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 10:40PM Thursday. 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.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM JAM Gentle Welcome Jam: Any L1 KAYNOR[F,G]

Welcome to Fiddle Hell, beginners and anyone who wants to ease into the weekend!  Nice straightforward tunes, relaxed tempos, and a sociable atmosphere, with a fine teacher to lead the way.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Getting Started on Oldtime Banjo (Bring Banjo): B L1 DE GROOT[B]

Bring a banjo! This class is for students who are starting from the very beginning or those who want a refresher on technique. We will focus on the bum-ditty and double thumbing patterns and learn a tune you can practice them to. We will learn by ear, but tablature will be provided and it's helpful to bring a recording device.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM An Easy Oldtime Tune from The Horse Flies: F M L1 HYMAN[F]

Description coming.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Scottish Pipe March "Cock Of the North" (New 52): F L1 MCNALLY[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM DROP-IN Technical Help with Fingering: F C L1 L2 L3 L4 WILEY[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM An Ancient Irish Tune "Brian Boru's March" (Original 52): F M L1 T. MORLEY[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Four Useful Licks for Many Styles of Songs: F C M L2 CARLSON[F] HARTY[G,V]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Nice Québecois Tune TBD: F M L2 FAVREAU[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Irish Mandolin Workshop with Flynn: M L2 F. COHEN[M]

Learn a fun tune while picking up Irish mandolin techniques for both your left and right hands.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM How to Make Your Fiddling More Bluesy: F C L2 L3 M'GONIGLE[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM An Easy East European Tune: F M C L2 AISENBERG[F,M]

The fiddle 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 a beautiful tune.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Guitar Workshop with Skip: G L2 L3 GORMAN[G]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM An Oldtime Waltz with Harmony: F L3 KAUFMAN[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Great Irish Reel: F C L3 WICKEL[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Thoughts and Exercises for Improvisation from Graham: Any L3 CLARK[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Backing Up Irish Tunes on Guitar in DADGAD Tuning: G L3 MURPHY[G]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Classic Cajun Tune TBD: F C M L3 WEEKSS[F,C]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Favorite Dance Tune from the Clayfoot Strutters: F M L3 SUTHERLAND[F]
Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Learn "Cutting Ferns" (Scottish Strathspey from New 52): F L3 BEATON[F]

We'll learn this iconic and fun strathspey, focusing on playing it with intensity. The strathspey is said to have originated from the strath or broad glen of the River Spey in NE Scotland. In 4/4 time, but slower than a reel, it contains dotted rhythms, including the Scotch (Scots) snap.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM Tunes from New Brunswick Fiddler Gerry Robichaud: F L4 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

Robichaud was influenced by Canadian greats Don Messer and Tommy Doucet. We'll learn "Moccasin Shuffle" and explore another tune or two from his extensive and unusual repertoire.

Thursday 12:30-1:30PM A Classic Bill Monroe Bluegrass Fiddle Tune TBD: F M C L2 SCHATZ[F]

Bill Monroe was known as the "Father of Bluegrass Music."

Thursday 1:35-1:55PM FLASH HELP New to Fiddle Hell? Suggestions for You: R1 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 Friday at 10:35-10:55AM.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Learn a First Crooked French Canadian Tune: F L1 TRACY[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" (Oldtime March in New 52): F M L1 C. MASON[F] ARKIN[G]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM How to Learn Tunes by Ear with Lissa: Any L1 L2 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 Friday at 2PM.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM KIDS Voices and Fiddles for Kids: V F L1 L2 L3 FLAX[V,F]

Ever wondered what your violin would say if it could talk? Let’s find out together! In this workshop we will practice singing with our instruments (in every way you could interpret that sentence).

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM An Oldtime Banjo Tune TBD: B L2 DE GROOT[B]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Essential Bowing Patterns Workshop: F C L2 L3 D. REINER[F]

The rhythmic drive, flow of notes, and liveliness of a fiddle tune owe much to the patterns woven by the fiddler's bow. Dave will impart this essential knowledge in a very approachable way, at an L2 level, with a few L3 patterns and techniques. Helpful handout of patterns and names.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Oldtime Fiddle Technique for Violinists & Violin Technique for Fiddlers: F L2 L3 HYMAN[F]

Judy will teach a simple oldtime tune and use it to help violinists get a more fiddle-y sound and fiddlers improve their violin technique. All will learn different perspectives on playing. Mostly L2 but L3 welcome (perhaps you've been playing New England style and want to sound more Southern).

