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2018 Friday

Friday FOOD Hotel Breakfast Buffet in Stony Brook Café 7AM-10:30AM Friday

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 (quick breakfast, snacks, and coffee) opens at 8AM in the Fiddle Hell Lower Hallway.


The Registration Desk is in Room R5 near the right front entrance of the Westford Regency Inn. Sign in, pay if you're not preregistered, get a stylish wristband and nametag, pick up a Program Brochure and Grid, perhaps buy a T-shirt ($15 or 2 for $25). Then, look for your fellow fiddlers; cellists; and mandolin, guitar, and banjo players everywhere around you.

T-shirts and instructors' CDs and books are also in R5, which closes at 10:40PM Friday. Carriage House Violins (Johnson String Instrument) has fiddles, bows, strings and accessories, and Justin can perform minor set-up work for you (during the day). Jon Cooper has splendid violins to show, and will be making a new violin during Fiddle Hell. Magic Fluke will have their Cricket travel violins to show today and Saturday. Dave Golber will have his Hardanger violins to show Sunday (tentatively).

Friday 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 or at a session.

Friday 8:30-9:15AM WARMUP DROP-IN Friday Warmup Scales, Fingers, Bow, Head, Body: F C M G L1 L2 L3 L4 R1 CARLSON[F]

Stretches with Marsha Rich and warmup scales, arpeggios, patterns, rhythms,  and bowing. Get ready for the second day at Fiddle Hell by warming up your body and mind. 

Friday 8:30-9:15AM Basic Bowing Technique with Pam: F L1 L2 R3 WILEY[F]

Pam will help you control the bow with your right arm (larger muscles) rather than your hand for better tone and smoother playing. Also, she'll briefly discuss Tracy Silverman's new book Strum Bowing and demonstrate this new rhythmic way of playing. 

Friday 8:30-9:15AM Developing Your Own Exercises & Practice Routine: F C L2 L3 R4 M'GONIGLE[F]

Balancing technical with creative practice while identifying and strengthening weak areas in our playing can be a challenge. Create your own customized and ever-evolving system of practice and time allotment to maximize effectiveness of your precious practice time. Learn to develop new exercises to strengthen weaker elements of your playing while having more fun practicing!

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Tune Writing - Ideas, Approaches, Examples: R1 MURPHY[P,M,G] TRACY[F]

Keith and Becky will discuss the tune writing process and different sources of inspiration - chord progressions, rhythmic ideas, mimicking other genres. Keith and Becky will also play samples of some of their best compositions, discuss and answer questions.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Very Easy Oldtime Fiddle Workshop: F L1 R32 MOLSKY[F]

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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM An Easy Québecois Fiddle Tune: Any L1 R347 MALKIN[F]

Elaine says: "I will teach Reel à Edmond. It is a lovely melody with interesting rhythm. We will learn about adding the swing essential to this music, and a simple variation or two."

Friday 9:30-10:30AM DROP-IN Help for Fiddlers with Rob: F L1 L2 L3 R353 FLAX[F]

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

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Learn an Easy Scottish Strathspey on Cello & Discuss the History: C L2 R8 NEWTON[C]

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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM "Calliope House" in E (Scottish Jig from New 52): F M L2 R31 BEATON[F]

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

Friday 9:30-10:30AM JAM How to Participate in a Jam: Any L2 R34 C. MASON[F] ROWELL[B] BRYAN[G]

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 Art will hold down the banjo and backup guitar roles. See the Fiddle Hell Jamming Guidelines.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Basic Backup for Scottish & Irish Tunes on Guitar: G L2 R7 SEFTON[G] BESHARA[F]

Explore the most important aspects of accompanying Irish and Scottish tunes on guitar. Tune types, basic right hand rhythms and easy fail-safe chord progressions for most traditional tunes. We'll focus on a few Irish and Scottish tunes to put the technique in context. Players interested in Drop-D, DADGAD, and Standard tuning are welcome.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Creative Irish Guitar Backup in Standard Tuning: G L2 L3 R245 F. COHEN[G] WICKEL[F]

Guitarists will learn chord voicings outside of first position (not barre chords), including playing up-the-neck over open drone strings. If there’s time we will learn some of John McGann’s special standard tuning chords as well. This workshop will focus on playing along with Irish fiddle music.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Practical Tips to Refine Your Sound: F C L2 R2 KOEHLER[F]

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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM "Call the Firewagon," a Bluesy Mandolin Tune: M L2 R4 UNGAR[M]

Learn Memphis Minnie’s “Call the Firewagon,” with 3-note chords, and echo some bluesy lead licks.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Ornamentation in Traditional Irish Tunes: F L2 R349 MARTIN[F]

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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM An American Sound is Born - Learn, Play & Sing: V Any(optional) L2 L3 R3 M. MASON[V,G]

Sing, play and learn about some of the music that built the American song and tune book. From Dan Emmet to Stephen Foster and more. Help welcome Molly Mason to Fiddle Hell!

Friday 9:30-10:30AM JAM Fun Multi-Style Jam: Any L3 R33 A. REINER[F] ADAMS[C] OBOMSAWIN[Bass]

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

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Maine Fiddle Style - Tunes and Techniques: F L3 L4 R346 PROTSIK[F]

Doug founded and runs Maine Fiddle Camp and plays many instruments and styles. In this relatively fast-moving workshop, he'll take you through a few Maine fiddle tunes and eloquently describe some underlying techniques.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM A Classic Bobby Hicks Bluegrass Break for "Can’t You Hear Me Calling": F M L3 R345 CARLSON[F] ROBINSON[G]

Bobby Hicks played with Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs and the Bluegrass Album Band. Here is a great kickoff solo from a Ricky Skaggs album.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM "Morrison's Jig" (Irish Jig from New 52): F M C L3 R35 KLEIN[F]

A classic, driving jig in Em that is one of the essential Irish tunes in the repertoire.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Putting "Lift" into Your New England Dance Playing: F C M L3 R247 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

What does a caller want; what will animate the dancers? Lissa 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.

