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Schedule

Friday 11:00AM REGISTRATION OPENS Arthur Smith Room 5

Fiddle Hell On-Site Registration Opens. Go to the Registration Desk in the Arthur Smith Room 5 near the right front entrance of the Westford Regency Inn. Sign in, get a stylish wristband and nametag, pick up a Program Brochure, perhaps buy a newly-designed T-shirt ($15 or 2 for $25). Then, look for your fellow fiddlers; cellists; and mandolin, guitar, and banjo players everywhere around you. Saturday and weekend registrations include the Saturday night concert and dance for free.

T-shirts, instructors' CDs and books, and Andy's clocks are also in the Arthur Smith Room 5, which closes at 10:40PM Friday.
Carriage House Violins (Johnson String Instrument) will have fiddles, bows, strings and accessories, and Justin will be able to perform minor set-up work for you (during the day).
Jon Cooper will have splendid violins to show.

Friday FOOD Quick Lunches, Snacks, and Coffee in Lower Hallway 11:00AM-6:30PM

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

Friday 11:30AM-12:15PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin WARMUP DROP IN First Thing Friday Warmup: Scales, Fingers, Bow, Head & Body 0 All Levels Mellie Dunham Room 1 Ellen Carlson (fiddle)

Get ready for the first day at Fiddle Hell by warming up your body and mind.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn a Simple Cape Breton Jig with Bowing and a Few Ornaments 1 Beg Mellie Dunham Room 1 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

Andrea says: "We’ll learn "The Stool of Repentence" and work on the Cape Breton jig dance rhythm. Written by Niel Gow, this is widely played in Cape Breton as well as Scotland." Fiddle Hell is delighted to have Andrea back for her third year.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Southern Fiddle My Way on Friday 1 Beg Julia Clifford Room 34 Pete Sutherland (fiddle)

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument Gentle Welcome Jam 1 Beg Sarah Armstrong Room 36 David Kaynor (fiddle, guitar)

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Mandolin Picking Techniques for Mandolin 1 Beg 2 Low Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Rob Flax (mandolin)

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle DROP IN Beginner's Help on Fiddle with Julie 1 Beg 2 Low Int Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Julie Metcalf (fiddle)

Right hand, left hand, intonation, tone, tunes, and more (drop in for just a few minutes or stay the whole time).

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Basic Bowing Technique with Pam 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Pam Wiley (fiddle)

Pam will help you control the bow with your right arm (larger muscles) rather than your hand for better tone and smoother playing. She has been a symphony player for 28 years, a well known Suzuki teacher for 40 years, and an avid back-porch fiddler since the early 70s. She founded and directed the first American Music Camp (first as "O'Connor Method Camp") in SC; it's now in its 6th year. Pam's a great new addition to Fiddle Hell!

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Banjo Oldtime Banjo Workshop to Learn Wilson Douglas's "Stoney Point" 2 Low Int Dock Boggs Room 347 Allison de Groot (banjo)

We will learn a crooked version of Stoney Point from West Virginian fiddler Wilson Douglas. We will learn the tune by ear, but tablature will be provided and bring a recording device (mp3 recorder, smartphone, iPad, or other). Look for Allison's CDs in the FH store, with the Goodbye Girls and with Molsky's Mountain Drifters.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument How to Participate in a Jam Session 2 Low Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Cathy Mason (fiddle) & Tim Rowell (banjo) & Art Bryan (guitar)

Cathy will teach effective social and musical jam participation strategies. Learn how to play along with tunes you've never played before and make friends at the same time. Tim and Cathy co-lead monthly jam sessions and often perform together.  Check out their CD with The Hi-Tone Ramblers in the FH Store. Also, check out Fiddle Hell's Jamming Guidelines.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Great But Little-Known Shetland Tunes 2 Low Int Bob Wills Room 35 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Nice Québecois Tune "La Clog de Pariseau" 2 Low Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

Begin your weekend with a nice Québecois tune from the repertoire of Alfred Montmarquette, known for his dashing style. Clog de Pariseau is a tribute to Albert's friend - accordionist Louis-Philippe Pariseau. Éric is a super player and a fun teacher.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Cello Practical Tips to Refine Your Sound 2 Low Int Don Messer Room 4 Gretchen Koehler (fiddle)

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle NEW 52 Learn "Cutting Ferns" (Scottish Strathspey from the New 52) 2 Low Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Hanneke Cassel (fiddle)

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Guitar Beginning Bass Runs on the Guitar 2 Low Int Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Gutsy Irish Tune with Ornaments 2 Low Int Jean Carignan Room 2 Tom Morley (fiddle)

Tom Morley (fiddle) - Tom has a real talent for communicating the ideas and techniques behind traditional Irish melodies.  Dig in to a jig, "The Price of My Pig," and a reel, "Shannon Breeze" if time permits.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument Welcome Multi-Style Jam 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Andy Reiner (fiddle), Joy Adams (cello, banjo), Mali Obomsawin (bass)

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn a New Favorite Keith Murphy Tune for Contra Dancing 3 High Int Vassar Clements Room 391 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

Keith Murphy is a great guitar, mandolin, and keyboard player, who is married to Becky Tracy. Says Becky: "Many of Keith’s new reels this past year have a driving and quirky quality. We’ll learn one of those." Look for Becky's solo and band CDs in the FH store.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Learn a Great Irish Reel 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Duncan Wickel (fiddle)

We're not sure just what tune Duncan will teach. Here he is playing a jig and a reel in the Under-18 Fiddle competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2006. Did you know that Duncan also plays the uilleann pipes?

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Guitar Irish Guitar Workshop 3 High Int Dewey Balfa Room 392 Flynn Cohen (guitar)

Flynn will cover both lead and backup playing. He's "… an extraordinary accompanist of traditional music" – John Whelan

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Mandolin, Fiddle Hot Techniques for Swing Mandolin 4 Adv Benny Thomasson Room 8 Jason Anick (mandolin) & Peter Anick (guitar)

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

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Learn a Challenging "Bazurka" Composed by Calvin Volrath and Gordon Stobbe 4 Adv Maybelle Carter Room 346 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

Calvin and Gordon are Canadian fiddling greats, who composed this tune in 1999. After Gordon wrote an "out of the box" A part in D minor, Calvin thought deeply and put together a matching B part in D major. They knew the result wasn't a jig or waltz or reel or even a clog. At the Emma Lake Fiddle Camp, someone excitedly called it a Mazurka and they were thrilled. After they played it on the evening concert, they were informed it was nothing like a Mazurka but more like a "Bazurka," and that became its lighthearted name.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Going Beyond Harvest Home - Advanced Hornpipes 4 Adv Jean Ritchie Room 389 Clayton March (fiddle)

Hornpipes just seem perfect to learn at the end of a long day at Fiddle Hell. Find a few kindred spirits and hang with Clayton for this workshop. He'll teach "The Stage" and if time permits, "The Autograph." The latter is often paired with the "Low Level Hornpipe."

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Easy Oldtime Fiddle Workshop on Friday 1 Beg Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Bruce Molsky (fiddle)

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. Bruce has a number of wonderful DVDs and CDs in the FH store.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello How to Learn Tunes by Ear Workshop with Dave 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Dave Reiner (fiddle)

Effective strategies and tips to make learning by ear easier, with time to try them out during the workshop.  This will help you at Fiddle Hell and for the rest of your life.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Introduction to Québecois Fiddle Style with “Le Reel du Gaucher” 1 Beg Jean Carignan Room 2 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

From the fiddler Henri Landry of Pontbriand, this is a nice reel with short phrases, interesting to play in different ways. Landry learned the tune - translated as "Left-Hander's Reel" - from a kindly, poor, eccentric old fiddler, Thomas "Quêteux" Pomerleau (according to Dance ce Soir, by Laurie Hart and Greg Sandell).  Éric's here all weekend to teach tunes in the French Canadian style of beauty, feeling, rhythm, and excitement.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Cello Beginning Cello Workshop 1 Beg Bill Monroe Room 345 Joy Adams (cello)

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

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle DROP IN Technical Help on Fiddle with Pam 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Pam Wiley (fiddle)

Pam is a wonderful and knowledgeable teacher of fiddle technique! Right hand, left hand, intonation, tone, vibrato (drop in for just a few minutes or stay the whole time).

