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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.

Banjo-Fiddle Frolic old-time music retreat, Bryson City, NC, March 31-April 2, 2017. Workshops in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and more.  Workshop hosts are the South Carolina Broadcasters, The Freight Hoppers, and Michael Ismerio. Registration ends March 16.

The Maritime Fiddler’s Association Annual Spring Workshop, Bible Hill Junior High, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, April 22, 2017. Registration opens at 9:30 am. Classes start at 10:30 am. Courses will be offered in beginning, intermdiate, and advanced fiddle; beginning, intermediate, and advanced piano; and guitar accompaniment for playing along with old time fiddlers. Admission for the day-long event is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under (includes lunch and admission to the evening concert). Info:;

Fiddle Concert, Bible Hill Junior High School, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, April 22, 2017, 7 pm. The concert will feature the talents of Keith Ross, Julie Johnstone, Kimberley Holmes and many more. Admission is $7 for adults. Free for children 12 and under. Info:

Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest, Eureka Opera House, Eureka, Nevada, May 19-20, 2017. Info:

World Fiddle Day, May 20, 2017. Celebrate anywhere, everywhere! For more information, visit

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