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Tunes from Franco American Fiddler Louis Beaudoin: F M L3 R6 SUTHERLAND[F]

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 away in Burlington, VT. Louis and his music influenced me tremendously, and some of his tunes are deservedly well-known. I'll teach a couple."

Friday 9:30-10:30AM Shetland Tune Workshop: F M C L3 R37 GORMAN[F]

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. Some of the tunes we might work on include Shaalds o' Foula, The Full Rigged Ship, Da Scalloway Lasses, and Sleep Sound in the Morning.”

Friday 9:30-10:30AM A Favorite Tune from Gerry Robichaud: F M L4 R36 D. ROY[F]

Says Don: "We'll learn a fine tune from the iconic Waltham, Massachusetts, player Gerry Robichaud who spent many hours in sessions with us [Don and Cindy]."

Friday 10:35-10:55AM FLASH HELP New to Fiddle Hell? Suggestions for You: R3 DAVE REINER

Helpful suggestions about the Fiddle Hell schedule, choosing where to go, special events, levels for sessions, learning by ear, jamming, and more. Includes the best tips for newbies from prior attendees. Also held Thursday at 1:35-1:55PM.

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

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 or at a session.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM CONCERT Traditional Irish Fiddle R1 MARTIN[F] O'CONNOR[F] CLANCY[F] SURETTE[G] O'DONOVAN[M.C.]

You'd think you're in the Cobblestone Pub in Dublin with these three fine Irish fiddlers. Brian O'Donovan of WGBH will be our genial M.C. for this dynamic concert of Irish trad music, featuring fantastic Fiddle Hell instructors - and performers. Laurel Martin will lead off, followed by Gerry O'Connor (visiting FH from Ireland), and then Rose Clancy. Hard-working guitarist David Surette will back them all up.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM The Care and Feeding of Your Fiddle: F L1 L2 L3 L4 R37 COOPER[Luthier]

Jon Cooper's a master luthier, known far and wide for his great 4- and 5-string fiddles. Start the day with his practical words of wisdom about the care and feeding of your instrument. Jon will be building a fiddle at his hallway table at Fiddle Hell this year - stop by later on to say hello and try one of his fiddles.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM "Gary Owen" on Cello (Irish Jig in Original 52): C F L1 R8 WEEKS[C,F]

Dating from the 18th century and popular with the British (and later American) cavalry, "Gary Owen" fits nicely on the cello. If you can play a G major scale, you’re ready to “galop away” on this classic jig (and sometimes march).

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM KIDS TEENS Singing for the Joy of It: V L1 L2 L3 R6 BURKE[V,G]

The title sums it up — joyful singing for all! We will learn a few quick and useful vocal warm-ups and then learn songs on the fly — rounds, call and response, and chorus songs. Maybe singing is your main thing, or maybe you want a break from playing tunes. Come along.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Easy Waltz Playalong 2 of 3 Music Provided: Any L2 R32 ALESSIO[F] ROBINSON[G]

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

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Oldtime Fiddle Basics: F L2 R31 MOLSKY[F] DE GROOT[B]

Once you've got the basics of a tune, Bruce will show you a couple of oldtime rhythmic and melodic techniques that can drive and animate the tune and give it that oldtime sound. Starting with a simple tune, Bruce will guide you along the path to oldtime happiness, with Allison anchoring the tune on clawhammer banjo.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM "Josefin's Dopvals" (Swedish Waltz from New 52): F M C L2 R245 KAYNOR[F] DUNCAN[G]

This compelling waltz by Väsen’s Roger Tallroth has been described as “one of the most important compositions of our time." While it was originally written in F, it's usually played in G these days. "Dopvals" translates roughly as "christening waltz" or "baptism waltz."

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM How to Play an Easy 12-Bar Blues "Brain Cloudy Blues": F C M L2 R33 CARLSON[F] B. HAMMOND[G]

We'll learn "Brain Cloudy Blues" from the Merle Haggard Tribute to Bob Wills album. As we learn this 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! 

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn to Play Puirt à Beul (Cheerful Gaelic "Mouth Music"): F C M L2 R345 MCNALLY[F]

The genre, found in Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, involves a single performer singing lighthearted lyrics. In puirt à beul, the rhythm and sound of the song often have more importance than the depth or even sense of the lyrics, so it's fun to move them onto the fiddle. We'll learn a few super catchy and accessible tunes from this Gaelic song tradition.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Beginning Bass Runs on Guitar: G L2 R346 WYSLOUCH[G]

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

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM How to Learn an Oldtime Fiddle Tune on the Fly for Banjo Players: B L2 R35 ROWELL[B]

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

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Iconic Bluegrass Fiddle Breaks: F M L3 R3 ANGER[F] F. COHEN[G]

In Bluegrass, quoting performance on the original recording is a badge of belonging and a way of connecting past with present. Quoting can develop into subtle, nuanced commentaries on the original solo and others in the style. We'll learn several iconic "breaks" and how they can be used in other contexts.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Innovative Double Stops on the Fiddle: F C L3 L4 R34 WICKEL[F]

How and when to use double stops in tunes and songs in a variety of styles. Some are standard, some are innovative and ear-catching. Also, we'll address issues of intonation and cleanliness when using double stops, and examine ways to adjust our playing hand technique for ease and clarity of sound.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Hot Techniques for Swing Mandolin: M L3 L4 R4 J. ANICK[M] P. ANICK[G]

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 11:00AM-12:00PM Techniques for Bringing Waltzes to Life: F C L3 R36 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G,P]

Learn how and why a waltz can make dancers feel light on their feet and can touch your heart and bring a tear to your eye.

