Saturday, March 12, 2016

Are you planning to join us at Fiddle Hell 2016? Here's the latest news...

Fiddle Hell is a mind-blowing experience!
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"Come to Fiddle Hell Weekend!"

Are you planning to join us for a fantastic fiddling weekend with your friends? Andy ReinerKatie McNallyEric FavreauBecky Tracy, and Andrea Beaton (in photos above) all hope to see you there, and I do, too!

Plan on Fiddle Hell Massachusetts, Nov. 4-6, 2016 in Westford, MA:  We'll be back at the Westford Regency with free parking and improved food options. More info here.

Check out our 2016 workshop and jam session leaders: The list is nearly final - just click on Session Leaders 2016.

Take a look at our new common tune list:  For 2016, we've created a new list of 52 common tunes in addition to the original list, based on your suggestionson the Fiddle Hell survey over the last 3 years.

Sign up for the weekend now: You can prepay here and save a little money. Or just pay when you arrive.  We have discounts for seniors, young adults, and kids, and a few scholarships if you can't afford the fee.

Book your room at the Westford Regency: The Fiddle Hell discount (code HEL114) gets you a room with two beds for $99/night plus tax.  More info here - just click on Overall Logistics 2016. Or commute if you're local.

Tell your friends about the Saturday night concert (Nov 5th, 7PM): Twenty fiddlers, followed by a contra dance (dance or sit in with the band).
New instructors for 2016 include Bruce Molsky (oldtime), Katie McNally(Scottish), Skip Gorman (bluegrass, folk, cowboy), Ellery Klein (Irish),Autumn Rose Lester (New England), and Gretchen Koehler (New England, Canadian).

Returning instructors Andrea Beaton, Andy Reiner, Becky Tracy, Darol Anger, David Kaynor, Eric Favreau, Joy Adams (cello), Frank Ferrel, Laurel Martin, Laurie Hart, Lissa Schneckenberger, Mark Simos, Pete Sutherland, Tom Morley, and many others will be back again to teach tunes and techniques at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, and to lead jams in various styles. Click here and then click on Session Leaders 2016 on the left to see details about our 2016 instructors, who are great players and experienced, supportive teachers.

In addition to fiddlers, mandolin players, violists and cellists are welcome. Other instrumentalists will need to check with me first. 
Did you know that the top 6 fiddle styles played by Fiddle Hell attendees (from the 2015 survey) are: New England, Irish, Scottish & Cape Breton, Southern Oldtime, French Canadian, and Bluegrass? 2016 workshops and jams will cover these traditional styles in amazing depth, plus Swedish, Cajun, Klezmer, Blues, World, Canadian, Jazz, and Western Swing. We'll also have singing & kids' workshops.

Half the attendees in 2015 were from MA, with the other half from NH, NY, VT, CT, RI, ME, and 12 other states (plus a few from Canada & Scotland).

Please invite your musical friends to join us in 2016!
Since it's a while until November, think about these great camps, too:
Guitar and Mandolin Camp North,April 15-17, 2016, in Charlton, MA.  I've taught there in the past, and will be attending to learn and jam.  Includes some fiddle classes, too.
Rustic Roots Music CampAugust 11-15, 2016, in CT.  Andy Reiner runs this small camp, featuring communal workshops (and cooking), singing, campfire jams & multiple instruments (especially fiddle).  Ages 18+.  I'll be there again!
Maine Fiddle Camp, several fun weekends and  weeks in June and August, 2016. Traditional dance music on many instruments. Several MFC instructors also teach at Fiddle Hell.
Helpful Links
Fiddle Hell logistics, lodging, and leaders 
Fiddle Hell schedule (from 2015, will be updated in July of 2016)
New list of 52 common tunes and 2-CD set of original common tunes played fast and slow

Join the Facebook Group for Fiddle Hell Massachusetts   
Join the 2016 Fiddle Hell Facebook Event  
Follow Fiddle Hell Massachusetts (@FiddleHell) on Twitter  
Offer a ride or request one for Fiddle Hell 2016 at this 
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