Fiddle Workshop | Concord NH

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Concord Community Music School
Concord, NH        7:00 PM

“Making Fiddle Tunes Come Alive” This is a participatory workshop on how to get  the “DANCE” into dance fiddling. Open to both fiddlers and classical violinists. 23 Wall Street  603-228-1196 or to register or for more information

Fiddle & Cello Workshop | Keene

Monadnock Region

Fiddle & Cello Workshop


Greg & Jessie Boardman

Accompanied by Mary Cay Brass on Piano

Saturday, November 5, 2011

At The Starving Artist

10 West Street, Keene, NH 03431

1:00 pm – Advanced

2:00 pm – Intermediate (and Advanced)

3:00 pm – Beginner (and Intermediate and Advanced)

4:00-5:00 pm – Contra Dance!


Participants will receive sheet music and an online link to recorded tunes to prepare for the workshop.  Students do not need to know all the tunes in their level to participate.  $3o.

Email or call (207) 344-3106 or (207) 772-3868 ASAP for more info!

Musician’s Workshop | South Strafford, VT

Donna Hebert and Max Cohen will be offering a pre-concert musician’s workshop on
Aug. 3rd for interested fiddlers, guitarists and any other instrumentalists who
would like to learn some styling and history of
French-Canadian. The workshop is tentatively set for 5:00pm – please e-mail Robin Russell at
with your interest and she will confirm time and cost with you directly.

Concert info for Donna and Max can be found

Enthusiastic, energetic and
passionate, Donna and Max bring the French-Canadian heritage to life with song
and artful tune-playing. We’re delighted to have them return – please join us!

Robin Russell
(802) 333-9628

Northern Roots Weekend | Dummerston, VT

Northern Roots Weekend
July 8 -10, 2011
at Green Mountain Camp, Dummerston, VT
w i t h

Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin)
Becky Tracy (fiddle)
Jean Duval (flute)
Jeff Warner (singing)

The second annual Northern Roots Weekend is quickly approaching. This is a wonderful weekend of traditional music with great instructors, including an expanded roster of singing classes.

We are excited to have Jean Duval bring his deep knowledge of French Canadian music, especially his repertoire of crooked tunes and his technical expertise on flute and whistle. And Jeff Warner, with his bottomless repertoire of great songs will be a wonderful addition to the singing side of camp this year. Singers will enjoy a full weekend of good song.

Last year’s session with Matt and Shannon Heaton was a tremendous success and we were almost at the capacity of the camp. We expect this year to fill so please consider registering soon while there is still space.

The Northern Roots Weekend features a series of intensive teaching workshops in traditional music with highly experienced and engaging instructors. Some classes will focus on technique specific to fiddle, flute, whistle, mandolin and guitar, but all instruments are welcome. There will also be many singing sessions. Some experience in traditional music required and a recording device is recommended.

In addition to other classes focusing on instrument technique or specific repertoire, there will be three ‘ensemble’ classes, each of which will meet three times – Dance Band Ensemble, French Canadian Ensemble and a Songs with Accompaniment group. These sessions are an opportunity to focus a little more in depth on a particular medley or song, perhaps working on an arrangement or some deeper issues of style. The groups will perform for each other on Sunday. It’s not a high performance situation, just a chance to share what we’ve been working on.
The dance band workshop will review the basics of playing for contra dancing but will also be an opportunity to form mini ensembles and experiment with arranging. Jean will lead the French Canadian Ensemble and Jeff’s singing group will encourage instrumentalists to come and work with them on song accompaniment.

In the evening, we will have something like an old style house party in a sweet little hall at the camp with some informal dancing of various styles and an open stage for campers to provide the music. There will be some singing and great food.

The Northern Roots Weekend will also be a wonderful chance to enjoy informal jam sessions and pub style singing in a lovely country setting (with swimming) in Dummerston, Vermont at Green Mountain Camp, located just 10minutes from downtown Brattleboro.

Camp begins Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm with wonderful meals provided beginning with Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Rustic cabin accommodation is available and also good camping.

