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Maritime Fiddler’s Association Annual Spring Workshop, April 21, 2018, Bible Hill Junior High School, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. Registration opens at 9:30 am. Classes start at 10:30 am. Courses will be offered in beginning, intermediate, 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 $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under (includes lunch and admission to the evening concert).
Fiddle Concert, April 21, 2018, 7 pm, Bible Hill Junior High School, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. Featuring Ivan and Vivian Hicks, Julie Johnstone, Kimberley Holmes, and many more. Admission is $10 for adults. Free for children 12 and under.
Orangeville Fiddle Workshops, April 21-22, 2018, Amaranth, Ontario, Canada. Instructors include Karen Reed, Kelli Trottier, and Celine Murray. (Also Oct. 20-21, 2018.) For more information, visit karenreed.ca
Earthrise, Woodstock Folk Festival's 7th annual invitational concert, Earth Day, April 22, 2018, Woodstock, Illinois. Details: woodstockfolkfestival.org
28th Annual Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival, May 3-5, 2018, Chickamauga, GA. Lone Mountain Band, Crowe Brothers and many more. Info: foreverbluegrass.com.
The 87th Annual Old Fiddlers Reunion, Athens, Texas - May 25 & 26, 2018. With over $5000 in cash prizes, Old Fiddlers is the longest running fiddle contest in the state of Texas and second oldest in the United States. The nostalgic and well-known event is held outdoors on the courthouse square with jam sessions, a carnival, and a Saturday night street dance after the awards. A real step back in time, folks come the day ahead to set up their lawn chairs in front on the band stand to catch all the fiddle action the next day. The fiddle contest and the carnival are the centerpiece of the weekend. Visit Athens Old Fiddlers Reunion on Facebook for details.
Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest, Eureka Opera House, Eureka, Nevada, May 18-19, 2018. May 18: 5 p.m. dinner; 6:30 performance by "Sierra Silver Strings"; 7:30 hot fiddle contest; jam session. May 19: 8:30 a.m. registration; 9:30 contest begins. Certified by the National Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest; open to Nevada and non-Nevada residents. Free admittance to public. For information, contact Kim Russell at email@example.com or (775) 237-5347.
1st Annual Northeast Fiddlers' Convention, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA, June 9, 2018. A traditionally inspired old-time music gathering featuring workshops, an open jam, a fiddle and banjo contest, and a square dance featuring Bill & the Bells and Nils Fredland. Info: (413) 443-0188, ext. 100; oldtonemusicfestival.com/northeast-fiddlers-convention/
33rd Annual Woodstock Folk Festival, July 15, 2018, Woodstock, IL, Historic Woodstock Square. Info: woodstockfolkfestival.org.
13th Annual Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival, August 17-19, 2018, Ness Creek Site 20km NE of Big River, Saskatchewan. Featuring acts from across North America, the festival attracts top notch talent while maintaining a friendly, intimate atmosphere, with plenty of opportunities for jamming. A music camp taught by festival performers takes place from August 13-17 at the same gorgeous location. For more information go to www.northernlightsbluegrass.com.
Fiddle Hell Massachusetts, Westford, MA, Nov. 1-4, 2018. 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, dances. Levels: Beginner through Advanced. Fourteenth annual gathering, with inexpensive rates for 2, 3, or 4 days, or even just 1 day. DIscounts for kids, young adults, seniors, and for advance payment. 85 instructors lead 450+ workshops and guided jams throughout the four days in picturesque New England Inn. Free parking all 4 days. Public concert and dance Nov 3 at 7PM, $15 at door. More info: Fiddle Hell Website, Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook Group, or call (781) 367-7316.