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 until next year at 6:15PM today. 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.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM WARMUP DROP-IN Sunday 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 last day at Fiddle Hell by warming up your body and mind. 

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Effective Songwriting Workshop: V Any L1 L2 L3 L4 ADAMS[V,C,B] PHELPS[V,G]

Joy writes great songs and sings harmony with Andy Reiner in Half Pelican, as well as with Emy in Darol Anger and the Furies. Emy is a prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. They'll help you move along the path to effective songwriting. There's another songwriting workshop from Emy and Joy Saturday afternoon at 3:30PM.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM "Pays de Haut" - An Easy Dance Tune from the Montville Project: F M G L1 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

The Montville Project is is a Maine/New Hampshire based band dedicated to recording and performing the essential repertoire of New England dance music. The inspiration for this project came in the summer of 2007 at Maine Fiddle Camp (in the town of Montville), George and Art will start your day off with this easy and catchy tune - look for their Montville Project CDs in the FH store.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM SINGALONG Appalachian Mountain Songs for Everyone: V Any(optional) L1 L2 L3 L4 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.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM DROP-IN Technical Help on Bowing with Pam: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 WILEY[F]

Drop in with your bowing questions; stay and learn more. Pam will help you control the bow with your right arm (larger muscles) rather than your hand for better tone and smoother playing.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Learn "Gary Owen" (Easy Irish Jig from Original 52): F M C L1 T. MORLEY[F]

Can you play a G scale? That'll make learning this tune easy.  "Garry Owen" is an old Irish quick-step that can be traced back to the 1800s. it was used by Irish regiments as a drinking and marching song. The tune has a lively beat, which accentuates the cadence of marching horses. The name (sometimes written "Garryowen") is derived from Gaelic meaning Owen's garden, a suburb of Limerick.

Sunday 8:30-9:15AM Learn "The Sailor's Wife" in Dm (Scottish Jig from New 52): F M L3 HEELY[F]

Seán's the 2016 US Scottish Fiddle Champion. He'll teach one of his favorite tunes, coincidentally one of the New 52.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Scottish Fiddling for Beginners: F L1 MCOWEN[F]
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM A Swedish Polska or Two: F M Nyck L2 BIRD[Nyck]
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Cajun Fiddle Workshop on Tune TBD: F C L2 C. MASON[F] ARKIN [G]

Through the magic of the seductive Cajun rhythm, learn to play and back up a rollicking traditional tune.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM What Makes a Really Good Tune and Why: F C M L2 ANGER[F,M]

A skilled player can make a so-so tune sound great, but even a beginner can put across a really great fiddle tune. What makes these warhorses great? We will discuss structure, texture, and story in the context of fiddle tunes, and probably learn most of a couple. Listeners welcome, too.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM KIDS Mandolin for Kids (Bring Mandolin): M OM L2 SURETTE[M]

We will review the basics and play a tune on the mando, come on out! David’s a friendly teacher known for his superb mandolin playing in Irish, Breton, and other styles.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Bowing French Tunes from the Canadian Maritimes: F C L2 D. ROY[F]

A big part of the rhythm and sound of Franco American fiddling comes from the bowing. Don will lead you through several exciting bowing techniques in the context of French tunes from the Canadian Maritimes.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Intro to Jazz Mandolin Improvising: M OM L2 L3 KILBURN[M] MOULTRUP[G]

Eric will feature tunes such as "All of Me," "Summertime," and "Flintstones" as he introduces you to to jazz mandolin improvising. Dave will provide an entire rhythm section.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Learn to Blend Your Voice in Harmony: V Any(optional) L2 ADAMS[V] PHELPS[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. Joy and Emy sing together in Darol Anger and the Furies.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Backing up Fiddle Tunes on Lap Dulcimer (Bring Dulcimer or Just Watch): Dulcimer L2 L3 L. HAMMOND[Dulc] FOWLER[F]

Lorraine does it best! She'll show you the tricks and techniques for this very effective combination of instruments. Bring your lap dulcimer or just watch. BTW, Lorraine will be backing up Dave Reiner in the Hell tune workshop at 11AM.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Essential Techniques for Using a Looper: F C G Loop L2 L3 FLAX[F,G,Loop]

You may have heard Rob and his looper at last night's concert. He layered rhythm and melodies  to build the song. How is it done? Rob will show you the basics, and you may get a chance to try it out.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Improving Your Tone and Adding Ornamentation on Slow Airs: F C L2 L3 JOHNSTONE[F]
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Basics & Parameters of Oldtime Guitar (Listeners Welcome): G L2 WYSLOUCH[G]

Explore the guitar’s boom-chuck in old time fiddle and dance music. This foundational workshop is for anybody starting to play backup on guitar, equally focused on listening as playing.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM JAM Guided Bluegrass Jam: Trad V L2 L3 WATT[G,M,V] ORSHAW[F,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]

Guided jam with songs – a little faster than earlier days. Learn as you jam. It’s more fun if you can sing or improvise solos. The best way to get prepared is to learn a common bluegrass song to sing (you can bring the verses along to read from).

