Cajun Fiddle Workshop

Cajun Fiddle Workshop

  • Fiddle
  • Instrumental
  • Roots
  • School of Music workshop


Cajun music is a wonderful stew of combined influences of Franco-European, African, Creole, Blues and Canadian music. One of the lovely and distinctive things about Cajun music is having twin fiddles, exchanging leads and “seconding” (backing up) each other. This workshop will focus on the melodic, chordal and rhythm patterns that will give your fiddling that Cajun feeling.

We’ll start with the skeleton or vocal line of the tune and then add in simple ornaments and fills to give it that Cajun flavor as well as the basics of seconding.  With any luck, students will learn a two-step and a waltz as well as some of the history of the music from this corner of America.  Laissez les bon temps roulez!  Aieee!

Watch Cathy perform here!

This two-hour workshop will be held Saturday June 27th from 2:00-4:00pm.

Please note: Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 15 minutes before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund. 

Cathy Mason

Cathy teaches private lessons in person and by video, as well as workshops and classes to students of all ages. She believes that musical skill and passion develop, rather than being bestowed and loves helping students master the interplay between physical, mental, emotional and logistical factors that lead to musical satisfaction and improvement.


Cathy has specialized in American traditional fiddle music, primarily Old Time string band and vocal styles, as well as the Cajun and Creole music of Southwest Louisiana for the past several decades.  Cathy’s solo and ensemble playing conveys the soulful, haunting beauty and the quirky, rhythmic drive of these styles.  She performs at dances, parties and concerts all over the east coast and south with her bands, The Dead Sea Squirrels and The High Strung Strummers as well as with other musicians.  She has been a winner of several awards at the Lowell Fiddle and Banjo contest, been on the staff at dance and music camps.

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