On this page is information about other opportunities to play music, tips from our directors, photos, membership lists, and more.
The Orchestra has a Facebook page—so you can post photos and comments and share information easily with friends.
Notes — Backup Tracks–fbbts.com — website of free backup tracks, fun for practice. Julia Plumb’s website — If you aren’t familiar with her or her website you should really check it out https://freefiddlelessons.com/ She’s a fantastic fiddler and great music educator. She also plays with Baron Collins-Hill — His website http://www.mandolessons.com/ is a tremendous resource.
Other opportunities to play music in the Valley and beyond
Monday night sessions at David Kaynor’s place in Montague Center–A welcoming, friendly session–talk with David or with Becky Hollingsworth (our piano player!) to get on the email list.
Lower Valley Irish Slow Session A twice-monthly Irish tune-learning session in Holyoke, MA
Fiddler’s Green Contra Dance in South Amherst A very welcoming dance that is also an opportunity for musicians who want to learn more about traditional dance music. Musicians of all levels are welcome to take a seat onstage and join in. For information call 413-461-0445. You can also find Fiddler’s Green on Facebook.
Fiddle Hell––one weekend a year in November, hundreds of workshops for all levels, held in Wesford, MA.
Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival in Brattleboro, Vermont, held one weekend a year in January. Keith Murphy, Director. At the Brattleboro Music Center. This celebration brings together local and regional musicians representing the best of various northern musical traditions.
Annual Montague May Day Celebration — Ask David what that’s about!
Other Fiddle Orchestras
Fiddle-icious in Falmouth, Maine
Vermont Fiddle Orchestra in Montpelier, VT
Pioneer Valley Fiddlers in Westfield, MA – you can find them on Facebook