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM A Fine Cape Breton Tune from the Repertoire of Joe Cormier: F M L2 MCNALLY[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Open Chords on the Mandolin: M L2 MURPHY[M]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM JAM DROP-IN Intermediate Bluegrass Jam: Trad V L2 L3 HARTY[G,V] OBOMSAWIN[Bass,V]

Bring your bluegrass instruments (and voices) to this early jam. Brown County Breakdown, anyone? Jerusalem Ridge? Old Daingerfield? Blue Night? How about Old Home Place? Levels vary by tune, covering L2 to L3.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Klezmer 101 - The Basics: Any L2 AISENBERG[F,M]

Klezmer is a rich musical tradition, with fiddle (fidl) playing a prominent role in late 19th and early 20th century Eastern European ensembles. We'll explore scales; learn to play easy tunes (freilachs, bulgars, khosidls and horas); and discuss accompaniment. No previous knowledge required. Klezmer jam at 11AM on Sunday.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM An Oldtime Chattanooga Tune: F M C L2 T. MORLEY[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Fun Mandolin Rags: M L3 KAUFMAN[M]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM A Great Western Swing Tune TBD: F L3 SCHATZ[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM New England Tune Workshop: F M C L3 KAYNOR[F]

Interesting and fun tunes, techniques, and tricks, and a bit of recording for repertoire development. Learn from a fine fiddler and consummate contra caller. David promises to reveal all (well, several) of his secrets.

Thursday 2:00-3:00PM The Iconic Canadian Tune "Maple Sugar": F L3 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM A Bluegrass Fiddle Tune TBD by Bill Monroe: F M L3 CARLSON[F] ROBINSON[G]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM A Favorite Irish Highland from Gerry: F M L3 O'CONNOR[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Breton Gavottes from Kevin Burke: F L3 JOHNSTONE[F]
Thursday 2:00-3:00PM Scottish Pipe March Workshop with Barbara: F L4 MCOWEN[F]
Thursday 3:30-4:30PM CONCERT Scottish, Cape Breton & PEI Traditions R1 BEATON[F,P] NEWTON[C] MCOWEN[F,P] JOHNSTONE[F] SEFTON[G]
Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Yoga as Applied to Fiddle Muscles and Issues: F L1 L2 L3 L4 BESHARA[YOGA,F]

Yoga is so good for fiddlers! This "Yinyasa" class starts with a yin yoga sequence for stretching the connective tissue of the body, breathing, and deep relaxation, and then a vinyasa flow to encourage awareness of posture, focusing on parts of the body fiddlers work the hardest. Bring a yoga mat, and any yoga props you have (blocks, yoga belt). Participants are responsible for their own well-being (not Fiddle Hell) in this yoga session.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Basic Guitar Backup for Oldtime, Cajun, & New England Styles: G L1 L2 OLSON[G]

The accompanist helps to drive the music along in these three dance styles, and Bill will show you several key techniques to get it done. A more advanced version of this workshop is on Friday at 2PM.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Collaborative Tune Writing: F M C L2 L3 L4 A. REINER[F]
Thursday 3:30-4:30PM JAM Easy Oldtime Jam in the Afternoon: Trad L2 C. MASON[F] HARTY[G]

Cathy and Paul have led many happy jams over the years, and they’ll share a few nuggets of helpful advice on jamming throughout this session. It’ll be very basic to start with, and will pick up a bit as the jam progresses.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Blues Fiddle: From Its Roots Through Today: F C M L2 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Violinists and vocalists invented the style we call “the blues.” Without the blues, we might not have Boogie Woogie, rock, pop, or possibly even swing! This style even influenced traditional Appalachian fiddling. We’ll explore vital ingredients to jam over 12-bar blues and boost your super powers in this style.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Learn a Traditional Cajun Two-Step Including Seconding: F C L2 KAMINSKY[F]

One of the lovely and distinctive things about Cajun music is having twin fiddles, exchanging leads and "seconding" (backing up) each other. We'll learn about rhythm patterns and chord shapes that will give your fiddling that Cajun feeling, with combined influences of music from Louisiana, Texas, Québec, and Cape Breton.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Easy and Sweet Melodies from the Cow Camp: M F L2 GORMAN[M,F]

Skip says: We'll choose some pretty tunes from my CD "Mandolin in the Cow Camp" (in the Fiddle Hell Store). Start your day with gorgeous, lonesome, wild and woolly oldtime melodies from the Western Plains.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM KIDS Amazing Kids' Session Any L3 R35 ADAMS[C,F,B,V]

Learn an oldtime tune TBD with funky lyrics. Then we'll play rhythm and groove games and get our jam on!

