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Fiddle Hell 2013
A weekend-long gathering of fiddlers of all levels, November 8-10 in Concord, Massachusetts.
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KindaScratchy
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August 4, 2013 - 10:04 pm
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Thought some folks here might be interested in attending Fiddle Hell, an informal gathering of fiddlers who meet annually to jam, learn, and have fun. The gathering is held at the Colonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts and starts at 12:00 noon on Friday, November 8th and goes until 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 10th.

According to the website, there will be lots of different fiddle styles represented at Fiddle Hell, by fiddlers with a variety of experience, which makes it all the more interesting.

I first heard about it here when Mr. Jim @Worldfiddler mentioned it in a post. I couldn't believe it when I read that it takes place only 45 minutes from where I live. Mr. Scratchy and I are planning on attending this year. Maybe we'll see some other fiddlerman.com members there.

For details, see: http://www.reinerfamilyband.co.....ction.html.

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I will not be there but how SWEET is THAT > just down around the bend for ya!!!! SWEET!!! I would not miss it if it was that near. > Have a viddling time> IT will ROCK!!

 

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yup, another member fiddlejammer goes there, or has. I first heard of it almost 3 years ago when I frequented another site for fiddling. I would def put it on my bucket list if I could afford a bucket. lol.

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Well, I was an instructor at the Fiddle Hells there from 2007-2010 (they used to be in Groton, at the Stagecoach Inn, but that was destroyed in a fire two years ago. No-one was hurt) -  I've missed 2011 and 2012, and unfortunately will miss 2013 ... dang :(

 

Next year, for sure!!

 

It is a superb event. Something for everyone. Dave Reiner is a great guy, and so are his two (musician) sons, Andy and Eric.

 

Get there if you can!

 

Mr Jim dancing

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Ive heard a lot of folks talk about it, may have to do that some year

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November 10, 2013 - 6:16 pm
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I'm happy to report that I survived Fiddle Hell 2013. In the words of @StoneDog , it ROCKED!

I can't even tell you how much fun it was. I learned so much and it was a BLAST meeting and playing with a bunch of other fiddlers.

There were sessions for all levels of fiddlers and many different styles. I participated mostly in beginner and advanced beginner sessions, which were on various styles including Old Time, Irish and New England.

It was so cool to be in a room with 25-50 fiddlers all playing together.

I was very glad that I had put in the effort to learn/memorize some of the tunes on the Fiddle Hell Common Tune list. I was able to play along and did fairly well keeping up since they were played at a moderate tempo.

The instructors also taught tunes that were not on the common tune list, so we had to learn by ear, which was excellent practice for me since I'm not very good at that. :)

The venue -- the Colonial Inn in Concord, Mass. -- is a quaint, distinctively New England inn that dates to colonial times. It was cozy and seemed appropriate for a fiddlers' gathering. The only downside was that some of the workshop rooms were too small and a bit cramped. I understand that the organizers are working to find additional space in neighboring buildings for next year.

If you are able to attend next year, I highly recommend it. Here's the website for more info: http://www.reinerfamilyband.co.....assac.html

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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WOW!! > that must of been GREAT > some day I would like to make that gig. Did you get any pics?

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That's great Diane, can't wait to see a video if you playing at least one if the tunes that you practiced 

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November 11, 2013 - 3:12 pm
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TerryT said
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That's great Diane, can't wait to see a video if you playing at least one if the tunes that you practiced 

As a matter of fact, I'd like to do a video of an Irish tune that we learned -- The New Broom Barn Dance -- once I can play it decently.

StoneDog said
WOW!! > that must of been GREAT > some day I would like to make that gig. Did you get any pics?

Surprisingly, despite being two avid amateur photographers, we did not. We were so focused on fiddling that taking photos never occurred to me. I did, however, take a photo of the official Fiddle Hell t-shirt:

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

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 Oh Diane..what a great weekend.  I am so glad you reported back to share. What a GREAT shirt.  Wear it with honor!1st-placeviolin-1267devil-violin

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Did you buy a t-shirt as well or just took a picture?

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but the one who needs the least."

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I bought the t-shirt and a Fiddle Hell mug. Mr. Scratchy got both, too. :) We also bought some CDs and music books authored by some of the workshop leaders.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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