Fiddlefern has been hosting weekly sessions for the past few months for those interested in playing traditional and dance music.

When the tune sessions and musician workshops were conceived, our intent was not only to introduce traditional tune playing to a wider audience and to encourage musicians to think about playing for contra dances, but to take advantage of a fabulous opportunity next week – that being the Country Dance and Song Society’s Centennial Tour Stop in Owen Sound!

Visiting musicians from 4 of the best contra dance bands in the USA will be around for 6 days and offering a number of opportunities for tune players to learn to shape traditional tunes for dance and learn some new ones, as well as the opportunity to dance – which invariably results in better playing for dances!!

We hope you have or will register for the weekend – a bargain at $70!!! This gives you the opportunity to attend musicians’ workshops on Saturday and Sunday and all dances during the day and evening.  We also have events during the week…..


Tuesday night, April 28 – Please come out and give our visitors a hearty Owen Sound welcome – potluck at 6:00, a short concert by the touring musicians around 7:20, a short dance around 7:45 and a short tune session around 8:30  – all FREE!!!  (St. George’s Anglican Church Parish Hall)

Remember – no tune session at Harmony Centre on Tues. Apr. 28.

Wednesday night, April 29 – Musicians’ Workshop with visiting musicians – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – cost: $5 minimum donation  (St. George’s Anglican Church Parish Hall).

If you do not purchase a weekend passport and wish to attend the musicians’ workshops:

Saturday morning, May 2  – Musicians’ Workshop with visiting musicians – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. cost: $20, includes musician and dancing workshops during the day ( St. George’s Anglican Church Sanctuary)

Sunday, May 3 – Musicians’ Workshop – Pulling it all together – with callers and dancers  11:30 – 1:00  – Cost: $10 includes the Farewell Dance from 1:30 – 3:00where you just might be playing and dancing!!

On behalf of Fiddlefern Country Dancers,  we really hope to see you there!!

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