Upcoming Performances and Workshops
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Passim School of Music
Intermediate Fiddle - 6:30-7:45 PM
Cajun Workshop - May 16 2-4:00 PM
I'll be working hard to keep the information on my site current, topical, and fun. So peruse at your leisure and check back often — for my latest musings, music and news.
2020 is here and with it Covid-19 which has devastating change for musicians and artists. My fellow musicians and I have abruptly lost some, if not most of our expected income and along with that, the rewards of bringing our music to live audiences and students. I have been working on developing more of an online presence, including developing my languishing You Tube channel. I've also been entertained by live streaming concerts and other musical contributions. These help keep us all going.
Spring isn't complete without The New England Folk Festival aka "NEFFA". Like so many other events, the onsite NEFFA has been cancelled, but thanks to the dedicated efforts of the NEFFA staff and performers, there is a virtual NEFFA- virtual.neffa.org. Numerous performers have contributed videos to virtual NEFFA for you viewing and listening enjoyment!
I have continued teaching both Beginning and Intermediate Fiddle at Passim School for Music for the fall and winter semesters 2019/20 and expect to be teaching the spring semester. All teaching has gone online and while it is different and challenging, it is still a joy to be able to teach.
The Dead Sea Squirrels continued at a brisk pace with public dances, festivals and private events through early March when all of our gigs through June suddenly disappeared, including our April Southern tour. However, we are hopeful that our mid-Atlantic tour in November with the justly famous calling duo, The Two Hot Mamas (Janine Smith and Susan Taylor) will happen 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 and occasional contra dance venues early this year before all went on hold. The future continues to be uncertain, but Sarah and I will be working on bringing our music to audiences remotely until we can again see you all in live venues.
I also am delighted to once again be on staff, teaching and performing at the Fiddle Hell extravaganza in Westford, MA, November 5-8. 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.
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. Teaching individual lessons via Face Time and Zoom has proven to be almost as rewarding as in person!
Finally, stay strong, safe and healthy and support your musical community in whatever way you can!
Fiddler Educator Performer