The 2017 Around-the-World fiddle jam practices have concluded and we look forward to seeing you at the Around-the-World jam on Saturday May 21st to play all 32 Tunes for 2017! Friends and supporters are welcome to support the fiddlers and join us, free admission.
The “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam takes players of bowed instruments of all ages and stages through 32 tunes from around the world. The tunes span Canada, and across to Asia and back to Canada again. We pay tribute to Leonard Cohen and this year focus on the middle east. The tunes have been arranged for not only our fantastic house band, but rhythm, melody and harmony. Fiddles can choose which parts to play. In the past few years we’ve had somewhere between 80-96 fiddlers arrived with their instruments, some large as in cellos and small as in built for small hands.
Thank you to Long&McQuade for sponsoring our access to their clinic space, 935 Bloor St. West, look for the Clinic door, go up the stairs. Admission is by donation.
Here’s what happened at the practice sessions:
We work on 3-5 new tunes each time with a session leader, and review as many others as we have time for. Optimum results for everyone are when you’ve already worked on the tune; then we can concentrate on the rhythm and feel and get the harmony and all the parts integrated. Practice sessions are a relaxed and friendly night of playing the tunes and we welcome new fiddlers. We ask all who attend to make a pay-what-you-can donation to pay our fearless leaders and to help fund our World Fiddle Day Toronto adventures.