a great time at this demo and will come away with new ideas and a strong desire to try it out yourself! There's an electric violin concert at 5PM today featuring 4 great players.

Friday 3:00-3:30PM "River of Suck" Swim Team Meetup: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 R245 A. REINER

Hang out in between River of Suck-related sessions with Andy and members of the River of Suck Swim Team to discuss life with a healthy musical attitude! More with Andy and Alex coming up at 3:30PM.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Piano Workshop - Ideas and Techniques (Mostly a Demo): P R1 R2 M. MASON[P] UNGAR[F]

Known for her inventiveness on piano Molly supports the tunes and follows the flow of the melody. She will demonstrate how she accompanies a variety of jigs, reels, waltzes and airs provided by Jay on fiddle.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM "Road to Boston" on Mandolin or Guitar (Easy New England March from CTL): M G L1 R345 SURETTE[M] COLLINS-HILL[G]

This easy and classic march (from the Common Tune List) was one of the most popular American Army tunes of the Revolutionary War. Still a fine tune today, it is the “March to the Dining Hall to Thank the Cooks” tune of choice at Maine Fiddle Camp.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Hammered Dulcimer 101: HD L1 R349 NEIMAN[HD]

Trapezoidal! Here's a chance to get started on the hammered dulcimer (HD). Bring yours, although Dave will have an extra one or two along to share. Dave's also teaching a more advanced workshop on HD Sunday at 12:30PM.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Learn a Fun First Swedish Fiddle Tune, "Lasse leile diu": F L1 R32 IEVINS[F]

Swedish tunes are often a full-body experience, made for dancing or walking. This friendly slängpolska tune is no exception. We'll explore ways to keep it feeling grounded and groovy, and play with "anticipating" the downbeat in a couple of spots.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Tone Production on the Fiddle: F L1 L2 L3 R34 CLANCY[F]

Find your fiddle “voice.” It’s all in the bow! Learn how to optimize the tone of your fiddle through examining the role of bow weight, bow speed and bow placement. We will look at the economy of bow movement and the importance of relaxation in creating a smooth and stable tone.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Beatles on the Fiddle: F L2 R33 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 (for the second year in a row) to playing Beatles on the fiddle.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Beginning Bass Runs on Guitar: G L2 R346 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. Also offered Sunday at 3:30PM.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Somewhat Slow Oldtime Jam: Trad L2 R7 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 3:30-4:30PM Call and Response for Improvising On the Blues: F F5 C M L2 R31 SILVERMAN[F]

A musical statement is made or a question asked, and a response or answer follows. Sometimes the response is simply a repetition, and sometimes it’s a change or new development. You hear this in music of all kinds, but most notably in the blues, and as a soloist you can answer yourself! Don't forget the Electric Violin Extravaganza concert next at 5PM.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Québécois Jam with Éric: Trad L3 R3 FAVREAU[F]

Your favorites and some proposed tunes from Éric. Also, at 9:30PM, he'll be leading a Québécois song and foot workshop.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Wild Cape Breton Jam: Any L3 L4 R36 BEATON[F] RANDALL[P]

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

Friday 3:30-4:30PM KIDS Fun with Improvisation: Any L3 R347 KLEIN[F]

We'll play some improvisation games, and see what happens when we play those music games with a simple American tune.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Really Helpful Techniques for Bass Players: Acoustic Bass L3 R8 KARLSON[Bass]

We will focus on constructing bass lines, making and learning melodies, and improvising. Styles include bluegrass, oldtime, country and swing.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Work on Your Double Shuffle Bowing as You Learn "Buck Fever Rag" by Reg Hill: F L3 L4 R35 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 on a couple of additional tunes, and let you loose on the world. Helpful handout provided.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM The Irish Influence on Cajun Music: Any L3 R37 REED[F]

We will look at Vorice Connor and Dennis McGee who were Cajuns of Scotch-Irish descent and leaders in early Cajun fiddling. We will also explore the Celtic influence of the Acadians from Nova Scotia. A fascinating new topic for Fiddle Hell from Mitch.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Learn a Seán Heely Original Composition: F M L3 R353 HEELY[F]

Seán has quite a few remarkable original tunes, some of which have won national awards and have been featured in Irish Music Magazine and Fiddler Magazine. Learn one of the best, including ornaments and techniques that bring it alive.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM A Favorite Tune from Gerry Robichaud: F M L4 R4 D. ROY[F]

Says Don: "We'll learn a fine tune from the iconic Waltham, Massachusetts, player Gerry Robichaud who spent many hours in sessions with us [Don and Cindy]."

