Fiddle Orchestra of Western Mass

located in downtown Northampton

Links & More Information

On this page — other opportunities to play music, tips from our directors, photos, and more

The Orchestra has a Facebook pageso orchestra members can post photos, comments, information about other musical events in the Valley, and share information easily with friends. 

Images from Previous Seasons

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. 

In The News

Greenfield Recorder Article January 2019 about David Kaynor, our Director

Hampshire Gazette Article October 2018 about the Fiddle Orchestra

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.

Quebecois Sessions at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls-Friendly welcoming sessions, Second Sundays, 3:00-6:00. More information on Facebook.

Various Monthly Sessions at McNeill’s Brewery in Brattleboro

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.

Shelburne Falls Session at McCusker’s Market on the first and third Sundays of each month, 10:30a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Contact Deborah Stevens for more information dhsesq84@comcast.net (or talk with her at a FOWM rehearsal)

Parlor Room Sessions (in Northampton) usually held January and February of each year. Sunday evening music followed by jamming with the band.

On Sunday, March 31, 2019 — part of the 2019 Parlor Room Session series– Bruce Molsky and his Mountain Drifters —  Workshops at 3:00 and concert at 7:00, followed by jamming with Bruce and his band. Come have fun with Bruce, the band, and your fellow FOWM members! MORE INFO — https://www.signaturesoundspresents.com/event/1805482-parlor-session-1-bruce-northampton/ — ASK ABOUT THE AFTERNOON SESSION WHEN YOU CALL FOR TICKETS.

Fiddle Hell

Fiddle Hellone 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 CelebrationAsk David what that’s about!

Old Post Road OrchestraAn orchestral group based in Wilbraham, MA. You can also find them on Facebook

Music Camps

Northeast Heritage Music Camp five days in June, in Starksboro, Vermont

Arcadia Traditional Music Festival held in June at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine

Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School a week in August

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

 

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