Fiddle Hell Schedule

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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 newly-designed T-shirt ($15 or 2 for $25). Then, look for your fellow fiddlers; cellists; and mandolin, guitar, and banjo players everywhere around you.

T-shirts and instructors' CDs and books are also in R5, which closes at 11:15PM Saturday. 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 on Saturday and Sunday.

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

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

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM Singing with Strength for Singers: V L1 L2 L3 L4 L. HAMMOND[V]

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

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM JAM Play Fun Tunes from the Maine Fiddle Camp: F M C G L2 FOWLER[F] PROTSIK[P]

Maine Fiddle Camp welcomes players of all levels. We’ll play tunes from our classes and from easy jams during those wonderful summer music gatherings in Montville, Maine.

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM DROP-IN Help on Fiddle Techniques: F L2 L3 KOEHLER[F]

Bowing questions? Intonation and tone? A tricky part of a tune? 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 a few minutes or stay the whole time.

Saturday 8:30-9:15AM Start Your Day With a Fine Original Waltz from Judy: F M C G L2 HYMAN[F]
Saturday 8:30-9:15AM Arranging Tunes for a Band or Ensemble: Any L2 MURPHY[G,M] TRACY[F]
Saturday 8:30-9:15AM Quick Help on Learning Fiddle Tunes by Ear: F M G C L2 AISENBERG[F,M]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM DROP-IN Ask Abby Your Cello Questions: C L1 L2 L3 L4 NEWTON[C]

Drop in for a few minutes or stay for a while. Technique, style, tone, improvisation, ornaments. Scottish, Irish, and more. Abby will help you out.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Cape Breton Bowing Workshop with "Sarabelle Beaton’s March" F L1 BEATON[F]

In Cape Breton, we saw more with our bow, and slur less, so we'll work on the "general rules" of that - in the context of a fine 2/4 march in A from Cape Breton. Andrea wrote this classic tune!

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Easy Intro to Swedish Fiddling: F Nyck L1 BIRD[Nyck]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn to Blend Your Voice in Harmony: V Any L1 PHELPS[V] ADAMS[V]

Learn how to find 2 and 3-part harmonies on a majestic and spiritual song. A gentle and fun session to try out. Bring your instrument if you have one, or just your voice. Emy and Joy sing together in Darol Anger and the Furies.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM An Easy Fiddle Tune TBD from Québec: F L1 FAVREAU[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Southern Fiddle My Way: F L1 SUTHERLAND[F]

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM "The Merry Blacksmith" (Irish Reel from New 52): F L1 L2 T. MORLEY[F]

This popular reel dates back to the O’Neill collection, and is quite cheerful. The B part draws a lot from the A part, making the tune an easy one to learn. This tune shows up often in friendly jams. This tune will be a bit of a stretch for Beginners.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn "Miserlou" a Greek & Turkish Dance Tune: F C M L2 B. COHEN[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Doubling Down on Double Stops: F C L2 L3 ANGER[F]

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. L2 with some L3.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Intro to Jazz Violin: F L2 WICKEL[F] MOULTRUP[G]

Using an easy standard tune or two, Duncan will take you into the improvised world of the jazz violin player. You don't have to have prior experience playing jazz. Said Christian Howes: “Duncan is without question on a path to be one of the top jazz violinists of his generation.”

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM KIDS Learn a Fine Irish Tune in Traditional Style: F L2 KLEIN[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn "Acadian Two Step" (Cajun): F M C L2 UNGAR[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Learn to Sing a Few Songs from Swing & Western Swing Traditions: V L2 M. MASON[V,G]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM "Fingal's Cave," a Scottish Pipe March: F L2 JOHNSTONE[F]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Flatpicking Guitar Leads: G L2 L3 WATT[G]
Saturday 9:30-10:30AM "Grey Owl" by Métis Fiddler John Arcand: F M L3 MOLSKY[F]

From Native Western Canadian fiddler and composer John Arcand, "Grey Owl" fluctuates among D major, E minor and B minor. It's a crooked tune with great spirit. Andy DeJarlis and John Arcand are the two best-known Métis fiddler-tune composers, who have ably added to the store of traditional tunes.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM The Mechanics of Irish Ornamentation ("Cooley's Reel" from Original 52): F C L3 MARCH[F]

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Bluegrass Tune "Big Sciota" (New 52): F M L3 CARLSON[F] ROBINSON[G]

This great tune comes up a lot in jams. Ellen will have a few variations and bluegrassy bowings to add once you know the basic tune.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Finding Chords to Slippery Tunes: Any L3 SIMOS[F,G]

Some of the coolest tunes to play are also the most elusive to accompany. 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.

