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Featuring Darol Anger, bluegrass & old-time, Winifred Horan, Irish, & Liz Faiella, Celtic & New England contradance
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, NH | Directions & Parking
Workshops | 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Register online now or call 603-228-1196
Preregistration is required for workshops, and space is limited. Registration due by Wednesday, October 18.
Workshops led by Darol Anger, Winifred Horan, & Liz Faiella
Teens & Adults: $75, includes full day of workshops & jams, lunch, and evening concert ticket
Kids: $50, includes afternoon workshops & jams and evening concert ticket
Evening Concert | 7:30pm | $20 adults & $15 students/seniors | Get tickets online now or call 603-228-1196
Please note: Concert price is included for festival workshop registrants
Concert features Darol Anger, Winifred Horan, & Liz Faiella, with their musical collaborators
About the Fall Fiddle Festival
Featuring masterful fiddlers steeped in the Celtic and American folk traditions and adept at improvisation, the second annual Fall Fiddle Festival will offer Concord a jam-packed day of workshops and jam sessions, followed by a toe-tapping evening concert of fiddle music on October 21.
The Festival will bring together three fiddle players: bluegrass and old-time innovator Darol Anger, whose credits include performances with Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, as well as NPR’s Car Talk theme; Irish and contemporary fiddling master Winifred Horan, founding member of legendary Irish band Solas; and Celtic and New England contradance musician Liz Faiella, chair of the Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music Department at the Concord Community Music School.
Fiddle players of various levels and styles are invited to participate in a range of jam sessions and workshops with Darol, Winifred, and Liz. 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 Festival's evening concert will feature Darol, Winifred, and Liz on the fiddle, alongside their musical collaborators. Their performance will journey through Celtic and American fiddling traditions, and venture into contemporary folk improvisation.
The Fall Fiddle Festival is sponsored by Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc., with thanks to Constantly Pizza.
Subject to change.
9:30-10:00am | Welcome & orientation
10:00-11:15am | Workshop session 1
11:15-11:30am | Break / Youth participants arrive
11:30am-12:45pm | Workshop session 2
12:45-1:30pm | Lunch break
1:30-2:45pm | Jam sessions
2:45-3:00pm | Break
3:00-4:15pm | Workshop session 3
4:15-5:00pm | Informal jamming
5:00-7:30pm | Dinner break
7:30pm | Fall Fiddle Festival Concert
Lunch | Provided for pre-registered students!
Dinner | Though the Fiddle Fest does not provide dinner, downtown Concord offers a variety of dining options.
What to Bring
Your fiddle! | The only non-optional item :)
Voice recorder | For recording tunes in workshops and jam sessions
Notebook & pen/pencil | For writing down names of tunes you want to remember
Dinner (or money for dinner in Concord) | Though the Fiddle Fest does not provide dinner, downtown Concord offers a variety of dining options.
Interested in Volunteering?