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM Prince Edward Island Tunes: Any L3 R7 PERLMAN[B]

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

Friday 11:00AM-12:00PM A Crooked Québecois Tune from Jos Bouchard: F M L4 R247 FAVREAU[F]

Jos Bouchard is a iconic name in Québecois music. "Reel St-Jean Ile d’Orléan" has two characters: the first part is like a reel and the second part is very lyric, a typical layout on the Bouchard repertoire. Crooked but fun and happy.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM CONCERT Fête Française R1 TRACY[F] FAVREAU[F] D. ROY[F] MURPHY[P,G] C. ROY[P] O'DONOVAN[M.C.]

Brian O'Donovan of WGBH will be our M.C. for this dynamic concert of French Canadian and Franco American music, featuring fantastic Fiddle Hell instructors - and performers. Becky Tracy will lead off, backed by Keith Murphy.  Then, Éric Favreau, also backed by Keith. Finally, Don and Cindy Roy will take the stage for Franco American tunes.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Healthy Singing from the Ground Up: V L1 L2 L3 R247 WEEKS[V]

An introduction to using your whole body to support the vocal mechanism and create a healthy and open sound. We’ll explore how body, breath, and imagination combine to
create your uniquely beautiful voice.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Backing Up a Singer on a Lead Instrument: F C M L1 L2 L3 L4 R36 SUTHERLAND[F] L. HAMMOND[V] B. HAMMOND[G]

Says Pete: "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. A little basic street theory, but mostly open ears and eyes, and we’ll try some ideas.”

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Picking Techniques for Mandolin: M L1 L2 R346 FLAX[M]

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.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM An Easy Scottish Jig "Chase Me Charlie" (New 52): F M L1 R3 JOHNSTONE[F]

Learn a simple, rollicking jig by ear. The tune will be played in simple phrases and then embellished with an emphasis on bowing to express the jig dance rhythm of the tune. It's also known as "Cock O' the North," in the New 52.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM DROP-IN Help on Irish Fiddling from Tom: F L1 L2 L3 L4 R37 T. MORLEY[F]

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!

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Learn "Magic Fiddle" from the Composer (New 52): F M C L2 R33 P. ANICK[F]

"Magic Fiddle" is an ancient sounding tune in Am, which evokes different moods at different tempos. We’ll start with the basic melody and add in bowings and variations to make it sound more “magical.” Peter has played with Dave Reiner in several bluegrass and Western Swing bands in the past.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM JAM Somewhat Slow Oldtime Jam: Trad L2 R4 KAUFMAN[F] ROWELL[B]

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 and Tim promise this session will be somewhat s l o w. Really, they do.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM A Round Peak Oldtime Banjo Tune: B L2 R347 DE GROOT[B]

Oldtime music from Surry County, NC has a distinct and exciting banjo tradition. We will learn my interpretation of Fred Cockerham’s unusual version of "Cumberland Gap" in F#BEAD tuning. We'll learn by ear but tablature will be provided.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Easy Bowing Patterns for Irish Reels and Hornpipes: F C L2 R31 O'CONNOR[F]

The rhythm of Irish dance music is utterly dependent on the bowing patterns used. Gerry will highlight a useful generic approach to learning to play Irish dance music specific to the fiddle. Bowing is Everything!

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Fiddle Tunes on the Harmonica: Harmonica L2 L3 R345 TURNER[Harmonica]

Bring a diatonic harmonica in the key of C (you can find these for $10 in the Fiddle Hell store). Chris will show you how to play fiddle tunes, using easy techniques such as blow/draw, and a few intermediate ones such as bends and tongue blocking. Don't miss The Whomp! at 9:30PM tonight.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Shetland Tunes & the Idiosyncratic Bowing: C L3 R8 NEWTON[C]

Shetland is an island unto itself 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 - you can get a free loaner cello for Fiddle Hell by prearrangement with Justin Davis at Johnson Strings.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Improve Your Twin Fiddling Across the Styles: F M L3 R6 A. REINER[F] D. REINER[F]

Andy grew up playing twin fiddle with dad Dave in the Reiner Family Band. They’ll demonstrate and teach exciting twin (harmony) fiddling techniques ranging from close harmonies to counterpoint to tradeoffs to chopping. New England, Bluegrass, Western Swing, Scandinavian, and Gypsy styles will all get a turn in the spotlight.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Secrets to Improvise Over Chords on Western Swing Tunes: F M C L3 R7 SCHATZ[F] RACOWSKY[G]

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.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Canadian Tunes from Don Messer & Ward Allen: F M L3 R35 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

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 "Honest John Jig" (Messer) and "Maggie & Jiggs Two-Step" (Allen). Look for George and Art's CDs (including The Montville Project) in the FH store.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM An Irish Tune by Maurice Lennon: F M L4 R245 MARCH[F] SEFTON[G]

 Larry Reynolds emigrated from Galway to Boston in 1953 with fiddle in hand. The Boston Globe called him the “unofficial ambassador of Irish music in Boston.” Maurice Lennon, founder of Stockton’s Wing and prolific composer of Irish music wrote this jaunty reel for Larry; it's "Maurice Lennon's Tribute to Larry Reynolds."

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Learn Cape Breton Tunes That Are Secretly Irish Tunes: F M L4 R32 MCNALLY[F]

Everyone knows that a lot of Scottish tunes are played in Cape Breton, but some great Irish ones sneak in there too! We'll learn a couple of corkers.

