A Weekend of Music, Classes, Community, and Dance
April 12 ~ 14, 2019
At the Lewiston-Auburn Campus of University of Southern Maine
Welcome to the inaugural Fiddle-icious Traditions weekend!
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. Each year will highlight a different musical genre and 2019 features the traditional music of Cape Breton with featured musicians and step dancers Troy MacGillivray, Wendy MacIsaac, Mac Morin, and Andrea Beaton. Join them along with some of New England’s finest traditional musicians for a weekend of:
- Skill development in a variety of styles. In addition to this year’s focus on Cape Breton music, our esteemed instructors will focus on many different 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
- Study with a professional luthier
- Learn Step Dancing
- Learn about Sound Amplification
- Attend lectures and panel discussions on a variety of topics: The History and Context of Traditional Music, Hosting Sessions and Public Events, the Cape Breton Fiddle Tradition, Teaching Others, Creating a Community Orchestra
- And much more