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Beautiful Irish Jig 2 Low Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

Becky will teach "Paddy Taylor’s #1" in the key of D. We’ll take it slow and learn it in a simplified, beautiful way, and then add rolls. Becky studied Irish fiddling styles with Brendan Mulvihill and Eugene O’Donnell, and is a fantastic teacher.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Bowing Patterns & Rhythms That Bring Life to Appalachian Tunes 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Alan Kaufman (fiddle)

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

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Simple Cape Breton Waltz with Bowing and a Few Ornaments 2 Low Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

Andrea will show you "Mist Covered Mountains," a nice waltz commonly played in Cape Breton that may have came from a Gaelic Air. And of course, she'll help you make it sound Cape Breton-esque. Look for Andrea's CDs in the FH Store.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn an Easy Tune from The Connecticut River Valley 2 Low Int Bob Wills Room 35 David Kaynor (fiddle)

There's a rich heritage of tunes and contra dancing in this Valley, which covers parts of Western MA and southern VT. David hails from that area and will transport you there with an accessible tune from this fertile valley of the earth and mind.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn an Easy Mariachi Tune 2 Low Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Julie Metcalf (fiddle) & Marshall Racowsky (guitar)

We'll learn a charming Mariachi tune with harmonies. Mariachi originated in Guadalajara, in Jalisco, Mexico. Don't miss Julie's CDs in the FH store and Marshall's Fiddle Hell Chili recipe in the program booklet.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Ensemble Skills for Playing in Groups 2 Low Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Ron Grosslein (fiddle)

Do you enjoy playing with others?  Most of us do!  Ron will take you through a small set of important skills to make this easier for you and improve the ensemble sound at the same time.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Banjo How to Learn a Fiddle Tune on the Fly for Banjo Players 2 Low Int Vassar Clements Room 391 Tim Rowell (banjo)

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

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Fun Fiddle Tricks You Can Do 2 Low Int Dewey Balfa Room 392 Van Kaynor (fiddle)

Van will guide you through a fiddler's dozen (17) sounds and techniques, from ringing notes and virtual pitches through sirens, mosquitoes, geese, trains and more. 

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn Tunes from Canadian Masters Don Messer and Ward Allen 3 High Int Dock Boggs Room 347 George Fowler (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

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

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn "Minor Swing" in Am 3 High Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Jason Anick (fiddle) & Pete Anick (guitar)

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 by some mutual agreement the end is decided and the playout performed. Jason will show you the way. Don't forget to pick up your NEW 52 CDs in the FH store.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Learn a Contemporary Scottish Fiddle Tune 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Hanneke Cassel (fiddle)

The Scottish tradition is full of ancient tunes that echo over the centuries. But today's fiddlers are broadening that repertoire with contemporary tunes as well.  Learn a fine one!  Look for Hanneke's CDs in the FH store.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Voice The Dark Art of Singing with the Fiddle in Harmony 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Pete Sutherland (fiddle, vocals)

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. "[Pete's performances] shine with a pure spirit, which infuses every bit of his music and cannot fail to move all who hear him." - The American Festival of Fiddle Tunes.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Banjo Building Variations into Tunes on Oldtime Banjo 4 Adv Jean Ritchie Room 389 Allison de Groot (banjo)

This workshop will go over ways to build variations into tunes, sending you home with tools you can incorporate into any tune. It can be difficult to break away from a banjo arrangement in a jam and rely on muscle memory, so we will discuss how to break down a tune and then rebuild to make it more interesting. We will learn by ear, but tablature will be provided and bring a recording device.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Irish Fiddle Workshop with Amy 4 Adv Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Amy Beshara (fiddle)

In this advanced level class, we'll work on an Irish tune in a more challenging key, possibly including 3rd position. We'll take it deeper than just the notes, with suggested bowings and ornamentation that bring out the lilt and feel of Irish fiddling.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle NEW 52 Learn "Petronella," a Classic New England Tune 4 Adv Mellie Dunham Room 1 Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle)

The traditional music of New England can be as warm and comforting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as a summer thunderstorm. Lissa is a master of both moods; she'll teach "Petronella" (from her Dance CD, one of several in the FH store) and perhaps a second tune if time permits. With all the string crossings, it can be challenging to keep Petronella sounding clean and give it lift for the dancers. Bring your recorder.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Guitar and Fiddle Bungle Melodies Beautifully, Baby! 4 Adv Don Messer Room 4 Stash Wyslouch (guitar) & Duncan Wickel (fiddle)

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

Friday 3:30-4:30PM For All Listeners MINI CONCERT "Distinctive Fiddle Styles" 0 All Levels Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Amy Beshara (fiddle) & Frank Ferrel (fiddle) & Art Schatz (fiddle) / Marshall Racowsky (guitar)

Relax and enjoy some fine fiddling in Irish/Scottish, Down East, and Western Swing styles from three super fiddlers. 

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Cello Bow Chopping Workshop 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Andy Reiner (fiddle) & Joy Adams (cello, fiddle)

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

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello The Secrets of Backing Up a Singer 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Dave Reiner (fiddle) & Paul Harty (singer, guitar) & Cindy Eid (singer)

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. 

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle DROP IN Help for Beginning Fiddlers 1 Beg 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Gretchen Koehler (fiddle)

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

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Cello Slow Airs and Ornaments 2 Low Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Abby Newton (cello)

Slow airs are the heart of Scottish cello playing; slow, beautiful and soulful. Ornaments give character to the simple melody. We will discuss different possibilities while learning a short slow air. Look for Abby's books and CDs in the FH store.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Any traditional instrument Oldtime Jam - Somewhat S l o w 2 Low Int Don Messer Room 4 Alan Kaufman (fiddle) & Tim Rowell (banjo)

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 leads many local oldtime jams with high enjoyment levels; look for his new CD of original tunes in the FH store. Tim teaches banjo and plays with several local bands.  Alan and Tim promise this session will be somewhat s l o w. Really, they do.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Cello Cajun Fiddle Workshop on "Fi Fi Poncho" 2 Low Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Cathy Mason (fiddle), Steve Arkin (guitar)

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

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Mandolin Mandolin for Fiddle Players 2 Low Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Flynn Cohen (mandolin)

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

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle French Canadian Bowing 101 2 Low Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Don Roy (fiddle)

A big part of the rhythm and sound of French Canadian / Québecois / Franco American fiddling comes from the bowing.  Don, at Fiddle Hell for the first time, will lead you through these bowing techniques in the context of tunes.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn "Happy Hollow" in Cross-Tuning from the Oldtime Repertoire of Marcus Martin 2 Low Int Jean Carignan Room 2 Judy Hyman (fiddle)

From Macon County, North Carolina, Marcus Martin (1881-1974) was a masterful fiddler and ballad singer who learned much of his repertoire from his father, Rowan Martin. Known for his renditions of "Gray Eagle" and unusual tunes like "Lady Hamilton" and "Jenny Run Away in the Mud in the Night,” Marcus has been very influential for contemporary oldtime fiddlers. Judy will teach his “Happy Hollow” - a great, easy introduction to the world of alternate tunings and their blissful overtones. Mandolin players be careful: AEAC# (Calico) tuning may stress a mandolin if you have heavier gauge low strings.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Any Instrument It's a Blues Jam! 2 Low Int Dock Boggs Room 347 Rob Flax (fiddle, guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass)

Who says you have to wait until late at night for some 12-bar blues? 

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Bowing Secrets for an Oldtime Sound 3 High Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 Bruce Molsky (fiddle)

The bow is the engine that powers melody and phrasing in oldtime fiddling. Bruce will break down some specific bowings and show how they give tunes the unique oldtime feeling. "Molsky is easily one of the nation's most talented fiddlers...he transports you ... geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally" - Mother Jones.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle NEW 52 The Mechanics of Irish Ornamentation 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Clayton March (fiddle)

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

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Swedish Hambo Bowing Ideas and Rhythmic Nuances 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Van Kaynor (fiddle)

Van will get you bowing Swedish Hambo rhythm with open strings, then apply it to a simple tune. You will also be introduced to tapping your feet on beats 1 and 3 to make your hambos more danceable. (Hint: the beats are not an even three, so leave your metronomes off for this workshop!). Van plays with Ron Grosslein and Eric Eid-Reiner in The Moving Violations - look for their fine CD in the FH store.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn a Traditional Bluegrass Tune "Blackberry Blossom" 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & John Robinson (guitar)

Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & John Robinson (guitar) - This great tune comes up a lot in jams. Ellen will have a few variations and bluegrassy bowings to add once you know the basic tune. Dave Reiner plays some nice variations on this tune on the NEW 52 2-CD set.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin New Tunes from Scotland 4 Adv Julia Clifford Room 34 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

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

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Two Fantastic But Tricky Contra Dance Tunes 4 Adv Kenny Baker Room 32 Ron Grosslein (fiddle)

You might know Tommy's Tarbukas and Catharsis already, or will pick them up quickly. Ron will help you clean them up and be ready for prime time.

Friday FOOD and DRINK at Old Joe Clark's Pub 4PM-11PM Friday Old Joe Clark's Pub Room 9

Hungry? Thirsty? Food and drinks available at Old Joe Clark's Pub off the Lobby. Special menu for Fiddle Hell of relatively fast dishes.

