WORLD FIDDLE DAY
Saturday, MAY 19, 2018
Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Our day begins with Workshops from two of our Guest Artists from the Africa Cuba Canada concert Friday May 18 at Hugh’s Room (see Home page).
10am – 11:20 – Shane Cooke will reveal some of the secrets of Old Time Ontario Fiddling.
11:30 – 12:50 – Elizabeth Rodriguez will show you why fiddle is one of the most important folk instruments in Cuba.
1:30 – 4pm – The “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam takes players of bowed instruments of all ages and stages through tunes from Canada, the U.S, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia and back to Canada again. The tunes are arranged with rhythm, melody and harmony parts for fiddles of all levels of age and experience and we play with an awesome house band that makes us all feel like rock stars. In past years we’ve had from 60-95 players, including cellos, basses, violas and violins as well as an occasional guitar, accordion or concertina. In addition to melodies there are usually easy parts for beginners.
COST for PLAYERS: For Two Workshops and the Jam – $25 (with Friday night tickets)
$40 – Saturday only. Players under 30 and all listeners admitted FREE.
Sheet Music and mp3s of all tunes are available in a Dropbox:
We don’t seem to be able to give you a link on the website, so just e-mail us at: email@example.com. We will sign you up tout de suite!
The 2018 jam will be old favorites from World FIddle Days past and Canadian standards, (not as many challenging tunes as in the past few years). So, those of you who have been with us before will have most of this year’s tunes already. We urge you to put together your own binders. (The numbered list is also in the Dropbox.) However, IF YOU WOULD LIKE A BOUND BOOK with all the tunes in order for this year, and can pick it up at one of our Community Workshops (March 25, April 5, April 15, 29, May 13). Send us a message at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be sure to have one on hand for you.
Thanks to Long&McQuade for sponsoring our Workshops in their Clinic space, 935 Bloor St. West. These sessions are a fun way to learn more about music of the world and about playing your instrument in ways that depend on aural tradition, rhythm, harmony, and improvisation. This year’s series focusses especially on what to play when you’re not playing the tune: harmony, rhythm, back-up, chords etc. They start on March 18, 2018 (more info HERE).
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