Fiddlers' Convention and Traditional Music Festival

08/11/2017 - 00:00
08/12/2017 - 00:00
Etc/GMT

The 28th Annual Fiddlers' Convention and Traditional Music Festival will be held at the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds, 115 S Broad St (M-99), Hillsdale, MI, on Friday and Saturday, August 11-12, 2017. Admission is $10 per person for the weekend with children 16 and under free with an adult.

Gates open at 8 a.m. both days. Camping available at $20 per night. There will be jamming throughout the week for early birds, as well as jamming throughout the weekend. A get-acquainted potluck will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. This festival is open to the public, rain or shine.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

THURSDAY
6:00 p.m. - Potluck - New Merchants Building
Join the get-acquainted party - Lions and Early Campers

FRIDAY
8:00 a.m. Gates Open
10:00 a.m. Workshops Begin (see schedule/descriptions below)
12:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies - Gazebo
12:15 p.m. Gazebo - groups providing musical entertainment until 5:00 p.m.
(See musical entertainment schedule after workshop schedule)
2:00 p.m. Fiddle Jam - Poultry Building
7:00 p.m. Square Dance - Horseshoe Pavilion

SATURDAY
8:00 a.m. Gates Open
10:00 a.m. Workshops Begin (see schedule/descriptions below)
12:00 p.m. Gazebo - groups providing musical entertainment
(See musical entertainment schedule after workshop schedule)
1:00 p.m. Michigan Fiddlers' Hall of Fame Induction - Gazebo
2:00 p.m. Gazebo - groups providing musical entertainment until 5:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. Fiddle Jam - Poultry Building
7:00 p.m. Square Dance - Horseshoe Pavilion

Acoustic instruments only--no horns or drums please.
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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

AUGUST 11-12, 2017

Date & Time Subject Leader Location

Friday, August 11, 2017

10:00-10:55 a.m.   BANJO - Pete Seeger Style   Jim Balazer   Poultry Building

For intermediate & proficient banjo players; beginners encouraged to attend. Handout will describe technique in detail; will include music & tablature to guide you through a song. As time allows after workshop, instructor will be available for follow-up instruction.

10:00-10:55 a.m.   FIDDLE WORKSHOP   Jim McKinney   Education Building

A fiddle tune will be taught.

10:00-10:55 a.m.   BACKUP PIANO   Sue & Mike Gleason   New Merchants Building

Basic accompaniment.

10:00-10:55 a.m.   BEGINNING HAMMERED DULCIMER   Loretta McKinney   Women's Congress Building

I'll introduce you to your dulcimer: care, strings & notes, hammers, tuning, a bit of jam etiquette and learning a simple tune.

11:00-11:55 a.m.   FIDDLE BACKUP   Jack Sowle   Poultry Building

This workshop will cover basic jam etiquette, playing licks, fills & chords to back up a singer or fit into a jam where the lead is passed around from musician to musician.

11:00-11:55 a.m.   MANDOLIN   Dale Cole   Education Building

Help in choosing a mandolin, care & setup; learn some basic chords and a simple tune.

11:00-11:55 a.m.   FIDDLE IMPROVISATION   Mike Gleason   New Merchants Building

How to get there.

11:00-11:55 a.m.   INTERMEDIATE HAMMERED DULCIMER   Loretta McKinney   Women's Congress Building

I'll teach a fiddle tune from one of our own Michigan fiddlers. Bring your tuned dulcimer and a recording device.

2:00-2:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday    FIDDLE JAM    Carl Visconti/Jack Sowle    Poultry Building

This is an instrumental jam.
If someone wants to select a song & sing it, assuming others in the jam know the melody, we will all play the melody and not play quietly or back-up as we would typically try to do in song/instrumental jam session.
Tunes/songs are selected by everyone in the room, in turn. If at least 3 participants (including
the leaders) don't know the selection, it will not be played--another choice will be made.
We typically play each tune/song 3 times through.
This jam is primarily for fiddlers, but rhythm, bass support, & other instruments are welcome (as long as they don't try to dominate the jam).
The purpose of the jam is for the participating fiddlers to be able to play together and for less experienced fiddlers to have a jam where they are welcomed & feel comfortable.
The jam is not a slow jam; we will attempt to not play everything fast.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

10:00-10:55 a.m.    BEGINNING GUITAR    Dale Cole    Poultry Building

Help in choosing a guitar, care & setup; learn some basic chords and tips on playing rhythm guitar.