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Learn Fundamental Gypsy Jazz Techniques: F M L4 R247 J. ANICK[F] PADILLA[G]

Jason will help you to achieve that authentic sound and feel of Gypsy Jazz (vibrato, tone, phrasing, and more). Look for Jason’s solo CDs and those with the Rhythm Future Quartet in the FH store.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Mind Blowing Collaborative Fiddling (Mostly Demo): Any F M C L4 R245 A. REINER[F] HARGREAVES[F]

Genre-bending, collaborative, improvisatory, a Fiddle Summit Cum Laude right here at Fiddle Hell! This is a follow-up session to the "River of Suck" Podcast at 2PM, also from Andy and Alex.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Learn a Set of Classic Irish-American Reels from Early 78's "Oh Gee & Miss Monaghan": F L4 R6 FERREL[F]

"Oh Gee" is from an old 1920's recording of accordionist, John J. Kimmel and one of my all-time favorites. We'll pair it with a version of the classic "Miss Monaghan" as recorded, again from back in the early 1920's, by the Sullivan Brothers.

Friday FOOD and DRINK at Old Joe Clark's Pub 4PM-11PM Friday R9

Hungry? Thirsty? Food and drinks available at Old Joe Clark's Pub off the Lobby. Limited menu for Fiddle Hell, leisurely paced.  Jam session from 8PM until closing. A much faster alternative for dinner is the Quick Dinner Buffet from 5PM-7:30PM in the Lobby.

Friday 4:30-5:00PM FLASH REUNION Northeast Heritage Music Camp (NHMC): Any R3 SCANLON[F,M]

Old and new friends, interested in the Northeast Heritage Music Camp, come and say hi and play a few tunes with some staff and board members from NHMC. Dave Reiner, Cindy Eid, and Eric Eid-Reiner all have fond memories of this camp!

Friday 4:30-5:00PM FLASH TUNE "Trip to Moscow" (Northumbrian March from New 52) F M C L1 L2 R35 MALONEY[F]

"Trip to Moscow" was composed by Ian Ball in 1995. The Reiner Family Band learned this dynamite tune from Rachel Maloney many years ago at the Meadowlark Music Camp; it's just one tune from her eclectic repertoire. The tune will show up at The Whomp! at 9:30PM tonight, and at the FLASH MARCH Sunday at 1:30PM.

Friday 4:30-5:00PM FLASH MOB Try Some Western Swing: F G M C V L2 R346 SCHATZ[F,V] RACOWSKY[G]

Here's a quick chance 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.

Friday FOOD Quick Dinner Buffet in Lobby 5PM-7:30PM Friday

Want a quick dinner before the evening sessions (including the dance and Whomp)? The hotel is running a Fiddle Hell buffet for us in the Stoney Brook Café next to the main lobby, from 5PM to 7:30PM. [Menu may change for 2019] It's a Thanksgiving theme - help yourself to turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, gravy, garden salad, rolls and butter, and your choice of a soft drink or a bottle of water. Prices include tax and gratuity: Adults $19, Kids 4-12 $12, Kids under 4 free.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM CONCERT Electric Violin Extravaganza: L1 R1 R2 LYONN LIEBERMAN[EV] A. REINER[EV] DENINZON[EV] SILVERMAN[EV]

Here's a first for Fiddle Hell! At 15 minutes each, four genre-leading electric violinists unleash their instruments, effects, loopers, and spontaneous creativity for your listening pleasure. All are teaching at Fiddle Hell, so look for their workshops as well.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM DANCE Intro to Step Dancing for Beginners (Session 2): Dancers L1 R31 C. ROY[Step Dancer]

Just the basic step can get you through the whole party. Here's a follow-on session to try some more step dancing with Cindy Roy (Session 1 was Thursday at 8PM).