Cost: $230 / Includes all workshops, 5 meals and 2 nights cabin lodging (if desired) / $60 deposit
To register: Download 2011 SUMMER REGISTRATION FORM or call 802-257-4523

Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy have been leading the Celtic Music Classes at the BMC for several years. They also founded the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, VT which happens annually in January in Brattleboro, VT. Becky’s fiddle playing and repertoire combines elements of traditional Irish and French Canadian music. She is a veteran of the New England contra dance scene and has performed and traveled widely. Keith is highly respected guitar player in the world of traditional music with a style based on DADGAD tuning. He has accompanied some of the finest players of traditional music and has played with many traditional bands, including the trio Nightingale with which he plays with Becky. Both Keith and Becky are experienced teachers and are particularly adept at helping initiate students in learning by ear.

Jean Duval is a pioneer of flute playing for traditional music in Quebec. Jean is a versatile and well-respected traditional musician, born in Montreal in 1961, who has been passionately interested in traditional Québécois and Celtic music since his adolescence. Jean plays the wooden flute, whistle, fiddle and harmonica. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in French Canadian crooked tunes at the University of Montreal.

Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music and was a featured performer at the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, January 2011. Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons.

Keith Murphy and Rebecca Tracy
104 Washington St
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Fiddle Concert | Brattleboro

from Patty Krasner <>

Dear Friends, Parents and Students,

I wanted to let you know of a wonderful upcoming fiddle concert in Brattleboro on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:30 PM. Master fiddler, Craig Eastman will be performing at the New England Youth Theater on Flat Street in Brattleboro, VT. Craig has been performing since he was a boy and has graduated from winning fiddle contests, teaching students and playing in his native Amherst, Mass area to moving to LA and composing movie soundtracks and playing and recording with the likes of Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, and Steve Martin to name a few. His music has been featured in many films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Hawk Down and Broke Back Mountain.

He is also an accomplished musician of the Celtic and Quebecois music traditions as well as the blues and other styles. Craig is famous for his amazing improvisational abilities and his performances never fail to delight his audience.

This is definitely not a show to be missed. Tickets are available at Turn it Up and Maple Leaf Music on Elliot Street and online at So get your tickets while they last and hope to see you there. For more information, call 603-399-4372.

For more information about Craig you can visit him on his website at

Norwegian fiddle & dance workshop | Guilford VT

Norwegian fiddle & dance workshop

Saturday, March 12
10:00am – 9:30pm
Broad Brook Grange, Guilford, VT

10:00 -12:00 Hardanger Fiddle Workshop

1:15-3:15 Regular Fiddle Workshop

3:30-5:30 Dance Workshop

5:30 pm Potluck dinner

6:30 pm Concert & dance

Teaching: Loretta Kelley, fiddle workshops; Annamarie Pluhar, dance workshop. This dance workshop will review the steps and formations of the dances from Telemark.
Price: Fiddle workshops: $25 apiece. Dance Workshop $10.
Please register for fiddle workshops by telephone or e-mail.
Telephone: 802 451-1941 or 802 579-5975 (cell) Email:
Send check to: Annamarie Pluhar, 621 East-West Road, E. Dummerston, VT 05346
Call for more information.


Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St.
Brattleboro VT

Concert put on by Mary Lea aka Red Horse
Tickets: $15 in advance / $18 at the door
in person: The Toadstool, Colony Mill, Keene NH / Everyone’s Books, 23 Elliot St. in Brattleboro VT
Call 802-257-1571 for more information

Master Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, and cellist, Natalie Haas, join forces in
a concert of Scottish music–haunting Gaelic laments and airs, raucous dance
tunes and improvisations based on traditional themes. Acclaimed worldwide,
these two consummate performers are passionate and spellbinding. With an
expressive palette and stunning technical range, the duo carries on musical
conversations that weave around each other, support one another and
playfully exhort and entertain each other and their audiences.
Fraser is recognized as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever
produced and tours all over the world to great acclaim as soloist and
headliner of larger bands. His concerts in Brattleboro especially touch his
heart because of the community here. This is a concert that will leave you
entertained, inspired and uplifted.

Northeast Heritage Music Camp | Johnson State College

Northeast Heritage Music Camp is now in full operation for 2011. We have our
staff selected, our website has a whole new look, and we’re ready to accept
registrations. We’re already excited about our upcoming Camp, and we hope you’ll
join us again for another week of traditional music immersion.