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Two French Canadian Tunes for Contra Dancing: F L4 TRACY[F]

Says Becky: "I'll teach TBD1 and TBD2. 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."

Saturday 9:30-10:30AM Some Challenging New England Tunes: F M C L4 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]
Saturday 10:30-11:00AM FLASH MARCH "Bonaparte & Moscow" (New 52): Any (or just march along) L2 L3 KAYNOR[F] VANDERSTEEL[F] ROBINSON[G]

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.  

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 11:00AM-12:00PM Beginning Oldtime Fiddle: F L1 KAUFMAN[F]

Alan wrote a fine book called Beginning Oldtime Fiddle, from which this session takes its name.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM JAM Guided Jam for Beginners: Any L1 PEARLMAN[F] BRYAN[G]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn and Sing Traditional Songs from French Canada: V L1 L2 MURPHY[V,G,Feet]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Co-Writing Fiddle Tunes: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 SUTHERLAND[F] SCANLON[F]

Pete and Oliver represent two-thirds of Pete's Posse, known for its excellent original fiddle tunes.  Learn how they do it. Their "Fruit Fly Blues" CD is hot off the press.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM KIDS Learn a Québecois Fiddle Tune Used for Step Dancing: F L2 FAVREAU[F]

Éric will show you a wonderful and energetic tune TBD from the Acadia area that is really good for step dance or square dance, or contradance. C'est une belle façon de commencer la journée pour les jeunes violoneux!

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Guitar Backup for a Bluegrass Fiddler: G L2 L3 F. COHEN[G] M'GONIGLE[F]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM An Easy Tune from South Ulster, Ireland: F M C L2 O'CONNOR[F]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Cello Groove Workshop: C L2 L3 ADAMS[C]

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

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Essential Scottish Bowing Techniques: F C L2 L3 MCNALLY[F]
Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM A Franco-American Tune from Don's Uncle Lucien Mathieu: F M L3 D. ROY[F]

Don learned to play mostly from his uncle, Lucien Matthieu of Westbrook, Maine, who taught his nephew the basics and gave him records to listen to and learn from.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn and Play a Swedish Tune Together: G F M L3 WYSLOUCH[G] VANDERSTEEL[F]

Congratulations to Mariel and Stash!

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Favorite Tunes from the Beaton and MacMaster Families: F M L4 BEATON[F]

Andrea came down from Cape Breton just for the Fiddle Hell Festival, carrying with her the awesome fiddling traditions of the Beaton family, the MacMasters, and more.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Diary of a Fiddler - Techniques for Duets: F L4 ANGER[F] A. REINER[F] + Guests

Released in 2002, Diary of a Fiddler was Darol’s time-capsule masterpiece CD. It was an all-fiddles recording, with some of the greatest fiddlers on the planet. Darol, Andy, and a surprise guest or two show and teach twin techniques for fiddlers playing together.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Two Favorite Irish Tunes from Fódhla: F M G L4 KLEIN[F] WAICKMAN[G]

Ellery and Bethany are two-thirds of the band Fódhla, well-known in the Northeast for beautiful and driving traditional Irish tunes.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fundamental Gypsy Jazz Techniques: F M L4 J. ANICK[F] O'ROURKE[G]

Jason will help you to achieve that authentic sound and feel of Gypsy Jazz (vibrato, tone, phrasing, and more). At 3:30PM today, catch The Jason Anick Acoustic Trio in concert to hear more Gypsy Jazz.

Saturday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn "Popcorn Behavior" by Jay Ungar: F M L4 UNGAR[F]

Jay Ungar wrote this catchy tune for the Vermont based group of the same name (they changed it later to Assembly), to capture the energy of teenaged musicians. Interesting string-crossing shuffles and chords.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Play Through Some Irish Tunes at Moderate Pace (New 52): Trad L2 MARTIN[F] SEFTON[G]

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 12:30-1:30PM CONCERT Molsky's Mountain Drifters MOLSKY[F,V] DEGROOT[B,V] WYSLOUCH[G,V]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Music Therapy Discussion: Discussion for Any BIRD[Nyck,V] ORSHAW[F,V]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Tune Writing Strategies: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 SIMOS[F,G,V]

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Singing for the Joy of It: V L1 L2 L3 BURKE[V,G]

The title truly sums up the spirit of the class. Susie will lead you through many songs, ranging from rounds both simple and sublime, to folk songs as diverse as "What a Wonderful World" and "My Sweet Forget Me Not."

