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2019 Sunday

Sunday FOOD Hotel Breakfast Buffet in Stony Brook Café 7AM-9:15AM Sunday

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


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 or women's tank ($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 6:15PM 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 will be making a new violin during Fiddle Hell. Magic Fluke will have their travel instruments to show today, and Dave Golber will have his Hardanger violins to show today.

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

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.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM DROP-IN Technical Help with Fingering: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 R8 B. COHEN[F]

Beth, a traditional fiddler in several styles and also a faculty member at Berklee School of Music, will address individual questions and concerns about left-hand technique.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Learn an Easy Scottish Waltz “Cille Pheadair”: F M L1 R6 MOYNIHAN[F]

Learn a short and lovely waltz called “Cille Pheadair” from the great Scottish musician, Allan MacDonald. A leading light on the Gaelic musical scene, Allan is a composer, musical director, piper, singer, workshop leader, and lecturer on Gaelic music.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM SING ALONG Appalachian Mountain Songs for Everyone: V Any(optional) L1 L2 L3 R4 L. HAMMOND[V,M] B. HAMMOND[G]

Start your last day at Fiddle Hell with some “little” songs that will last you forever. "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 An Easy East European Tune: F M C L2 R3 AISENBERG[F,M] FLAX[G]

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 “Mandilato (Kerchief Dance),” a beautiful Greek dance tune in 7/8.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Irish Mandolin Workshop - A Tune and Techniques: M OM L2 R7 CLANCY[M]

Rose will teach a three part jig, "The Humours of Ennistymon." We will review picking patterns and learn the technique and use of trebles and triplets. Rose encourages fiddlers who are interested in picking up the mandolin as a second instrument to explore this workshop.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM JAM Play Fun Tunes from the Maine Fiddle Camp: F M C G L2 R36 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.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM WARMUP DROP-IN Sunday 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 last day at Fiddle Hell by warming up your body and mind. 

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM JAM Easy Jam: Any V L1 R31 L. HAMMOND[LD,M] VANDERSTEEL[F] BRYAN[G]

Play easy tunes from the Common Tune List, and suggest other tunes that you like to play as well. This will be a relaxed and supportive morning jam, led by Lorraine on lap dulcimer and mandolin, Mariel on fiddle, and Art on guitar.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Piano Workshop (Demonstration): P Demo L1 L2 L3 L4 R36 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.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Learn a Bluesy Mandolin Tune: M OM L2 R247 UNGAR[M]

Learn a bluesy mandolin tune, with 3-note chords, and echo some bluesy lead licks.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Flatpicking Guitar Techniques: G L2 L3 R349 F. COHEN[G]

Learn to flatpick and ornament "The Longford Collector," as played long ago in a famous set of tunes by Irish fiddler Michael Coleman. You should be able to play a G major scale with alternate picking and have some experience with fiddle tunes. We’ll use a heavier pick for this class. Tablature and notation available.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM KIDS Even Kids Get the Blues Workshop: F M C G V L2 R8 FLAX[F,M,G] KARLSON[Bass]

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."

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Oldtime Fiddle Workshop on a Regional Tune: F L2 R3 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.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM The Basics of Bluegrass Mandolin: M L2 R353 COLLINS-HILL[M,G]

Learn to chop chords, hear chord progressions, and take solos ("breaks") on songs and tunes. There's an easy guided bluegrass jam coming up at 12:30PM today.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Play Through Some Irish Tunes Together at Moderate Pace (From CTL): Trad L2 R4 MARCH[F] SEFTON[G]

We'll play quite a few tunes on the Common Tune List, based on your requests. Possibilities include The Cliffs of Moher, Egan's Polka, Father Kelly's, Inisheer, The Merry Blacksmith, Swinging on a Gate, Brian Boru's March, Coleraine, Cooley's Reel, Cork HP, Julia Delaney's, Kesh Jig, Maid Behind the Bar, Ships Are Sailing, Swallowtail Jig, Ten-Penny Bit, and more.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Finding the Cello Groove when Backing Up Lead Instruments: C L2 L3 R35 JAMES[C] SCANLON[F,M]