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Ornaments in Irish Fiddling: F L3 TRACY[F]

We’ll learn a tune TBD to explore these various ornaments and bow techniques in Irish fiddling: cuts, bowed triplets, serpentine bowing, and rolls. Becky will be your "roll model" and more!

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Creative Bluegrass Fiddling: F M C L3 WICKEL[F] F. COHEN[M,G]

How do bluegrass fiddlers achieve a bluesy and exciting sound? Duncan will teach a spectrum of techniques in the context of bluegrass fiddle tunes and songs, with Flynn's active support.

Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Québecois Gaspésie Style Workshop on Tune TBD: F M L4 FAVREAU[F]
Thursday 3:30-4:30PM Contemporary Fiddle Licks & Ideas for Bluegrass and More: F L4 M'GONIGLE[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM CONCERT Cajun Bon Temps! R1 C. MASON[F] WEEKS[F,C] KAMINSKY[F] OLSON[G]

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM A Simple Cape Breton Reel: F M L1 BEATON[F]

You’ll learn a good old traditional tune that's one of Andrea's favorites, as played on Cape Breton Island. This will be at a relaxed pace for beginners.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM DANCE Introduction 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 Sunday at 3:30-4:30PM.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM DROP-IN Help on Fiddle Technique: F C L1 L2 L3 MALKIN[F]

Sound better, play faster. Right hand, left hand, intonation, tone, vibrato, and more (drop in for just a few minutes or stay the whole time). Maine Fiddle Campers already know Elaine, of course.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Ergonomic Fiddling & Technique: F L1 L2 L3 L4 SCHNECKENBURGER[F]

Lots of musicians experience technical stumbling blocks that get in the way of their musical expression, and sometimes even give them pain. We’ll look at how good technique can help us play fiddle pain-free and sound better than ever.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Playing in Tune Harmonically: F L1 L2 WILEY[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM KIDS DROP-IN Help on Fiddle and Mandolin Techniques & Styles: F M L1 L2 L3 L4 FLAX[F,M]

Ask a question, get an answer! How to play chords on a tune? How to count in South Indian rhythmic solfege (konnokol)? How to play a bluegrass lick? Electronics with your fiddle? How nature and dragons and magic and mathematics relate to mandolin or fiddle? Drop in; it’s first-come, first-served.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM "The Stool of Repentance" (Scottish Jig from New 52): F L2 BESHARA[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Swedish Tune Workshop: F C L2 KAYNOR[F]

Interesting, yet accessible tunes from a staggeringly rich tradition where fiddle is the most important instrument. We’ll work in detail on an easy schottische or march and a melodically and rhythmically mysterious polska.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Flatpicking Guitar Techniques: G L2 L3 COHEN[G]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Southern Fiddle My Way: F L2 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."

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM An Irish Reel as Played by Kevin Burke: F L2 T. MORLEY[F]

Tune TBD.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM "Swinging on a Gate" (Irish Reel from New 52): F M L3 MARCH[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM A Canadian Maritime Waltz: F L3 FOWLER[F]

From Nova Scotia, we'll learn "Florence Killen's Waltz" and then George will present a few more great tunes to take home for later learning.

Thursday 5:00-6:00PM Scottish Pipe Jig "Walking the Floor": F M C L3 MCNALLY[F]
Thursday 5:00-6:00PM A Wild Tune from South Ulster, Ireland: F L4 O'CONNOR[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Fiddle Tune Composition Lab: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 KAUFMAN[F]

We'll listen to and analyze several classic "prototypes" of fiddle tunes, and dissect them into their component parts ("riffs"). As a group, we'll decide on a prototype to experiment with and collectively build the tune. The goal is to help you with creating your own tunes.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Tips for Better Practicing: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 CARLSON[F] F. COHEN[G,M]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Explore Jig Bowing on an Easy Jig from Maine F L1 FOWLER[F] BRYAN[G]

Using TBD, a tune you may already know (but easy to learn if you don’t), George and Art will show you a few ways to make your jig bowing feel more comfortable, rhythmic and flowing.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Grooves for Beginning Cellists: C L1 ADAMS[C]

Learn how to become a cello chameleon! Shred the melody like a fiddler, groove like a bass, and chop like a drummer. We will also discuss modifying fiddle tunes to suit the cello.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM River of Suck: Healthy Musical Attitudes: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 A. REINER

Andy's practical and sage advice will help you make progress on your instrument while keeping sane! This has been described as "transformational" by several prior attendees.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Learn a Tune and Secrets of Playing for Scottish Dancing: F M C L2 MCOWEN[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Québecois Song Workshop with Éric: V L2 FAVREAU[V]

Of course, you know Éric on the fiddle - did you know he's also a fine singer, with a repertoire of traditional Québecois songs?

