- Old Time
- School of Music class
Join Jenna and Mariel for an intermediate-level class in fiddle – students are expected to have a firm understanding of the instrument, holding the violin, and learning by ear. We will focus on learning popular fiddle tunes by ear, as well as incorporating stylistic ornamentation. We will focus on tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and some American tunes, but you never know what we might throw into the mix! A recording device is required, as tunes will be taught by ear, and there will be no sheet music.
This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm on Mondays: May 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18, 25.
TO REGISTER: Click the orange registration button. The next page will list the class title twice – the smaller title is a link to your shopping cart. Click that and you will be able to register.
Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.
Too often artists view tradition as a towering monolith to be either conquered or cowed by, by young Scottish fiddler and experimentalist Jenna Moynihan knows that tradition is meant to be a starting point for great inspiration, not a wall.
On her new album, Woven, she darts back and forth like the shuttle in a loom, pulling the many strands of the Scottish fiddle tradition into a colorful tapestry that showcases her virtuosic control of her instrument as much as her deep sense of playfulness. To help her create this work, she’s brought together some of the best young traditional artists in her hometown of Boston, one of today’s hotbeds for new traditional music. The lineup here includes cutting-edge Scottish harpist Mairi Chaimbeul, renowned bluegrass guitarist Courtney Hartman (Della Mae), New England Celtic guitarist Owen Marshall, plus all-star guest fiddlers: Duncan Wickel, Darol Anger, and Alex Hargreaves. It’s easy to tell that the music on her new album stems from what must have been many late-night jam sessions with these friends, but the ease of companionship found on this album belies the complexity of Moynihan’s arrangements. As the harp rolls in counterpoint behind the racing fiddle lines, or as the guitar matches her beat for beat, this is music whose virtuosity lies in Moynihan’s construction of the atmosphere around each tune, and her delivery of each beautiful melody.
Jenna is from Lakewood, New York and is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. While studying, she was selected to receive the Fletcher Bright Award & and The American Roots Music – two awards given annually to one outstanding string player. She performs in a duo with Scottish harpist, Mairi Chaimbeul, with Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Darol Anger & The Furies, and has performed & collaborated with Old Blind Dogs, Hamish Napier, Bruce Molsky, Matt Glaser, Kimberely Fraser, Phil Cunningham, and as a soloist at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops.
Mariel Vandersteel is a musician, educator, and graphic designer currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Mariel has established herself as a folk musician of multiple styles. After living in Norway while studying the hardingfele, she recorded her first solo album, Hickory.
As a member of Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards from 2009-2015, she toured the UK and North America extensively. In 2014 and 2016, the band was selected by the U.S. State Department and American Voices to act as cultural ambassadors in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Montenegro, Greece and Estonia. Mariel has performed and taught nationally and internationally with Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, The Three Irish Tenors, Emma Beaton, Annalivia, Putnam Smith and has been a guest lecturer and performer on the hardingfele at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Musical Instrument Collection. In 2014, she participated in the Savannah Music Festival’s first Acoustic Music Seminar working with artists Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, and Chris Thile. Mariel is currently pursuing a masters degree in Arts Administration at Boston University and manages the School of Music at Club Passim.