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Fall Fiddle Festival

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Saturday, October 13, 9:30am - 5pm

Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, NH // Directions // Parking

The 2018 Fall Fiddle Festival will bring together three fiddle players: stellar jazz violinist Jason Anick, whose credits include performances with Stevie Wonder, Delta Rae, and Girls, Guns, and Glory; Scottish fiddling phenom Katie McNally, who has been hailed as “the new face of Scottish fiddling” by The Living Tradition Magazine; and Concord’s own Irish and New England contra dance musician Liz Faiella, chair of the Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music Department at the Concord Community Music School.

Note: Workshops are geared towards teens and adults, but a few spaces are available for kids 9-12.

Fiddle players of various levels and styles are invited to participate in a range of workshop offerings and jam sessions. Workshops will be offered for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players during each workshop session. Beginner workshops are geared towards musicians who have a basic knowledge of their instrument.

The workshops and concert will take place on Saturday, October 13 at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street in downtown Concord, N.H.

  • To register for Fall Fiddle Festival workshops: Online registration is now closed, though we still have space available in the workshop - please call 603-228-1196 to inquire about registration on the morning of the workshop. 
  • To purchase concert tickets, click HERE. (Concert tickets are included in the price of registration for workshop participants.)

Meals & Snacks (Please note that lunch and dinner are not provided by the Festival.)
 // Hearty snacks, tea, and coffee are provided for participants throughout the day.
Lunch // Participants may bring a bag lunch, or pre-registered students who placed a lunch order may pick up their meal at lunchtime for $10.
Dinner // Downtown Concord offers a variety of dining options. Stop at the reception desk and find a full listing of local restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores in Concord.

What to Bring
Fiddle and rosin
Voice recorder (if you wish to record workshop sessions / jams)
Bag lunch or $10 if you pre-order lunch

Festival Schedule
9:30-10:00 - Welcome and orientation
10:00-11:15 - Workshop session 1
11:15-11:30 - Break
11:30-12:45 - Workshop session 2
12:45-1:30 - Lunch break
1:30-2:45 - Workshop session 3 
2:45-3:00 - Break
3:00-4:00 - Slow, medium, & fast jam sessions
4:00-5:00 - Final all-festival jam session with faculty
5:00-7:30pm - Dinner break
7:30pm - Faculty concert

Workshop Session Schedule
Workshop session 1

BEGINNER | Don't Fear Playing By Ear | Gain confidence learning a tune by listening! In this workshop, we'll demystify the process of learning by ear, and talk about tips and tricks for picking up fiddle tunes by simply hearing them in a session, from a recording, or in person from a friend or teacher. | Liz Faiella

INTERMEDIATE | Control Your Bow! | We'll work on a few exercises and tips to keep your bow where it should be, whether you're playing fast or slow, and then begin to apply those ideas to a slow air. | Katie McNally

ADVANCED | Advanced Improvisation Techniques | We'll take a deep dive into advanced harmonic and rhythmic ideas that can help unlock new improvisational ideas and unleash your creative potential. | Jason Anick

Workshop session 2
BEGINNER | Fundamentals of Gypsy Jazz | Pick up tips and tricks on how to get that authentic sound and feel of Gypsy jazz. We will address topics such as vibrato, tone, and phrasing along with some basic harmonic tools to get you started in this genre. | Jason Anick

INTERMEDIATE | Transcendent Tunes by Turlough O'Carolan | Learn a gorgeous tune or two by Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan! A legend of Ireland's musical landscape, O'Carolan wrote over 200 tunes, including favorites like Planxty Irwin, Sheebag Sheemore, and Hewlett. We'll explore some of his lovely compositions, and learn embellishments and techniques to make these tunes sing. | Liz Faiella

ADVANCED | Strathspey Party | At the very heart of Scottish and Cape Breton music is a type of dance tune called a strathspey. We'll learn a classic strathspey, working out phrasing, bowings, and ornamentation. We'll also tease out how the same tune can have a very different feel depending on what kind of dancing you're playing for. | Katie McNally