At Friday night's contradance, you may have heard the wonderful effect of adding cello to a band (featuring both McKinley James and Oliver Scanlon). McKinley will teach several key techniques for cello backup in the context of tunes, aided by Oliver playing lead on fiddle and mandolin.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Seconding Cajun Tunes: F L2 R32 REED[F] KAMINSKY[F]

We will break down two easy tunes, a two-step called "Mon Vieux Wagon," and a waltz entitled "Madame Sosthene." Then we will focus on learning the traditional second fiddle parts, which are an important part of the Cajun fiddle sound.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM TEACHERS Vibrato from the Sound Up: F L2 L3 R7 B. COHEN[F]

Vibrato is a sound, not a motion. Most folks approach vibrato as a complicated and awkward movement of the left hand. When approached as a sound (which is the point), it becomes much easier. Especially for teachers, but all are welcome.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM So You Want to Make an Album: Any L2 L3 R37 SUTHERLAND[Producer]

Pete Sutherland has produced over 70 excellent recordings of traditional and contemporary acoustic music. In this workshop, new in 2019, he'll play a few recordings of artists he's produced, and offer  suggestions about planning to record.  In addition, Pete hopes to have a couple of live musicians at the workshop to critique from a producer's "live action" point of view. "If I were mixing an album, I'd get Pete Sutherland's ears" - Sing Out! magazine

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Play and Sing Along with Songs of the Carter Family: V Any or None L2 L3 R245 BURKE[V,G] SURETTE[M,G]

The Carter Family repertoire is one of the true touchstones of American roots music. Their music blends elements of folk, old-time, blues, and gospel music; come and play and sing some of them today with Susie and David!

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Oldtime Banjo Boot Camp 2: B L2 L3 L4 R345 COLLINS[B]

So you survived the first round of boot camp, eh? Come back for more! This is a no holds barred clawhammer banjo technique smackdown of truly epic proportions. Tom has a series of videos out on clawhammer banjo; check them out on Patreon.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM JAM New England Jam: Any L3 R1 R2 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 9:30-10:30AM Read Through a Few 18th Century Scottish and Irish Tunes: C F Trad Readers L3 R6 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 9:30-10:30AM Creating a Fiddle Solo: F M L3 R34 HARGREAVES[F] WATT[G,V]

Using melody-based improvisation to take solos on fiddle tunes and songs.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Learn a Fine Cape Breton Tune to Start Your Day: F M C L3 R33 BEATON[F]

The "King George V Strathspey" is commonly played after the very popular "King George IV." This is a 4 part strathspey with 4 parts and lots of Cape Breton grit.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Learn "Clinch Mountain Backstep" on Bluegrass Fiddle: F M L3 R347 CARLSON[F] ARKIN[B,G]

This instrumental was composed and popularized by banjo player Ralph Stanley, an icon among the first generation bluegrass musicians. The B part has an extra half measure for the 1 chord—just before the 5 chord. This tune is famous for this little “backstep,” and or little “hook” for this tune. Taught by Ellen with backup on guitar and bluegrass banjo (not simultaneously!) by Steve Arkin, who played banjo briefly with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Freestyle Fiddling: F L4 R346 MOYNIHAN[F]

Darol Anger calls Jenna “one of the best of the new generation of freestyle fiddlers." What does that mean? Jenna knows, Jenna shows, forget your woes.

Sunday FOOD Hotel Brunch Buffet in Lobby 10AM-2PM Sunday

Sumptuous brunch: cooked-to-order omelets and Belgian waffles; cheeses, smoked salmon and gulf shrimp; fresh tropical fruits; pastries; seafood and chicken entrees; carving stations; salads. Adults $28 + tax + gratuity; kids under 12 are $18 + tax + gratuity.

Sunday 10:30-11:00AM FLASH BOWING CodaBow Ambassadors Andy and Joy Show You Why: F C F5 R6 A. REINER[F] ADAMS[C]

CodaBow is a long-time sponsor of Fiddle Hell. Andy and Joy are both CodaBow Ambassadors, who delight in playing their CodaBows on mountain summits, while skiing, and everywhere, really. They'll play some fine tunes with their CodaBows, and finish with a group tune for all to join in.

