Here are some useful links:
Tune Books and Sheet Music:
The Portland Collection Vol 1, 3 and 3
New England Fiddler’s Repertoire
Bill Matthiesen’s Waltz Books I, II, III and IV
Susan Conger’s Along the River Tune Book
The Fiddler’s Fake Book (Available at many music stores. Support your local music store!)
The Fifer’s Delight by Ralph Sweet
Miscellaneous Music Websites:
Chord Finder — Need to look up a chord for guitar, mandolin or piano? Try this!
The Session — A great place to find tunes
JC’s Tune Finder — Many tunes in ABC format, PDF and MIDI
DEFFA (DownEast Friends of the Folk Arts) -Visit this site to find out when and where traditional dance music is being played – and danced to – around the state of Maine.
Country Dance and Song Society — “Celebrating a Living Tradition of English and Anglo-American Folk Dance and Music since 1915”. Comprehensive online catalog of books and recordings of and about traditional dance music.
Fiddle-licious — A diverse group of fiddlers preserving the tunes and musical heritage of Maine, passed on from their Scottish, Irish, Quebecois, and Acadian ancestors.
Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire — A site devoted to having fun with Scottish music. (thanks to JB)
Sessionite — An Irish session website for session musicians in Southern Michigan. A good source of Irish tunes (usually in ABC format).
Concertina.net — A file converter from ABC notation to a Midi sound file or a PDF for music. A great find!
The Amazing Slow Downer — A truly great software utility. You can play a CD at whatever speed and not change the pitch.
The Montville Project — A great CD with traditional New England dance tunes! You must own this one. A second CD is available now, see Announcements
Fiddler’s Companion — A great tune source and the transcriptions are more reliable than The Session (thanks to GF)
Fiddle-L Archives — For folks who like to read lists about fiddle stuff (thanks to GF)
Fiddle Hangout — Forums, videos, MP3s; a good site for beginner/intermediate fiddle questions/answers (thanks to GF)
Chris Peterson Music — Chris Peterson’s web site, look at the music section
North Country Public Radio — NCPR has a great traditional/acoustic music show (String Fever) with links to performances
Fiddle World — A social network for fiddlers, fiddle makers and fiddle music lovers world-wide (thanks to NTH).
Hope Hoffman — Fiddle teacher and performer. Look for music performance samples.
2010 Maine Master Fiddlers Showcase Videos –Want to see this concert again?
Morris Tunes — This is a library of Morris tunes as used by dances in the traditions of a number of different English villages.
The Old Time Jam — Lots of old-timey tunes with guitar/banjo accompaniment. No sheet music tunes, just chord charts.
Dances, Festivals and Jam Sessions:
Belfast Flying Shoes – First Friday of every month. Come and play in the All-Comers’ Band
The Dance Gypsy — The definitive source for traditional (contra, english) and folk dancing events and musicians.
Down East Country Dance Festival – March 25-26, 2011 Topsham, Maine
Dance Flurry – A festival of music and dance held yearly in February in beautiful and historic Saratoga Springs, New York.
Penobscot Fiddles — Monday night jam sessions in Bangor area.
Maine Fiddle Camp – A long weekend in June or 2 1-week sessions in August at Camp NEOFA, Montville, Maine
Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camps – Multiple weeks and multiple styles, near Woodstock, New York
Fiddle Hell (November 5-8, 2020) at https://Fiddlehell.org . We have a lot of New England sessions, workshops, and instructors, as well as other styles. We’ll be online in 2020 – trying to keep up our 16 year tradition and keep musicians employed.
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