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Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs: History and Transmission. A conference to be held at Cecil Sharp House, London, October 6-7, 2017. Organised by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, EFDSS, and the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. Researchers have long been fascinated by the recurrence of tunes in all manner of musical styles and genres, performance contexts, levels of society, historical periods, and geographical locations. But how are we to understand this phenomenon? The topic raises intriguing questions about the ways in which music is transmitted, experienced and conceptualised. In what sense do tunes ‘recur’? Why are some termed ‘super-tunes’ (Marsh 2016)? Do some tunes possess ‘vitality of melody’ (Kidson 1907)? Where do human agency, social structure and cultural values come in? This conference aims to bring together those working on ‘traditional’ and ‘popular’ tunes within and across the many contexts in which they have been found. We invite contributions on any aspect of the topic and welcome a broad range of perspectives and approaches, including those drawing on ethnographic research to illuminate melodic interrelationships. Contributions from newer researchers and independent researchers are welcomed. Please see the full Call for Papers at events/upcoming-events/3093- folk-song-conference-2017. The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 May 2017. The programme will be announced in mid-June when booking will be go live.

Walker Family Band Fall Workshop, north of Greensboro, NC, Nov. 3-5, 2017. Instructors include Fred Lail (Irish fiddle), Christen Blanton (old time fiddle), Scott Walker (Irish fiddle and DADGAD style Irish guitar), Jennie Brunner (fiddle & storytelling); Linda Minke (cello and ukulele), and Landon Walker (penny whistle, bass, and yoga). To be held at the Summit Environmental Education & Conference Center at Haw River State Park. For info, email:

Fiddle Hell Massachusetts, Westford, MA, Nov. 3-5, 2017. Fiddle styles: Bluegrass, Cajun, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Jazz, Irish, Klezmer, New England, Oldtime Southern, Scottish, Swedish, Swing, Texas, Western Swing.  Instruments: Fiddle (of course), mandolin, cello, guitar, banjo,singing. Levels: Beginner through Advanced. Thirteenth annual gathering, inexpensive weekend and day rates, adults and children. 75 instructors lead 330 workshops and guided jams throughout the weekend in picturesque New England Inn. Free parking all weekend. Info: (781) 863-0140; and Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook group.

Festival of Texas Fiddling, December 2, 2017, 10 am-11 pm, Twin Sisters Dance Hall, Blanco, Texas. The 3rd Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling is the first and only festival that brings all of the diverse traditions of fiddling in the state together in a historic Texas dance hall. Featured artists are: Howard Rains & Tricia Spencer (old time), Brian Marshall (Texas-Polish), Belen Escobedo (Mexican-American/Tejano), Trio Paseador Hidalguense (son huasteca), Jack Phillips (Western Swing), and Mark Rubin (Texas upright bass traditions) and Ramon Gutierrez (tololoche). Evening dance with Grammy Award Winner and Western Swing Hall of Fame Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band. Tickets are $10/day festival and $20 for the Bobby Flores dance. Day ticket only $5 with purchase of evening dance ticket. Concerts, dancing, jamming, and more. Tickets available at More information: and on facebook at