Friday 4:30-5:00PM Any Instrument FLASH MOB Running Sound 101 0 All Levels Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Oliver Scanlon (sound engineer)

Microphones, mixer, speakers - what's it all about? Right after the mini-concert, Oliver will talk through a few of the basics.  We might use a volunteer instrumentalist or two to experiment on. A more advanced version offered at 3PM on Sunday.

Friday 4:30-5:00PM DANCE FLASH MOB Short Intro to Step Dancing for Beginners 1 Beg Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Cindy Roy (step dancer)

Just the basic step can get you through the whole party. Here's a quick chance to try some step dancing with Cindy Roy. Also offered Sunday at 3:00-3:30PM.

Friday 4:30-5:00PM Any Instrument FLASH MOB NEW 52 Gather to Play Crooked Stovepipe and Reel de Montréal 3 High Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 Frank Ferrel (fiddle), Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

From 4:40 to 4:50PM, Frank and Eric will host an up-to-speed playthrough of these two great dance tunes on the instrument of your choice. If you like, stick around for the New England jam that follows at 5PM.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Any Instrument The Nitty Gritty Details of Practicing to Improve 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Bill Monroe Room 345 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

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

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn an Easy Québecois Reel 1 Beg Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Don Roy (fiddle)

Don will teach an easy reel at a relaxed pace, including a few key bowings and ornaments. Don has been a pivotal member of many successful groups and now performs internationally with the Don Roy Ensemble. Did you know he makes fiddles and other stringed instruments?  Look for Don's CDs in the FH store.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Easy and Beautiful Gaelic Melodies from Scotland 1 Beg Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

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

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Cello DROP IN Cello Help and Workshop 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Joy Adams (cello)

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

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Ergonomic Fiddling and Technique 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Kenny Baker Room 32 Lissa Scheckenburger (fiddle)

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

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle An Introduction to Bluegrass Fiddling 2 Low Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Pete Anick (fiddle, vocals) & Tony Watt (guitar, vocals)

We’ll learn “Wheel Hoss,” a standard bluegrass fiddle tune in G, and talk about all the nuances which make it sound bluegrassy. In particular, we’ll work on some “longbowing” tricks that make it easier to play at a fast clip. Tony will anchor the rhythm - look for his guided bluegrass jams and workshops throughout the rest of the weekend. Trivia: Peter Anick and Dave Reiner have played in many bands together over the years, including Hot Off the Frets ("All the notes that fit, they play").  

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Oldtime Southern Jam with Molsky's Mountain Drifters 2 Low Int Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Bruce Molsky (fiddle) & Stash Wyslouch (guitar) & Allison De Groot (banjo)

Tunes will be at a moderate tempo and we’ll play each one for a while. Read more about Molsky's Mountain Drifters.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Any Instrument Intermediate New England Jam 2 Low Int 3 High Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 David Kaynor (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

Some easy tunes, some a touch harder.  Share, request, learn, listen, record, ENJOY! Both Eric and David have CDs and more in the FH store.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Oldtime Fiddle Technique for Violinists AND Violin Technique for Fiddlers 2 Low Int 3 High Int Don Messer Room 4 Judy Hyman (fiddle)

Judy will teach a simple oldtime tune and then use it to help violinists get a more fiddle-y sound and fiddlers to improve their violin technique. Along the way everyone will learn different perspectives on playing the instrument. Much of the workshop will be at a Low Intermediate level, and High Intermediates are also welcome (perhaps you've been playing New England style and are looking to sound more Southern). Judy plays with The Horse Flies, various fiddle bands, and has toured several times with pop singer Natalie Merchant.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle DROP IN Intermediate Fiddle Questions Answered 2 Low Int 3 High Int Vassar Clements Room 391 Julie Metcalf (fiddle)

You're not a beginner, but you might still have questions on fiddling technique involving bowing, left hand, intonation, tone, tunes, and techniques across multiple styles.  Drop in for just a few minutes or stay the whole time; Julie will make you welcome.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Deceptively Simple: Bringing Trad Irish Tunes to Life 2 Low Int Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

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. Says Fiddler Magazine about Laurel: "... a gift indeed. Straight-up trad in a Clare kind of way, and very well done."

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Mandolin What Can Fiddlers Learn from Playing Mandolin? 2 Low Int Jean Ritchie Room 389 Rob Flax (mandolin)

Bring a mandolin if you want to be hands-on. The violin and the mandolin are tuned the same  so anyone who knows how to play fiddle can learn to play mandolin too! Rob will lead you through the nuts and bolts of picking up a new instrument, including left and right hand technique (and what that will do for your violin playing!), various chord voicings, and a deeper look at how to groove (on both instruments!).

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Learn an Irish Reel as Played by Kevin Burke 2 Low Int Bob Wills Room 35 Tom Morley (fiddle)

Tom channels one of the most influential modern Irish fiddlers, who performed and recorded with The Bothy Band, Patrick Street, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival. He'll teach "The Glen of Aherlow," a reel also known as "Lafferty's," which starts with a distinctive three note phrase, repeated twice. Tom's own fiddling “evokes memories of players in the rich fiddling hotbed of western and northern counties in Ireland…” - Manus McGuire.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Techniques to Build Speed in Reels 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Van Kaynor (fiddle)

Van will guide you in how speed can be increased in a Reel that has runs of 16th notes. We will all play a small section of a tune with various different rhythms and with doubles, triples, and quadruples. The result: speed and clarity will increase, guaranteed!

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Cello DROP IN to Try Some Western Swing 2 Low Int Dewey Balfa Room 392 Art Schatz (fiddle) & Marshall Racowsky (guitar)

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

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Learn "Beans," a Two-Step Composed by Frank Ferrel 3 High Int Dock Boggs Room 347 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

Learn this new two-step composed for the North American Fiddler’s Hall of Fame this year by 2017 NAFHOF inductee and fine teacher Frank Ferrel. Look for Frank's books and CDs in the FH Store. "One of the finest masters of the genre" - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Cello One Melody: Five Styles 3 High Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Julie Lyonn Lieberman (fiddle)

Julie will take an Irish tune and convert it into Appalachian, rock, bluegrass, and Klezmer styles while teaching right- and left-hand techniques that help move the tune through those styles.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Oldtime Indiana Tunes from Lotus Dickey 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Pete Sutherland (fiddle)

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

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn Fundamental Gypsy Jazz Techniques 4 Adv Joe Venuti Room 31 Jason Anick (fiddle)

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 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Couple of Favorite Tunes from the Beaton and MacMaster Families of Mabou 4 Adv Julia Clifford Room 34 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

Says Andrea: "The Beaton tune will be "Ann MacQuarrie's Reel," written by my grandfather, Donald Angus Beaton. The MacMaster tune will be a jig that was played often by my uncle, Buddy MacMaster."  Andrea came down from Cape Breton just for the Fiddle Hell weekend; look for her solo CDs in the FH store.       

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Québecois Gaspésie Style Workshop on "Les Mouchoirs à Ti-Phonse" 4 Adv Jean Carignan Room 2 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

From Alphonse Cotnoir, a Franco-American fiddler from Manchester, NH. Exceptional and rare. It’s a family tune - Alphonse was the great uncle of Éric Favreau. "Mouchoirs" are "handkerchiefs." Éric plays with Tidal Wave and is a master instructor of traditional Québecois tunes and techniques. 

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Cello DROP IN Ask Abby Your Cello Questions 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Abby Newton (cello)

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 6:30-7:30PM Any Instruments Fiddle Tune Composition Lab 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Dock Boggs Room 347 Alan Kaufman (fiddle)

We'll listen to and analyze several classic "prototypes" of fiddle tunes, and dissect them into their component parts ("riffs").  As a group, we'll decide on a prototype to experiment with and collectively build the tune.  The goal is to help you with creating your own tunes.  Look for Alan's CDs in the FH store (including his recent one with original compositions).

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Banjo Getting Started on Oldtime Banjo 1 Beg Jean Ritchie Room 389 Allison de Groot (banjo)

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

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle DROP IN Help on Fiddle Technique on Friday 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int Dewey Balfa Room 392 Elaine Malkin (fiddle)

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

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle Explore Jig Bowing while Learning a Very Easy Jig from Maine 1 Beg Don Messer Room 4 George Fowler (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

Using “Munster Buttermilk,” a tune you may already know (but easy to learn if you don’t), we’ll show you a few ways to make your jig bowing feel more comfortable, rhythmic and flowing.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Mandolin Early American Mandolin Styles 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 August Watters (mandolin)

String band music, blues, introduction to Golden Era solo music too. Not for beginners, but pretty accessible, doesn’t require bluegrass or fiddle-tune technique.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Voice, Fiddle Calling for a Dance While Playing Fiddle 2 Low Int Jean Carignan Room 2 Doug Protsik (voice, fiddle)

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

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle Learn an Easy Northern Tune "Bay of Fundy" via Its Components & Bowing 2 Low Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

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. It's in D, with an ear-catching loop down to a C chord and back at the beginning of the A part. Frank is a fine teacher, recognized as a master player of Northern styles. 

