Events

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Steep Canyon Rangers free “drive-In” concert series in North Carolina: Brevard, NC on Aug. 27, Ashville, NC on Aug. 28, Burnsville, NC on Aug. 29. From their cars, fans will watch the band perform from a state-of-the-art mobile stage truck equipped with a 16-foot LED screen. Audio will be transmitted via radio frequency directly to the cars. Instead of purchasing tickets, attendees can reserve parking spaces for free. For more information, visit steepcanyon.com/tour.

Sight-reading Workshop, Tuesdays, October 6-27, 7-8 pm Central. Helpful hints will be discussed to help you demystify your first encounter with melodies ranging from traditional fiddle tunes to classical pieces. Previous music reading experience is helpful. Each session is independent from the others so you may sign up for one or for all four. New melodies will be explored each session. Taught by Deborah Greenblatt; hosted by the  South East Community College, Plattsmouth Nebraska Campus. Pre-Registration is required. For more information, visit lbelitz@southeast.edu. 
 
24th Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee, Sunday, October 11, 2:30 pm, streaming online from the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse. Open to any acoustic bowed string instrument (no electric or amplified instruments). Two divisions: Junior, for fiddlers who have played less than two years; Senior, for fiddlers who have played two years or more. Each division will have three separate contests that contestants may enter: Hoedown; Waltz; Tune of Choice. For rules and more information, visit https://www.greenblattandseay.com/schoolhouse_fiddling_bee.shtml, or e-mail debby@greenblattandseay.com.

The Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska will be streaming an online "Rounds Workshop" for fiddlers, violists, cellists, and recorder players, October 16, 2020, 7-8 p.m. Central time. Each participant will receive a copy of our “Book of  Rounds”, written in the clef of their choice. It has 40 tunes in 13 keys from 12 countries. The lyrics for 27 tunes are included, with handy indexes to organize it all. Volumes with these same tunes are available for fidle, viola, cello, soprano recorder, alto recorder, tenor recorder, and bass recorder.  During the Workshop, we will read, play, and discuss various survival skills for these kinds of pieces. Pre-registration required. $20. For more information, email Debby at debby@greenblattandseay.com

Playing by Ear Workshop, presented by Deborah Greenblatt, online Tuesdays November 3 to November 24, 7-8 p.m., US Central Time. Learn how to play what you hear. We will focus on the rhythm (fast notes and slow notes), pitches (higher notes and lower notes), and fun. Previous playing experience is helpful. Register for one session or all four. Basic playing by ear instruction will be the same in each class with new melodies explored each session. This workshop will be hosted by the  South East Community College, Plattsmouth Nebraska Campus. Register online at wwwsoutheast.edu/CEScheduleFall2020.
 
Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational. New dates: Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, 2021, Burnsville, NC. Thirty-three luthiers from throughout the Southeast will show their handcrafted, acoustic string instruments, including fiddles, guitars, mandolins, banjos, dulcimers, ukuleles, harps, and more. Talk with the craftsmen and order your dream custom instrument. Admission is $10. There will also be a silent auction and a vintage string instruments exhibit. The Saturday evening concert features Mark and Maggie O'Connor (tickets: $25). For more information, visit www.MountainAcoustics.com.
 
Festival Interceltique de Lorient, 50th anniversary, "The Year of Brittany," Lorient, France. 2020 event postponed. New dates: August 6-15, 2021. Ten days of music and dance, performances and workshops, honoring Celtic culture. 800,000 festival-goers, 4,500 artists, 200 concerts and performances, 12 stages, 9 Celtic nations. For more information, visit festival-interceltique.bzh