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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

Celtic Fiddle Camp at the Schoolhouse, Avoca, Nebraska, March 14-16, 2018. For fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, recorder players, and ukulele players. Music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt. Musicians can sign up for 1 day, or 2 days, or all 3 days.Info: Deborah Greenblatt at or call 402-275-3221;;