World Fiddle Day is a day to celebrate the folk tradition of playing fiddle in various styles that have been played and passed down from generation to generation, and primarily learned by ear. From Europe and throughout the North American continent, distinct styles have been defined. Fiddle tunes lend themselves to multiple acoustic stringed instruments, --especially when a jam session has gathered for the pure enjoyment of playing familiar tunes/songs and for learning new ones.
World Fiddle Day at Fruitlands Museum offers guided jam sessions in various traditional styles. Players of acoustic instruments are encouraged to participate. The jams are offered at two levels: 1. Advanced-Beginner/Low-intermediate and 2. High-Intermediate range. Advanced players are welcome to join either group as a supporter or join a jam to learn a less familiar style.
Jam leaders: Alan Kaufman, Paul Harty, Dave Fox, Dave Sibel, Ralph DeFlorio
Here’s the schedule for the day:
ALL levels Welcome, Intro to the Day, Warm-up on Common Tunes, Practice/learn “Home Sweet Home” tune. This tune matches the theme of the day. Around 2:15, we will all parade down the hillside pedestrian drive playing this tune. Fruitlands general visitors may be so inspired to kick up their heels and dance alongside the parade.
3 Jam Sessions
#1 (Advanced-Beginner/Low-Intermediate) Slow Jam, Bluegrass
#2 (High-Intermediate) Old Time
#3 (Adv-Beginner/Low-Intermediate) Irish
“Home Sweet Home” meet-up and Tune Parade
3 Jam Sessions
#1 (High-Intermediate) Bluegrass, Americana
#2 (Adv-Beginner/Low-Intermediate) Old Time
#3 (High-Intermediate) Irish
*Schedule may be subject to slight changes
World Fiddle Day is a free event presented as part of The Trustees Annual Home Sweet Home Free Open House Event at Fruitlands.
Reminder: Fruitlands Museum will be open 10AM-5PM on Saturday, May 18th and Admission is Free to the public. Musicians bring your family and friends to enjoy the galleries, trails and other family friendly activities happening on this special day called “Home Sweet Home.” Picnicking is encouraged!