Sunday 10:30-11:00AM FLASH VOCALS The Care and Feeding of Your Voice V L1 L2 L3 L4 R3 BURKE[V]

Good advice and fun warm-ups from Susie to keep the songs coming. 

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM DANCE Waltzes and Other 3/4 Tunes from Many Traditions: Dancers L2 L3 R1 R2 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P,G] NEWTON[C]

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 FOOD Quick Lunches, Snacks, and Coffee in Lower Hallway 11AM-4PM Sunday

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.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Cape Breton Bowing Workshop Including a Simple Tune: F L1 R31 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 "The Boy’s Lament for His Dragon."

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM DROP-IN Ask Flynn Your Questions on Guitar or Mandolin: G M L1 L2 L3 L4 R346 F. COHEN[G,M]

Drop in for a few minutes or stay for a while, relax and enjoy. Technique, style, chords, tone, backup, leads, and more. Flynn will help you out.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Improvisation Masterclass: Feedback from Andy on Soloing: Any L2 L3 L4 R6 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!

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM JAM Intermediate Klezmer Jam: Any L2 L3 R4 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 and freylich (=joyful) session! Handout of tunes provided. At 5PM today, Shana's teaching a Klezmer 201 workshop.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM KIDS The World of Irish Jigdom: F C M L2 L3 R7 HEELY[F]

Jiggity, jiggity, jig! Jigdom is such a wonderful place to be. Jigs feel great in the bow arm and are great for learning the Irish ornaments. We will listen to the jig style of several prominent performers, talk about bowings, and of course learn a jig!

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Intro to Jazz Mandolin Improvising: M OM L2 L3 R35 KILBURN[M] MOULTRUP[G]

Eric will feature tunes such as "Lady Be Good," "Body and Soul," and "Summertime" as he introduces you to to jazz mandolin improvising. Dave will provide an entire rhythm section.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM A Traditional Scottish Strathspey, "Highland Whiskey," on Fiddle or Cello: F C M L2 R36 E. ANDERSON[F] B. ANDERSON[C]

This traditional strathspey in A was written by Scottish fiddler Neil Gow (1727-1807), said to have been fond of a good "whisky." Elizabeth will teach fiddlers and Ben will lead cellists, and then we'll all play it together.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn a Lot From "You Are My Sunshine": Any L2 L3 R34 GLASER[F]

Let’s all play this beautiful old song as a way to learn some harmony, voice leading, ear training, tune writing and chops development! Matt Glaser will give you a whole bunch of stuff to work on, as well as telling a few jokes along the way - open to all instruments!

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Yoga for Musicians 2: Any L2 L3 R8 MORAHN[Yoga]

Learn to listen to and with your whole body, not just your ears! A gentle, musician-centered class, w/focus on breath, philosophy, mindfulness, alignment and inward self-awareness, bringing these practices from the mat to our music. Bring a mat or towel if you have one. Participants (not Fiddle Hell) are responsible for their own well-being in this yoga session and must fill out a short waiver upon arrival to class.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Intro to Métis Fiddling: F L3 R32 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.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn a Texas Style Old Time Fiddle Tune: F L3 R245 HARGREAVES[F] RACOWSKY[G]

Texas traditional oldtime fiddle style evolved from great Texans like Benny Thomasson, who took the old tunes and "reworked them" adding variations and more parts, using a smooth bow but with some syncopation. Improvisations are around the melody. Tune from Alex on fiddle, "sock" guitar backup by Marshall.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Right Hand Rhythms to Make Your Mandolin Playing Sparkle: M L3 R33 SURETTE[M]

We will work on some exercises, grooves, and patterns to help rhythmize your playing. We will look at chord strumming, double stops, and single note melodic playing, and also work on incorporating these into tunes.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Applying Clawhammer Techniques to Real Tunes: B L3 R345 COLLINS[B]

This class is a study of the big families of clawhammer techniques and how they apply to tunes. We’ll examine the peculiarities of clawhammer, and look at how they function in a musical setting.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Get Wild - Shredding on Your Guitar: G L3 L4 R247 WYSLOUCH[G] KARLSON[Bass]