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Blues Fiddle: From Its Roots through Today 2 Low Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Julie Lyonn Lieberman (fiddle)

Looking for a gentle entry point into improvisation through one of the first styles created in America? The blues packs an incredible array of possibilities into its 12-bar container, and has contributed elements to bluegrass, R&B, rock, boogie-woogie, swing and jazz. Julie will teach its chord form in 2 minutes or less (time her!) and preferred scale type (pentatonic). Then she'll focus on left- and right-hand techniques and approaches to improvisation. Julie will create a safe space for newbies through lots of group call and response and group soloing.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello NEW 52 Learn "Trip to Moscow" (a Northumbrian March) 2 Low Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Julie Metcalf (fiddle)

"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 definitely show up at the Whomp at 9:30PM tonight, and at the FLASH MARCH at 3:05PM Saturday. Have you bought the NEW 52 2-CD set yet in the FH store?

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Any Traditional Instrument Irish Really S l o w Jam 2 Low Int Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Tom Morley (fiddle) & Eamon Sefton (guitar)

Tom leads many slow jams, from Alabama to Ireland. Some common seisiún tunes, at a  s l o w pace. Look for Tom's Irish fiddle books and CDs, and Eamon's CD Bywater, in the FH store.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Any Traditional Instrument, Voice Guided Bluegrass Jam for Friday Night 2 Low Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Tony Watt (guitar, mandolin, vocals) & Ellen Carlson (fiddle, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass, vocals)

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

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Any Traditional Instrument No Holds Barred Oldtime Jam 3 High Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Andy Reiner (fiddle) & Tim Rowell (banjo) & Joy Adams (cello)

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?

Friday 6:30-7:30PM All Traditional Instruments French Canadian Jam Session 3 High Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 Becky Tracy (fiddle) & Cindy Roy (piano)

Bring your favorite French Canadian tunes to share, and Becky will share some of hers. Should be a rocking good time. 

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle Creative Bluegrass Fiddling 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Duncan Wickel (fiddle) & Flynn Cohen (guitar, vocals)

How do bluegrass fiddlers achieve a bluesy and exciting sound? Duncan will teach a spectrum of techniques in the context of bluegrass fiddle tunes and songs. Look for their recordings in the FH store.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Introduction to Galician Fiddle (Spanish Celtic tradition) 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Hanneke Cassel (fiddle)

We'll learn a muiñiera (a 6/8 dance tune) in this class, layering on traditional bagpipe harmonies and Galician rhythms as we learn a little bit about the music and dance of northern Spain. Isto debe ser divertido para todos!

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Fine Tune from a Young Vermont Fiddler 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Oliver Scanlon (fiddle)

Multi-instrumentalist Oliver Scanlon plays with Pete Sutherland in Pete's Posse and The Clayfoot Strutters, and has a long history of awesome fiddling.  At Fiddle Hell, he's happy to pass along that tradition to you, with a fine tune selected in real-time.  Look for Oliver's debut CD in the FH store; he's also essential to the Fiddle Hell sound crew.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Any Traditional Instrument Wild Cape Breton Jam 4 Adv Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Andrea Beaton (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

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

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn Two Great Hellish Tunes - "Hell Among the Yearlings" in D and "Hell Among the Moonshiners" in C 4 Adv Kenny Baker Room 32 Dave Reiner (fiddle) & John Robinson (guitar)

The oldtime HATY in D has two pleasing extra measures, although these can be dropped if you're playing for a dance.  The Texas tune HATM - in C, Cm, and G - is also called "Big Chief Sitting Bull" and ranges from spritely to dark to happy in its parts. 

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Beyond Ornaments: Melodic Variations in Irish Traditional Tunes 4 Adv Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

Perhaps you feel comfortable including ornaments and interesting bowing when you play traditional Irish tunes, but are looking for ways to make a tune your own? This is the class for you! We'll consider some of the conventions of variation in traditional Irish music, and then the class will work together to apply some variations to a traditional Irish reel, creating our own signature version of the tune.

Friday 7:30-8:00PM Any Instrument TEENS Teen Meetup on Friday Night (Ages 13-18 Only) Vassar Clements Room 391

Informally meet a few others your age at Fiddle Hell.  It's during a break, so you won't miss a workshop. There's another one on Saturday morning at 10:30.

Friday 7:30-8:00PM Any Treble Clef Readers FLASH MOB Read Through a Few Traditional Italian Tunes 3 High Int Jean Carignan Room 2 Bob Alessio (fiddle) & John Chambers (accordion)

Italian folk music is an important part of the country's musical heritage, and spans a diverse array of regional styles, instruments and dances. Sheet music will be provided at this very quick read-through. Bring a portable music stand if you have one.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM DANCE Easy Contra Dance with The Moving Violations Mellie Dunham Room 1 David Kaynor (caller) & The Moving Violations with Ron Grosslein (fiddle), Van Kaynor (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

No dance experience necessary!  All are welcome to dance or listen. The Moving Violations is (are?) a New England contra dance band with a playful, lawless energy that transcends borders of countries and encourages spontaneity and improvisation. The band features double fiddle harmonies and interaction! (No sit-ins tonight; that will happen at the Saturday night dance.)

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Fiddle DROP IN Help for Fiddlers with Rob 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int Dock Boggs Room 347 Rob Flax (fiddle)

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

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Mandolin DROP IN Help on Mandolin from Shana 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Bill Monroe Room 345 Shana Aisenberg (mandolin)

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

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Any Instrument Developing Melodic Variations 2 Low Int Don Messer Room 4 August Watters (mandolin)

Good for players who at least know their scales. August will use singing to get people to connect their ears to the melody on the fingerboard.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Fiddle Introduction to Métis Fiddling 2 Low Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Bruce Molsky (fiddle)

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.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Fiddle, Cello Slow Motion Irish Ornamentation 2 Low Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Gretchen Koehler (fiddle)

Ever wish you could slow down a player to see exactly what was happening during those lightening fast ornaments? Gretchen will break down a variety of left and right hand ornamentation, offering tips on speed & weight (bow/finger) during rolls, turns, flicks, cuts, grace notes, triplets and more. Check out Gretchen's CD "The Waxwing" (Irish Fiddle & Jazz Piano), featured on Thistle and Shamrock, Best New Sounds) at the FH Store. 

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Secrets for Improvising over Chords on Western Swing Tunes 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Art Schatz (fiddle) & Marshall Racowsky (guitar)

We'll use a few well known Western Swing songs to explore ideas for playing jazzy solos over the chord changes.  We'll start with a simple blues-based song to review basic swing chords and find interesting ways to move among them while soloing. Art and Marshall play together in the Beantown Buckaroos. Odd, since Marshall's a chili judge and there are no beans in contest chili - go figure.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Fiddle Learn Québecois "Reel de Gaspé" from Jean Carignan - Not the Usual One 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

Do you know le Reel de Gaspé, the standard reel in D? Now you will know another tune with the same name in G, but completely different, from the exceptional fiddler Jean Carignan. This is a fine tune in the Québecois tradition. Look for Eric's recordings and transcription book in the FH store.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Tunes from the Repertoire of Franco American Fiddler Louis Beaudoin 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Pete Sutherland (fiddle)

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

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Classic Bluegrass Break for "I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky" 3 High Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & John Robinson (guitar)

This is a classic tune, with a common approach to the break. Once you've learned it, you'll have some great licks to borrow for other breaks.  JR will hold down the rhythm.

Friday 9:00-9:30PM NEW 52 CD Release Party - You're Invited! Tommy Jarrell Room 3

Join the Reiner Family Band in celebrating the recent release of our "52 Traditional Tunes from Fiddle Hell, Vol. 2: Played Fast and Slow"! Champagne toast (or soda); a few munchies, and a chance to say hi. These diverse and exciting tunes were carefully selected from FH attendees' suggestions on the 2013-2015 FH surveys, and we had a great time recording them. This party will flow into The Whomp! immediately afterwards in the same room.  

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Any Instrument THE WHOMP! Glowing Gathering of the Groove for All Instruments (Join at Any Time; Goes 'Til 11PM) 2 Low Int Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Andy Reiner (fiddle, octave mando, vocals) & Joy Adams (cello, banjo, vocals) & Stash Wyslouch (guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass)

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

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Fiddle TEACHERS How to Help Suzuki Violin Students Get Into Traditional Fiddle Styles 2 Low Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Amy Beshara (fiddle)

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

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Any Treble Clef Readers, Any Instruments From Page to Stage: A "Note Reader's" Guide to Basic Oldtime Ornamentation 2 Low Int Don Messer Room 4 Gretchen Koehler (fiddle)

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

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Any Instrument New England Slow Jam at Night 2 Low Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 George Fowler (fiddle) & Flynn Cohen (guitar)

We can’t wait to jam with you! Tunes will be common repertoire similar to what you might find in The New England Fiddlers Repertoire book, but anyone is welcome to join whether familiar with the New England style or not. Bring your instruments, jokes, and favorite tunes to share. Since it's a slow jam, tunes are played 30-50% slower than usual. 