Workshop Session 1
BEGINNER | Irish Fiddling: Tunes & Technique | Drawing on her classical backround and experience in Irish traditional fiddle music, Winifred will focus on each student developing a solid foundation, concentrating on tone, intonation, phrasing, and bowing techniques. Learn some of the ornamentation and improvisation that exists in traditional Irish fiddling, with great attention to technique and musicality. | Winifred Horan
INTERMEDIATE | Arranging a Tune | Harmony, chords, dynamics, and variations can all make a lovely tune soar to new heights. We'll learn a new tune, and find ways of building a "storyline" for it as we play it several times through, using various arranging tips and tricks. | Liz Faiella
ADVANCED | Doubling Down on Double-Stops | Double stops (two notes played together on adjacent strings) are considered the final frontier in Bluegrass and swing fiddling. The oldest and greatest fiddlers come to obsess over them. Organizing our thoughts on this difficult technique is paramount. This workshop will provide a quick overview and survey of double stops, with helpful hints on getting them in tune and when to use which ones. | Darol Anger
Workshop Session 2
BEGINNER | Polka Time! | Polkas are fun, simple, and upbeat tunes -- and are all-too-often overlooked! Learn an Irish polka or two, and pick up some tips and tricks for learning by ear. | Liz Faiella
INTERMEDIATE | Melody, Phrasing, & Bow Management | How can we keep a fiddle tune interesting when it gets repeated so much? It’s a fiddle tune -- we’re not going to just leave the wheel and play jazz licks! We’ll explore ideas about how to free up your bowing by, paradoxically, using patterns. | Darol Anger
ADVANCED | Irish Fiddling: Tunes & Technique | Drawing on her classical backround and experience in Irish traditional fiddle music, Winifred will focus on each student developing a solid foundation, concentrating on tone, intonation, phrasing, and bowing techniques. Learn some of the ornamentation and improvisation that exists in traditional Irish fiddling, with great attention to technique and musicality. | Winifred Horan
Workshop Session 3
BEGINNER | What Makes a Good Tune? | "There are no bad tunes, only bad players." A skilled player can make a so-so tune sound great, but even a beginner can put across a really great fiddle tune. What makes these warhorses great? Darol will discuss structure, texture, and story in the context of fiddle tunes, and learn the best parts of a couple. | Darol Anger
INTERMEDIATE | Irish Fiddling: Tunes & Technique | Drawing on her classical backround and experience in Irish traditional fiddle music, Winifred will focus on each student developing a solid foundation, concentrating on tone, intonation, phrasing, and bowing techniques. Learn some of the ornamentation and improvisation that exists in traditional Irish fiddling, with great attention to technique and musicality. | Winifred Horan
ADVANCED | Make a Tune Your Own | What’s in your fiddle technique “toolkit?” Ornamentation, bowing, and variations can make a great tune even better. We’ll learn a tune, and then take it to a new level, learning new bowing techniques and embellishments along the way. | Liz Faiella, Studio A
Fiddler, composer, producer, and educator Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his duo with Mike Marshall, and others. He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli. Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s Car Talk theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman, and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the phenomenally popular Sim City computer games. In addition to performing all over the world, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and Ucross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. He is an associate professor at the Berklee School of Music. He recently began an ambitious online fiddle school at ArtistWorks.com. His website is www.darolanger.com.
Winifred Horan began learning Irish fiddle and dance in the bustling Irish scene in New York in the 1970s, with fiddler Mareen Glynn and dancer Donny Golden. She studied classical violin with the violinist Leri Slutsky, before attending the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with violinist Masuko Ushioda. Her meeting with Seamus Egan in the early 1990s in New York City saw the start of celebrated Irish band Solas, with which Horan has recorded 11 albums and toured internationally. In 2006, she recorded an album with Solas colleague Mick McAuley, titled Serenade. The duet became a trio with guitarist Colm O'Caoimh, and the three recorded Sailing Back to You (2012). Horan has recorded three solo albums: Just One Wish (Shanachie, 2002), The Pleasures of Home (Cracker Barrel, 2004), and Lost Girl Found (2014). She has played, toured, and recorded with Cherish the Ladies (where she started as a dancer) from 1991-1994, and with The Sharon Shannon Band from 1994-1998 with Donogh Hennesy and Trevor Hutchinson. Her musical collaborators include the likes of Pierce Turner, Liz Carroll, Sharon Shannon, Antje Duvekot, John Doyle, Karan Casey, Declan O'Rouke, Damien Dempsey, Mundy, Rosey, Richard Shindell, Luka Bloom, The Duhks, Patty Larkin, Cathie Ryan, Dirk Powell, Natalie Haas, and most recently, the legendary Christy Moore. Horan is currently on faculty at New England Conservatory in Boston in the Contemporary Improvisation Department.
An Irish fiddler with New England contradance 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, Maine Celtic Celebration, and New Hampshire’s Seacoast Irish Festival. She 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. She studied sean-nós Irish singing with Bridget Fitzgerald at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Boston and has led workshops for the Strathspey and Reel Society of NH, Maine Fiddle Camp, and Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts. Liz is the chair of the Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music Department at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH, where she teaches fiddle lessons and coaches folk ensembles.
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