~ Not Your Usual Fiddle Camp! ~
Second Annual Weekend of Music, Classes, Community, and Dance
April 17 ~ 19, 2020
At the Lewiston-Auburn Campus of University of Southern Maine
An exciting new feature to the 2020 Fiddle-icious Traditions is our 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
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. Classes are offered specifically for: fiddle, cello, bass, guitar, piano, accordion, step-dance, improv, music theory, and much more!
Have you ever wanted to:
- Add new techniques that the pros use?
- Discover the music theory behind your favorite tunes?
- Delve into the fascinating world of improv with your instrument?
- Learn more about how to ensure that your next gig has superior sound engineering?
- Try a few step dance steps?
- Figure out how to bring more life to your playing?
- Hear about the interesting history of Maine fiddling?
- Connect with others to form a band?
- Call a simple dance at your next function or family event?
- Hang out with National Heritage Fellow, Seamus Connolly?
- Get 1:1 instruction on how to maintain your stringed instrument?
Fiddle-icious Traditions offers all of this and much more!
Fiddle-icious Traditions aims to send each participant home with new tools and enthusiasm to continue their own unique musical journey. You’ll leave with increased confidence to create local musical experiences in your own communities, such as, playing for family and friends in your living room, offering instruction for children, bringing music to elders and disabled people in hospital or nursing home settings, establishing low barrier jams or sessions, and using music to inform and celebrate ethnic heritage in Maine. Register today to secure your spot!