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Any Treble Clef Readers Waltz Playalong (1 of 3) (Music Provided, Dancers Welcome!) 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Bob Alessio (fiddle) & David Kaynor (guitar)

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

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Klezmer 101 for Fiddlers 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Clayton March (fiddle, clarinet) & Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin)

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. We'll explore scales such as freygish; learn to play an easy tune or two from the traditional repertoire of freilachs, bulgars, khosidls and horas; and discuss fiddle accompaniment. No previous knowledge of klezmer music is required. Don't forget the Klezmer jam at 12:30PM on Sunday.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin East Clare Sweetness - Learn a Trad Irish Tune from East Clare 3 High Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

The subtle jewel of traditional Irish music, East Clare music is known for beautiful versions of tunes that are played with lovely rhythmic lift. Sweet yet sorrowful, the music of East Clare has a nuanced flavor that is unmistakable. Join us for this class, in which we will learn a tune from East Clare and explore ways to give it that special lilt. Take a look at Laurel's excellent CDs and books in the FH store.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello, Guitar, Vocals Western Swing Jam at Night 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Paul Harty (guitar, vocals) & Art Schatz (fiddle, vocals)

Try some hot breaks on fiddle 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 10:40PM REGISTRATION and FIDDLE HELL STORE CLOSE Arthur Smith Room 5

Registration and Fiddle Hell Store close until 8:00AM Saturday morning.  But THE WHOMP! continues until 11:00PM.

Friday DRINKS at Old Joe Clark's Pub 11PM-1AM Old Joe Clark's Pub Room 9

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

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Voice Sing Along with Fine Irish Ballads and Songs 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Paul Harty (vocals, guitar)

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

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Any Instrument OLD 52 & NEW 52 Beginner S l o w Jam to Finish the Day 1 Beg 2 Low Int Don Messer Room 4 Terri Lukačko (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

Congratulations, beginners! You've survived a day at Fiddle Hell and there's more to come.  Why not round out your day with a slow jam just for you?  Terri and Art will pick tunes from the Original 52 and New 52 common tune lists, such as Bile 'Em Cabbage Down, Angeline the Baker, Old Joe Clark, Gary Owen, Redwing, Soldier's Joy, Da Slockit Light, Ten Penny Bit, Jamie Allen, Road to Boston, Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, and more.  You don't have to know them all - a slow jam helps you learn these.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn a Fun New England Tune "Eddie's Reel" Late at Night 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Ron Grosslein (fiddle)

Pack in one last fun tune for the first day of Fiddle Hell. While "Eddie's Reel" is not too hard to learn and play, it sounds great for listeners and dancers alike. Arpeggiated bliss...

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Any Instrument Late Night Jazz Standards Jam 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Duncan Wickel (fiddle) & Flynn Cohen (guitar)

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

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Any Traditional Instrument Join Laurel, Amy, and Eamon for an Irish Jam Session 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Laurel Martin (fiddle) & Amy Beshara (fiddle) & Eamon Sefton (guitar)

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

Saturday 12:00AM-7:00AM Any Instrument Jam Sessions Continue Throughout the Night Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Don Messer Room 4 Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Bob Wills Room 35 Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Benny Thomasson Room 8 No Leaders

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.

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

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

Saturday 8:00AM REGISTRATION OPENS EARLY Arthur Smith Room 5

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle DROP IN Help on Fiddle Technique 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Gretchen Koehler (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Any Instrument How to Learn Tunes by Ear with Lissa 1 Beg 2 Low Int Jean Carignan Room 2 Lissa Scheckenburger (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Any Instrument Easy New England Jam Session with Tips for Jamming 1 Beg Mellie Dunham Room 1 Pete Sutherland (fiddle) & Paul Harty (guitar)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Banjo DROP IN Help on Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Jean Ritchie Room 389 Tim Rowell (banjo)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn an Easy Irish Tune "Egan's Polka" [aka "Kerry Polka"] in D 1 Beg Julia Clifford Room 34 Tom Morley (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle NEW 52 Learn "June Apple" (Oldtime Reel from New 52) 2 Low Int Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Bruce Molsky (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Intro to Jazz Violin 2 Low Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Duncan Wickel (fiddle) & Dave Moultrup (guitar)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle KIDS Learn a Québecois Fiddle Tune "Le Reel Barachois" Often Used for Step Dancing 2 Low Int Dewey Balfa Room 392 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Cello, mainly Bass Lines for Cello 2 Low Int 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Rob Thomas (cello)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle NEW 52 Learn "Calliope House" in E (Scottish Jig from New 52) 2 Low Int Don Messer Room 4 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn a Traditional Cajun Two-Step Including Seconding 2 Low Int Dock Boggs Room 347 Michelle Kaminsky (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Cello TEACHERS How to Lead a Group Class of Beginners 2 Low Int 3 High Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Pam Wiley (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin Getting Started Playing Harmony and Improvisation for Fiddlers 2 Low Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Ron Grosslein (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Mandolin Mandolin Fills, Clichés and Riffs To Use Behind Vocals 2 Low Int 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Skip Gorman (mandolin, vocals)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Any Traditional Instrument, Voice Guided Bluegrass Jam to Start Your Day 2 Low Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Tony Watt (guitar, vocals) & Patrick McGonigle (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass, vocals)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Fine Cape Breton Tune to Start Your Day 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn a Favorite Irish Tune That's Also a Great Dance Tune 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin A Couple of Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks 3 High Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Darol Anger (fiddle) & Flynn Cohen (guitar)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Québecois Workshop with Don 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Don Roy (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Guitar Guitar Triads through Song 3 High Int Vassar Clements Room 391 Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin Rhythm and Expression in Playing for New England Dances 4 Adv Buddy MacMaster Room 37 David Kaynor (fiddle, theremin)

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

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

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

Saturday 10:30-11:00AM TEENS Teen Meetup on Saturday Morning (Ages 13-18 Only) Dewey Balfa Room 392

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

Saturday 10:30-11:00AM Voice FLASH VOCALS The Care and Feeding of Your Voice 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Jean Carignan Room 2 Lorraine Hammond (vocals)

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

Saturday 10:30-11:00AM Any Instrument FLASH MOB Play Along with a Country Singer 2 Low Int Don Messer Room 4 August Watters (guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Voice Traditional Oldtime Singing for All 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Bruce Molsky (vocals, fiddle, banjo, guitar)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Making Sense of Chords 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Julia Clifford Room 34 Dave Reiner (fiddle) & Marshall Racowsky (guitar)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Learn an Easy Traditional Cajun Waltz 1 Beg Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Michelle Kaminsky (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin KIDS DROP IN Help for Kids: Fiddle and Mandolin Techniques and Styles 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Vassar Clements Room 391 Rob Flax (fiddle, mandolin)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Mandolin Basic Mandolin Technique Workshop 1 Beg 2 Low Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Tony Watt (mandolin)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Cello Learn an Easy Scottish Strathspey on Cello and Discuss the History 2 Low Int Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Abby Newton (cello)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn Oldtime Southern Reel "Kitchen Girl" in A 2 Low Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Alan Kaufman (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Intro to Greek Violin 2 Low Int Jean Ritchie Room 389 Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Doubling Down on Double Stops 2 Low Int 3 High Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Darol Anger (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Easy Québecois Jig Workshop "Valcartier Jig" 2 Low Int Jean Carignan Room 2 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Southern Fiddle My Way on Saturday 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Pete Sutherland (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Any Instrument The Circle of Fifths is Your Best Friend Forever (BFF) 2 Low Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Banjo Learn a Round Peak Oldtime Banjo Tune 2 Low Int Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Allison de Groot (banjo)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Essential Scottish Bowing Techniques 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle The Irish Roll - A Complete Breakdown of the Technique and Where to Use It 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Rose Clancy (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Cape Breton Set Workshop: March to Strathspey to Reel 4 Adv Mellie Dunham Room 1 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn Two Favorite French Canadian Tunes that Work Great for Contra Dancing 4 Adv Don Messer Room 4 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Cello, Violin Chord Scale Theory for Cello and Violin 4 Adv Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Rob Thomas (cello)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin How to Play a 12-Bar Blues: "Florida Blues" 3 High Int Dock Boggs Room 347 Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & Bennett Hammond (guitar)

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Twin Fiddling Workshop with The Moving Violations 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Ron Grosslein (fiddle) & Van Kaynor (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

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

Saturday FOOD and DRINK at Old Joe Clark's Pub 12:30PM-11PM Old Joe Clark's Pub Room 9

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM For All Listeners MINI CONCERT "Dynamic Duos" 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Duncan Wickel (fiddle) / Flynn Cohen (guitar) & Allison De Groot (banjo) / Patrick McGonigle (fiddle)

A one-hour musical extravaganza!

