A Weekend of Music, Classes, Community, and Dance
April 17 ~ 19, 2020
At the Lewiston-Auburn Campus of University of Southern Maine
Welcome to the second annual Fiddle-icious Traditions weekend!
The inaugural Fiddle-icious Traditions weekend was a huge success thanks to an amazing staff, incredible instructors, an army of volunteers, and our enthusiastic attendees! I cannot be more proud of the team that created this event as it went off without one hiccup. We’re all charged and moving ahead with tweaks and new ideas to make Fiddle-icious Traditions 2020 even more fun and exciting.
A new feature to the 2020 Fiddle-icious Traditions is Artist-in-Residence. Joining us this year is Séamus Connolly, the iconic Irish fiddler. I first met Séamus at the National Folk Festival in Lowell back in the 80’s. We were up until 4:00 in the morning playing tunes. It was his playing that first excited me about the Irish repertoire. Séamus is one of the most interesting musicians you’ll ever have a chance to hear and speak with. His love for the music is stronger than ever and his playing virtuosic. Personally, I am elated to be able to share some time and tunes with Séamus who I consider one of my most important influences.
~ Don Roy
Fiddle-icious Traditions 2020 Instructors
Karen St. Clair
Sally Sommers Smith
Join us for a weekend of:
- Skill development in a variety of styles, genres, styles, and techniques.
- Foundations for building a musical community in your own town
- Exploring a path to becoming a professional musician and learning the tools to create a network for traveling artists
- Learning how to start a local community traditional dance, and maybe learn how to to call a dance
- Bring your instrument questions to a professional luthier
- Learn Step Dancing
- Learn about Sound Amplification
- Attend lectures and panel discussions on a variety of topics
- And much more
In addition to offering an opportunity to learn new skills and to share traditional music of many genres, Traditions will strive to equip participants with the tools and enthusiasm to create local musical experiences such as group instruction for children, bringing music to elders and disabled people, establishing open playing opportunities for musicians wanting to improve or share their gifts, and using music to inform and celebrate ethnic heritage in Maine.
While some classes may feature specific instruments, all instruments associated with traditional dance music will find a place at Fiddle-icious Traditions.