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM "Brenda Stubbert's" (Cape Breton Reel from New 52): F L3 BEATON[F]

Brenda Stubbert is a fine Cape Breton fiddler and composer from Point Aconi, Nova Scotia. "Brenda Stubbert's Reel", written by Jerry Holland, was named for her. It's got a wonderful hypnotic and modal feel, with bowed triplets and the occasional grace note. Andrea will lead you through the tune and its nuances.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Workshop on Oldtime Clawhammer Banjo: B L3 MOLSKY[B]

We’ll explore some of the well-known old time banjo repertoire and dig into the technical nuts and bolts of clawhammer style.

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Nuances of Backing Up Scottish & Irish Tunes on Guitar: G L3 L4 SEFTON[G] BESHARA[F]
Sunday 9:30-10:30AM Play Through Original Tunes with Jay & Molly: Any L3 L4 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P,G]

Ashokan Farewell, Lover's Waltz, Wizard's Walk, and Popcorn Behavior - Great tunes from great composers! 

Sunday 9:30-10:30AM JAM New England Jam: Any L3 SCHNECKENBURGER[F] EID-REINER[P]

A combination of classic and modern tunes that are common to New England repertoire. It helps to be at least somewhat familiar with the New England style. Bring your instruments, jokes, and favorite tunes to share.

Sunday 10:30-11:00AM FLASH MOB Read Through a Couple of Cool Hungarian Tunes: Readers L3 B. COHEN[F]

We’ll play a short medley of fun Ugros dance tunes from Dunántúl (=Transdanubia, a traditional region of Hungary). “Ugros” means “jumping" in Hungarian. You might want to bring a portable music stand.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM DANCE Waltzes and Other 3/4 Tunes from Many Traditions: Dancers L2 L3 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[P,G]

Time to dance! Waltzes and other 3/4 tunes from a variety of traditions. There's not a caller for these couple dances. Bring a dance partner or find partners there. Or watch and listen.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Making Simple Cape Breton Tunes Come Alive: C L1 L2 NEWTON[C]
Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Getting Started on the Bodhrán (Bring Bodhrán): Bodhrán L1 L2 F. MORLEY[Bodh] T. MORLEY[F]
Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM KIDS Fun New England Tunes: F M G C L1 L2 SCHNECKENBURGER[F] GORMAN[M,G]

Anyone from New England? Lissa will cover fiddle and cello, and Skip will cover guitar and mandolin, as you learn an easy New England tune or two.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Singing While Playing Fiddle: V F L2 OLSKY[V,F]

The strings of the fiddle and the human voice have a lot in common, and can be made to blend beautifully. Bruce will lead the class through some exercises to get fiddle and voice working together so we can play through a simple song, and also demonstrate a couple of his own favorites.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM JAM Intermediate Klezmer Jam: Any L2 L3 MARCH[Clarinet,F] AISENBERG[F,M] CHAMBERS[Accordion]

Klezmer music is from the mournful but exuberant musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, with influences from American jazz. Crank up your fiddle or other instrument - last year this was a wild session. Handout of tunes.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM TEACHERS How to Make Music with Different Levels of Students in the Same Jam Class: F C L2 L3 L4 WILEY[F]

Pam is the 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 Pam's got some great ideas to share. Hands-on.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiddle as Backup - What To Do, What Not To Do: F C M L3 ANGER[F] PHELPS[V,G] A. REINER[OM,F] ADAMS[V,C,B]

The ins and outs of playing behind a singer or other soloist. Not limited to Bluegrass, though that will be our main focus.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Learn "Hell Up Coal Holler" and Another Hellish Tune: F M L3 D. REINER[F] L. HAMMOND[Dulcimer]

"Hell Up Coal Holler" in C is close to Gerry Milnes' oldtime version (which Lorraine has recorded with Gerry). "Hell in the Mud" in D is about the way Missouri fiddler Cyril Stinnett played it. Both are great tunes that don't get played enough.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Sunday JAM Quintessential New England Jam: Any L3 KAYNOR[F] WAICKMAN[G]