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Riff, Pattern, Melody: What’s the Difference?: Any L2 LYONN LIEBERMAN[F]

Be the driver at the wheel rather than grazing the landscape without direction. Learn to master the difference between these three musical vessels and boost your skills for tune interpretation, soloing and writing your own tunes.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Deceptively Simple: Bringing Irish Trad Tunes to Life: F L2 MARTIN[F]

It’s deceptively simple!...or is it deceptively challenging? Come and find out! We’ll explore some of the secrets of making even the simplest traditional Irish tunes sound enthralling. We’ll learn a barn dance by ear and will explore some subtle bowing and variation techniques to add nuance and musicality.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Harmony Singing: V L2 L3 WEEKS[V,F] OLSON[V,G]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM TEACHERS Vibrato from the Sound Up: F L2 L3 WILEY[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM KIDS Mandolin for Kids (Bring Mandolin): M L2 FLAX[M]

We will learn the basics and play a song on the mando, come on out! Rob's a multi-instrumentalist, and a friendly teacher whose technique suggestions are worth their weight in gold.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM The Magic of Pentatonic Scales: Any L2 AISENBERG[M,F]

How far can you go with just 5 notes? Quite a ways, it turns out. We'll explore both major and minor pentatonic scales, and learn how to use them to improvise solos in various styles such as blues and bluegrass, even if you've never improvised!

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM A New England Tune from Dick Richardson: F M C L3 TRACY[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM JAM Up to Speed Irish Jam: Trad L3 L4 MARCH[F] SEFTON[G,TB]

The craic will be mighty! Time for lots of trad tunes. Sorry, no black pudding or barmbrack.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM JAM Franco-American Jam with Don & Cindy Roy: Trad L3 D. ROY[F] C. ROY[P]

Let's share some energy through the music on this fine Thursday evening at the beginning of Fiddle Hell.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM A System for Playing Syncopation, Clawhammer Style: B L3 PERLMAN[B]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Western Fiddle Tunes in Cross Tunings: F L3 GORMAN[F]

We'll explore exciting possibilities of old time American tunes in tunings such as DDAD, AEAE, GDGD, GDGB and GDAD ("Gee, Dad"). Hear more on Skip's CDs, at the FH store.

Thursday 6:30-7:30PM A Cape Breton Strathspey "Calum Breugach": F M L4 MCNALLY[F]
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM Tunes from Acadian Fiddler Eddy Arsenault: F L4 JOHNSTONE[F]

New England-based string and vocal trio Low Lily explores the roots of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration. The musicians have deep relationships to traditional music styles, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, English, New England, and old-time Appalachian sounds. Their music is rooted, yet contemporary.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Simple 12-Bar Blues on the Fiddle "Deep Elum Blues": F C L1 CARLSON[F]

We'll learn a very easy and traditional blues tune dating back to the 1930's, "Deep Elum Blues." Along the way, we will explore the 12-bar blues form and blues scales. Ironically, playing the blues will probably cheer you up! 

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM An Easy Prince Edward Island Tune: Any L1 PERLMAN[B]

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

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM JAM Sea Shanty / Sea Song Swap: V Trad L1 L2 L3 L4 WEEKS[V] OLSON[V,G]
Thursday 8:00-9:00PM DROP-IN Help on Mandolin from Shana: M L1 L2 L3 L4 AISENBERG[M]

We will focus on your mandolin questions on scales, arpeggios, pick direction, tremolo, chord shapes up the neck, and more. Drop in or stay for a while; Shana will also teach some exercises for developing and refining technique.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM DROP-IN Help with Your Irish Fiddling: F L1 L2 L3 L4 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!