Friday 12:30-1:30PM Bungle Melodies Beautifully, Baby!: G F L4 R34 WYSLOUCH[G] WICKEL[F]

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 2:00-3:00PM How to Learn Tunes by Ear with Lissa: Any L1 L2 R247 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

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! Also Thursday at 2PM.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM DROP IN Cello Help and Workshop: C L1 L2 L3 L4 R37 ADAMS[C]

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 2:00-3:00PM Singing for the Confidence Impaired - for Non-Singers: V L1 L2 L3 R7 L. HAMMOND[V]

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.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM How to Jam - Advice and a Chance to Try It Out: Any L1 R245 FLAX[F,M,V] F. COHEN[G,V]

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!), and then have fun playing together.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Tone Production on the Fiddle: F L1 L2 L3 R6 CLANCY[F]

Find your fiddle “voice.” It’s all in the bow! Learn how to optimize the tone of your fiddle through examining the role of bow weight, bow speed and bow placement. We will look at the economy of bow movement and the importance of relaxation in creating a smooth and stable tone.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Intermediate New England Jam: Any L2 L3 R1 KAYNOR[F] EID-REINER[P]

Some easy tunes, some a touch harder.  Share, request, learn, listen, record, ENJOY! 

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Intro to Swing Fiddle in The Style of Jason Anick: F M L2 R4 J. ANICK[F]

Learn the essential practice tools for developing a perfect swing feel and groove. Hear more gypsy jazz and swing at 3:30PM on Saturday, when Jason's Acoustic Trio will perform on the FH stage.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Easy Favorite Tunes from Prince Edward Island - Not Too Fast: Trad L2 R346 JOHNSTONE[F] PERLMAN[B] SEFTON[G]

PEI tunes draw from Scottish, Irish, and Acadian traditions, with a dose of Cape Breton and Maritime. Roy's a well-known PEI fiddler and fiddle ambassador, and Ken has studied PEI fiddlers and folklore for many years. With Eamon on guitar, it ought to be a fun jam for low intermediates. Gentle pace throughout, with relatively easy tunes. Come to jam or just listen.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Mandolin Fills, Clichés and Riffs To Use Behind Vocals: M L2 L3 R35 GORMAN[M]

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?

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Irish Really S L O W Jam: Trad L2 R34 T. MORLEY[F] SURETTE[G]

Tom leads many slow jams, from Tennessee to Ireland. Some common seisiún tunes, at a s l o w pace. David Surette on guitar will add the low end and keep it steady.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM JAM French Canadian Jam Session: Trad L3 R36 TRACY[F] MURPHY[P,G]

Bring your favorite French Canadian tunes to share, and Becky and Keith will share some of theirs. Should be a rocking good time. Soyez le bienvenu!

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Driving Guitar Backup for Oldtime, Cajun, Québecois & New England Styles: G L3 R2 OLSON[G]

The accompanist helps drive the music along in these musical genres. Bill will show you several key techniques to get it done for reels, jigs and 2-steps. He'll help you develop a "backbeat" pulse using dampened bar chords. A more basic version of this workshop is on Thursday at 3:30PM.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM The Blues: North America's Musical Language: F C M G L3 R32 ANGER[F] WYSLOUCH[G]

The Blues as a common language pervades EVERY style of American music. It's a harmonic and melodic system with specific 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.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Essential Scottish Bowing Techniques: F L3 R33 PEARLMAN[F]

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? For extra credit, in which year did Skinner's name appear on the back of the FH t-shirt? 

Friday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Fun with Improvisation: Any L3 R353 KLEIN[F]

We'll play some improvisation games, and see what happens when we play those music games with a simple American tune.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM TEACHERS Breaking Tunes Down for Students (& Idea Swap): F C L3 R345 KOEHLER[F]

Gretchen invites teachers to swap their "best of" ideas to bring back to their teaching studios. She will offer her own tried-and-true techniques gathered over her 30+ yrs that help students "catch tunes," including tips on breaking tunes down and hands on pointers for a variety of learning styles and musical situations.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Learn "Lover's Waltz" From the Composers Themselves: F M C G L3 R31 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G]

"Lovers Waltz" seems to trace the rise of romantic desire and its satisfaction in each section. Is this really true? See for yourself.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM Oldtime Fiddling: The Bow is Your Drumstick: F L4 R3 MOLSKY[F]

In some types of music, the drummer lays down a rhythmic groove. But there's no drummer in oldtime music. Fortunately, the bow is your drumstick! In this fast-paced workshop, Bruce will show you how to wield the bow in the context of several driving oldtime tunes.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM A Challenging Western Swing Tune "Maiden's Prayer": F L4 R8 CARLSON[F] RACOWSKY[G]

Western Swing is a style typified by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. "Maiden's Prayer" is a classic, relaxed tune in A, which can be played on one fiddle or several. Incidentally, bluegrassers such as Richard Green have added their own take on this tune as well.

Friday 2:00-3:00PM A Favorite Tune from Pete's Posse: F M L4 R347 SUTHERLAND[F] SCANLON[M,F]

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

Friday 3:00-3:30PM FLASH HISTORY The Origins of Fiddle Hell USA and FH UK: R3 CLARK[FH UK ORGANIZER]

Graham attended the first Fiddle Hell in Missouri, hosted by Dale Hopkins in 2004, and then organized a series of FHs in the UK in Buxton. Dave Reiner started up FH in Massachusetts in 2005. Welcome Graham and hear his stories of the good old days of Fiddle Hell.

Friday 3:00-3:30PM FLASH MOB Running Sound 101: L1 R1 SCANLON[Sound]

Microphones, mixer, speakers - what's it all about? Oliver will talk through a few of the basics. We might use a volunteer instrumentalist or two to experiment on. A more advanced version offered as a full session by Oliver and Colin at 2PM on Saturday.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM DROP-IN Help for Beginning Fiddlers: F L1 L2 R349 KOEHLER[F]

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 Mandolin from the Beginning (Bring Mandolin): M L1 R37 L. HAMMOND[M]

This gentle introduction to a versatile and fun instrument from Lorraine starts with the basics of holding the mandolin and pick, getting good sound from it, and fingering chords and easy melodies.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM DROP-IN Help on Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo: B L1 L2 L3 L4 R353 ROWELL[B]

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 Tim’s CDs with Jubilee Mule and the Hi-Tone Ramblers.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Play Faster by Playing Less: F M C L2 R4 MARCH[F] KAYNOR[F]

This session was suggested by a FH attendee last year. Sometimes there are just too many notes and the tune is going too fast. What can you do to hang in there at speed and still feel good about what you're playing? Well, you can play faster by playing less. Clayton and David will demonstrate and help you learn to do the same.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Easy Breton Tunes for Melody Instruments: M F C L2 R3 SURETTE[M]

Come learn a choice selection of traditional dance tunes (gavottes, en dros, hanter dros, ronds, etc.) from Brittany, the Celtic region of France. All tunes will be in fiddle-friendly keys!

