Music school to host fiddle festival, concert

Elizabeth Faiella, upper right, teaches Irish tunes and techniques in the recital hall at the Concord Community Music School Saturday. GEOFF FORESTER
Elizabeth Faiella, upper right, teaches Irish tunes and techniques in the recital hall at the Concord Community Music School Saturday. GEOFF FORESTER
A fiddle sits in Mariel Vandersteel’s beginning workshop. GEOFF FORESTER
A fiddle sits in Mariel Vandersteel’s beginning workshop. GEOFF FORESTER
Elizabeth Faiella watches her students as they play Irish tunes at the Fall Fiddle Festival at the Concord Community Music School Saturday. GEOFF FORESTER
Elizabeth Faiella watches her students as they play Irish tunes at the Fall Fiddle Festival at the Concord Community Music School Saturday. GEOFF FORESTER

Calling all fiddle players and fiddle music fans.

The Concord Community Music School will host its second annual Fall Fiddle Festival next weekend, and it’s something you won’t want to miss, because it really appeals to anyone who enjoys the fiddle.

Next Saturday (Oct. 21) will be a jam-packed day of workshops and jam sessions, followed by an evening concert.

The workshops are open to teens and adults, as well as children ages 9 to 12.

The day features masterful fiddlers in the Celtic and American folk traditions.

The festival will bring together three fiddle players: bluegrass and old-time innovator Darol Anger, whose credits include performances with Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, as well as NPR’s Car Talk theme; Irish fiddler Winifred Horan, founding member of legendary Irish band Solas; and Celtic and New England contra dance musician Liz Faiella, who also happens to be the chairwoman of the Folk, Jazz and Popular Music Department at the Concord Community Music School.

For the adults and teens, this is a full day beginning at 9:30 a.m. with three workshops and a couple of structured jams.

The kids will have the afternoon to take part in workshops and jams.

Fiddle players of various levels and styles are invited to participate in a range of workshop offerings and jam sessions, taught by Anger, Horan and Faiella.

Workshops will be offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced players during each workshop session. Beginner workshops are geared toward musicians who have a basic knowledge of their instrument.

Space is limited and registration is required before the day of the festival.

Cost for teens and adults is $75, and includes a full day of workshops and jams, plus lunch. Cost for kids 9 to 12 is $50, and includes an afternoon workshop and jams. Both prices also include a ticket to the evening concert.

The concert will feature Anger, Horan and Faiella on the fiddle, alongside their musical collaborators, as the Fiddle Festival’s evening concert will journey through Celtic and American fiddling traditions, and will venture into contemporary folk improvisation.

Tickets for those not attending the festival are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

The Concord Community Music School is located at 23 Wall St.

To register for the festival or to purchase concert tickets, call 228-1196 or visit ccmusicschool.org.

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