Monday Night Fiddle
Mondays 7:15-8:15 pm
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.
For Spring 2023 this class will be split into two 6 weeks sections:
First 6 weeks online with Ben Van Vliet: February 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Second 6 weeks in person/hybrid with George Fowler: April 3, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Participants may register for the full 12 weeks or for only half the semester.
Prerequisites: Prior playing experience, comfort with scales of A, D and G major
Length: 12 weeks, 1 hour classes
Cost : $200 full 12 weeks; $100 for 6 weeks only
Minimum Enrollment: 6
Faculty: Ben Van Vliet & George Fowler
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George trained classically as a youngster and started fiddling in the late 1970’s, learning tunes from lobsterman and folk fiddler Albert Collins of South Blue Hill, Maine. He was a founding member of Oakum Bay String Band (1981-2011), the long-time host band for the monthly Blue Hill contradance, which had a remarkable 34 year run (1976-2010).
In addition to playing and teaching the fiddle tunes of Maine, Appalachia and the Canadian Maritimes, George has a strong interest in Irish traditional music. In 1988 he started “New Potatoes”, a weekly Celtic music show on WERU-FM, which he hosted until his relocation to Hanover, NH in 2017. He’s a member of The Montville Project , a repertory dance band, which has recorded two albums of New England dance music and he has also recorded a personal album, Never Better. All are available through CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.
George is on staff at Maine Fiddle Camp, has taught for many years at Fiddle Hell in Massachusetts, and has taught Acadia School of Traditional Music & Art. Now, he’s based in the Hanover, NH, area.