Friday 3:30-4:30PM A Great Tune or Two from Maine F M L2 R31 D. ROY[F]

Tunes from our native composers in Maine, which has a rich heritage of wicked good fiddlers and tunes. L2 tunes and gentle pace.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Irish Barndance Workshop: F M C L2 R33 KLEIN[F]

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 fun, accessible, easy tunes to learn. We might learn "Auchdon House" or another tune, and play around with some easy ornamentation ideas.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM How to Use a Vamp or Cadence as a Vibrant Gateway into Creativity: F M C L2 R7 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Learn to use a sweet, succinct melodic/harmonic idea to build every creative skill you’ll need to improvise in any style. We will learn a few of the most classic vamps and cadences and use them as a springboard into skills essential to fearless and effortless improvisation.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Melodic Clawhammer Banjo Workshop: B L2 L3 R347 PERLMAN[B]

Ken is a well-known pioneer in melodic clawhammer banjo. 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.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Singing Classic Bluegrass & Country Songs: V L2 R346 ORSHAW[V]

In the 1950's, country giants like Hank Williams ran in the same circles as the early bluegrassers, like Bill Monroe. In this short survey class, we'll take a listen to some of the biggest vocal influences of those styles and we'll sing some of their classic songs as a group!

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Backing Up a Fiddler on Guitar: G L2 L3 R34 M. MASON[G] UNGAR[F]

Basic rhythmic techniques and bass runs to accompany some very different fiddle tunes.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM An Intro to Bluegrass Fiddling on "Mule Skinner Blues": F L2 R6 P. ANICK[F,V] ROBINSON[G,V]

We’ll learn “Mule Skinner Blues,” a standard bluegrass song and talk about how to achieve its bluegrassy nuances on fiddle. JR will anchor the rhythm and sing. Trivia: Peter Anick and Dave Reiner have played in many bands together, including Hot Off the Frets ("All the notes that fit, they play").

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Helpful Ways to Improvise in Jazz: F M C G L2 L3 R345 FLAX[F,M,G]

Feel okay about taking an easy solo on some tunes, but still sometimes get confused about where you are? Do you hear a harmony player’s juicy chords, but can’t figure out how to react? Do you want to build a solo with a satisfying narrative arc? This session is for you.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM The Beauty of the Slow Air: F L2 L3 R247 HEELY[F]

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

Friday 3:30-4:30PM A Lyrical Irish Tune, "Patsy Geary's Jig": F M L2 R8 GORMAN[F,M]

We’ll be working on “Patsy Geary’s Jig,“ which was recorded on The Bothy Band’s first LP. We'll compare it to the melody it became in the States called “The Yellow Rose of Texas.”

Friday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Easy Guided Bluegrass Jam with Tony & Mali: Trad V L2 R35 WATT[G,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]

Guided jam with easy songs – not too fast or difficult. Learn as you jam. It’s more fun if you can sing or improvise solos, but not required. The best way to get prepared is to learn a common bluegrass song to sing (you can bring the verses along to read from).

Friday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Cape Breton Jam Session: Trad L3 R36 BEATON[F] EID-REINER[P]

Who knew that the Ceilidh Trail led right to Westford, MA? This should be a fine session, full of fun tunes. The main purpose of Cape Breton music was always social. This tradition was something that knit together  small coal-mining communities and then spread well beyond them.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Full Speed Oldtime Jam with The Mountain Drifters: Trad L3 L4 R1 MOLSKY[F] DE GROOT[B] WYSLOUCH[G]

Tunes will move right along, although we’ll play each one for a while in true oldtime style. Key changes will come regularly every three days :-). Read more about Molsky's Mountain Drifters.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Québecois Bowing Workshop: F L3 R2 FAVREAU[F]

Traditional bowing techniques really make the sound of Québecois fiddling for "Le Reel du Sapin Bleu." When you play a simple tune without many notes, you can create variations with ornamentation and different bowings. Transform a simple melody, make it a bit more complex, and different every time, but always in a traditional style.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Klezmer 201 - Going Beyond the Basics: Any L3 R245 AISENBERG[F,M]]

Klezmer is a rich musical tradition, with the fiddle (aka fidl) playing a prominent role in late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European ensembles. Don't forget the intermediate Klezmer jam at 11AM on Sunday.

Friday 3:30-4:30PM Learn an Irish Tune or Two from The Dance Music of Oriel: F L4 R32 O'CONNOR[F]

Learn a great tune or two that Gerry has helped resurrect and record from the South Ulster area of Ireland. But that's not all - at 7:30-8:00PM tonight, Brian O'Donovan will launch Gerry's new book Rose in the Gap, The Dance Music of Oriel. See and buy the book then and also in the Fiddle Hell store. Be sure to stop by!

Friday FOOD and DRINK at Old Joe Clark's Pub 4PM-11PM Friday R9

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

Friday 4:30-5:00PM FLASH CELEBRATION: Mark Simos Book Release! R3 SIMOS[Author]

Mark Simos’ new book, Songwriting in Practice: Notebooks, Journals, Logs, Lists (Berklee Press 2018) is all about the “housekeeping” of creative work. Primarily addressed to songwriters, these guiding principles can also be useful to tune writers, or players organizing their tune repertoire. Come celebrate—and get a Fiddle Hell discount!

