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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 8:30-9:15AM 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 Dewey Balfa Room 392 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 1 Beg 2 Low Int 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Katie McNally (fiddle)

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Fiddle Learn a Traditional Cajun Two-Step Including Seconding 2 Low Int 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 10:30-11:00AM TEENS Teen Meetup on Saturday Morning (Ages 13-18 Only)

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

Saturday 10:30-11:00AM Voice FLASH VOCALS The Care and Feeding of Your Voice 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv 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 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 Mandolin Basic Mandolin Technique Workshop 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 Voice Traditional Oldtime Singing for All 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv 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 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 Fiddle Hell store. 

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Any Instrument Tune Writing Strategies 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv 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/Hal Leonard; FH store). Come get acquainted with Smitty, the Tunesmith Genie!

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle Learn an Easy Traditional Cajun Waltz 1 Beg 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 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 Cello Learn an Easy Scottish Strathspey on Cello and Discuss the History 2 Low Int 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 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 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 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 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 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 Fiddle, Mandolin Brilliant Irish Tune Workshop on a Variant of Drowsy Maggie" from John "Tinker" Doherty 2 Low Int 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 11:00AM-12:00PM Any Instrument The Circle of Fifths is Your Best Friend Forever (BFF) 2 Low Int 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 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 Katie McNally (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 Cape Breton Set Workshop: March to Strathspey to Reel 4 Adv 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 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 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 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 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 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 Mandolin Getting Started with the Bluegrass Mandolin Style of Bill Monroe 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 DROP IN Help on Irish Fiddling to Start Your Day 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv Tom Morley (fiddle)

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Any Instrument Healthy Musical Attitudes 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello NEW 52 Learn "Magic Fiddle" from the Composer Himself 2 Low Int 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 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 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 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 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 a Flowing and Rhythmic Oldtime Tune "TBD" 3 High Int Mark Simos (fiddle)

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Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Mandolin Learn "Bluegrass Breakdown" on Mandolin 3 High Int 4 Adv 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 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 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 Fiddl Easy Oldtime Fiddle Workshop on Saturday 1 Beg 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 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 Guitar DADGAD Tuned Guitar 101 2 Low Int 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 The Irish Roll - A Complete Breakdown of the Technique and Where to Use It 3 High Int 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 2:00-3:00PM Fiddle Learn a Challenging Western Swing Tune "Draggin' the Bow" and How to Fancy It Up 4 Adv 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 a American Clog from the J. W. Pepper Collection, "The Sparrow Dance Clog" 4 Adv 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 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 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 Buddy MacMaster Room 37 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!

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Ergonomic Exercises - Play Without Tiring or Hurting 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv 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 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 Any Instrument, Voice Ear Training for Improvisers 2 Low Int August Watters (mandolin)

We’ll spend some time on melodic/harmonic relationships and voice leading through standard progressions. Opportunities for players to jump in and try out these ideas; but you can also just sit back, listen, and learn how to woodshed on improv if you prefer. 

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin Expanding a Basic Lick to Help in Jamming with a Singer 2 Low Int 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 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 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 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 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 “Tune TBD.”

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Any Traditional Instrument Cape Breton Jam Session 3 High Int Mellie Dunham Room 1 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 Fiddle, Mandolin Learn a Simple Cape Breton Reel including Bowing and a Few Ornaments 1 Beg 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Instrument Friendly Intro to Modes 2 Low Int Mark Simos (fiddle, guitar)

Ever wonder why some tunes get called “modal”? The secret behind the mysterious sound of those cool archaic tunes? The modes are a rainbow of scales and chords opening many moods and colors between conventional major and minor. In this workshop we’ll listen, sing, wave hands in the air and—yes, even play!—to explore the sounds of varied modes in different traditional styles. Come thou and gaze upon the Mode Star!

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 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 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 Jabbor here.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Learn a Soulful Hungarian Violin Tune 3 High Int 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) 3 High Int Katie McNally (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 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 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 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 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 20+ excellent traditional musicians and their accompanists. Doors open at 6:30PM. Free for Saturday or weekend attendees. Walk-ins are $15 (includes contra dance at 9:30PM). 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 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 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 11:00PM-12:00AM Fiddle, Mandolin, Cello Free Improvisation 1 Beg 2 Low Int 3 High Int 4 Adv 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 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 Katie McNally (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. Katie 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 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 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 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 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 11:00PM-12:00AM Fiddle, Mandolin Going Beyond Harvest Home - Advanced Hornpipes 4 Adv 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."