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Explore Jig Bowing on an Easy Jig from Maine: F L1 R4 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

Using "Little Burnt Potato," an easy tune to learn if you don't know it, George and Art will show you a few ways to make your jig bowing feel more comfortable, rhythmic and flowing. 

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Franco-American Call & Response Tunes: F M C L2 R33 D. ROY[F]

Searching for the conversations in the melodies of tunes from the Franco-American tradition.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM How to Learn an Oldtime Fiddle Tune on the Fly for Banjo Players: B L2 R7 ROWELL[B]

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

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Old-time Fiddle Technique for Violinists & Violin Technique for Fiddlers: F L2 L3 R32 HYMAN[F]

Judy will teach a simple old-time 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).

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Cajun Fiddle Master Class: F L2 L3 L4 R6 REED[F]

When you play Cajun fiddle, rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic improvisation strategies can enhance your creative musicianship. The class will rotate among attendees (likely with different tunes and levels) so that Mitch can provide constructive feedback and suggestions. This might be just the thing to take your Cajun playing up a notch!

Friday 5:00-6:00PM JAM Favorite Tunes from Northern Week at Ashokan Camp: Any L3 R34 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P,G]

All instruments are welcome to jam with Jay and Molly on some well known contradance tunes and waltzes. Their Ashokan Music Camps are highly recommended!

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Workshop on Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo: B L3 R245 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. 

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Backing Up a Fiddler on Piano (Demo): Piano Demo L3 L4 R36 RANDALL[P] FERREL[F]

Says Frank - "Janine is the 'real deal.' Her mother played with all the greats from Cape Breton and the Maritimes. Her home growing up was a hotbed of house parties which is where I first met her years ago. She has absorbed the style, the feel and the Gaelic in the tunes and what is required to elevate the music and the player."

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Learn a Tune from Jenna's Woven CD: F L3 R345 MOYNIHAN[F]

Learn Jenna’s tune “The Night We Had The Bears” (reel). Written in honor of some very bold and inquisitive bears encountered in Saskatchewan. It’s the last tune on the last track of her album Woven.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM The Dark Art of Singing with the Fiddle in Harmony: V F L3 R8 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.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Learn Two High-Energy Irish Barndances from Fódhla: F M C L4 R247 KLEIN[F]

Learn "Jimmy Duffy's Favorite" and "Napoleon's Charge." Barndances are a great relic of Irish musical history, and are also fun, accessible, easy tunes to learn. Fódhla is a trio with fiddler Ellery Klein, flute player Nicole Rabata, and guitarist Bethany Waickman; they bring high energy and stellar artistry to traditional Irish melodies.

Friday DRINKS: Beer, soft drinks, & liquor are available in Lower Hallway 6PM-11PM

Avoid the line at Old Joe Clark's Pub. Beer, soft drinks, and various types of liquor are available to go in the Lower Hallway (outside the Registration Room). Age 21 and older for beer and liquor, obviously. No outside alcohol is allowed to be brought into or consumed in public areas of the hotel.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM DROP-IN Fiddle Technique - Bring Your Questions for Answers and Discussion: F L1 L2 R353 SCANLON[F]

This drop-in session is especially for beginners and low intermediates on fiddle. Bring Oliver your questions on left hand, right hand, bowing, intonation, rhythm, and styles from New England to Oldtime to more. Drop in for a little while or stay for the hour to learn.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Intro to Cello Groove: C F5 L1 R6 ADAMS[C]

The cello was built to be an accompaniment instrument, and it's a role we cellists adore. Welcome to the foundations of cello groove! We will explore rhythm strategies and bow patterns to effectively back up a melody instrument. Techniques learned in this class can be applied to playing melodies as well. 5 string fiddles are welcome.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM CANCELLED Singing for the Joy of It: V L1 L2 R34 BURKE[V]

Sorry, Susie's ill today and this session is CANCELLED.

