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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.

Woodstock Folk Festival, Woodstock, Illinois, July 16, 2017. Performers include American/Canadian/Scottish fiddle champion and multi-style violinist Mari Black; many more -- Celtic, bluegrass, blues, fingerstyle guitar, Americana, swing... Info:

Heritage Music Festival, Shelburne, Ontario, Canada, August 9-13, 2017. Festivities include a barn dance Aug. 9; concert Aug. 10; fiddle contest preliminaries & festival headliner Aug. 11; parade and fiddle contest finals August 12; non-denominational church service Aug. 13. For more information, visit

The Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival, NE of Big River, Saskatchewan, August 18-20, 2017. Featuring top flight musicians from across North America, the festival also provides plenty of opportunities for jamming. A great music camp taught by festival performers happens August 14-18 at the same gorgeous location. For more information, visit

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.