Officially, shredding is a virtuoso lead solo playing style. Unofficially, it's about having some crazy fun with your instrument. We'll explore ways to unlock your melodic potential and turn the scales and chords you’ve been practicing mechanically into REAL MUSIC with a side of crazy fun! Foundation by Brittany.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM CONCERT Cello World: R1 R2 JAMES[C] NEWTON[C] ADAMS[C]

Luxuriate in the deep, expressive, and moving sound of the cello at our first-ever Fiddle Hell cello concert! Three great cellists, solo or with backup musicians, will take you through a panoply of styles - Northern, Irish, Scottish, Oldtime, World, and more.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Scottish Fiddling for Beginners with "My Love She's But a Lassie Yet": F L1 R33 MCOWEN[F]

Try your mettle with this well-known Robert Burns song, which can also do triple duty as a pipe hornpipe or a march. We'll look at the structure of the tune, and incorporate scales, octaves, triads and broken 3rds into our learning by ear. Barbara McOwen has both a long history and a gentle touch in teaching beginners to play Scottish fiddle in the Boston area. 

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Learn Beautiful Irish Air "Inisheer" (From CTL): F M L1 L2 R34 MARCH[F]

This well-known tune (from our Common Tune List) was written by Thomas Walsh in the '70's, after spending three weeks on the island of Inis Oírr off Ireland. Right after he returned to the mainland, he wrote the tune, "... dreaming of what I had left behind, and the peace and tranquility it gave me."

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM JAM Easy Guided Bluegrass Jam with Tony & Brittany: Trad V L2 R245 WATT[G,V] KARLSON[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).

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Norwegian Hardingfele (Hardanger Fiddle) - Bring Yours, Try Mariel's, or Just Listen: Hardanger L2 L3 R35 VANDERSTEEL[HF]

Originally used to play the music of Norway, the Hardingfele is a highly decorated instrument with inlays, carvings, and ink decorations. It has 4 playable strings on top of the bridge, and 4 or 5 more that resonate along. The instrument can be used for dancing or listening. Bring yours if you have one, try Mariel's (she's okay with that), or just listen. Look for Dave Golber's Hardingfeles in the main hallway today.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM KIDS How to Improvise: F L2 R8 SCHALLERT[F]

Kids, using the knowledge you have -- without having to learn a new skill -- how do you improvise? Mary has a simple but effective way for you to take a lead in a tune or song, even if you're playing it for the first time. That can make you sound like the musical genius that you are.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Southern Oldtime Bowing & Rhythms: F L2 R247 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.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Hammered Dulcimer - Next Steps: Hammered Dulcimer L2 L3 R7 NEIMAN[HD]

Levels L2-L3 will take you into some more advanced tunes and techniques on HD - the "next steps!" Bring your HD, although Dave Nieman may have one or two along to share. Looking back on Friday at 3:30PM, Dave is teaching HD 101 at L1 for beginners. And at 3:30PM today, Dave and Alan Kaufman perform in the Duos with Daves concert.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM TEACHERS Out of First Position - Shifting: F L2 L3 R4 FLAX[F]

There’s more to the violin than first position! Find out easy ways to access “other positions” and explore new territory. Especially for teachers, but all are welcome.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Shape Note Singing Session: V L2 R6 SUTHERLAND[V]

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Texas Swing Guitar to Back Up Fiddle Tunes: G L3 L4 R37 RACOWSKY[G] SCHATZ[F]

Transform simple chord progressions into more complex ones that still fit the fiddle tune melody. Chords change twice a measure, with a walking bass line, closed position chords; passing, extended and altered chords. Perfect for Texas tunes! Marshall’s the master and he’ll show you step-by-step in a common key or two, with Art playing lead.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Learn "Goin' to the Barndance" from Fiddle Fever: F M L3 R31 GLASER[F] UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G]

Fiddle Fever was one of the most eclectic groups in string band history. Paced by the three fiddles of Matt Glaser, Jay Ungar, and Evan Stover, the guitar flatpicking of Russ Barenberg, and the upright bass playing of Molly Mason, the quintet incorporated everything from bluegrass and traditional folk music to Cajun two-steps and Western swing. Three of them are here today to teach you this tune, also known as "Fireman's Reel."