Friday 4:30-5:00PM FLASH YODELING Intro to Yodeling: V L1 L2 L3 L4 R2 KAUFMAN[YODEL]

Quickly learn a few basics of yodeling. No experience necessary; just bring yourself and your sense of humor :-).  Alan was one of the three yodelers and yodel composers in a much-loved YouTube video .

Friday 4:30-5:00PM FLASH MOB Intro to Bodhrán (Bring One or Listen): Bodh L1 L2 R4 F. MORLEY[Bodh] T. MORLEY[F]

Traditional Irish goatskin drum, played with a tipper. Bring yours for an easy introduction, or just listen in

Friday 5:00-6:00PM CONCERT Darol Anger & the Furies R1 ANGER[F] PHELPS[V,G] A. REINER[OM,F] ADAMS[V,C,B]

When these powerful forces get together with Darol, the result is mythical, magical, musical mayhem that varies from bluegrass to world to folk music.

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

Want a quick dinner before the evening sessions (including the Whomp)? The hotel is running a Fiddle Hell buffet for us in the Stoney Brook Café next to the main lobby. It's a Thanksgiving theme - help yourself to turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, gravy, garden salad. 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.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Easy and Beautiful Gaelic Melodies from Scotland: F M L1 R33 PEARLMAN[F]

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 Appalachian Mountain Songs, Everyone Welcome: V Any L1 L2 L3 L4 R36 L. HAMMOND[V,M] B. HAMMOND[G]

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.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM An Easy Traditional Cajun Waltz: F L1 R3 KAMINSKY[F]

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.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Introduction to Bluegrass Banjo: B L1 R7 ARKIN[B]

Bring your banjo and a recording device and try out 3-finger bluegrass picking for songs and fiddle tunes. The basics of hand position, the use of finger picks, how to improve your tone, the basic right hand “rolls,” and bluegrass rhythm. Also, there's a L2 bluegrass banjo workshop on Saturday at 9:30PM.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Mandolin Technique and a Tune for Beginners: M L1 R35 ROWELL[M]

Together we’ll explore right and left hand techniques including pick choice, tremolo and chord shapes. And we'll learn an easy tune.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Music Theory for Fiddle Music People: Any L2 R31 F. COHEN[G,M]

Learn basic terminology and understand how scales and arpeggios relate to fiddle tunes; and also how to use the circle of fifths diagram to your great advantage. No theory experience necessary, bring all of your questions! While Flynn will have mandolin and guitar in hand, the material is appropriate for any instrument.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM From Page to Stage - A Note Reader's Guide to Basic Oldtime Ornamentation: Any L2 R34 KOEHLER[F]

 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 5:00-6:00PM Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Guitar Workshop: G L2 L3 R4 O'ROURKE[G]

Max will show intermediate guitarists some of the key aspects of playing rhythm guitar in gypsy jazz. Interesting chords, moving chords, up the neck, and more. Come hear Max with the Jason Anick Acoustic Trio Saturday at 3:30PM.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM "The Newlywed Reel" (Louis Beaudoin version) from a Young Vermont Fiddler: F M L3 R6 SCANLON[F,M]

Considered one of the great Québec fiddlers, Louis Beaudoin actually lived in Burlington, VT most of his life. Wherever he lived or went, he seems to have spread great love and joy with his music. Oliver will teach "Reel de Jeunes Mariés," one of his favorite tunes. More from Oliver in the "Dynamic Duos" concert on Sunday at 3:30PM.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Demystifying the Upper Positions: F M L3 L4 R245 M'GONIGLE[F]

We'll consider the best ways to familiarize yourself with the upper positions on the fiddle (or mandolin) neck. We'll explore strategies to re-apply your knowledge of first position into an effective access point for other positions, and to other keys to that can seem awkward or difficult in first position. All twelve keys can be yours!

Friday 5:00-6:00PM JAM Oldtime Jam Session with Pete: Trad L3 R247 SUTHERLAND[F] OLSON[G]

How about a blast of oldtime Southern tunes? They're in Pete's DNA, we think.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM Brilliant Irish Workshop on a Josephine Keegan Jig "O’Hanlon’s Bridge": F M C L3 R32 CLANCY[F,M]

Josephine Keegan was born in 1935 in Dundee, Scotland, and moved to Co. Armagh in 1939 and Mullaghbane in 1950. She is known for being Seán Maguire's pianist, but is also an excellent fiddle player and a prolific composer. Rose Clancy founded and runs The Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, MA.

Friday 5:00-6:00PM A Challenging Bulgarian Dance Tune in 15/16, “Bucimis”: F M C L4 R345 AISENBERG[F,M]

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 an exciting Bulgarian dance tune in 15/16, “Bucimis".

Friday 6:30-7:30PM "My Cape Breton Home" - A Very Simple Cape Breton Waltz (New 52): F L1 R31 BEATON[F]

Andrea will show you "My Cape Breton Home," a beautiful waltz (or air) written by Jerry Holland and commonly played in Cape Breton. And of course, she'll help you make it sound Cape Breton-esque. 

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Freeing Up Your Bow Arm: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 R33 TRACY[F]

The aim of this session is to achieve a more fluid bow arm. We’ll explore all aspects of what will help to improve your tone from bow hold to arm motion. Bring your challenges and your discoveries.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Making Sense of Chords: F M C L1 L2 L3 R2 D. REINER[F] RACOWSKY[G]

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.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Piano Workshop (Demonstration): P Demo L1 L2 L3 L4 R1 PROTSIK[P]

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

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Taming Performance Jitters - Workshop & Discussion: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 R37 EID-REINER

Give your hands a break, and participate in this interactive session for musicians and performers of any kind that will include teaching, discussion, and exercises. We’ll talk about and try out ways to reduce stress and increase fun when performing.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM KIDS Learn Scottish Jig "Off She Goes": F C L1 R8 MCNALLY[F]