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Great But Little Known Shetland Tunes: F M L2 PEARLMAN[F]

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

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM KIDS: Playing in a Bluegrass Band: Trad V L2 L3 CARLSON[F] WATT[G,M]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM "La Maison de Glace" on Cello (French Canadian in New 52): C F M L2 WEEKS[C]

“The Icehouse” was composed in 1997 by accordion player Réjean Brunet, brother of fiddler André Brunet. Réjean composed the first strain at the Augusta Heritage Festival, then asked the workshop group to complete the second strain, following his chords. The result – a fantastic tune.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM TEACHERS How to Add Chords and Rhythm to Tunes in a Group Class: F C L2 L3 WILEY[F]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Right Hand Rhythms to Make Your Mandolin Playing Sparkle: M OM L3 SURETTE[M]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Gypsy Jazz Lead Guitar Workshop: G L3 L4 O'ROURKE[G] P. ANICK[G]
Saturday 12:30-1:30PM JAM Up-to-Speed Bluegrass Jam with Dr. Brown: Trad V L3 L4 BROWN[M]

Should be a fine bluegrass jam, ably led by Dr. Brown. Dave Dillon may drop by on guitar.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM The Complete Technique of the Irish Roll and Where to Use It: F L3 CLANCY[F]

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 12:30-1:30PM Challenging Greek Violin Workshop: F L4 B. COHEN[F]

We’ll learn a couple of contrasting tunes in odd meters and in different makams or modes. Regional styles of traditional Greek music for the violin date back over 400 years. In old times, people in some areas would say, "Let's go to the violins", meaning "Let's go for some music and dance."

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Get Wild - Shredding on Your Fiddle or Cello: F C L4 WICKEL[F,C]

Officially, shredding is a virtuoso lead solo playing style for guitar or other instrument, based on various advanced and complex playing techniques, particularly rapid passages and advanced performance effects. Unofficially, it's about having some crazy fun with your instrument, and Duncan will move your shredding ahead on fiddle and cello.

Saturday 12:30-1:30PM Build Your Skills for Contemporary Improvisation: Any L4 FLAX[F,G,M]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Improvisation Masterclass: Feedback on Soloing: Any L2 L3 L4 A. REINER[F,OM]

When you take a solo - rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic improvisation strategies can enhance your creative musicianship. The class will rotate among attendees (likely with different instruments, styles, and levels) so that Andy can provide constructive feedback and suggestions. This might be just the thing to take your improv up a notch!

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Dalcroze Eurhythmics as Applied to Irish Reels and Jigs: F or Any L2 BESHARA[F]

Dalcroze Eurythmics will help us explore how to "internalize" more deeply the rhythms of common fiddle tune forms, through physical movement. When the entire body knows the rhythm, we are freer to play and listen at a deeper level of proficiency. Bring your instruments to class; we’ll be moving, with bare feet. Participants (not Fiddle Hell) are responsible for their own well-being given the movement aspects of this session.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM A Beautiful Irish Jig: F M L2 TRACY[F]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Backing Up Jigs, Reels, and Waltzes: G M L2 L3 L4 WAICKMAN[G,M] KLEIN[F]

We'll look at a few 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 others looking to play rhythm. Right hand focus, so chording will be secondary. Bethany and Ellery play together in Fódhla.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Swedish Singing Workshop: V L2 BIRD[V]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Easy Oldtime Jam with The Mountain Drifters: Trad L2 MOLSKY[F] DEGROOT[B] WYSLOUCH[G]

Tunes and keys will be announced, and tunes will be played at a relaxed pace to give you a chance to absorb them more easily. Read more about Molsky's Mountain Drifters.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Calling for a Dance While Playing Fiddle: V F L2 PROTSIK[V,F]

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Learn a Great Scottish Tune "The Corrie Man" on Fiddle & Cello: F C L2 E.Anderson[F] B. Anderson[C]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Jazz Bass Workshop: Bass L2 L3 LOUGHMAN[Bass]

Hear Greg later (3:30PM today) with the Jason Anick Acoustic Trio. But first, bring your bass (or just listen in) for some helpful ideas about jazz bass playing.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddling with Foot Percussion on "Reel de Gaspé" (New 52): Feet F L2 KOEHLER[Feet,F]

