Hi all: We had a great first Workshop on harmony and cool Back-up grooves last week, led by Lea Kirstein, and look forward to the 2nd installment on April 5 (Thursday evening 7 – 9 (Anne Lederman will be on board to lead this one.)
But the big news is I am happy to announce that the Around-the-World-Jam Repertoire for World Fiddle Day 2018 is now ready and waiting in a Dropbox for all who would like it. There is sheet music, and there are mp3 files. Listen, play, enjoy, repeat and please come join us on May 19 at Hugh’s Room. The repertoire is almost all from former years, with just a few new Canadian favourites added in. We are also delighted to welcome members of the new Tamarack’er Down Celtic Orchestra to help lead the first half of the Jam. The day will look like this:
10:00 am. – Workshop: Shane Cooke (Canadian Old Time)
11:30 am. – Workshop: Elizabeth Rodriquez (Cuban traditional music)
1:30 pm – 4 pm – Around the World Jam
To access the Dropbox, click HERE. If, for any reason at all, this does not work for you, just drop us a quick e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will sign you up manually.
COST: THE GOOD NEWS is that we are offerring a discount for the day to all those players who have purchased a ticket for the concert on Friday night, May 18, featuring Shane, Elizabeth and Ethiopian masenqo player Abebe Fikade: AFRICA-CUBA-CANADA (here for more info on the concert).
FOR Players paticipating in the WORKSHOPS and JAM on MAY 19. $25 (for those with Friday night tickets): $35 without.
As always, we invite the general public to come and listen to the Jam absolutely free.
This discount for Friday night ticket holders is to encourage as many people as possible to see this wonderful concert. We moved it to Friday night, because many playing participants found the day too long last year with Workshops, Jam and Evening Concert, and because we wanted you to see the Artists before the Workshops instead of after. In the process, you will not only be supporting some wonderful musicians as well as World Fiddle Day Toronto, but also our partners Batuki Music, Polyphonic Ground and the new Hugh’s Room Live non-profit arts association. The charge for the day allows us to pay our awesome Workshop leaders, Shane Cooke and Elizabeth Rodriguez, for their morning workshops, and our House Band musicians in the afternoon (TBA). We will have that ticket window open soon on our site. We sincerely hope you will choose to spend part of your May weekend with us at World FIddle Day Toronto 2018, and we look forward to another wonderful gathering.