Westford’s the perfect place for your favorite New England tunes, and a few that might be new to you. Spend a happy hour with David and Bethany, having great fun with classic tunes.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Intro to Comping on Jazz Guitar: G L3 MOULTRUP[G]

"Comping" (an abbreviation of "accompanying" or possibly from the verb to "complement") is the chords, rhythms, and occasionally countermelodies that guitar players use to support a jazz musician's improvised solo or melody lines. Dave will show you some basic comping chords and rhythms on the guitar as an intro.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Dock Boggs Oldtime Tunes for Banjo: B L3 ROWELL[B]

We’ll explore Dock Boggs' unique up-picking banjo style in two of his most well-known songs. We’ll learn a couple of his unusual tunings and a bunch of his signature licks.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Cape Breton Set Workshop (March to Strathspey to Reel): F L4 BEATON[F]

We’ll start with a Cape Breton setting of the marching air "Lament for James Moray of Abercairny," and then go into the Cape Breton settings of a John Campbell strathspey and the "Lord Seaforth" reel. The excitement ratchets up as the tempo increases. 

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Québecois Workshop to Learn a Fine Reel: F L4 FAVREAU[F]

Here's a reel TBD with many variations - bowing, melodic and different kind of ornamentation. Need
to have a good memory to learn this one, but you'll be happy you did.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Fiery Twin Fiddle Workshop in Memory of Stacy Philips: F L4 ORSHAW[F] CHIARANDINI[F]

Dave Reiner says: "Stacy Phillips, fiddler and dobro player extraordinaire, was an inspiration and a charismatic musical friend to many musicians. We'll miss his great music, his clear teaching, his dry sense of humor, and his vast knowledge of traditional fiddling. I learned a lot - as did many fiddlers - from his wonderful fiddle books, recordings, and DVDs. The Phillips Collection of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes (in two volumes) is a monumental work of fiddle tune curation, scholarship, expertise, and love. Stacy would have been teaching and performing at Fiddle Hell Massachusetts this year. Sadly, we'll remember him here instead. May his memory be a blessing.

Sunday 11:00AM-12:00PM Beyond Ornaments: Melodic Variations in Irish Trad Tunes: F M L4 MARTIN[F]

You may include ornaments and interesting bowing but want other ways to make trad tunes your own. This is for you! We'll consider conventions of variation in traditional Irish music, and then we’ll work together to apply variations to a traditional Irish reel, creating our own signature version of the tune.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM CONCERT Blue Moose & the Unbuttoned Zippers (Hypnotic Swedish-Oldtime Fusion) A. REINER[F,OM] VANDERSTEEL[F,V] WYSLOUCH[G,V] BIRD[Nyck,V]

BMUZ reunion concert right here at Fiddle Hell! BMUZ plays original, oldtime, and Scandinavian fiddle tunes and songs. Hypnotic and exciting! BMUZ will also be appearing at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, on Nov. 5th at 8PM.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Sing Along with Songs of the Carter Family V L1 L2 L3 L4 BURKE[V,G] SURETTE[M,G]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM An Easy Romanian Fiddle Tune: F L1 B. COHEN[F]

Romanian fiddle music by definition isn’t really easy, but we’ll learn a tune that’s very accessible. Romanian music is often called the roots of Klezmer music - they both use many of the same scales and ornaments.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM How About an Easy Tune from Québec? F C M L1 WEEKS[F,C]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM DROP-IN Help on Oldtime Banjo or Guitar: B G L1 L2 L3 L4 ROWELL[B,G]

Right hand, left hand, rhythm, chords, and much more. Drop in with a question, stay for a while if you like.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Basic Mandolin Technique Workshop: M L1 L2 WATT[M]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Efficient & Stress-Free Practicing: Any L2 L3 C. MASON[F,G] BESHARA[F]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Easy Favorites from Maine's Fiddle-icious Group: Any L2 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Intermediate DADGAD Tuned Guitar: G L2 L3 WAICKMAN[G]

DADGAD is an alternative guitar tuning most associated with Celtic music. This open tuning is neither intrinsically major nor minor; it facilitates moveable chords and drones. This class will go somewhat further and faster than the DADGAD 101 workshops Bethany has done in past years.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Read Through a Few 18th Century Scottish and Irish Tunes: C F Trad Readers L3 NEWTON[C] MCOWEN[F]

This will be a mini traditional folk chamber music experience. Abby will bring some not too difficult Scottish Baroque pieces and some O’Carolan to read. We will jam on 18th Century tunes.

Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Playing the Blues: F C L3 CLARK[F] B. HAMMOND[G]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Learn a Bluegrassy "Billy in the Lowground" (Original 52): F M L3 ORSHAW[F,M]
Sunday 12:30-1:30PM Scottish Influenced Tunes from County Donegal: F L4 HEELY[F]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Bow Chopping Workshop: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 A. REINER[F] ADAMS[C]

A modern fiddling technique for both backup and leads, like playing drums on your fiddle or cello. Crunches, ghost notes, syncopation - it’s all there and nobody does it better than Andy and Joy. They'll help you chop step by step.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Capturing Emotions & Moods in Composing Tunes: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 UNGAR[F] M. MASON[G]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Easy New England Jam with Jam Tips: Any L1 L2 SUTHERLAND[F] SURETTE[G] WEEKS[C]

Some doggone great traditional Yankee dance music is quite easy to learn and play. We're going THERE, with some helpful suggestions on jam etiquette, fitting in when you don’t really know the tune, and more.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Cape Breton Tune Workshop for Kids: F M L2 BEATON[F]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM DANCE Learn Some Simple Swedish Dances from Bronwyn: Dancers L2 BIRD[Dance,Nyck] KAYNOR[F,G]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Fiddling in Layers (Bluegrass, Folk & More): F M C L2 REINER[F] WILE[G,V]

A brand new way to think about learning and playing fiddle breaks and tunes. It will help you forever and a day. Hands-on and fun, short handout provided.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM A Favorite Reel TBD from Québec: F L2 FAVREAU[F]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Following Singers' Melodies on Irish Slow Airs: F C L2 O'CONNOR[F]
Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Playing Fiddle Backup in an Oldtime Jam: F L2 VANDERSTEEL[F]

Join Mariel in exploring different ways to back up a tune in an Oldtime jam setting. We’ll explore rhythmic bowing, and how to hear and play chords on our fiddle.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM JAM It's a Blues Jam!: Any V L2 L3 FLAX[F,G,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass]

Who says you have to wait until late at night for some 12-bar blues? This will be a fun jam.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Right Hand Grooves to Make Your Mandolin Playing Sparkle: M L2 L3 GORMAN[M]

We will look at double-stop grooves, strumming and picking patterns, and rhythmic playing based on Norman Blake-style mandolin and old-time fiddle tunes. Your right hand will move along the sparkle spectrum.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Texas Swing Guitar to Back Up Fiddle Tunes: G L3 L4 RACOWSKY[G]

Transform simple chord progressions into more complex ones that still fit the fiddle tune melody. Chords change twice a measure, with a walking bass line, closed position chords; passing, extended and altered chords. Perfect for Texas tunes! Marshall’s the master and he’ll show you step-by-step in a common key or two.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Traditional Scottish Session: Trad L3 MCOWEN[F] EID-REINER[P]

Smith's a Gallant Fireman? The High Road to Linton? Atholl Highlanders? Join Barbara and Eric for some sets of classic Scottish session tunes. Be sure to bring some of your favorites, too!

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a Couple of Bruce's Favorites: F M L3 MOLSKY[F] WYSLOUCH[G]

Come and work through the details of how to play a couple of Bruce’s favorites, with bowings and ornaments. Be prepared to play in alternate tunings. Will this take you to an alternate reality?

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM JAM Cajun House Party: F M C G V L3 C. MASON[F] HARTY[G]

Cajun music is emblematic of Louisiana. If you have a Cajun tune that you would like to share, come on in, or if you would like to learn a little back-up to play along while someone else is taking the lead; come on in.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Melody and Phrasing Workshop: F C M L3 ANGER[F]

How can we keep a melody interesting when it gets repeated so much in fiddling? Darol knows, and soon you will, too. Darol is exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, and recently started up an online fiddling school. Listeners welcome.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM An Irish Tune from Michael Coleman's Repertoire: F L3 MARTIN[F]

Michael Coleman was from County Sligo. His virtuosic technique, imaginative variations, and beautiful bowing and ornamentation captured the interest of traditional Irish musicians all over the world. Tune sets he recorded in the 1930s and 1940s are still favorite standards in sessions. We’ll learn a tune or two from Coleman’s repertoire.

