Introduction to Schedule
Fiddle Hell 2017 will be at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road, Westford, Massachusetts. It will be our fourth year at this new location, which has lots of space, loads of free parking, nice rooms (and a swimming pool) if you wish to stay there, and great food both onsite and nearby. All workshops and sessions, the concert and dances, and the many informal jams will all be under one roof! There will be more than 370 instructor-led workshops and jams in 2017, led by 80 instructors and accompanists.
You can see all sessions and search them by clicking on the Search Schedule submenu. You can see all sessions in a specific day (and also start any searches) by clicking on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday submenus. There are multiple search filters, so you can search for levels, styles, instructors, instruments, time slots, type of session, etc.
Useful things to know about the schedule:
There is no separate signup process for specific workshops and jams; just show up.
The schedule is subject to minor changes.
Our goal is to have sessions start and end on time, and they generally do.
There is usually a half-hour break between each session and the next.
Our Saturday night concert, 7:00-9:30PM on Nov. 4, 2017, will feature an amazing lineup of 20+ traditional fiddlers, including Andrea Beaton, Andy Reiner, Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Dave Reiner, David Surette, Duncan Wickel, Ellen Carlson, Eric Favreau, Frank Ferrel, Katie McNally, Lissa Schneckenburger, Pete Sutherland, Tom Morley, and six more. The concert is free if you’ve paid for Saturday or the Fiddle Hell weekend; walk-ins are $15. Tell your friends!
The Saturday night concert will be followed from 9:30-11:00PM by a Contra Dance - you can dance or sit in with the band. The dance is free if you're at the concert; there are no separate tickets just for the dance. New in 2017 is a Friday night dance with The Moving Violations, right before "The Whomp!"
Audio recording of Fiddle Hell workshops and jams is generally fine, for your own use only. In other words, don't go posting them online. Of course, you could bring your old tape or minidisc recorder, but the state of the art has advanced, and compact MP3 recorders with integrated microphones can record a lot of material with generally very good fidelity. Zoom H1, Zoom H2n, Roland R-05, Tascam DR-05, Tascam PR-10, etc. Some people record on their smart phones, although the quality is not as good as it is with the dedicated recorders.
Video recording requires prior permission from the workshop or jam leader, and should also be only for your own use. Please, no video recording of the Saturday night concert and dance, or of the Mini-Concerts. Many of the leaders and performers are professionals who make all or part of their living from music; please respect their wishes about recordings, and take a look at their CDs, books, and DVDs in the Fiddle Hell store in the Arthur Smith Room.
Five daily recommendations from Andy Reiner:
Make friends, have fun, be a human
Try something new, don't worry
Thanks to our sponsors! For many years, Fiddle Hell has been sponsored by CodaBow (maker of great carbon fiber bows) and by D'Addario (maker of responsive, fine-sounding strings). During the Fiddle Hell weekend, we will be giving away many sets of Helicore violin strings, a few sets of Zyex violin strings, and quite a few D'Addario EXP74 mandolin strings (and maybe some guitar and banjo strings, too). Your registration form will enter you into these giveaway drawings, and we'll post the winners right outside the Registration Room. We will also give away a $100 gift certificate from Johnson Strings / Carriage House Violins to one of the preregistered musician attendees. CodaBow is giving away a brand new Luma bow (violin, viola, or cello; list price $600-$700) right after Fiddle Hell; you'll have until Nov 8th to sign up for the giveaway on their website, using a code we'll give out at Fiddle Hell. Just so you know, CodaBow will ask for your email when you sign up.