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Minor Scale Jazz Improv for Swing Mandolin: M OM L3 L4 R346 KILBURN[M] MOULTRUP[G]

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Learn a Crooked Québecois Tune "William Gagnon Reel": F M L4 R36 FAVREAU[F]

William Gagnon (1901-1979) was a fiddler, step-dancer and carpenter from Jonquière-Nord, near Chicoutimi. Éric says: "Each tune I heard from him was unique and unpredictable in form, repetitions and variations. A sublime player. This tune is crooked. For those who like this, you are served!"

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Learn Two of Laurel's Favorites from the Forget Me Not Collection (Irish): F L4 R345 MARTIN[F]

Seamus Connolly, a 10-time All-Ireland fiddle champion from County Clare, and Laurel Martin, a former prize pupil of Séamus and a highly respected teacher of Irish fiddling herself, have made Irish music thoroughly accessible to beginners and more advanced players alike in Forget Me Not: 50 Memorable Traditional Irish Tunes. Tunes are in both basic and more ornamented versions.

Sunday 1:35-1:55PM FLASH MARCH "Bonaparte & Moscow" (From CTL): Any (or just march along) L2 L3 R3 KAYNOR[F] VANDERSTEEL[F] ROBINSON[G]

Meet in Room 3. March to Lobby playing "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" in the key of D. March back playing "Trip to Moscow" in the key of Gm, by Ian Ball.  Both are on the Common Tune List (CTL).

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Easy Cajun Fiddle Workshop on "Devil on the Bayou": F C L1 R37 C. MASON[F] ARKIN [G]

Early Cajun music was all about the fiddle. There was no accordion nor guitar. These early tunes are sprightly, haunting and often quirky and involve twin fiddles. Cathy will teach "Devil on the Bayou," a haunting and fun tune as well as a seconding (back-up) part so students can trade leading and backing up.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Cool Secrets of Backing Up a Singer: F M C L1 L2 L3 R4 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.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Fun New England Tunes: F C L1 L2 R35 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM DROP-IN Ask Autumn Rose about Fiddle/Violin Technique: F L1 L2 L3 R349 LESTER[F]

Right hand, left hand, posture, stylistic techniques, bowing, and more. Bring your questions on this last day of Fiddle Hell. 

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Quintessential New England Jam: Any L2 R6 KAYNOR[F] BRYAN[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 Art, having great fun with classic tunes.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Mandolin for Fiddle Players (Bring Mandolin): M L2 R8 SURETTE[M]

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Learn "Reel de la Brouette," a Favorite Reel from Québec: F L2 R346 FAVREAU[F]

A nice and simple tune to do a introduction in the world of accentuation, rhythm patterns, and floating bowing. Look ahead to the Québécois jam at 5PM today.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Five-String Fiddle Workshop F5 L2 R353 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. Helpful handout, too. If you don't have a five-string, come to listen and maybe get a chance to try one out.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Bill Stepp's "Ways of the World" in Cross Tuning: F L3 R31 MOLSKY[F]

The source for modern versions of this tune is Magoffin County, Kentucky, fiddler William Hamilton Stepp (1875-1947),  recorded by Elizabeth and Alan Lomax for Library of Congress in 1937. BTW, Stepp was also the source for the version of "Bonaparte's Retreat" that Aaron Copeland used in "Hoedown" in his ballet Rodeo.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Intro to Comping on Jazz Guitar: G L3 R347 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 2:00-3:00PM JAM No Holds Barred Oldtime Jam: Trad L3 L4 R245 A. REINER[F] ADAMS[C,B] KAUFMAN[G]

Pull those chairs in until you're knee to knee, change keys once in a while, and you're off. Shakin' Off the Acorns? Chinquapin Hunting? Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom? Benton's Dream? Forked Deer? Grasshopper on the Fiddle Case?

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Traditional Scottish Session: Trad L3 R34 MCOWEN[F] EID-REINER[P]

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Play Through Original Tunes with Jay & Molly: Any L3 L4 R1 R2 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P,G]

Ashokan Farewell, Lover's Waltz, Wizard's Walk, The Love of My Life, Popcorn Behavior, and more. Fantastic tunes from great composers! 