Sunday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a Super Contradance Tune: F L4 LESTER[F]
Sunday 3:00-3:30PM FLASH READTHROUGH Read Through Trad Italian Tunes: Any L3 ALESSIO[F] CHAMBERS[Acc]

Italian folk music is an important part of the country's musical heritage, and spans a diverse array of regional styles, instruments and dances. Sheet music will be provided at this very quick read-through. Bring a portable music stand if you have one.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM DANCE Sunday Intro to Step Dancing for Beginners: L1 C. ROY

Just the basic step can get you through the whole party. Here's a quick chance to try some step dancing with Cindy Roy. Also offered Thursday at 5-6PM.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Singing for the Joy of It at Fiddle Hell: V L1 L2 L3 L4 HAMMOND[V]

Challenging - and rewarding - songs that are worth the stretch! The title truly sums up the spirit of the class.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Swedish Jam with Bronwyn: Trad L2 L3 BIRD[Nyck] NAWN[G]
Sunday 3:30-4:30PM "Jefferson & Liberty" (New England Jig from New 52): F C M L2 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]
Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Piano Workshop - Ideas and Techniques (Mostly a Demo): Demo L2 L3 M. MASON[P] UNGAR[F]
Sunday 3:30-4:30PM KIDS Jazz/Swing Rhythms for Kids: F L2 L3 FLAX[F,G]

Want to improvise, but don't know a lot of cool licks? Take a simple idea and play with the rhythm. We'll explore rhythms from all over the world, using techniques not usually taught to fiddlers, and then apply them to an awesome tune.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Traditional Cape Breton Ornamentation: F C L3 BEATON[F]

We’ll talk about the different kinds of grace notes used in CB fiddle style. We’ll also talk about the bowing style and a couple of general rules when playing CB style. Along the way, we'll likely learn a new tune and take a familiar tune to dissect a bit.

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM JAM No Holds Barred Oldtime Jam: Trad L3 L4 A. REINER[F] ROWELL[B] ADAMS[C,B]

Pull those chairs in until you're knee to knee, change keys once in a while, and you're off. Shakin' Off the Acorns? Chinquapin Hunting? Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom? Benton's Dream? Forked Deer? Grasshopper on the Fiddle Case?

Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Playing Guitar with Others: G L3 B. HAMMOND[G]
Sunday 3:30-4:30PM Learn Gershwin's "Summertime" and Jazz It Up with Roy: F M C L3 JOHNSTONE[F] MOULTRUP[G]
Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Try Out a Turkish Violin Tune: F C M L2 B. COHEN[F]
Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Tips & Techniques for Playing for Scandinavian Dances: Trad L2 L3 BIRD[Nyck]
Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Blues Guitar Workshop: G L2 L3 SURETTE[G]
Sunday 5:00-6:00PM JAM Scottish Jam on Well-Known Tunes: Trad L2 L3 E. Anderson[F] B. Anderson[C]
Sunday 5:00-6:00PM "My Cape Breton Home" on Cello (New 52): C F M L2 WEEKS[C,F]
Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Shape Note Singing Session: V L2 SUTHERLAND[V]

Some shape note experience is helpful. “Old time New England rock and roll." This community power singing style has been part of America's musical landscape for centuries and remains a visceral, moving experience for participants and listeners now. The bigger the sound, the better. Check your inhibitions at the door. Music provided.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Double Thumbing on Oldtime Banjo: B L2 ROWELL[B]
Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Waltz Playalong 3 of 3 Music Provided: Any Dancers Welcome L3 ALESSIO[F] KAYNOR[G]

A warm, welcoming, waltz wonderland. Read the music or play by ear to drift along through a 3/4 landscape for an hour. Actual waltzers welcome. 

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Quick & Devilish: A Lyman Enloe Tune from Missouri: F M L3 C. MASON[F]
Sunday 5:00-6:00PM JAM Last Québecois Session at Fiddle Hell: Trad L3 L4 FAVREAU[F]
Sunday 5:00-6:00PM JAM The Last Bluegrass and Western Swing Jam at FH: Any L3 HARTY[G,V]

Do you like Del McCoury, Bill Monroe, Kenny Baker, Laurie Lewis, Sierra Hull? What about Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel, Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies? Jam on some of your favorite tunes to round out the weekend.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM Inventive Advanced Bass Runs on the Guitar: G L3 L4 WYSLOUCH[G]

Take your bass runs to the next level. Surprise yourself and those around you with inventive new ways to get from chord X to chord Y. Basic knowledge of playing single note lines and scales on the guitar assumed.

Sunday 5:00-6:00PM JAM Last Up-To-Speed Irish Jam: Trad L3 T. MORLEY[F] A. REINER [OM,F]

Reels, jigs, and the occasional hornpipe. You could be in the Cobblestone Pub in Dublin, Ireland. Or The Burren in Somerville, MA. Slán agus beannacht!


Our Fiddle Hell Store is closed until next year. Fiddle Hell Massachusetts is officially over. Go to dinner, take in a live performance, make your way to Boston or Cambridge. Or head home, glowing with the aura of new friends, new tunes, and new experiences.

Plan ahead for Fiddle Hell next year! It'll be on Nov 7-10, 2019.