Do you long to be able to do "the feet" WHILE playing your favorite Québecois tunes? Gretchen will help coordinate your feet with your bow and have you fiddling with basic foot percussion in no time. Then she'll teach your fingers Reel de Gaspé. Beginners or any instrument can attend for feet only.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Getting Started on Gypsy Swing Mandolin: M F L2 L3 J. ANICK[M] P. ANICK[G]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Favorite Tunes from Northern Week at Ashokan Camp: Trad L2 L3 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P,G]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Norwegian Fiddling 101: F L2 VANDERSTEEL[F,Hardanger]

Learn a unique Scandinavian tune from Mariel’s repertoire from her time studying the hardanger fiddle in Norway, or perhaps her time in the Oldtime/Scandinavian fusion band, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers (performing Sunday afternoon at FH).

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Making Performers Sound Good Using a Sound System: Any or None L2 L3 SCANLON[Sound] MCKINLEY[Sound]

You understand something about microphones, mixers, and speakers, but how do you make musicians sound good individually, and mix several together? Oliver and Colin will talk through the perspective of a sound person. They might use a volunteer instrumentalist to experiment on. A flash version is offered at 3PM on Friday.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Developing Harmony Vocals: V L2 L3 L4 GORMAN[V,G] OBOMSAWIN[V,Bass]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Wild Cape Breton Jam: Any L3 L4 BEATON[F] EID-REINER[P]

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

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Hot Licks from SimCity: F M C L3 ANGER[F]

Darol is the fiddler (violinist) you hear on the original SimCity game and soundtrack. How cool is that? He'll teach you some of his hot licks from the game.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM Work on Your Double Shuffle Bowing as You Learn "Buck Fever Rag" by Reg Hill: L3 L4 D. REINER[F] WILE[G]

This syncopated, string-crossing shuffle fits over two measures of a fiddle tune such as Orange Blossom Special or Devil's Dream. This charismatic bowing is easier than it sounds,and Dave will slow it down, fit it into "Buck Fever Rag," show you how to practice it, and let you loose on the world.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Irish Jam Session with Gerry: Trad L3 L4 O'CONNOR[F] MCILROY?[G]
Saturday 2:00-3:00PM The Dark Art of Singing with the Fiddle in Harmony: V F L3 SUTHERLAND[V,F]

Not a dark art at all, really, but undeniably magical, even when it's not all that technical. Pete likes getting fiddlers of all kinds to go beyond their limits, to get tight with both their fiddling "voice" AND their singing voice and connect them.

Saturday 2:00-3:00PM "Boys Them Buzzards Is Flying" on Oldtime Banjo: B L3 ROWELL[B]
Saturday 3:05-3:20PM FLASH MOB "Cellosaurus Stomp" (New 52): Any or None L1 L2 L3 L4 R3 A. REINER[Violinadactyl] ADAMS[Celloceratops] OBOMSAWIN[Bassasaurus Rex]

Play it, sing it, dance it! Or just listen. We'll meet in Room 3 and step into the hallway when we're ready. The music and words and dance steps are in the Fiddle Hell program book. Dinosaur supplies available for FH cosplay.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM CONCERT Jason Anick Acoustic Trio (Gypsy Jazz) J. ANICK[F] O'ROURKE[G] LOUGHMAN[Bass]

The Jason Anick Acoustic Trio is a perfect example of an open minded approach that fuses together contemporary jazz, classical, and new acoustic music. Rounding out the trio are guitarist Max O'Rouke and bassist Greg Loughman, world-class musicians and creative forces in their own right.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Picking Techniques for Mandolin: M OM L1 L2 SURETTE[M]

David 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. 

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM An Easy Franco-American Reel TBD: F M L1 D. ROY[F]
Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Ergonomic Exercises - Play Fiddle Without Tiring or Hurting: F L1 L2 L3 L4 PEARLMAN[F]

You can be a good fiddler no matter how "correctly" you play. But gaining awareness of how your joints and muscles actually do their jobs, and doing simple exercises to teach your muscles to be efficient will help you relax and play longer without getting tired or injured. Video support available afterward.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Songwriting Workshop with Emy and Joy: V Any L1 L2 L3 L4 PHELPS[V,G] ADAMS[V,C,B]

Emy is a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. Joy writes great songs and sings with Emy in Darol Anger and the Furies. They'll help you move along the path to effective songwriting. There's another songwriting workshop from Joy and Emy Sunday morning at 8:30AM.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Hypnotic, Moderately Paced, Oldtime: Trad L2 C. MASON[F] ROWELL[B] OLSON[G]

