On this page — other opportunities to play music, tips from our directors, photos, and more
WORKSHOP IN FEBRUARY–Playing the Chord Notes! with Annika 6:45 – 9pm on Tuesday, February 4, in the Community Room at the Greenfield Savings Bank on King Street in Northampton. This workshop is targeted for musicians who want more ideas on what to play as backup when others are playing the melody. We will look at the names of the chords, the other notes in the chords, how the chord relates to the melody, rhythms to play and more. We will use examples of tunes from current and past orchestra seasons to try out some non-melody ideas. Bring instruments, questions, and a willingness to make some mistakes! $10 per person with a max of 15 people. Sign up here
The Orchestra has a Facebook page—so orchestra members can post photos, comments, information about other musical events in the Valley, 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.
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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.
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 email@example.com (or talk with her at a FOWM rehearsal)
Open Sessions at the Root Cellar in Greenfield (10 Fiske Avenue) second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 3-6pm — NE contra, Old Time, Irish, Scottish…… See FOWM member Desi Lowit for more info — firstname.lastname@example.org
Parlor Room Sessions (in Northampton) usually held January and February of each year. Sunday evening music followed by jamming with the band.
Fiddle Hell––one weekend a year in November, hundreds of workshops for all levels, held in Westford, 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!
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
Maine Fiddle Camp — June and August Camp — weeks and weekends
Music Camps North – Mandolin and Banjo camps held in April and May in Charlton, Massachusetts
Northeast Heritage Music Camp five days in June, in Starksboro, Vermont
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