Workshop session 3
BEGINNER | Jiggity Jiggity Jiggity | Learn a Cape Breton jig, focusing on how bowings give a tune lift and drive. We may even learn the basic Cape Breton jig step to really get into the groove! | Katie McNally

INTERMEDIATE | Swinging Like Grappelli | For this class we will study an array of classic Stephane Grappelli licks. We will analyze all the correct bowing and accents to help understand how Grappelli achieved that beautiful swing feel. | Jason Anick

ADVANCED | The Art of the Slow Air | Learn to play a swoonworthy slow air! Irish slow airs are often based on songs or ballads, and attempt to imitate the stylistic elements used by Irish singers - giving them a uniquely compelling, vocal quality. We'll explore how ornamentation, bowing, phrasing, and timing can all contribute to making an air lyrical and songlike. | Liz Faiella

About the Artists

Talk to the abundantly gifted violinist and mandolin player Jason Anick and the phrase “jazz without borders” will invariably come up. His recent release, United, was picked by Downbeat Magazine as one of the top jazz albums of 2017.  One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine). In addition to leading his own contemporary jazz ensemble and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008. With performances all over the U.S. and Europe, the Rhythm Future Quartet is rapidly becoming one of the preeminent Gypsy jazz groups in the country. A versatile musician and sought after side-man, Anick has also shared the stage with an array of artists like Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, John Sebastian, Delta Rae, and Girls, Guns and Glory. With performances all over the world from China, Europe, and Japan and renowned venues like the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show, Jason has proven himself to be a leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.

“The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA” (The Living Tradition), Katie McNally has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013. Her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola. The trio recently traveled to Cape Breton to record a brand-new album released in Fall 2016. Recorded at the legendary Lakewind Sound Studios in Cape Breton, The Boston States was hailed as "one of the best modern Cape Breton records of the past ten years." (Irish Music Magazine) Recent cover girl for Fiddler Magazine, Katie has performed and taught fiddle courses in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Scotland, England, and France. A member of the cross-genre fiddle super-group Childsplay since 2009, she appears on their CD and concert video release, “As the Crow Flies,” produced by legendary Irish fiddler, Liz Carroll. McNally performs regularly as a soloist and has collaborated in the past with guitarist Eric McDonald and all-woman trad group, Long Time Courting. A student of acclaimed fiddler Hanneke Cassel, Katie has played at the Newport Folk Festival, the Barns at Wolf Trap, The Freight and Salvage, The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Benaroya Hall, as well as various folk venues throughout North America.

An Irish fiddler with New England contra dance flair and classical sensitivities, Liz Faiella has captivated audiences at premier folk venues, contradances, and festivals around New England. Along with her brother, guitarist Dan Faiella, Liz has performed at Club Passim, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the New England Folk Festival, the Acadia Trad Festival, and New Hampshire’s Seacoast Irish Festival. The duo recently released their debut album, At Long Last. Liz has received music and dance scholarships from the New England Folk Festival Association and the Country Dance and Song Society; and has shared the stage with celebrated New England folk musicians including David Surette, Randy Miller, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and Grammy winner Dan Zanes. In 2015, she was selected by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to conduct fieldwork on the history of contradancing in New Hampshire. Liz has had the opportunity to learn from fiddlers Liz Knowles, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Liz Carroll in lessons and workshops, and studied sean-nós Irish singing with Bridget Fitzgerald at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Boston. She has taught at the Strathspey and Reel Society of NH, Maine Fiddle Camp, and Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts, and is the organizer of the Fall Fiddle Festival at the Concord Community Music School, where she serves as chair of the Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music Department.

Time & Location

Date 10-13-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 10-13-2018 5:00 pm
Cut off date 10-12-2018
Individual Price $75.00
Online registration is no longer available. To register, please call 603-228-1196.
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