Past Bluegrass Related Events

/Dave Reiner

Fiddle Hell Massachusetts

Colonial Inn 48 Monument Square, Concord, MA

Fiddle Hell is an informal gathering of fiddlers to meet, jam, learn, and have fun. It will be November 8-10, 2013. at the Colonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts. We'll also be using the nearby Concord Scout House for the Saturday night concert and dance, and for a few workshops. There will be more than 100 scheduled workshops and jams in 2013. The 2013 schedule is now posted at  Costs are modest - see the website. Our 2013 Workshop and Jam Leaders will include an incredible range of wonderful fiddlers and accompanists, covering Bluegrass, Cajun, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Gypsy, Irish, Klezmer, New England, Oldtime Southern, Scottish, Swedish, Swing, Texas, and Western Swing styles. They are Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Barbara McOwen, Bob Alessio, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ed Pearlman, Ellen Carlson, George Fowler, John Chambers, Julie Metcalf, Laurie Hart, Lena Jonsson, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Paul Harty, Pete Anick, Serena Eades, Stacy Phillips, Terri Lukacko, and Tom Morley. Dave's website has the common tune list, jamming guidelines, and 2013 fee schedule (soon). The invention of the late, great fiddler Dale Hopkins, Fiddle Hell occurs periodically in fun locations worldwide. Prior Fiddle Hells have occurred in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. Fiddle Hell Massachusetts is by far the largest. Last year (2012), we had 180+ musicians, mostly fiddlers, at the eighth Massachusetts Fiddle Hell, including fiddlers from 14 states and 3 foreign countries! This amazing gathering starts at noon on Friday and goes until 6PM on Sunday. Lots of different fiddle styles will be represented at Fiddle Hell, by fiddlers with a variety of experience, which makes it all the more interesting. Please understand that Fiddle Hell is not for … Read More »

Fiddle Hell Online

Online MA

Our schedule and instructor list are posted at, and registration is open for Fiddle Hell Online, April 15-18, 2021. FHO will have 200 live workshops to learn from, 35 live concerts to enjoy, and 35 live jam sessions to join on Zoom, for fiddle, mandolin, cello, guitar, old-time banjo, and singing. All sessions will be replayable (and can be slowed down) for 3 months after the event. More than 100 instructors -- experienced & supportive teachers, and wonderful & inspiring players -- will cover Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Cape Breton, East European, Electric, Québécois, Gypsy Jazz, Irish, Jazz, Klezmer, Latin, Mexican, New Acoustic, New England, Old-Time Southern, Scandinavian, Scottish, Swing, Texas, and Western Swing styles. Attending FHO is not only an amazing experience, it’s a way for you to support and connect with these wonderful instructors and performers. Bluegrass instructors & performers include Sharon Gilchrist, Andy Statman, Erica Brown, Richie Brown, Margaret Gerteis, Billy Contreras, Darol Anger, Ellen Carlson, Jeremy Kittel, Alex Hargreaves, Matt Shipman, Peter Anick, Joy Adams, Andy Reiner. A few instructors in other styles include: Kevin Burke, Wendy MacIsaac, Michael Doucet, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Hanneke Cassel, Jake Blount, Mike Block, Cathy Fink, ... With 270 sessions + 100 instructors + 3 months of video replays, Fiddle Hell Online is of great value to players and listeners alike. Previous attendees said that their broad opportunities for learning (tunes, styles, instruments, techniques), gains in musical inspiration, and renewed connections with the community were priceless! And it's great to have a front row seat for every session. As in the past, discounts are available for seniors and young musicians, and there are further discounts and giveaways for early bird signups. Scholarships based on financial need are available. … Read More »