"Off She Goes," which first appeared in print in 1790, is an essential jig for players of all ages. The tune was and is popular throughout the British Isles and North America. It is said to have been a tradition for the fiddle player to sit on the deck of the ship playing "Off She Goes" as the ship departed harbor.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Oldtime Fiddle Workshop on a Regional Tune: F L2 R3 MOLSKY[F]

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

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Slow Motion Irish Ornamentation: F C L2 R245 KOEHLER[F]

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.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM TEACHERS Out of First Position - Shifting: F L2 L3 R247 WILEY[F]

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

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Getting Into the Bluegrass Mandolin Style of Bill Monroe: M L2 L3 R35 BROWN[M] DILLON[G]

Learn from a great player who himself learned directly from Bill Monroe. Dave Dillon will back up on guitar - he played with Joe Val for many years. BTW, Dr. Brown will lead off the Mandolin Summit Concert on Saturday morning at 11AM.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM "Trip to Moscow" (Northumbrian March from New 52) F M C L2 R346 MALONEY[F]

"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 likely show up at the Whomp! at 9:30PM tonight, and at the FLASH MARCH Saturday at 10:30AM.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Finger Picking Guitar - Play Like Yourself, Only More So: G L3 R353 B. HAMMOND[G]

Bennett has a fascinating fingerpicking style, and uses it across many styles. He'll demonstrate some key ideas and get you playing like yourself, only more so. Bennett's a fine storyteller and writer as well as instrumentalist.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Klezmer Scales & Rhythms - Learn "der Heyser Bulgar": F L3 R4 B. COHEN[F]

Klezmer is a rich musical tradition, dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European ensembles. This classic showpiece is a rhythmically spirited dance with syncopated accents and expressive energy. "Heyser" means "hot" and a "Bulgar" is a dance. Don't forget the Klezmer jam at 11AM on Sunday.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM A Lyrical Irish Jig on Mandolin: M OM L3 R349 SURETTE[M]

We will learn a sweet and ear-catching tune on the mando, with nice ornaments and traditional jig picking patterns.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Franco-American Accordion Tunes on the Fiddle: F L3 R36 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P,Feet]

Franco-American accordion tunes are great on the fiddle, bringing energy and happiness. As do Don and Cindy...

Friday 6:30-7:30PM Learn "Minor Swing" in Am (New 52): F M OM L3 R7 J. ANICK[F] P. ANICK[G]

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 the end is decided and the playout performed.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM How to Capture the Style: Any L3 R347 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

What key skills do you need to capture a style? Do you know how to lock into the groove? The ornamentation? The timing of how to enter, sustain and leave each note or where to place the accents? Let’s explore one phrase across a number of styles.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM "Fisher's Hornpipe" in D (New England from New 52): F M C L3 R34 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

"Fisher's Hornpipe" is one of the most popular, widespread and frequently published fiddle tunes in the world. It was written in D and first published around 1778. Although Lissa plays this wonderful tune in both F and D, she'll teach it in D today. It's got a wonderful New England feel and is fun for jams, dances, and performances.

Friday 6:30-7:30PM JAM Session with Darol, Andy, & Joy: Any L3 R32 ANGER[F] A. REINER[OM] ADAMS[C]

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, Joy, and the other hellions.  Anything can happen - and will!

Friday 6:30-7:30PM New Tunes from Scotland: F M OM L4 R345 PEARLMAN[F]

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 7:30-8:00PM FLASH BOOK LAUNCH "Rose in the Gap" by Gerry O'Connor: R3 O'CONNOR[Author,F], O'DONOVAN[M.C.]

Brian O'Donovan of WGBH will launch Gerry's new tune book The Rose in the Gap - 287 tunes from a previously unpublished collection from the turn of the 20th century, airing many of these tunes for the first time in over 100 years (176 pp, color photos, biography and tune analyses). Copies will be on sale; also look for them in the Fiddle Hell store.

Friday 7:30-8:00PM FLASH SING Shape Note Singing (No Teaching): V L2 L3 R4 SUTHERLAND[V]

Some shape note experience is needed. 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 2018. The bigger the sound, the better. Music provided. More at 5PM Sunday.

Friday 7:30-8:00PM TEENS Teen Meetup On Friday Night (Ages 13-18 only) R7

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

Friday 8:00-9:00PM DANCE Easy Contradance: R1 KAYNOR[Caller] UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P] NEWTON[C]

No dance experience necessary! All are welcome to dance or listen, with David Kaynor calling. Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are joining us at Fiddle Hell for the first time. Together with Abby Newton on cello, they're a great dance band. (No sit-ins tonight; that will happen at the Saturday night dance.)  Jay and Molly are also playing for dancing Saturday morning at 11AM - waltzes and other 3/4 dances.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Intro to Québecois Fiddle Style: F L1 R34 FAVREAU[F]

In tunes like "Jos Couture Reel," phrasing, space between the notes, and sound are always important. Éric's here for all four days to teach tunes in the French Canadian style of beauty, feeling, rhythm, and excitement.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM CANCELLED (Illness) TEACHERS How to Help Suzuki Students Get Into Traditional Fiddle Styles: F C L2 R6 BESHARA[F]

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 8:00-9:00PM A New Favorite New England Waltz from Becky: TRACY[F] L2 R32

I’ll teach a waltz of mine, “Chili and Chocolate,” which appears on my new Eloise & Co. recording with Rachel Bell. We’ll explore a harmony as well.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Intro to Greek Violin: F M L2 R8 B. COHEN[F]

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.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM An Oldtime Tune in Cross Tuning: F M L2 R31 HYMAN[F]

Judy adores “alternate” fiddle tunings with their blissful overtones. Let’s retune our fiddles (she’ll help get you in and out of the tuning) and discover why.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Bringing an Irish Jig to Life with Your Bow: F L3 R3 O'CONNOR[F]