The title sums it up — joyful singing for all! We will learn a few quick and useful vocal warm-ups and then learn songs on the fly — rounds, call and response, and chorus songs. Maybe singing is your main thing, or maybe you want a break from playing tunes. Come along.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Stringin’ the Blues: The Art, the History, the Techniques for Soloing: Any L2 R37 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.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM How to Read Chord Charts & Lead Sheets: F C Any L2 L3 R245 DENINZON[F]

As a musician on any instrument, you may encounter chord charts and lead sheets at gigs and recording sessions. These require you to sight-read the harmonies written ABOVE the notes and come up with your own parts, without relying solely on written notes. This class demonstrates incremental practice techniques to develop this skill.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Four Useful Licks and How to Use Them: F C M L2 R8 CARLSON[F] HARTY[G,V]

We'll help you make the connection between chords and "licks" (short, tasteful sequences of notes). Then we'll show how to expand the licks. If you have taken a similar workshop before, there is more to learn and practice! 

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Getting Into the Bluegrass Mandolin Style of Bill Monroe: M L2 L3 R345 BROWN[M] DILLON[G]

Learn from a great player who himself learned directly from Bill Monroe. Dave Dillon will back up on guitar - he played with Joe Val for many years. You can hear more of Richie and Dave on the Mandolin/Guitar Summit Concert on Saturday morning at 11AM, and there's a more advanced workshop Saturday at 3:30PM.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM JAM Easy Oldtime Jam with The Mountain Drifters: Trad L2 R1 R2 MOLSKY[F] DE GROOT[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.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM KIDS Fiddling with Rhythm Grooves for Kids: F C L2 R7 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.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Learn a Fun Western Swing Tune: F M C L2 R31 HARGREAVES[F] RACOWSKY[G]

We will learn a tune by ear and explore some of the stylistic techniques that are unique to Texas Swing fiddle playing. Level L2 for technique and pace of workshop.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM GDAD-Tuned Instrument Chords and Backup Techniques: BZ TG OM L2 R349 COLLINS-HILL[TG] FOWLER[F]

Bring your bouzoukis, octave mandolins, tenor guitars, etc. We'll get anything tuned GDAD sounding sweet with left and right hand ideas. George will provide melodies, ably and Montvillently.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Whompin' Rhythm Chops for Strummers: Uke G M OM L2 L3 R247 BRYANT[Uke,G] TURNER[Harm]

The Whomp! is coming up at 9:30-11:00PM tonight. Simple and hypnotic tunes, played together in a Glowing Gathering of Groove. Get your rhythm chops ready for the Whomp! with the help of two seasoned Whompers.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Twin (Harmony) Fiddle Playing: F M C L2 R33 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.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM TEACHERS How to Teach Students to Play Faster and More Rhythmically: F C L2 L3 R346 FLAX[F]

How to eliminate “stumbling” or “stuttering” in your students' playing. A few simple practice techniques. Especially for teachers, but all are welcome. Rob will channel techniques from Pam Wiley, who wasn't able to attend FH.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM The Magic of Pentatonic Scales: Any L2 R36 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!

Friday 6:30-7:30PM JAM Bluegrass Fiddle Tunes: Trad F M G B L3 R32 D. REINER[F,M] M'GONIGLE[F] WILE[G,B]

BIg Sandy River? Lonesome Fiddle Blues? Alabama Jubilee? Soldier's Joy? Draggin' the Bow? Gold Rush? Road to Columbus? The list of great bluegrass fiddle tunes is long, but we only have an hour to jam on some of our favorites and yours. Dave and Patrick on fiddles, with Jerry on guitar and banjo.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Learn "Flowers of Edinburgh" (Scottish Reel from CTL) on Fiddle or Cello: F C L3 R3 BEATON[F] NEWTON[C]

Andrea will lead the fiddlers, and Abby, the cellists, in learning and ornamenting this beautiful and flowing traditional Scottish tune from our Common Tune List. First published in 1737, it's now played in many traditions. Some believe that the "flowers" in the title referred to the contents of chamber pots that the residents threw out tenement windows. Others don't.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Gypsy Jazz Guitar - Rhythm and Some Leads: G L3 L4 R347 PADILLA[G] J. ANICK[F]