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle DROP IN Help on Irish Fiddling from Tom 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Vassar Clements Room 391 Tom Morley (fiddle)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument Healthy Musical Attitudes 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Joe Venuti Room 31 Andy Reiner

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Voice, Any Instrument Songwriting Workshop 1 with Emy 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Maybelle Carter Room 346 Emy Phelps (vocals, guitar)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM FIddle An Easy Down East Tune "Maple Leaf Two-Step" as Played by Tommy Doucet 1 Beg Jean Carignan Room 2 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument, Voice NEW 52 Learn to Play, Sing and Dance "Cellosaurus Stomp" for All Ages 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Joy Adams (cellosaurus, violinadactyl, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bassasaurus rex, vocals)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Voice Singing for the Confidence Impaired - For Non-Singers on Saturday 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Lorraine Hammond (vocals, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Banjo, Guitar DROP IN Help on Oldtime Banjo or Guitar 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Dock Boggs Room 347 Tim Rowell (banjo, guitar)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn Oldtime Southern Reel "Boatsman" in A 2 Low Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Alan Kaufman (fiddle)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Getting into the Groove on Fiddle! 2 Low Int 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Autumn Rose Lester (fiddle)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Mandolin Getting Started with the Bluegrass Mandolin Style of Bill Monroe 2 Low Int Don Messer Room 4 Richard Brown (mandolin)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello NEW 52 Learn "Magic Fiddle" from the Composer Himself 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Peter Anick (fiddle)

"Magic Fiddle" is an ancient sounding tune in Am, which evokes different moods when played at different tempos. We’ll start with the basic melody and then add in some bowings and variations to make it sound more “magical.” You can hear this tune as a bonus track on the New 52 Fiddle Hell CDs. Pete Anick, who's a fine fiddle tune and song composer as well as instrumentalist and singer,  has played with Dave Reiner in several bluegrass and Western Swing bands in the past.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Guitar Super Guitar Backup Techniques 3 High Int Dewey Balfa Room 392 Bennett Hammond (guitar)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument Quintessential New England Jam 3 High Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 David Kaynor (fiddle, ektara) & Bethany Waickman (guitar)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument Prince Edward Island Tunes 3 High Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Ken Perlman (banjo)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin A Tune or Two from Michael Coleman's Repertoire 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn Two Flowing and Rhythmic Oldtime Tunes 3 High Int Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Mark Simos (fiddle)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Mandolin Learn "Bluegrass Breakdown" on Mandolin 3 High Int 4 Adv Bob Wills Room 35 Skip Gorman (mandolin)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Irish Tunes from Tommy Peoples 4 Adv Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Clayton March (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Yoga as Applied to Fiddle Muscles and Issues 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Jean Carignan Room 2 Amy Beshara (yoga instructor, fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Easy Oldtime Fiddle Workshop on Saturday 1 Beg Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Bruce Molsky (fiddle) & Allison de Groot (banjo)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Backing Up a Singer on Fiddle or Other Lead Instrument 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Joe Venuti Room 31 Pete Sutherland (fiddle) & Lorraine Hammond (singer) & Bennett Hammond (guitar)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Brilliant Irish Tune Workshop on a Variant of Drowsy Maggie" from John "Tinker" Doherty 2 Low Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Rose Clancy (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Guitar DADGAD Tuned Guitar 101 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Bethany Waickman (guitar)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Essential Bowing Patterns Workshop 2 Low Int 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Dave Reiner (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Cello Swedish Tune Workshop 2 Low Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 David Kaynor (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Québecois Workshop, Not Very Difficult 2 Low Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Don Roy (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Cello Slow Airs and Ornamentation Ideas in Scottish Playing 2 Low Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Cello TEACHERS Arranging for Group Classes 2 Low Int 3 High Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Pam Wiley (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Learn a Classic Western Swing Tune 3 High Int Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Art Schatz (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Ornaments in Irish Fiddling 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin, Guitar The Blues: North America's Musical Language 3 High Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 Darol Anger (fiddle) & Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Québecois Saturday Afternoon Jam 3 High Int Don Messer Room 4 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Mandolin Minor Scale Jazz Improv for Swing Mandolin 3 High Int Vassar Clements Room 391 Eric Kilburn (mandolin) & Dave Moultrup (guitar)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Cello, Violin Electronic Looping for Cello and Violin 3 High Int Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Rob Thomas (cello, violin)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Any Instrument KIDS Amazing Kids' Session 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Joy Adams (cello, banjo, fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Learn a Challenging Western Swing Tune "Draggin' the Bow" and How to Fancy It Up 4 Adv Jean Ritchie Room 389 Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & John Robinson (guitar)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn an American Clog from the J. W. Pepper Collection, "The Sparrow Dance Clog" 4 Adv Dock Boggs Room 347 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Bluegrass Fiddle & Mandolin Workshop on a Bill Monroe Tune 4 Adv Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Patrick McGonigle (fiddle, vocals) & Tony Watt (mandolin, vocals)

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Challenging East European Tunes 4 Adv Dewey Balfa Room 392 Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin)

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

Saturday 3:05-3:20PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello, or Other (Able to play one tune or both, or just march along) FLASH MARCH NEW 52 with "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" and "Trip to Moscow" 2 Low Int 3 High Int Jean Carignan Room 2 David Kaynor (fiddle) & Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle) & John Robinson (guitar)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM For All Listeners MINI CONCERT "Darol Anger and the Furies" 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Mellie Dunham Room 1 Darol Anger (fiddle) & Emy Phelps (guitar) & Andy Reiner (octave mando, fiddle) & Joy Adams (cello)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Ergonomic Exercises - Play Without Tiring or Hurting 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello, Guitar Easy Tunes from the Maine Fiddle Camp 1 Beg Don Messer Room 4 George Fowler (fiddle) & Doug Protsik (piano)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Expanding a Basic Lick to Help in Jamming with a Singer 2 Low Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & Paul Harty (vocals, guitar)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle NEW 52 Learn "Cliffs of Moher" (Irish Jig from New 52) Emphasizing Rhythm and Lilt 2 Low Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Ellery Klein (fiddle)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Mandolin Irish Mandolin Workshop with Flynn 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Flynn Cohen (mandolin)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Playing Fiddle Backup in an Oldtime Jam 2 Low Int Bob Wills Room 35 Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle KIDS Jazz/Swing Workshop for Kids - How to Use Rhythms Instead of Licks 2 Low Int 3 High Int Dewey Balfa Room 392 Rob Flax (fiddle)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Any Traditional Instrument Cape Breton Jam Session 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Andrea Beaton (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle and Bow Québecois Bowing Workshop with Éric 3 High Int Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Third Position Exercises and a Fine Reel 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Improvising for Traditional Fiddlers 3 High Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Lissa Scheckenburger (fiddle)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Any Instrument Finding Chords to Slippery Tunes 3 High Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Mark Simos (fiddle, guitar)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Banjo Dock Boggs Tunes for Banjo 3 High Int Dock Boggs Room 347 Tim Rowell (banjo)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Learn One or Two of Paddy Fahey's Tunes (Irish) 4 Adv Julia Clifford Room 34 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Great New Tunes from the NW Vermont Youth Scene 4 Adv Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Pete Sutherland (fiddle)

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

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

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Any Instrument Tune Writing Strategies 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Mark Simos (fiddle, guitar, vocals)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Simple Cape Breton Reel including Bowing and a Few Ornaments 1 Beg Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Guitar, Mandolin, Any Rhythm Instrument Backing Up Jigs, Reels and Waltzes 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Bethany Waickman (guitar) & Ellery Klein (fiddle)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Voice, Dancers Welcome to Help Out Essentials of Calling for Contra Dances 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Benny Thomasson Room 8 David Kaynor (caller)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Voice, Any Instrument (Optional) Appalachian Mountain Songs, Everyone Welcome 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Don Messer Room 4 Lorraine Hammond (vocals, mandolin) & Bennett Hammond (guitar)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Any Instrument Easy Oldtime Jam in the Afternoon 2 Low Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Cathy Mason (fiddle) & Paul Harty (guitar)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Mandolin KIDS Mandolin for Kids 2 Low Int Vassar Clements Room 391 Rob Flax (mandolin)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Trick and Fancy Fiddling 2 Low Int Bob Wills Room 35 Gretchen Koehler (fiddle)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Up-to-Speed Irish Jam 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Andy Reiner (fiddle, octave mandolin] and Clayton March (fiddle)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Cello Shetland Tunes and the Indiosyncratic Bowings 3 High Int Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Abby Newton (cello)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Jam Session in Memory of Oldtime Fiddler Alan Jabbour (1942-2017) 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Alan Kaufman (fiddle) & Ken Perlman (banjo)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Learn a Soulful Hungarian Violin Tune 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn "The Reconciliation" (Scottish Reel from the New 52 Common Tunes) 3 High Int Dewey Balfa Room 392 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Mandolin Getting Deeper into the Bluegrass Mandolin Style of Bill Monroe 3 High Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Richard Brown (mandolin)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Shetland Fiddle Workshop 3 High Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Skip Gorman (fiddle)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Drift into an Oldtime Jam 4 Adv Joe Venuti Room 31 Bruce Molsky (fiddle) & Allison De Groot (banjo) & Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Brilliant Irish Tune Workshop on "The Curlews" from Josephine Keegan 4 Adv Dock Boggs Room 347 Rose Clancy (fiddle)

