• Fiddle lore, music poetry, and blog with free lessons
• Donna’s CDs and fiddle books for mail order or download
• Western Mass lessons, Skype lessons, & fiddle & guitar workshops
• Bands: Mist Covered Mountains, duo with Max Cohen, Panache, Chanterelle, Groovemama
Fall 2015 update
>> Donna’s offering a holiday special on SKYPE fiddle lessons. Do you want to refine your fiddle playing? Are you tired of not quite getting the rhythms, phrasing or tone that you want? Donna’s great at helping you analyze your fiddling and she’s fluent in a variety of authentic fiddling styles. She’s offering an extra $50 off a block of ten pre-paid lessons if you buy before Dec 25. Single lessons are $60/hr. Donna answers every inquiry. Contact her: donna AT fiddlingdemystified DOT com.
>> Mist Covered Mountains played up a storm at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in mid-November. Even the Catskill Mountains gave us a free plug with misty mountain weather on our drive in! Our Quad showcase there tops the video gallery at right (thanks to Hugh O’Doherty for filming us!) We hosted music until three in our room and Molly’s new Rare Spirits band was a big hit. Look for more from them soon – a CD is in the works.
>> Mist is booking concert series and festivals with Rare Spirits’ 1920s prohibition set opening for our Celtic Mist Covered Mountains sextet. It’s two different shows and Molly is a lead singer in both bands, with other fellas in Rare Spirits also in Mist.
>> Mist had a blast hanging out at NERFA with buddies from all over, including Pascal Gemme, the Doll Sisters, Les Poules à Colin and the Durham County Poets.
>> Molly shows her rock and Broadway roots on her encore “Oh Darling!” in the new video in the gallery at right. Footage taken in Riverview Quebec last spring. New photos from this concert by Shawn McEnroe are featured in the slider and on our band page!
>> Great Groove Bands at both Old Songs and Philly Folk Fests again showcased the learning abilities and adaptability of young musicians. They learn new tunes and song lyrics in English (and Irish!) by ear on Friday and perform them on the main stage on Sunday afternoon at both festivals.
>> Franco-American group Chanterelle has morphed into Josée Vachon and Donna and friends. Most often that includes guitarist and singer Max Cohen, and we are very happy to welcome Alan Bradbury on bass, vocals and accordion.
>> Donna published her HAND MADE TUNES collection in Fall 2014. Downloads and mail orders available. Includes bonus transcriptions for viola and cello, and her “Raven’s Wing” air, co-written with Max Cohen.
>> New blog entries:
• Lesson: November Wind – Jane Rothfield waltz scored for violin, viola, cello
• Fiddling Demystified – new sample pages and a new introduction,
• Naming the Band
• Lesson: Louis Beaudoin tunes.