Hello Musical Friends!
In March, 2020, my family and I initiated the FIDDLE HELL ONLINE JAM
, just about every Sunday at 8PM Eastern time and sometimes on Wednesday at 5PM Eastern time
, live streaming on the Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook group
. We paused the jams for a while after the first Fiddle Hell Online, then resumed for a few in 2021.
My wife Cindy and I are taking time every day to play tunes together. We're remembering old ones and learning some new ones. Playing music takes us to a good place
. As well, our son Andy and his wife Joy are doing a lot of creative playing, and our son Eric and his fiancée Autumn Rose are never far from their instruments.Why not play along with us and with Fiddle Hell instructors? At the appointed time, just open up the Facebook Live stream, posted in the Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook group, take out your instruments (and voices), and join in or just listen.
The jam leader(s) will often post a playlist in advance, including keys, and may be able to take requests on the stream. Some tunes will be from the FIddle Hell Common Tune List
. Most tunes will be at intermediate level, with a few easier ones and sometimes a few advanced ones. The jam leaders won't hear you, but they'll know you're there, and you'll be able to play along in real-time.
Click here on our online Tip Jar (now, during, or after the jams)
to contribute with credit/debit cards, PayPal, or checks. 80% goes to the musicians, 20% to Fiddle Hell scholarships and expenses. Say who it's for if you're donating after the jam is over.
The technology may be new to some of you, but once you've found the Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook group
, and joined it, you should be ok to see the live jams. And you can replay previous jams (and even slow them down) on our Fiddle Hell YouTube channel.
Speaking more broadly, these are truly difficult times for all of us, especially for musicians who thrive on community. I hope you are doing ok, staying healthy, and coping with the wrenching changes to everyday life.
It's a good time to concentrate on tunes, and also to support your favorite performers in their online and virtual performances until life tilts back in the direction of normal.
My family and I wish you all the best in the broad, diverse, and supportive Fiddle Hell community!
Please let us know how you're doing.Dave Reiner
Watch the recent jam videos below, see the playlists, and jam along on our Fiddle Hell YouTube Channel. You can slow these down (click on the gear icon to select the speed).
Click here on our online Tip Jar (now, during, or after jams) to contribute with credit/debit cards, PayPal, or checks. 80% goes to the musicians (who are donating the money to a local organization), 20% to Fiddle Hell scholarships. Say who it's for if you're donating after the jam is over.
Feb 7, led by Andy Reiner (fiddle, octave mandolin) & Joy Adams (cello, banjo, mandolin, vocals), for old-time, Irish, New England, world tunes.
Feb 14, led by Judy Hyman (fiddle) & Jeff Claus (guitar, banjo uke), for old-time tunes.
Feb 21, led by Vi Wickam (fiddle) & Franklin Taggart (guitar), for old-time, Irish, & New England tunes.
Feb 28, led by Shana Aisenberg (fiddle, mandolin) & Beverly Woods (piano), for old-time, contra dance, & Klezmer tunes.
March 7, led by Rob Flax (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, vocals), for blues, jazz, & swing.
March 14, led by Amand Aromin (fiddle, vocals) & Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, guitar, vocals), for Irish & folk tunes [The Vox Hunters].
March 21, Meet Fiddle Hell Online instructors, who will chat briefly about their workshops and play you a tune (join in if you like).
March 29, Meet more Fiddle Hell Online instructors.
April 4, Meet more Fiddle Hell Online instructors.
April 11, 8-9PM EST, on Facebook Live and Zoom. Meet more Fiddle Hell Online instructors.
35 different jams on April 15-18 (replayable for 3 months), at Fiddle Hell Online (+ 35 concerts + 200 workshops).