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

Saturday 7:00-9:30PM CONCERT Traditional Fiddle Concert (Open to the Public) Jean Carignan Room 2

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

Saturday 9:30-11:00PM DANCE New England Contra Dance (open to the public) [No Dance Experience Necessary] 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Mellie Dunham Room 1 David Kaynor (calling), George Fowler (fiddle), Autumn Rose Lester (fiddle), Eric Eid-Reiner (piano), and the Fiddle Hell sit-in band

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Vocals DROP IN Intermediate Bluegrass Jam 2 Low Int 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Paul Harty (guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass, vocals)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30PM Fiddle Jazz Violin Workshop 4 Adv Bob Wills Room 35 Duncan Wickel (fiddle) & Flynn Cohen (guitar)

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

Saturday DRINKS at Old Joe Clark's Pub 11PM-1AM Old Joe Clark's Pub Room 9

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

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Free Improvisation 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Andy Reiner (fiddle)

No boundaries!

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Fiddle It's Not Too Late to Learn an Easy, Hypnotic Oldtime Reel 1 Beg 2 Low Int Bob Wills Room 35 Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Fiddle, Cello, or Any Traditional Instrument NEW 52 Play through Some Scottish and Cape Breton Tunes Together from the New 52, at a Moderate Pace 2 Low Int 3 High Int Don Messer Room 4 Ed Pearlman (fiddle) & Abby Newton (cello)

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

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Any Traditional Instrument NEW 52 Play through Some Irish Tunes Together from the New 52, at a Moderate Pace 2 Low Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Fiddle, Mandolin Helpful Ways to Improvise in Jazz 2 Low Int 3 High Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Rob Flax (fiddle)

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

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Any Traditional Instrument, Vocals Late Night Bluegrass Jam 2 Low Int 3 High Int Tommy Jarrell Room 3 Skip Gorman (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) & Tony Watt (guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass, vocals)

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

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Any Traditional Instrument Late Night Oldtime Jam with Judy 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Judy Hyman (fiddle)

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

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

Registration and Fiddle Hell Store close until 8:00AM Sunday morning.  Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour at 2AM for Daylight Savings Time!

Saturday EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP TONIGHT - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!

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

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

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.

Sunday 8:00AM REGISTRATION OPENS EARLY AGAIN Arthur Smith Room 5

Fiddle Hell On-Site Registration opens for Sunday. Go to the Registration Desk in the Arthur Smith Room 5 near the right front entrance of the Westford Regency Inn. Sign in, get a stylish wristband and nametag, pick up a Program Brochure. Then, look around for your fellow musicians and singers everywhere around you.

T-shirts ($15 or 2 for $25), CDs, books, clocks, and Lost & Found are also in the Arthur Smith Room 5.
Carriage House Violins (Johnson String Instrument) will have fiddles, bows, strings and accessories, and Justin will be able to perform minor set-up work for you (during the day).
Jon Cooper will have splendid violins to show. Today’s the day to go for one!

Sunday 8:00AM FOOD Quick Breakfast, Snacks, and Coffee in Lower Hallway 8AM-10AM

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn a First Crooked French Canadian Tune 1 Beg Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Vocals, Any Instrument Songwriting Workshop 2 with Emy 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Dock Boggs Room 347 Emy Phelps (vocals, guitar)

Emy Phelps is a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. She'll help you along the songwriting path. This workshop is independent of Emy's earlier songwriting workshop. Look for Emy's CDs with Darol Anger in the FH store.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Cello Technology for Strings: Amplification Options, Effects, the Looper, and Apps 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Julie Lyonn Lieberman (fiddle)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Any Instrument Co-writing Fiddle Tunes 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Bob Wills Room 35 Pete Sutherland (fiddle) & Oliver Scanlon (fiddle)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Any Instrument How to Jam - Advice and a Chance to Try it Out 1 Beg Don Messer Room 4 Rob Flax (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) & Flynn Cohen (guitar, vocals)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Banjo DROP IN Oldtime Banjo Questions Answered 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Dewey Balfa Room 392 Tim Rowell (banjo)

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

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

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Melody and Phrasing Workshop 2 Low Int 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Darol Anger (fiddle)

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

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

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn a Cape Breton Strathspey "Cameron Chisholm's" 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Ed Pearlman (fiddle)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Banjo Melodic Clawhammer Banjo Workshop 2 Low Int Jean Ritchie Room 389 Ken Perlman (banjo)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Norwegian Fiddling 101 2 Low Int Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle, hardanger)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn an Easy East European Tune 2 Low Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin)

The fiddle music of Eastern Europe encompasses Klezmer, Balkan, Greek and Gypsy traditions. We'll explore the unique scales, modes and odd meter rhythms that are often used in these styles, and learn to play "Miserlou," a beautiful Greek tune, which is also claimed by other traditions.

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

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Cello Traditional Cape Breton Ornamentation 3 High Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn "The Abegweit Reel,” a Great 3-Part Tune from Prince Edward Island 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Bluegrass Fiddle Workshop with Patrick 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Patrick McGonigle (fiddle, vocals)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Putting "Lift" into Your New England Dance Playing 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle) & Bethany Waickman (guitar)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Western Fiddle Tunes in Cross-Tunings 3 High Int Vassar Clements Room 391 Skip Gorman (fiddle)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Mandolin Soloing to Vocal Tunes on Bluegrass Mandolin 3 High Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Tony Watt (mandolin)

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

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello New England Tune Workshop 4 Adv Kenny Baker Room 32 David Kaynor (fiddle)

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

Sunday FOOD Quick Lunches, Snacks, and Coffee in Lower Hallway 10AM-4PM

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

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

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 5-String Fiddle FLASH MEETUP 5-String Fiddle Meetup 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Don Messer Room 4 No Instructor

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

Sunday 10:30-11:00AM Any Traditional Instrument FLASH MOB Fiddle Hell Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe (Jam Spot outside Arthur Smith Room 5) 3 High Int 4 Adv Arthur Smith Room 5 Ellen Carlson (fiddle) & Tony Watt (guitar)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Learn an Easy Romanian Fiddle Tune 1 Beg Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn "Äppelbo Gånglåt" (Easy Swedish Walking Tune from New 52) 1 Beg Jean Carignan Room 2 David Kaynor (fiddle)

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

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

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Learn "La Grondeuse à Ti-Ski," an Easy Fiddle Tune from Québec 1 Beg J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Eric Favreau (fiddle)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Vocals, Any Instrument Learn to Blend Your Voice in Harmony 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Dock Boggs Room 347 Joy Adams (voice)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM All instruments Ear Training for Traditional Musicians 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Joe Venuti Room 31 Matt Glaser (fiddle)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle TEACHERS Basic Left Hand Fiddle Technique 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Kenny Baker Room 32 Pam Wiley (fiddle)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle DROP IN Help with Your Irish Fiddling 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Tom Morley (fiddle)

Come for the whole time or just drop in. Bowing, tunes, cuts, rolls, trebles, slurs across the beat, and other ways to bring your Irish fiddling to the next level. Ask away!  And check out Tom's books and CDs in the Fiddle Hell Store.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Slip into Something More Comfortable - Irish Slip Jigs 2 Low Int Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Clayton March (fiddle)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Mandolin Introduction to Jazz Mandolin Improvising 2 Low Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Eric Kilburn (mandolin) & Dave Moultrup (guitar)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello KIDS Even Kids Get the Blues Workshop 2 Low Int Vassar Clements Room 391 Rob Flax (fiddle, mandolin)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Mandolin, Fiddle Easy and Sweet Melodies from the Cow Camp 2 Low Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Skip Gorman (mandolin, fiddle)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Guitar, Listeners Basics and Parameters of Oldtime Guitar 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Guided Bluegrass Jam with Tony and Mali 2 Low Int Bob Wills Room 35 Tony Watt (guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass, vocals)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Québecois Jam with Don and Cindy Roy 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Don Roy (fiddle) & Cindy Roy (piano)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Cello Learn a Great Cape Breton Strathspey as Played by the Beaton Family 3 High Int Don Messer Room 4 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn a New England Tune from the Playing of Dick Richardson 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Becky Tracy (fiddle, caller)

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Banjo Workshop on Oldtime Banjo 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Bruce Molsky (banjo)

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

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

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

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn "Wild Rose of the Mountain" from the Oldtime Repertoire of J. P. Fraley 3 High Int Jean Ritchie Room 389 George Fowler (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Learn an Easy Oldtime Southern Tune, "Spotted Pony" 1 Beg Kenny Baker Room 32 Cathy Mason (fiddle), Steve Arkin (guitar)

With this simple tune, Cathy will point you towards the flowing, rhythmic and driving energy that produces that irresistible groove of the southern, oldtime sound. Not bad for just 60 minutes...