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a Traditional Creole Tune from the Playing of Canray Fontenot: F L3 R345 REED[F]

Starting with a medley called "Canray’s One-Steps," we'll include ornaments, slides, drones, and the chords. The Creole fiddle, and its contemporary moniker zydeco fiddle, arrived in South Louisiana in the seventeenth century, coming ashore with French-speaking Africans from Saint-Domingue, now Haiti.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Irish Hop Jigs with Groove: F M C L3 R7 HEELY[F]

These types of Irish jigs are not played that often, but the groove they have is just addicting! Come learn a few amazingly fun hop jigs.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM A Favorite Tune from Pete's Posse: F M L4 R32 SUTHERLAND[F] SCANLON[M,F]

Pete's Posse has twin fiddles (Pete and Oliver) in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies. You can bet that one of their favorite tunes will be mighty fine! Did you hear them play at the Friday night dance?

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Cape Breton Set Workshop (March to Strathspey to Reel): F L4 R36 BEATON[F] RANDALL[P]

We’ll start with a Cape Breton setting of the march "Space Available," and then go into the Cape Breton settings of "Moxham Castle" strathspey and "Glasgow Session" reel. The excitement ratchets up as the tempo increases. 

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Harmony/Voice Leading: F M C L4 R247 HARGREAVES[F]

Using harmony (chords) to help us improvise melodically. We will also work on diatonic harmony and the dominant 7 cycle.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Oldtime C Tunes on Mandolin "Farewell Trion" & "East Tennessee Blues": M L4 R33 COLLINS-HILL[M] F. COHEN[G]

There is a great world of old time tunes in the key of C waiting to be explored. Come dive in and learn two of the best.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a Fine Round Peak Tune, "Rye Straw": B L4 R3 COLLINS[B]

Learn this 3-part tune played by the Round Peak masters. Tom will first teach the tune, and then show you what the tune can teach you about Round Peak style in particular and excellent clawhammer technique in general. By ear, tab provided.

Sunday 3:00-3:30PM FLASH MOB Running Sound Systems 101: Any L1 L2 R3 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 if there's time. A more advanced version is offered as a full session by Colin McKinley at 6:30PM on Thursday.

Sunday 3:00-3:30PM FLASH SING ALONG Stephen Foster Songs: V L1 L2 L3 R32 M. MASON[V,G], UNGAR[F]

Known as the "father of American popular music," Stephen Foster (1826-1864) made his living by selling his sheet music in the days before records and radio. During his career, Foster penned over 200 songs, including the lyrics for "Oh! Susanna," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," "Camptown Races" and "My Old Kentucky Home." Many are popular to this day, although some songs contained hateful racial lyrics that are never sung today.


This 3-part concert features Swedish tunes from lydia ievins and David Kaynor, then Northern and Celtic tunes from David Surette and Susie Burke, and finally oldtime and New England tunes from Alan Kaufman and Dave Neiman. Relax and enjoy this last concert of Fiddle Hell.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Very Easy Oldtime Fiddle Workshop: F L1 R31 Bruce Molsky [F]

If you’re new to oldtime fiddling, or newish to the fiddle, Bruce will lead you through the basics, including what to listen for and how to find your way into a simple tune. FYI, at 8PM tonight, Bruce Molsky will perform at Club Passim in Cambridge.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Learn an Easy Cajun Two-Step Including Seconding: F L1 R32 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.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Deceptively Simple: Bringing Irish Trad Tunes to Life: F L2 R4 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.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM The Beauty of the Slow Air: F L2 R8 HEELY[F]

How do you make your slow tunes gorgeous and haunting? Learn the practice techniques to develop tone and control over dynamics and phrasing to make your Slow Airs legendary. We will study different instruments like the voice and the pipes and learn how to incorporate those elements on the fiddle.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Sing with the Banjo "Stay All Night": V B L2 R35 COLLINS[B]

As a culmination of all of your hard work, Tom will show you how to put it all together in this Round Peak classic: “Stay All Night”. By ear, tab provided.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Beginning Bass Runs on Guitar: G L2 R34 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.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Cajun House Party: F M C G Bass V L3 R7 C. MASON[F] HARTY[G] KARLSON[Bass]

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM KIDS Amazing Kids' Session: Any L3 R37 ADAMS[C,F,B,V]

Learn to play "The Wren," a moody groovy Breton dance tune also known as "An Dro."

