June 30 – July 7, 2019
Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA
Spend a week living, learning, and playing music with masters of a wide variety of fiddling styles. Fiddle Tunes provides an opportunity to be in community with the bearers of fiddle traditions. Classes, band labs, dances, concerts, open jams and spontaneous gatherings in nonstop celebration of fiddle music.
The goals of the gathering are broader than improving your skills as a musician, and include discovering culture through music, learning music in a cultural context, and building lifelong relationships in the fiddle music community.
Fiddle Tunes started in 1977 as the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. It's a week-long, total-immersion workshop with a hallmark of presenting an expansive array of fiddle styles from specific regions of the world. Workshops, classes, band labs, tutorials, dances, concerts, singing, open jams, hat parties – all contribute to participants' experience. Visit the artist faculty page to learn more about the artists and the regional styles represented at the gathering.
You'll learn by the oral tradition – listen, imitate, listen, practice, and listen again. Please don't expect written music on paper. The main teaching focus is on the fiddle, but you'll find day-long instruction on the banjo, guitar, and button accordion, and nearly as many classes on piano, keyboard accordion, singing, clogging, string bass, mandolin, and social dance.