Here’s the details:

Dates: June 12-18, 2011
Place: Johnson State College

Program: We continue to offer many levels and more options. We offer four levels
of fiddle: novice, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, and advanced. We
offer multiple levels of banjo, flute, and piano. You can take a bunch of guitar
classes, a whole day of singing classes, or a whole day of band classes, You can
also study stepdancing, dance calling, Breton repertoire, English Country-Dance
repertoire, instrumental or vocal harmonizing, and song-writing. If you want to
check out exactly what we have in mind, our 2011 preliminary “daily schedule” is
now up on the website, at

Staff: We’ve made a few changes in our staff for 2011. Returning are Timothy
Cummings, Eric Favreau, Kimberly Fraser, Sarah Hotchkiss, Alan Jabbour, David
Kaynor, David Surette, and Pete Sutherland, not to mention us directors Peter
Langston and Ken Perlman. Here are our newcomers: Tony DeMarco (Irish fiddle),
Loretto Reid (flute & whistle), and Peter Barnes (piano).

As always, bios and photos of our staff are posted on the website,

Here’s another change. We continue to tinker with the organization of our
schedule. To make afternoons a bit more relaxed we’re going to give everyone two
free periods during the afternoon — an extra half hour after lunch before
classes begin, and then a full hour between the end of classes and dinner. To
make this possible, we’re moving the jams after dinner and shortening them just
a bit. With judicious schedule juggling we’ve figured we can do all this and
start the concert just half an hour later than in previous years.

Sign Up Early!: It always helps us out when you sign well ahead, and since the
economic crisis is still with us, we could use a little extra reassurance. If
you know you’ll be coming to Camp, why wait — sign up now!

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Ken and Peter,


Brattleboro Music Center’s 4th Annual


Saturday, January 29, Brattleboro, VT

Irish Scottish English Swedish & French Canadian Traditions




For Complete Schedule of Events, Tickets and Directions visit
or call 802-257-4523

Nelson Strings

Sarah shows Fallon a fiddleGrins, giggles and excited chatter greeted Sarah Kim, the Nelson Strings teacher on the first day of lessons. Ten eyes looked eagerly at six cases sitting on a table. Minutes later Nelson Elementary School’s first violin students were learning proper standing position, the name and function of parts of the violin and how to care for and hold their instruments. Five students are learning finger positions, pizzicato (also known as plucking the strings) and their first song. Having a strings program for elementary school children is not too unusual these days. But Nelson’s program has a couple of unique twists.

First, with a nod to Nelson’s heritage of traditional music for contra dances, students are learning some of these traditional tunes. They are working with the O’Connor Violin method, an approach to teaching young people that is based on American folk fiddle tunes. This was developed by Mark O’Connor, a child prodigy who had recorded his first album of fiddle music at the age of 10. Forty years later he is known throughout folk, bluegrass, jazz and classical realms for his brilliant playing and compositions that cross all of those genres.

Second, how many towns the size of Nelson have a world-class chamber orchestra? Enter Sarah Kim, who has been a violinist with the Apple Hill Chamber players since 2008, and on the summer faculty since 2003. Since moving to town she has enjoyed going to the local dances, and the opportunity to hear different music from what Apple Hill typically performs. She was familiar with the O’Connor method, and in fact, had toured with Mark O’Connor in 2001 as a member of the orchestra that accompanied him for a performance of his “American Four Seasons”.

The idea of a strings program has been germinating for several months. With financial support from the community, several quarter-size instruments were purchased. A grant from the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) allowed for the purchase of the Mark O’Connor curriculum, The New England Fiddler’s Repertoire (by Randy Miller & Jack Perron) and other music. The program is a joint venture of the Nelson School and Apple Hill.

As the students grow (in size as well as musical prowess) the program will need to acquire half- and three-quarter- size instruments. Nelson residents (or anyone else) who would like to support this program should contact Val Van Meier at 847-3371 or

Meanwhile, be listening for Nelson’s young violinists to be included in upcoming school programs and who knows – eventually some of them may be heard playing for dances in the Town Hall.