Explore the fundamental gypsy jazz rhythm guitar styles: 1) le Pompe 2) gypsy Bossa 3) bolero 4) rhumba. Also learn some typical gypsy chord voicings, fills, and common solo licks.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Playing Cello in a Band: C L3 R35 JAMES[C] MARCH[F,Clar] SURETTE[G]

McKinley James plays cello with Night Tree and other bands. Using Irish tunes, she'll focus on the panoply of roles you can take as a cellist in a band, arranging and playing traditional and new material, or just improvising. Conveniently, Clayton and David provide the band. At 8PM tonight, you can hear McKinley with a  playing with her friends from Vermont for the Friday night dance.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fine Strathspeys from Scotland and Cape Breton: F L4 R4 HEELY[F]

Learn a few Strathspeys in the Scottish and Cape Breton style. Learn what makes them different and how they function in the dance.

Friday 7:30-8:00PM FLASH YODELING Intro to Yodeling: V L1 L2 L3 R247 KAUFMAN[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 7:30-8:00PM TEENS Teen Meetup On Friday Night (Ages 13-18 only): Any L1 L2 L3 L4 R8

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: R1 R2 EID-REINER[Caller] SCANLON[F] KAYNOR[F] JAMES[C] SUTHERLAND[P]

No dance experience necessary! All are welcome to dance or listen, with Eric Eid-Reiner calling easy contras. The splendid dance band is 2/3 of Pete's Posse, with Oliver Scanlon on fiddle and Pete Sutherland on piano, with added guests David Kaynor on fiddle and McKinley James on cello. (No sit-ins tonight; that will happen at the Saturday night dance.) 

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Learn "La Jarretière," an Easy March from Québec: F L1 R34 FAVREAU[F]

This is an easy march from Aimé Gagnon's repertoire. The tune will let us explore different approaches with the bow to give a different character and variations.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Alluring Australian Oldtime Tune: F M L2 R6 LUKAČKO[F]

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

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Basic Mandolin Technique Workshop: M L2 L3 R245 WATT[M]

Tony will review the most important aspects of intermediate mandolin technique, including lead playing with double stops for bluegrass and oldtime. He'll teach these techniques in the context of tunes or parts of tunes. This knowledge will apply to other related styles of music as well. 

Friday 8:00-9:00PM JAM Scottish Jam on Well-Known Tunes: Trad L2 L3 R31 E. Anderson[F] B. Anderson[C]

Elizabeth and Ben will keep this jam at an intermediate level, with well-known session tunes. They'll be on fiddle and cello, but any traditional instruments are welcome.  "They have taken the influence of people like Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas and really made their own mark on traditional music." - Brian O'Donovan, WGBH Radio.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Improvisation Masterclass: Feedback from Alex on Soloing: Any L2 L3 L4 R37 HARGREAVES[F] F. COHEN[G]

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 Alex can provide constructive feedback and suggestions. This might be just the thing to take your improv up a notch!

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Learn "Minor Swing" in Am (Gypsy Jazz from CTL): F M OM L3 R33 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 8:00-9:00PM Bluegrass / Country Fiddle on "I'm Crying My Heart Out Over You": F M L3 R36 CARLSON[F] ROBINSON[G]

Learn a classic break to a classic bluegrass / county song. Ellen will show you the subleties of bowing, double stops, slides, and blue notes. The musical ideas techniques here will carry over to other songs.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Learn a Classic Cajun Tune or Two from BeauSoleil: F M L3 R32 REED[F]

We will learn "News Reel" and "Je M’endors," two classic Cajun tunes. In addition to the melodies we will explore drones, and how to play second fiddle for a real Cajun sound. Mitch toured with BeauSoleil for many years.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Building Variations into Oldtime Banjo Tunes: B L4 R4 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 the Groove for All Instruments (Join JAM at Any Time; Goes 'Til 11PM): Any L2 R3 A. REINER[F,OM] ADAMS[C,B] MALONEY[F] TURNER[Harm] WYSLOUCH[G] KARLSON[Bass] BRYANT[G,U]

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 fourth time! 

