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12/28/19

Boston Gender Free Contra Dance 

7:30-10:30

Jamaica Plain, MA

​https://www.lcfd.org/jp


12/7/19

Swingin' Tern Double Dance

4-6 and 8-11 PM

​East Hanover, NJ​​https://www.folkproject.org/swtern/swtern.shtml 



 Upcoming Performances and Workshops

Jan/Feb. (2020)

Passim School of Music

Beginning Fiddle - 6:45-8:00 PM

​Intermediate Fiddle - 8:00-9:15 PM

​https://www.passim.org/school-of-music/classes-workshops/





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2019 is nearly over!  Spring wouldn't have been complete without The New England Folk Festival aka "NEFFA".  The High Strung Strummers played a concert and were joined by guest banjoist, Steve Arkin, and Cajun fiddler, Mitch Reed.  The Dead Sea Squirrels were once again privileged to play a square dance with Tony Parkes.  The weather was warm and sunny, conducive to hours of outdoor jamming.   


I had a wonderful time teaching a 6 week Intermediate Fiddle Class at Passim School for Music this winter,and a Cajun workshop there in the spring.  I have continued teaching both Beginning and Intermediate Fiddle there for the fall semesters.   This year's Rhythm and Roots Festival in Charlestown, RI on Labor Day weekend was terrific and I was honored to be on the staff for the Kid's Camp.  This festival is an amazing stew of Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and other roots music and dance with luminaries such as Michael Doucet and Beausoleil, The Pine Leaf Boys, Peter Rowan, Marcia Ball and many others.


​I also was delighted to once again be on staff, teaching and performing at the Fiddle Hell extravaganza in Westford, MA, November 7-10.  Fiddle Hell is a yearly gathering of fiddlers, cellists, mandolin/guitar/banjo players, and singers who come together to  jam, learn, listen, and have a blast.  Check out the Fiddle Hell Facebook page for pictures and videos of this wonderful and inspiring event.

The Dead Sea Squirrels continued at a brisk pace with public dances, festivals and many private events.  We have played locally and on tour, mostly for contra and square dances.  In addition to a southern tour in the spring, we had another terrific mid-Atlantic tour in November with the justly famous calling duo, The Two Hot Mamas (Janine Smith and Susan Taylor) at area venues in Maryland and Pennsylvania including the Friday and Sunday dances at the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo, MD.


The High Strung Strummers has kept up with concert venues this year beginning with a house concert at the Folk Song Society featuring Sarah's research on song collector Max Hunter  and including our first ever Crankie of the song "Young Charlotte".  We followed that with an appearance at the final winter concert at the beautiful Thomas Crane Library in Quincy, MA on March 31 and at Gore Place in Waltham, MA in June followed by summer and fall performances at area farmer's markets, fall festivals and even a contra dance!   


My musical life wouldn't be complete without my many private fiddle students who have taught me at least as much as I have them.



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Cathy Mason


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