Sep 122008
 

Five fiddlers, 2 guitarists, an accordionist, and a flute player gathered at J.D. McCliment’s Pub in Putney, Vermont, on a cool September evening recently. In addition to all of us being resident in the Connecticut River valley, we shared a love of Irish traditional music. We were attending the weekly Wednesday night Irish session to play jigs and reels, reacquaint as friends, meet new musicians, and share stories.

The Morning Star/Lady Ann Montgomery
The Long Drop/The Earl’s Chair

Leading our group this night were Lissa Schneckenburger on fiddle and Corey DiMario on tenor guitar. Lissa set the tone with a choice selection of tunes played at a relaxed pace. Irish reels can be very exciting when played at break-neck or dance-tempo speed, but the lovely soul of a tune is best revealed at more moderate tempos when the lift of a phrase and the ornamentation of melody can easily be heard. A pleasure for listener and player alike. Corey’s chording on the 4-string guitar followed the melody very closely, a hallmark of good Irish accompaniment, and each tune was given its due with numerous repetitions. Continue reading »

Jun 142008
 

THURS SEPT 25


LAURA CORTESE (Scottish)
Stunning fiddler/singer, performs solo and with the band Halali

All events:
6:30pm FIDDLE WORKSHOP ($15)
8pm CONCERT w/ guitar accompanist Flynn Cohen ($10)

HELD AT:

PETERBOROUGH UNITARIAN CHURCH

Parish Hall

25 Main Street

Peterborough, NH 03458

(603) 924-6245

Peterborough Fiddles is a monthly gathering that showcases the various traditional fiddles styles that make up the musical landscape of New England: Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Contradance, and Old-Time. We get together on the fourth Saturday of each month in Peterborough, NH for an evening that combines education and entertainment, each time featuring a different world-class fiddler. Here is the format:

WORKSHOP
The guest fiddler chooses a tune for students to learn in advance, then spends the hour-long workshop teaching authentic traditional bowing and ornamentation. This process highlights the specific stylistic differences between the various fiddle music traditions and lends a greater depth to the students’ musical appreciation and technique. Transcriptions of the chosen tunes will appear on this website, along with links to sounds files. COST: $15

CONCERT
The guest fiddler will perform one long set of of their given style and each will have CDs available. COST: $10

SESSION
There will be an open session for all fiddle music following each concert (all traditional instruments welcome).

Hosted by guitar accompanist Flynn Cohen. Called “a versatile string virtuoso” by Dirty Linen Magazine, Flynn has recorded CDs and performed all over the globe with many acclaimed artists in traditional and contemporary acoustic music, including: John Whelan, Cathie Ryan, Halali, Annalivia, Adrienne Young, Aoife Clancy, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Matt Glaser, John McGann, Airdance, The Sevens, Sheila Falls, Skip Healy, Mark Simos, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese, Jake Armerding, Bruce MacGregor, and others.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

FLYNN 603-784-5094

 Posted by on June 14, 2008 at 12:43 pm