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May Mandolin Festival 2021

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The 19th Annual May Mandolin Festival (postponed to 5/15-16!)

Featuring Marla Fibish, Baron Collins-Hill, and David Surette, with special guest vocalist Susie Burke

Due to unforseen circumstances, the festival will be held Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, via Zoom, and hosted by the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH. This year, the festival features Marla Fibish, Baron Collins-Hill, and David Surette, with special guest vocalist Susie Burke. This two-day event offers group workshops on a variety of topics, jam sessions, and a Saturday evening concert.

Last March, we were the last live musical event that many of you participated in, Susie and myself (David) included! We were very lucky, in that it appeared that no one in our mando community came down with Covid as a result of the weekend. We've all had to adjust to get used to a year of social distancing and special safety precautions, but the virtual music events allow for students to participate from all over the country and all over the world, without the limiting factors of travel and cost. So we are hoping to have a great turnout of mando-folk from all over. In addition, on both Saturday and Sunday, we will have an epic Group Tunes jam featuring highlights from all the group tunes we have learned and played over the last 19 years. A list will be sent out upon registration. Hope to see you in May!

REGISTER: To register for the festival workshops on May 15-16, click on the button at the top that says “register now (individual)”. Or, you can send a check for $150 made out to:

Concord Community Music School
23 Wall St., Concord, NH 03301

Please include your address, phone number and email address with any form of payment!


SATURDAY schedule - May 15

Workshop #1: 10:30-11:45
Baron: A deep dive on mandolin technique and tone production
Marla: The mandolin in Irish music - history, development of styles, key contributors, etc.

Workshop #2: 12:00-1:15
David: Right hand technique through different picking patterns and meters
Baron: Learn a scandinavian tune
Lunch 1:15-2:30

Workshop #3: 2:30-3:45
Marla: Phrasing, variation and ornamentation in Irish music
David: Bill Monroe: repertoire and legacy

Workshop #4: 4:00-5:15
Group tunes jam w/ David

Evening concert: 7:30-9:00 (ET) - CLICK HERE for concert & ticketing info
Workshop registrants receive one complimentary concert ticket

SUNDAY schedule - May 16

Workshop #5: 10:30-11:45
Baron: Improvisation and melodic variation for fiddle tunes
Marla: Irish polkas - keeping them lively and fun to play (and learn a couple)

Roundtable Q&A: 12-1
All hands on deck!

Lunch: 1:00-2:00

Workshop #6 2:00-3:30
Group Tunes jam #2 w/ David

2021 Performer/teachers

One of the prominent voices on the mandolin in Irish music, Marla Fibish brings a musicality and excitement to the tradition that is not often heard on the instrument. Her dynamic playing is featured on numerous recordings, including her recent mostly solo recording The Bright Hollow Fog. In addition to the mandolin, Marla plays mandola, tenor guitar, and button accordion. Aside from her traditional Irish mandolin playing, she is also known for her dynamic duoproject Noctambule, with guitarist and husband Bruce Victor. Together they have recorded three CDs, and are particularly known for their settings of poetry to music. An experienced and sought-after teacher, Marla teaches private students and classes, and has been a staff instructor at many music camps, including our own March Mandolin Festival, and we are thrilled to have her back. Her instructional DVD Irish Mandolin Basics: Tunes & Technique has been a popular self-learning tool, focused on acquiring the foundational technique for playing Irish music on the mandolin. www.MarlaFibish.com

Baron Collins-Hill grew up playing the mandolin in Maine and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a degree in music performance and ethnomusicology. While traditional fiddle music takes up most of his time, he also loves to play bluegrass, jazz, and open improvisation, and plays and teaches mandolin, tenor guitar, six string guitar, tenor banjo, bouzouki, and other mandolin family instruments. Baron plays regularly with fiddler Julia Plumb in the duo Velocipede, teaches throughout New England, and runs the acclaimed website Mandolessons.com, which offers free online mandolin instruction. Baron is also (with David) part of the great gang of mando players and teachers that are a part of Maine Fiddle Camp (not just for fiddlers!). www.mandobaron.com

David Surette is highly regarded throughout New England and beyond for his work on the mandolin, guitar (both flatpick and fingerstyle), and bouzouki; Sing Out Magazine wrote that "Surette's playing is always inventive, and sets a new standard for traditional instrumentalists." As part of a duo with his wife, singer Susie Burke, they have performed regularly together for many years (30 years in 2018!), recording several albums and building a reputation as one of New England’s top folk duos. Surette was a founding member of the Airdance band with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he recorded four albums and toured nationally. He has also released five critically-acclaimed solo CDs; his most recent release, Waiting For The Sun, is a duo recording with Susie. He is also an experienced teacher, and coordinates folk music programming and teaches regularly at the Concord Community Music School, as well as at numerous summer music camps and festivals. His latest project is a book (with companion recordings) of mandolin tunes from France & Italy. www.BurkeSurette.com

Time & Location

Date 05-15-2021
Event End Date 05-16-2021
Cut off date 05-14-2021 12:00 pm
Individual Price $150.00
Location Online via Zoom
Online registration is no longer available. To register, please call 603-228-1196.