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April Verch Fiddle Workshop

Friday, May 17 5-6 pm
Canadian fiddle phenom April Verch leads a workshop giving an overview of some of the regional styles of fiddling in Canada.  Come and learn a tune (by ear) and apply some of the bowings and ornaments that will make it sound great! This workshop is targeted to intermediate players, but all levels are welcome to join in as able.

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Programmed in conjunction with her Lebanon Opera House “On Location” concert at FCC Lebanon, 7:30 pm on Friday May 17. For more information visit www.lebanonoperahouse.org

April Verch steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions. Touring the world to share songs from her 12th album (Once A Day), Verch and her band - featuring bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters, and guitarist Alex Rubin - keep the community-fired celebratory side of their traditional music at the forefront, honing a keen awareness of how to engage contemporary listeners. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously to jaw-dropping effect. Even as she plays with the tradition she inherited in her native Ottawa Valley, Verch’s energetic and breathtaking performances speak to the heart of roots music with mature and reflective songwriting, interpreting, and storytelling.

Group Guitar

This class is for those who have been playing for some years and would like to broaden their guitar playing horizons within a small group atmosphere. We aim to strengthen aspects of our playing that we have always wanted to develop. Improvisation, fretboard knowledge and practical applications of music theory to the songs we love are covered here. 

 (Ages 16 & up; 10 weeks)

Mondays 7:00 - 8:00 pm; Fall: Sept 10 - Nov 12; Spring: Jan 28 - Apr 8             
Faculty: Tristan Bellerive; Minimum/Maximum Enrollment: 4/6   

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Beginning Fiddle

Always wanted to play the fiddle? In this zero to toe-tapping class, you’ll learn how to hold the fiddle and bow and the basics of fiddle technique so you can join the jam. Participants will learn to play using great tunes from Old Time, Irish, French Canadian, and New England traditions and are encouraged to bring a recording device. (Beginning adult; 12 weeks)


Tuesdays 6:45 – 7:45 pm ; Fall: Sept 11 - Dec 4; Spring: Jan 29 - Apr 30
Faculty: Amy Cann; Minimum Enrollment: 4   

Continuing Fiddle
Learn tunes and style pointers in this group class for beginning fiddle players or folks who just prefer more relaxed tempos. Tunes will be chosen from Old Time, Irish, and French Canadian traditions. Classes are taught by ear with sheet music provided as a backup. In addition to learning tunes, the class will cover basics of fiddle technique. Participants are encouraged to bring a recording device.(Beg/Int adult; 12 weeks)

Tuesdays 7:45 - 8:45 pm; Fall: Sept. 11 - Dec. 4; Spring: Jan. 29 - Apr 30        
Faculty: Amy Cann; Minimum Enrollment: 4                
                                      


Monday Night Fiddle
Learn tunes and styles from Celtic, French Canadian, Cape Breton, and New England Contra Dance traditions. Classes taught by ear with sheet music provided as a backup. Participants are encouraged to bring a recording device. In addition to learning tunes, the class addresses relevant instrumental technique and theory for harmonization. Prerequisite: Some prior playing experience and comfort with the scales of A, D, and G major.(Intermediate adult; 12 weeks)

Mondays 7:00-8:00 pm; Fall: Sept. 10 - Jan 14; Spring: Jan 28 - June 3                 
Faculty: Benjamin Van Vliet; Minimum Enrollment: 6     
                             


Slow Jam
Monthly  jam session at a slow tempo guided by an experienced faculty member. A tune list is distributed in advanced of each session, but participants are welcome to bring tunes as well. Open to all instruments. Call for schedule.


Trad Ensembles: Dance Music from France and Brittany
In this class we’ll focus primarily on dance music from France, including Breton tunes from Brittany in the Northwest, as well as from the Limousin and Auvergne regions in Central France. We’ll talk about the origins of Breton and French dance tunes, their history as well as their use today, including regional styles, ideas for medleys and arrangements, melodic variations, options for harmonies, ornamentation and chordal accompaniment. But first and foremost we’ll learn lots of tunes! All instruments are welcome, open to musicians of an intermediate level on up. (Adult; 9 weeks)

Thursdays 6:30 – 8:15 pm; Fall: Sept. 27 - Dec. 20                    
Faculty: Jeremiah McLane; Minimum Enrollment: 7


English Country Sessions
Second and Fourth Sundays monthly, September through June.
UVMC English Country Dance Instrumental Music sessions provide a friendly, flexible and spontaneous small ensemble setting for beginning intermediate to experienced players of a variety of traditional instruments. Sessions are interactive in choice of music, with some of the tune list coordinated with local ECD series. Occasional group leaders may be invited. Drop-ins are welcome.

Sources for written music are primarily the P. Barnes, ed. English Country Dance Music, Books 1 & 2; and the P. Matthiesson, ed. Waltz Books I, II, & III. 

Contact / Tune List / Further Info: Dave Beaufait, dwcdwb@gmail.com

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