10:00-10:55 s.m.    MOUNTAIN DULCIMER    Mary Jane Cookingham    Education Building

Fiddle tunes for every skill level. Learn easy-to-intermediate tunes perfect for less-experienced players and then be challenged by tunes for more advanced players. Please bring a capo.

10:00-10:55 a.m.   BANJO   Leroy Bayliss   New Merchants Building

Banjos in general; changing strings; setting bridge, head tension & general maintenance; basic chord shapes, where chords are found on fingerboard; why learn to play chords/rhythm.

10:00 a.m.-10:55 a.m.   BEGINNING FIDDLE   Jim McKinney   Women's Congress Building

Everything a first-time fiddler needs to know. Possibly a first tune.

10:00-11:55 a.m.    FIT-AS-A-FIDDLE FOR KIDS    Fiddlin' Dixie Andres & Kids    Restaurant Pavilion on the Hill

Learn how playing the fiddle benefits the brain & keeps it healthy. Will also size you to a fiddle that fits & let you try playing one in our mini-instrument zoo, as well as try other instruments. Lil' Luthiers corner will let you make your own stringed instrument that you can take home with you.

11:00-11:55 a.m.   USING A TABLET   Dale Cole   Poultry Building

Finding & putting music on your tablet; how to build collections & setlists.

11:00-11:55 a.m.   ACOUSTIC BASS   Mike and Sue Gleason   New Merchants Building

Basic bass.

11:00-11:55 a.m.   INTERMEDIATE FIDDLE   Jim McKinney   Women's Congress Building

Moving from just melody to "fiddling."

2:00-2:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday    FIDDLE JAM    Carl Visconti & Jack Sowle    Poultry Building

This is an instrumental jam.
If someone wants to select a song & sing it, assuming others in the jam know the melody, we will all play the melody and not play quietly or back-up as we would typically try to do in song/instrumental jam session.
Tunes/songs are selected by everyone in the room, in turn. If at least 3 participants (including
the leaders) don't know the selection, it will not be played--another choice will be made.
We typically play each tune/song 3 times through.
This jam is primarily for fiddlers, but rhythm, bass support, & other instruments are welcome (as long as they don't try to dominate the jam).
The purpose of the jam is for the participating fiddlers to be able to play together and for less experienced fiddlers to have a jam where they are welcomed & feel comfortable.
The jam is not a slow jam; we will attempt to not play everything fast.

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MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 AND SATURDAY AUGUST 12

Friday, August 11, 2017

Noon-12:20 p.m. Doug and Sandy Lindhout aka Flatt and Happy
12:30–12:50 p.m. Scarlet Runner String Band
1:00-1:20 p.m. Little Miss Country and her String Alongs
1:30-1:50 p.m. CRS
2:00-2:20 p.m. The Woodshed Pickers
2:30–2:50 p.m. Milan Seth and the Cool Birds
3:00-3:20 p.m. Hickorywood Family Band
3:30–3:50 p.m. Doug and Sandy Lindhout aka Flatt and Happy
4:00-4:20 p.m. Michael Joseph Evans
4:30-4:50 p.m. Dick and Polly Wild Just Fiddlin' Around

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Noon–12:20 p.m. J. Washburn Gardner
12:30-12:50 p.m. Thornapple Valley Strings

1:00-1:55 p.m. Induction to Michigan Fiddlers Hall Of Fame

2:00-2:20 p.m. Bill Hunt
2:30–2:50 p.m. Michael Joseph Evans
3:00-3:20 p.m. Milan Seth and The Cool Birds
3:30-3:50 p.m. Michael Snyder Barker aka No Conflict
4:00-4:20 p.m. Dixie Roy Andres and Girls

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THE WORKSHOP SCHEDULES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATE WHEN YOU ENTER THE FAIRGROUNDS ON THE WEEKEND OF THE EVENT.

No alcohol permitted.

Co-sponsored by the Jonesville Lions Club.

Further questions may be directed to Polly Wild at (5 one 7)seven nine five - three two three nine. This is a phone number.