Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat    January 8-10, 2021

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Workshops, Concert, Jam Sessions and a Contra Dance for fiddlers and those who play with them. A variety of styles are presented by some of the region’s finest fiddle teachers with an emphasis on dance fiddle styles including Scottish, Cape Breton, Appalachian, Irish, New England, and French Canadian. 

Our 2021 staff includes:

About the Weekend Classes and other offerings:

The weekend program offers several types of classes; this year we will feature 2 hour live Zoom classes featuring repertoire in many different styles via YouTube.  Each teacher has been asked to submit offerings that will be of interest.

There will also be two teacher-led sessions offered... including an old time one led by Ken and Brad Kolodner with special guest Alex Laquement and a more northern feeling one led by Becky Tracy and Rachel Bell.  

We will offer three different concerts, Northern Traditions on Friday,  Saturday evening will feature our Old Time staff, and the concert during our Saturday lunch break will feature the Irish fiddling of Brian Conway, and English tunes played by Sam Sweeney.

We have set our tuition levels at a price that we think will meet our staff guarantees if we get good sign up, but will offer a tip jar for rewarding teachers who really thrill you, and also for the weekend, to help cover the costs of those who can't afford tuition this year.

If you are having trouble paying the fees, please ask for a partial scholarship.  We want you to be able to be able to learn, despite any financial difficulties.