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Saturday, October 19, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall St, Concord, NH
Fiddle players of various levels and styles are invited to participate in a day chock full of workshops and jams! The Festival will feature three fiddle players: Scottish fiddler and experimentalist Jenna Moynihan, who has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS Sunday Morning, and as a soloist at Symphony Hall; French-Canadian fiddler Éric Favreau, who is highly regarded for his profound understanding and masterful playing of the traditional music of Québec; and Concord’s own Liz Faiella, an Irish fiddler and chair of Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music at the Concord Community Music School. Beginner workshops are geared towards musicians who have a basic knowledge of their instrument.
Please note: Details may be subject to change!SCHEDULE9:30-10:00 - Welcome and orientation10:00-11:15 - Workshop session 111:15-11:30 - Break11:30-12:45 - Workshop session 212:45-1:45 - Lunch break with live music1:45-3:00 - Workshop session 3 3:00-3:15 - Break3:15-4:15 - Slow, medium, & fast jam sessions4:15-5:00 - Final all-festival jam session with faculty5:00-7:30pm - Dinner break7:30pm - Faculty concertWHAT TO BRINGFiddle and rosinVoice recorder (if you want to record workshop sessions / jams)Bag lunch or $10 if you pre-order lunchMEALS & SNACKS (Please note that lunch and dinner are not provided by the Festival.)Snacks // Hearty snacks, tea, and coffee are provided for participants throughout the day!Lunch // Participants may bring a bag lunch or get lunch nearby in town. Pre-registered students who place a lunch order in advance may pick up their meal at lunchtime for $10.Dinner // Downtown Concord offers a variety of dining options. Stop at the reception desk and find a full listing of local restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores in Concord.WORKSHOPSWorkshop Session 1BEGINNER / March Madness / Melodic, steady, and energetic, with plenty of room for variations, marches are the perfect kind of tune to learn as a beginner and keep right on playing and exploring until you're a seasoned pro. / Liz Faiella, Studio B
INTERMEDIATE / Pipe Tunes / Pipe tunes are very cool. So much of how we play the fiddle in the Scottish tradition is directly imitating the bagpipes, and there are so many great pipe tunes to be played. Embellishments and articulation are particularly important in these tunes. / Jenna Moynihan, Recital Hall
ADVANCED / Playing with Syncopation / Gaspesian, Magdelane Islands, and Acadian styles all have something in common in the use of variety of syncopated elements that give them a unique character. We'll explore the rhythmic groove that unites all these styles. / Éric Favreau, Room 119Workshop Session 2BEGINNER / A Tune from Quebec / Using a tune common in the Quebec repertoire, we will explore several different ways to interpret it, using a variety of bow techniques: speed, pressure, arm and wrist movement, spiccato and legato, and more! / Éric Favreau, Room 119
INTERMEDIATE / Session Obsession / Ever gone to an Irish session and felt a bit turned-around? In this workshop, we'll explore Irish session etiquette and conventions, play some tunes session-style, and talk about how to have a good time, contribute musically, and learn tunes in a session context. / Liz Faiella, Studio B
ADVANCED / Phrasing & Dynamics /Sometimes what's going on in our left hand gets all the attention, but there is so much to explore through our bow and breath. We'll learn a tune by ear to apply some of these ideas, and explore ways in which we can express these melodies in our voices. / Jenna Moynihan, Recital HallWorkshop Session 3BEGINNER / Learn a Scottish Tune / Learn a popular (and session-friendly!) tune from the Scottish tradition by ear, including an introduction to some embellishments and stylistic nuances that make the melodies sound Scottish. The tune will be taught by ear, and we'll learn some helpful tips for learning by ear, too! / Jenna Moynihan, Recital Hall
INTERMEDIATE / Elements of Quebecois Fiddling / Fiddle music from Quebec brings together a variety of techniques in its distinctive style. We'll learn an easy melody, and mix in the ingredients that create a Quebecois sound. / Éric Favreau, Room 119
ADVANCED / Getting Geeky about Irish Music / So you know a lot of tunes, can play ornaments fairly well, and have some bowings under your belt. Take your playing to the next level! We'll listen closely to some classic Irish recordings, analyze and learn from them, and talk about how to design your own practice sessions that will take your music to the next level. / Liz Faiella, Studio B
About the Festival Faculty
Jenna Moynihan is regarded as one of the best of the best in the new generation of fiddle players. Versatile and inventive, her fiddling style draws strongly from the Scottish tradition, but is not bound by it. Folk Radio UK said of her playing, “…from the first time you hear Moynihan, it is clear that her playing is resonating straight from the depths of her soul.” Jenna graduated from Berklee College of Music with honors and was a recipient of both the Fletcher Bright Award & The American Roots Award. She performs around the world, and had appeared with The Milk Carton Kids, Darol Anger & the Furies Old Blind Dogs, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, A Celtic Sojourn & more. She has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS Sunday Morning, and as a soloist at Symphony Hall. Her debut solo album Woven was released in 2015. Jenna also performs in a duo with harpist Màiri Chaimbeul, their album One Two was released in 2017.
From a family of traditional musicians (his father and uncle were both fiddlers), Éric Favreau has spent a great deal of time playing with other fiddlers, learning their repertoire and studying their styles. He has explored many sources, including music archives, and has made his own field recordings, accumulating and developing a rich and fascinating repertoire. Over the years, he has garnered a profound understanding and vast knowledge of Québécois traditional music. Éric is regularly invited to teach Master Classes at US events and traditional music camps, including American Fiddle Tunes (WA), Swannanoa Gathering (NC), Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp (NY), Maine Fiddle Camp (ME) and has performed and taught at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Ireland and Scotland. He has broad experience on both the North American and European music scene both as a solo artists and with the group Entourloupe, and has recorded two solo albums. Reel à Deux, recorded with fiddler Mario Landry, is a reference for Québec traditional fiddling. He also recorded three albums with Entourloupe (La St-Berdondaine, Les choux pis des melons, Épilogue) and can be heard on at least twenty others.
Liz Faiella’s study of Irish fiddling, training in classical violin, and love of social dancing have shaped her musical approach. Along with her brother, guitarist Dan Faiella, Liz has taken the mainstage at premier folk venues throughout New England, including Club Passim, the Burren Backroom Series, the Acadia Trad Festival, Maine Celtic Celebration, Little Sea Folk Festival, the Seacoast Irish Festival, and the Boston Celtic Music Festival. The duo's debut album, At Long Last (2018), explores heartache, wonder, and joy, expressed through the traditional music they love. Liz has taught at festivals, workshops, and music camps around New England, including the Strathspey and Reel Society of NH, Maine Fiddle Camp, and Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts. A Concord Community Music School alumna, Liz now teaches fiddle and coaches folk ensembles at the Music School, where she is chair of the Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music Department.
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