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Easy Lap Dulcimer Workshop (Bring Dulcimer or Just Watch): Dulc L1 L2 R8 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. 

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Original Tunes - Bring Your Own for People to Hear or Play Along With: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 R35 MARCH[F]

If you’ve only written just one tune or dozens it can be hard getting your original work out there. This is your chance to share a tune you’ve composed. Bring along some copies so other can play along.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Québécois Song (and Foot) Workshop with Éric: V Feet L1 L2 L3 R4 FAVREAU[V,F]

Of course, you know Éric on the fiddle - did you know he's also a fine singer, with a repertoire of traditional Québécois songs? He says "I can mix this with foot tapping and the songs will be the most popular ones every Québécois knows, not specialized, no rare songs, no depressive, only happy, happy!"

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Ornamentation in Traditional Irish Tunes: F L2 R36 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 9:30-10:30PM JAM Western Swing Jam at Night: F M C G V L3 R7 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 Learn a Great Scottish Pipe Tune, “The Pompous Trousers”: F M C L3 R6 MOYNIHAN[F]

Learn a fine 3/2 Scottish pipe tune called “The Pompous Trousers” or “A' Bhriogais Uallach." The Battlefield Band was nominated for a music award in 2011 for their playing of this tune.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Unusual Swedish Rhythms: Finnskogspols: F F5 M C L4 R37 IEVINS[F]

If you've been lulled into thinking that Swedish tunes are mostly predictable, we have a surprise for you! Finnskogspols is a tradition (dance and its tunes) from the Sweden/Norway border with a highly entertaining asymmetric rhythm. We'll start with a famous tune called "Fanteladda."


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 bird sessions on Saturday, starting at 8:30AM.

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

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

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Sea Chantey Blast: V L1 L2 R4 BRYANT[V]

A sea chantey is a song with alternating solo and chorus, of a kind originally belted out by sailors while performing physical labor together. It's just the right thing for 11 at night - a sea chantey blast, led by Jerry. Just as sung at Andy and Joy's Rustic Roots camp, only the Westford Regency doesn't seem to allow campfires.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Guided Bluegrass Jam: Trad V L2 L3 R8 WATT[G,M,V] KARLSON[Bass,V]

Guided jam with songs – a little faster than earlier guided jams at Fiddle Hell. 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).

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Learn a Beautiful Scandinavian Wedding March: F M C L2 R7 VANDERSTEEL[F]

Wedding Marches are fantastic tunes for all occasions, not just weddings! Learn one or two of Mariel’s favorites. She lived in Norway while studying the hardingfele, and plays fiddle with various groups including Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers. 

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM An Oldtime Cross-Tuned Tommy Jarrell Tune: F C L3 R6 HYMAN[F] CLAUS[G]

The playing of North Carolina fiddler Tommy Jarrell (1901-1985) is revered by legions of oldtime musicians for its depth, rhythm, fluidity, expression, and ornamentation. After listening to some of his playing, we’ll learn a tune from his repertoire done Judy-style.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Irish Jam Session with Laurel and David: Trad L3 R36 MARTIN[F] SURETTE[G,M]

Laurel Martin's fiddle playing moves with the joyful, lilting rhythm and soulful nuance she hears in the music of Clare and East Galway. David will lay down a great foundation at this energetic late-night jam. 

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Improve Your Improv: Pentatonic Scales and More: Any L3 R35 FLAX[F,G]

Learning to improvise is like learning to speak a new language: it takes hundreds of hours to be fluent. Rob teaches the most essential words for any traveler: the pentatonic scale! Attendees  will play lots of licks using the pentatonic scale, then apply them over a two chord vamp. Now you can travel the world!


Official Jam Spots in the hallways are fine (not those near guest rooms) and the following rooms are open all night for jamming: R4, R6, R7, R8, R35, and R36.
The sounds are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And tunes to go before I sleep, And tunes to go before I sleep.