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Learn "Big John McNeill" (Scottish Reel from CTL): F L3 R36 BEATON[F]

Some think "Big John McNeill" came about to distinguish this tune (with 8 bar parts) from Peter Milne’s original "John McNeill’s Reel." John McNeill was a famous Highland dancer at the turn of the 20th century, who "...threw a fine leg!” A great tune, once in a while played with a mischievous chromatic ending.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Learn "St. Anne's Reel" on Fiddle or Cello (Canadian Tune from CTL): F C M L3 R6 SCHNECKENBURGER[F] JAMES[C]

A fine New England tune from our Common Tune List, perfect for listening or dancing. Lissa will teach fiddles and mandolins; McKinley, cellos.  Then, we'll arrange the tune and play it all together.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Double Stops on Fiddle: F L4 R33 HARGREAVES[F]

Application of diatonic and dominant harmony on the fiddle. All genres welcome. L4 session, advanced, fast paced, and very helpful.

Sunday FOOD and DRINK at Old Joe Clark's Pub 4PM-10PM Sunday

Hungry? Thirsty? Food and drinks available at Old Joe Clark's Pub off the Lobby. Limited menu for Fiddle Hell, leisurely paced.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Konnakol - The Alluring Art of South Indian Spoken Percussion: V L1 L2 L3 R35 FLAX[V]

India is home to the most advanced rhythmic system ever created by humans. In this class we’ll scratch the surface of “konnokol,” aka rhythmic solfege, and learn to apply the basics to fiddle rhythms and more. You’d be amazed how useful this is for your grooving!

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Norwegian Fiddling 101: F L2 R37 VANDERSTEEL[F,Hardanger]

It's not too late! 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.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Learn One of McKinley's Favorite Irish Tunes on Cello: C L2 L3 R8 JAMES[C] F. COHEN[G]

Learn "Boy in the Boat," a wonderful Irish reel which sounds great on the cello.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Inventive Advanced Bass Runs on the Guitar: G L3 L4 R4 WYSLOUCH[G]

Take your bass runs to the next level. Surprise yourself and those around you with inventive new ways to get from chord X to chord Y. This will change your life! Basic knowledge of playing single note lines and scales on the guitar assumed.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM JAM Last Québécois Session at Fiddle Hell: Trad L3 L4 R6 FAVREAU[F] COLLINS-HILL[TG]

This happened informally two years ago in the lower hallway, with great happiness and excitement. So we made it official. Éric Favreau will lead, and the betting is that Oliver Scanlon will sit in for all or part of this Québécois farewell to Fiddle Hell for another year.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM JAM Last Up-To-Speed Irish Jam: Trad L3 R1 R2 A. REINER [F,OM]

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM JAM The Last Bluegrass and Western Swing Jam at Fiddle Hell: Any L3 R7 HARTY[G,V] SCHATZ[F,V]

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Klezmer 201 - Going Beyond the Basics: Any L3 R31 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. To bring FH to a dynamic close, we’ll learn an exciting tune, “Goldenshteyn’s Bulgar,” from the repertoire of Romanian-born klezmer musician German Goldenshteyn. 

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Waltz Playalong 3 of 3 Music Provided: Any L3 R36 ALESSIO[F] KAYNOR[G]

A warm, welcoming, waltz wonderland to close off Fiddle Hell. Read the music or play by ear to drift along through a 3/4 landscape for an hour. Actual waltzers welcome.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM A Cajun Reel from Dennis McGee: F M L3 R33 REED[F]

We will learn "Reel de DesHotels" including ornaments, slides, drones, and the chords. Master Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee (1893-1989) started playing at 14 and was playing for dances within 6 months. 


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

Plan ahead for Fiddle Hell next year! It'll be on Nov 5-8, 2020.