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM KIDS Fiddling with Rhythm Grooves for Kids: F C L2 HYMAN[F]

Judy is known for her wonderful, driving rhythm grooves on fiddle with bands such as The Horse Flies. She'll show you how.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Twin (Harmony) Fiddle Playing: F M C L2 SCHNECKENBURGER[F] KAYNOR[F]

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

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM TEACHERS How to Play Faster and More Rhythmically: F C L2 L3 WILEY[F]

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 3:30-4:30PM Playing Cool Harmonica Breaks to Songs (Bring C Harmonica): Harmonica L2 L3 HARTY[Harm,G]

Paul plays with the Reiner Family Band, and adds great harmonica to his guitar playing and vocals. Bring your C harmonica and learn several key techniques for playing melody, playing "cross-harp" in G, and even bending notes.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM The Circle of Fifths is Your Best Friend Forever (BFF): F M L2 AISENBERG[F,M]

Understanding the Circle of Fifths can help to unlock many music theory mysteries. Shana will discuss the major, minor and seventh chords found in any key; typical chord progressions in a key; and swing progressions with backwards cycling through the circle. She'll start at L2 and may take you to L3 territory.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Fiddle Hell Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe: Trad L3 L4 CARLSON[F] WATT[G]

"Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe" is an classic bluegrass album with great tunes! Road to Columbus, Brown County Breakdown, Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Jerusalem Ridge, and 8 more. We’ll play through several of the tunes from this album. Not a teaching session, but a chance to play some classic tunes. Listeners welcome.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Québecois Afternoon Jam: L3 FAVREAU[F]

Your favorites and some proposed tunes from Éric. 

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Get a Jumpstart on How to Play Contemporary Strings: F C L3 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Itching to jam over your favorite blues, pop, rock, or swing tune? Tired of sounding the same in every style? Learn the secret ingredients that can be used to vary slide and vibrato technique. Master vertical technique to generate innumerable sounds, from ghosting to vibraslides and beyond.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Two Flowing and Rhythmic Oldtime Tunes: F M C L3 SIMOS[F]

Tunes with few notes are hard to get right. They need flawless flow and phrasing. While it’s helpful to know rhythmic bowing techniques, it’s hard to employ these to reveal, not obscure, the heart of the tune. We’ll “work up" two such tunes - one familiar and one a lesser-known gem.

Saturday 3:30-4:30PM A Favorite Irish Tune as Played by Manus McGuire: F M L3 T. MORLEY[F]
Saturday 3:30-4:30PM Learn One or Two of Paddy Fahey's Tunes (Irish): F C L4 MARTIN[F]

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 to learn 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 5:00-6:00PM Easy Lap Dulcimer Workshop (Bring Dulcimer or Just Watch): Dulcimer L1 L2 L. HAMMOND[Dulcimer]

Lorraine's well-known as a great lap dulcimer player, and it's high time to have a dulcimer workshop at Fiddle Hell. Easy and fun tunes - bring your instrument or just listen. 

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM "Spotted Pony" (Oldtime Missouri Breakdown from New 52): F M L2 KAUFMAN[F,M]

This Missouri oldtime breakdown in D is common in old-time sessions. And it's pretty easy. Take a ride on the "Spotted Pony" with Alan.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Five-String Fiddle Tunes Workshop: F5 F L2 L3 ALESSIO[F5]

A five-string fiddle adds a low C string, which helps with melodies and chords, and extends the range of the fiddle downwards in a pleasing, growly way. Bob will demo and teach examples of 5-string playing. If you don't have one, come to listen and maybe get a chance to try one out.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM A Fine Reel or Two (For Both Melody & Backup Players): Any L2 L3 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Singing Bluegrass Leads: V L2 L3 ORSHAW[V,F] WATT[G]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Beatles on the Fiddle: F L2 M'GONIGLE[F] P. ANICK[G]

Fiddle Hell just couldn't Let It Be. Because. Don't Let Me Down. Here Comes the Sun. And here come Patrick and Peter to be your magical mystery tour guides to playing Beatles on the fiddle.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM KIDS Even Kids Get the Blues Workshop: F M C G V L2 FLAX[F,M,G]

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

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Irish Mandolin Workshop - A Tune and Techniques: M OM L2 CLANCY[M]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM A Favorite Cello Tune from the Band Ferintosh: C L3 NEWTON[C]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Playing Oldtime Banjo Up the Neck: B L3 DE GROOT[B]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM A Soulful Hungarian Violin Tune: F L3 B. COHEN[F]

