August 27, September 24, October 29, November 19
Whether meeting in-person or online via zoom, this session is low-pressure session that is welcoming to all levels and instruments. Play along to your favorite fiddle tunes at a gentle tempo. We’ll play tunes from a variety of genres and styles, including Irish, New England, Quebecois, Old Time, and more. Amy Cann and George Fowler will lead our sessions.
You can request tunes using the RSVP form, or by entering requests in the Zoom chat bar. Take a look at our tune list below for a history of what we’ve played at each session, and our common tune list. Requests from the list are most likely to be included, though we welcome new tunes and will do our best with new tunes!
Payment for these events is optional, and appreciated! Your voluntary contribution to the basket makes it possible for the event to remain free for newcomers & those who are unable to pay.
Online Sessions: Online sessions are on hold. We may decide to resume them during the winter, as COVID conditions dictate. Participants complete the RSVP form below to receive the Zoom link. Returners are welcome to “drop in” and join anytime–once you RSVP you have the Zoom link for the whole semester.
In Person Sessions:
These will take place outdoors at UVMC or another site TBA, as long as weather allows. All appropriate safety measures (distancing, masks, screening) will be in place. Participants must RSVP in advance, and space is limited. We will not be able to accept any drop-ins for in-person events.
Instruments: all acoustic instrument welcome
Faculty: Amy Cann, George Fowler, and occasional guests
Cost: UVMC’s Tuition Assistance Program makes it possible for this class to be offered free of charge for those who are unable to pay for any reason. The suggested amount for this class is $15 per session or $80 for the semester.
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 available for individual fiddle instruction in the Hanover, NH, area.