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Fiddle Tune Writing Workshop 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Dock Boggs Room 347 Frank Ferrel (fiddle)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Voice Singing for the Confidence Impaired - For Non-Singers on Sunday 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Lorraine Hammond (singer)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Voice, Fiddle KIDS Voices and Fiddles for Kids 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int Charlotte Moorman Room 390 Rob Flax (vocals, fiddle)

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

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

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument Intermediate Klezmer Jam 2 Low Int 3 High Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Clayton March (clarinet, fiddle) & Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin) & John Chambers (accordion)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Fiddling in Layers (Bluegrass, Folk, and More) 2 Low Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Dave Reiner (fiddle) & Jerry Wile (guitar, vocals)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Feet, Fiddle NEW 52 Fiddling with Foot Percussion on "Reel de Montréal" 2 Low Int Don Messer Room 4 Gretchen Koehler (fiddle, feet)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Cello Cello Groove Workshop 2 Low Int Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Joy Adams (cello)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Twin (Harmony) Fiddle Playing 2 Low Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle) & David Kaynor (fiddle)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Voice Shape Note Singing Session 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Pete Sutherland (shape note singer)

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

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

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Mandolin Learn a Lyrical Irish Jig on Mandolin 3 High Int Bill Monroe Room 345 Skip Gorman (mandolin)

We will learn "Patsy Geary’s" (precursor to "The Yellow Rose Of Texas") and/or the "Cowboy Jig.” Skip is known as a bluegrass mandolin player, but has spent time in Ireland exploring the Celtic roots of American music, plays great tunes in Irish jams, and has recorded a CD of Irish and Scottish tunes (see the FH store). Plus he's a fine teacher.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Guitar Bluegrass Fiddle and Guitar Workshop 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Patrick McGonigle (fiddle, vocals) & Tony Watt (guitar, vocals)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Learn Sliabh Luachra Style Tunes from Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford's Recordings (Irish) 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle TEACHERS How to Lead a Group Class of Intermediates 3 High Int 4 Adv Mellie Dunham Room 1 Pam Wiley (fiddle)

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

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Scottish Pipe March Workshop with Barbara 4 Adv Bob Wills Room 35 Barbara McOwen (fiddle)

You'll learn a 4-part 2/4 pipe march called “The Pap of Glencoe,” by Pipe Major William Lawrie, one of the greatest pipe composers of all time, who died in his 30s after World War I. It’s a tune which is popular among both Cape Breton and Scottish fiddlers, even though these recondite marches are sometimes a bit of a challenge in the learning. By ear, with sheet music available.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Maine Heritage Tunes from Simon St. Pierre 4 Adv Maybelle Carter Room 346 George Fowler (fiddle) & Art Bryan (guitar)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM For All Listeners MINI CONCERT "Dance Fiddlers" Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Becky Tracy (fiddle) & Oliver Scanlon (fiddle) & Judy Hyman (fiddle) & Pete Sutherland (guitar)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle DROP IN Help on Fiddle Technique for Sunday 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int Dock Boggs Room 347 Elaine Malkin (fiddle)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Voice Singing with Strength For Singers 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Kenny Baker Room 32 Lorraine Hammond (singer)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Beginner's Introduction to Irish Ornaments 1 Beg Julia Clifford Room 34 Tom Morley (fiddle)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle KIDS Cape Breton Tune Workshop for Kids 2 Low Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Andrea Beaton (fiddle)

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

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

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Great Tune or Two from Maine 2 Low Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Don Roy (fiddle)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Irish Barndance Workshop "Lucy Farr’s" 2 Low Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Ellery Klein (fiddle)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Cello, Fiddle, Any Music Readers Play Through a Few 18th Century Scottish and Irish Tunes 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Abby Newton (cello) & Barbara McOwen (fiddle)

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 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Cello Cajun House Party Jam 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Cathy Mason (fiddle) & Paul Harty (guitar)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Any Instrument Jam Session with Darol 3 High Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Darol Anger (fiddle) & Andy Reiner (octave mandolin, fiddle)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Work on Your Double Shuffle Bowing as You Learn "Buck Fever Rag" by Reg Hill 3 High Int Don Messer Room 4 Dave Reiner (fiddle) & Jerry Wile (guitar)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Banjo Celtic Reels Clawhammer Style 3 High Int Maybelle Carter Room 346 Ken Perlman (banjo)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Any Traditional Instrument New England Jam 3 High Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (piano)

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

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Guitar Guitar Workshop with Skip 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Skip Gorman (guitar)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 3:00-3:30PM Any Treble Clef Readers FLASH MOB Read through a Couple of Cool Hungarian Tunes 3 High Int Don Messer Room 4 Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a New Waltz by Becky Tracy 2 Low Int 3 High Int Sarah Armstrong Room 36 Becky Tracy (fiddle)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Any Treble Clef Readers Easy Waltz Playalong (2 of 3) (Music Provided, Dancers Welcome) 2 Low Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Bob Alessio (fiddle) & David Kaynor (guitar)

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

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

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello What Makes a Really Good Tune, and Why 2 Low Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Darol Anger (fiddle, mandolin)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Voice, Any Traditional Instrument (or None) Bluegrass Singing Workshop 2 Low Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Tony Watt (vocals, guitar, mandolin)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Ornamentation in Traditional Irish Tunes 2 Low Int Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Laurel Martin (fiddle)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Mandolin Right Hand Rhythms to Make Your Mandolin Playing Sparkle 3 High Int Benny Thomasson Room 8 Skip Gorman (mandolin)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Québecois Workshop on "Reel Alouette" 3 High Int Jean Carignan Room 2 Éric Favreau (fiddle)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Any Traditional Instrument Traditional Scottish Session 3 High Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 Barbara McOwen (fiddle) & Eric Eid-Reiner (Piano)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Any Instrument Got Those Fiddle Hell Blues - A Jam Session 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Rob Flax (fiddle, guitar, vocals) & Mali Obomsawin (bass)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Guitar Advanced Bass Runs on the Guitar 3 High Int Hjort Anders Olsson Room 6 Stash Wyslouch (guitar)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin NEW 52 Learn a Fine Irish Reel "Father Kelly's" 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Tom Morley (fiddle, crwth)

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

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Challenging Greek Violin Workshop 4 Adv Buddy MacMaster Room 37 Beth Bahia Cohen (fiddle)

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Instrument Easy Last Jam 1 Beg Sarah Armstrong Room 36 David Kaynor (fiddle, zither) & Jerry Wile (guitar)

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Voice, Any Instrument (or None) Effective Songwriting Workshop 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Lonnie Johnson Room 7 Joy Adams (voice, cello, banjo)

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

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

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Hypnotic, Moderately-Paced Oldtime Jam 2 Low Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 Cathy Mason (fiddle) & Tim Rowell (banjo)

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

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

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Guitar Playing the Oldtime Fiddle Tunes on RHYTHM Guitar 3 High Int Bob Wills Room 35 Bennett Hammond (guitar)

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Treble Clef Reader Waltz Playalong (3 of 3) (Music Provided, Dancers Welcome!) 3 High Int J. Scott Skinner Room 33 Bob Alessio (fiddle) & Tony Watt (guitar)

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Instrument, Voice The Last Bluegrass and Western Swing Jam at Fiddle Hell 3 High Int Kenny Baker Room 32 Paul Harty (vocals, guitar) & Art Schatz (fiddle)

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle, Mandolin Alluring Australian Tunes 3 High Int Joe Venuti Room 31 Terri Lukačko (fiddle)

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

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Any Traditional Instrument Last Up-to-Speed Irish Jam 3 High Int Julia Clifford Room 34 Tom Morley (fiddle) & Andy Reiner (octave mandolin, fiddle)

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

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

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

Sunday 6:15PM FIDDLE HELL IS OVER FOR 2017

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

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