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM An Easy Cape Breton Strathspey as Played by the Beaton Family: F C L2 BEATON[F]

Cape Breton in Nova Scotia is home to the world’s largest fiddle and bow. Even better, it’s home to a driving, ornamented, fiddle style that draws on Scottish and Irish traditions and more. Mabou (where the Beatons are from) is a great community of strathspey lovers.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Easy Québecois Jig Workshop: F L2 FAVREAU[F]

We'll learn TBD. The swing inside this jig needs to be relaxed and stable for the dancer, but still solid.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Singing while Playing Oldtime Banjo: V B L2 L3 ADAMS[V,B]

Can you do both? Sure, says Joy.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Waltz Playalong 1 of 3 Music Provided: Any 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. Two more waltz sessions on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Sliabh Luachra Style Tunes from Dennis Murphy / Julia Clifford: F M C L3 MARTIN[F]

Brother and sister duo Julia Clifford and Denis Murphy learned from the great master of Sliabh Luachra style fiddling, Padraig O’Keeffe. They recorded a classic duet album in 1969 called “The Star Above the Garter.” We’ll learn tune(s) from this recording and explore bowing for that special Sliabh Luachra flavor.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Double Stop Magic on the Fiddle: F L3 M'GONIGLE[F]
Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Oldtime Indiana Tunes from Lotus Dickey: F L3 SUTHERLAND[F]

Indiana is a crossroads of fiddling. Lotus was a true treasure of American music and fiddling was just one of his talents. It was privilege for me to have spent some of the 1980's in his company, I in my 30's, he in his 70's. I love sharing his music and stories. I'll teach a couple of his pieces.

Thursday 8:00-9:00PM Jazz Violin Workshop: F C L4 WICKEL[F] TBD[G]

Are you drawn to the allure of jazz violin or cello? "… Duncan is without question on a path to be one of the top jazz violinists of his generation" - Christian Howes.

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Original Tunes - Bring Your Own for People to Hear or Play Along With: Any L1 L2 L3 L4 MARCH[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Cool Secrets of Backing Up a Singer: F M C L1 L2 L3 D. REINER[F] HARTY[V,G]

Hear and see exactly how it's done, and try it yourself. Examples in multiple styles, from bluegrass, blues, and folk to other styles. Helpful handout on back-up approaches and on chords.

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Essentials of Calling for Contra Dances (Dancers Welcome): V L1 L2 L3 L4 KAYNOR[V,F]

You'll see David in glorious action at the contra dances Friday and Saturday. But here's a behind-the-scenes look at the caller's viewpoint, and a chance to try a little bit yourself. If you don't want to call, but would like to dance a bit, you'd be most welcome!

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Slow Airs and Ornaments: C L2 NEWTON[C]

Slow airs are the heart of Scottish cello playing; slow, beautiful and soulful. Ornaments give character to the simple melody. We will discuss different possibilities while learning a short slow air.

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Franco-American Call & Response Tunes: F M C L2 D. ROY[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Tenor Banjo Basics for Irish Playing: TB M L2 SEFTON[TB]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Breton Fiddling - Listen and Learn a Tune: F M C L2 O'CONNOR[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM JAM Oldtime Jam in Memory of Alan Jabbour: Trad L3 KAUFMAN[F] PERLMAN[B]

Play some of Alan Jabbour's favorites. Listeners welcome! Classically trained, Alan Jabbour began documenting Southern oldtime tunes in the 1960s from musicians like Henry Reed and Tommy Jarrell. Alan taught many oldtime fiddle tunes to his Hollow Rock String Band, an important link in the ‘60s instrumental music revival.

Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Québecois Workshop on Tune TBD: F L3 FAVREAU[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Rocking Out on Fiddle: F L3 HYMAN[F]
Thursday 9:30-10:30PM Scottish Snaps and Advanced Ornamentation: F C L4 BESHARA[F]

Registration and Fiddle Hell Store close until 7:45AM Friday morning.  But jams and workshops continue! Plan ahead for the very useful early sessions on Friday, starting at 8:30AM.

Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM Mandolin for Fiddle Players (Bring Mandolin): M L2 F. COHEN[M]

Mandolin is a great instrument for fiddlers to double on. Flynn's session will focus on the aspects that can be vexing for fiddlers: chords and pick technique.

Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM Easy Shredding on Your Fiddle or Cello: F C L2 WICKEL[F,C] OBOMSAWIN[Bass]

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 get you started shredding on fiddle and cello.

Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM An Oldtime Cross-Tuned Tommy Jarrell Tune: F C L3 HYMAN[F]
Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM JAM Got Those Fiddle Hell Blues: Any L3 FLAX[F,G,V]

Blues music, originated by African Americans in the Deep South, traverses a wide range of emotions and musical styles. Playing and hearing the blues can help you cheer up and lose "the blues." 12-bar blues and more. L3 with some L2; don't worry too much about your level.

Thursday 11:00PM-12:00AM Getting the Swing Into Your Fiddle Tunes: F C L3 JOHNSTONE[F]