We’ll learn a beautiful tune TBD by ear, complete with ornaments and accompaniment. This is Beth Bahia Cohen's second year at Fiddle Hell, and she's bringing several new styles for us to learn and enjoy. Look for her on tonight's concert.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Intro to Métis Fiddling: F L3 MOLSKY[F]

Métis fiddling is a beautiful oldtime style based mostly in the Canadian prairies and upper midwestern US. The tunes are crooked and interesting, with melodies very similar to many American oldtime tunes. Bruce will demonstrate some Métis tunes and teach a fine one on the fiddle.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar: G L3 L4 SURETTE[G]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Improvising for Traditional Musicians: Any L3 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

We’ll see how you can be more playful and free in playing your favorite traditional fiddle tunes, with some exercises and practice techniques to develop your own personal style. Starting with a common simple fiddle tune we’ll bend it in a variety of ways. Bring a recorder and notebook to capture ideas.

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM The Potential of Guitar Triads through Song: G L3 WYSLOUCH[G]

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).

Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Subtleties of Irish Bowing Patterns: F C L4 O'CONNOR[F]
Saturday 5:00-6:00PM Fiddle Tunes on Jazz Changes: Any L4 GLASER[F]

Matt wrote a book on this! He'll show you how to develop jazz solos using melodic fragments from traditional fiddle tunes. Melodic cells can be used to create extended improvisations, where fragments of a traditional fiddle tune (like "Turkey in the Straw") are developed over standard jazz chord progressions.

Saturday 7:00-9:30PM CONCERT Traditional Music Concert - Fiddle and More (Open to the Public) R2 PERFORMER LIST COMING SHORTLY

Please invite your families and tell your friends about this great concert! Short appearances by more than 20 excellent traditional musicians. Doors open at 6:20PM. Free for Fiddle Hell attendees who have paid for Saturday. Walk-ins are $15 (includes contra dance at 9:30PM). Featuring (without even mentioning all the great accompanists) [Performers to be announced shortly]. Thanks to Tim Rowell, Oliver Scanlon, and Colin McKinley for sound engineering and Eric Kilburn of Wellspring Sound for lighting.

Saturday 9:30-11:00PM DANCE New England Contra Dance [No Dance Experience Necessary] L1 L2 R1 KAYNOR[Caller] LESTER[F] FOWLER[F] EID-REINER[P]

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30PM DROP-IN Try Some Western Swing: F G M C V L2 SCHATZ[F,V] RACOWSKY[G]

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

Saturday 9:30-10:30PM Getting Deeper into Bluegrass Banjo: B L2 L3 ARKIN[B]
Saturday 9:30-10:30PM Advanced Swedish Tunes: F M L4 BIRD[Nyck]
Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Free Improvisation: F M C L1 L2 L3 L4 REINER[F,OM]

No boundaries!

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM It's Not Too Late for an Easy and Hypnotic Fiddle Tune: F M L1 L2 VANDERSTEEL[F]

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 easy favorites that will be sure to leave you in a trance.

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Sing Along with Fine Irish Ballads and Songs: V L1 L2 L3 HARTY[V,G]

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

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Konnakol - The Alluring Art of South Indian Spoken Percussion: V L1 L2 L3 L4 FLAX[V]
Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Trick and Fancy Fiddling: F L2 L3 KOEHLER[F]

Some contests have a whole Trick and Fancy or Novelty division, where anything goes - visual tricks, wierd sounds, fancy bowing, and more. It's late - time to unwind...

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Cape Breton Tunes from the Boston States: F M L2 MCNALLY[F]
Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Late Night Bluegrass Jam: Trad V L2 L3 ORSHAW[F,V] WATT[G,M,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]
Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Late Night Oldtime Jam with Judy: Trad L3 HYMAN[F]

Judy is a founding member of the alt-folk rock band, The Horse Flies, who have toured extensively and recorded many albums. Join her joyful jam tonight. Tunes will be at a moderate tempo and played long enough to seek trance.

Saturday 11:00PM-12:00AM Bill Monroe's "Road to Columbus" on Mandolin and Guitar: M G L3 GORMAN[M] WILE[G]

Great tune! Kenny Baker fiddles it nicely, and it's perfect for mandolin and flat-picking guitar leads.


Registration and Fiddle Hell Store close until 8AM Sunday morning.  But jams and workshops continue! Plan ahead for the very useful early sessions on Sunday, starting at 8:30AM. Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour at 2AM for Daylight Savings Time!