Gerry will teach some jigs not generally heard outside his own area, learned from local fiddle players Peter and Tommy McArdle from Count Louth. He'll introduce bowing patterns specific to the playing of these very danceable jigs, which are from his recently released solo album Last Night's Joy.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM The Rhythmic Side of Gypsy Jazz: F M G L3 R247 J. ANICK[F,M] O'ROURKE[G]

A deep study into the different common rhythmic grooves in Gypsy jazz (Swing, Bossa, waltz, and 6/8 feel). Hear Jason's Acoustic Trio in concert Saturday at 3:30PM.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM JAM Traditional Scottish Session: Trad L3 R36 MCNALLY[F] SEFTON[G]

Join Katie and Eamon for a session of classic Scottish and Cape Breton tunes. They'll lead the way and students are encouraged to bring some of their favorite tunes to share. There's another Scottish jam Sunday at 2PM.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Learn Mariel's Favorite Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes: F L3 R245 VANDERSTEEL[F]

Mariel lived in Norway while studying the hardingfele, and plays fiddle with various groups including Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers (Sunday concert at 12:30PM). Swedish, Norwegian, and more - this will be a fun evening workshop.

Friday 8:00-9:00PM Building Variations into Oldtime Banjo Tunes: B L4 R4 DE GROOT[B]

Allison will show you tools you can incorporate into any tune to build variations. It can be difficult to get away from the usual banjo arrangement in a jam; we will discuss how to break down a tune and then rebuild it to make it more interesting. By ear, but tablature provided.

Friday 9:30-11:00PM THE WHOMP! Glowing Gathering of Groove (Join in at Any Time): Any L2 R3 A. REINER[F,OM] ADAMS[C,B] WYSLOUCH[G] OBOMSAWIN[Bass], MALONEY[F] TURNER[Harmonica]

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 third time!

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Play Scottish & Cape Breton Tunes (From New 52) at a Moderate Pace: Trad L2 L3 R36 PEARLMAN[F] NEWTON[C]

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 Repentance. Ed will guide fiddlers, mandolin players, and more; Abby will guide cellists who may play backup for these tunes if they don't know the melodies.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM JAM New England Slow Jam at Night: Any L2 R1 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

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. Tunes will be played 30-50% slower than usual.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM An Oldtime Fiddle & Banjo Tune from Lyman Enloe: F B L2 R6 M'GONIGLE[F] DEGROOT[B]

Come learn a fun and easy tune with Patrick and Allison from one of their favorite fiddlers- Lyman Enloe who was from Missouri. We will learn by ear, fiddles and banjos welcomed, tab for banjo players will be provided.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM "Bus Stop Reel," a Gutsy Irish Tune with Ornaments: F M L2 R35 T. MORLEY[F]

The “Bus Stop Reel” is a contemporary and catchy Irish reel composed by Seattle musician Anita Anderson several decades ago. It’s become a popular with fiddlers everywhere, and was a favorite of Chattanooga fiddler Fletcher Bright.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM Playing Double Stops on Fiddle & Mandolin on Bluegrass Songs: F M L3 L4 R4 ORSHAW[F] WATT[M]

Fiddle and mandolin share the billing since they're tuned the same. And for both, double stops can ratchet up your playing to the next level. In this deep and exciting workshop, Laura will guide fiddlers while Tony will commune with  mandolin players.

Friday 9:30-10:30PM JAM Western Swing Jam at Night: F M C G V L3 R7 HARTY[G,V] SCHATZ[F,V]

Try some hot breaks on your instrument, 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 9:30-10:30PM Rhythm & Expression in Playing for New England Dances: F M L4 R8 KAYNOR[F]

As a dance caller and dance fiddler, David is the perfect leader for this workshop. You'll learn a solid “workhorse” tune and then develop expressive melodic and rhythmic variations that relate to contra dance choreography. David, who will call at the Saturday night dance, promises to reveal several of his secrets and techniques.


Registration and Fiddle Hell Store close until 7:45AM Saturday morning.  But THE WHOMP! continues until 11:00PM. Plan ahead for the very helpful early sessions on Saturday, starting at 8:30AM.

Friday DRINKS at Old Joe Clark's Pub 11PM-1AM Friday R9

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

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Beginner S L O W Jam to Finish the Day (Old and New 52): Any L1 L2 R4 LUKAČKO(F) BRYAN(G)

Terri and Art will pick easier tunes from the Original 52 and New 52 common tune lists, like 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, ... A slow jam helps you learn these.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Southern Oldtime Bowing & Rhythms: F L2 R7 KAUFMAN[F]

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

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Irish Jam Session with Laurel and David: Trad L2 L3 R36 BESHARA[F] MARTIN[F] SURETTE[G]

Laurel Martin's fiddle playing moves with the joyful, lilting rhythm and soulful nuance she hears in the music of Clare and East Galway. David will lay down a great foundation at this energetic late-night jam. Amy Beshara was originally scheduled to join them but won't be able to be there because of illlness.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Easy Guided Bluegrass Jam: Trad V L2 R35 WATT[G,M,V] ORSHAW[F,M,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]

Guided jam with easy songs – not too fast or difficult. Learn as you jam. It’s more fun if you can sing or improvise solos, but not required. The best way to get prepared is to learn a common bluegrass song to sing (you can bring the verses along to read from).

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Late Night Jazz Standards Jam: Any L3 R8 WICKEL[F] RACOWSKY[G]

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 Marshall will have some good suggestions, too, depending on who shows up. Fiddle, guitar, mandolin, cello, and others are welcome.

Friday 11:00PM-12:00AM Learn One of Judy's Most Favorite Oldtime Tunes: F L3 R6 HYMAN[F]

Judy has many favorite fiddle tunes. That’s the nature of loving old-time fiddle music, right? She’ll choose a great one for the occasion.


Official Jam Spots are fine (not those near guest rooms) and the following rooms are open all night for jamming: R4, R6, R7, R8, R35, and R36.