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BANDS . . .
• Mist Covered Mountains with Molly Hebert-Wilson
• Away with the Faeries with Jane Yolen & Lui Collins
• Max Cohen / Donna Hébert fiddle/guitar/vocal duo
• Groovemama & The Great Groove Band at Old Songs & Philly Folk Fests
Learn to groove this fall! My class for fiddlers and all who want to build harmony and rhythm chops begins Sept. 27 and ends Dec 6, with no class Thanksgiving week. Each session goes deep into a tune and a particular key, ending with a jam. Call 413-658-4276 or email donna (at) fiddlingdemystified.com to discuss the class.
Away with the Faeries, Poetry & song of the Fey Folk, from Grimm to Happily Ever After. Performance with author & poet Jane Yolen and singer/songwriters Lui Collins, Donna Hébert, Max Cohen, Molly Hebert-Wilson. Debut performance Oct. 22 at the Unitarian Church in Amherst MA. BUY TICKETS ONLINE
Groovemama coached the Great Groove Band at three festivals this summer, beginning at Old Songs Festival, where we completed our 19th successful year coaching the kids. This year they opened the main stage show on Sunday afternoon to a packed audience! We ended the summer at Philadelphia Folk Festival (where the banner photo above was taken backstage by festival crew chief Susan Deckhart). Sue’s photo expresses perfectly what we do with the Great Groove Band: prepare the kids for performance, then pull the curtain aside so they can find the magic!
Check out my article “12 questions violinists ask about fiddling” on Strings Magazine’s website! I’ll be writing some new pieces for them in the next few months.
I’m selling my violin . . .
I’m selling the fine NY-made violin I’ve used for the past 15 years. I recorded four CDs with it – from the 1999 CD “Big Boned Beauty” up through a Panache video in 2013 – and the fiddle has served me nicely. But sometimes our musical voices change, so I’m offering this for sale through Stamell Stringed Instruments, 18 Kellogg St, Amherst MA 01002. They have also interviewed me for their new “Musician’s Spotlight” feature on their website. Please contact Stamell’s directly about price and appraisal value: 413-256-0936. The instrument can also be shown at their Poughkeepsie NY shop. A bright soloist’s violin, this is a lovely, well-balanced instrument. Matt Stamell can fill you in on the violin’s pedigree since I purchased it from him.
The YouTube video is an un-amplified performance on this instrument, filmed at an stage jam at the Festival La Grande Rencontre at the Cathédral del Gesu in Montréal in 2014. The air is “Raven’s Wing,” which I wrote with Max Cohen for my father in 2008. Playing with me are (left to right) Bruce Molsky, Robin Bouliane, Pierre Schryer (fiddles) and Quinn Bachand (guitar). Bruce is the ONLY one of these guys who’d heard the tune before! Ask me why I love fiddling!