Fiddle: Our 2013 fiddle workshops are following the same great format that we have found successful in the past years on both Thursday and Friday. The festival will once again use its 9 tried and true fiddle instructors who have consistently offered a high level of skill, great patience and unshakable belief in the mission of the festival. We will be offering a great variety of genres including Métis, Celtic, East Coast, old time and many more. This offers students the opportunity to learn and respect the various geographic influences and playing skills of Old Time Fiddle.
Red River Jigging: Jigging workshops have really grown in popularity and it's wonderful to see the traditional method of this cultural dance preserved. Red River Jigging workshops will again run both Thursday and Friday and top quality instructors who are skilled in the art of Traditional Jigging will lead these workshops.
Guitar : On Friday only guitar workshops offer instruction on how to accompany fiddle. With the number of fiddle players on the rise, new accompanists are needed. From beginner to advanced, again we have topnotch instructors to lead you.
Cultural Camp: New for 2013 – series of hand-on interactive workshops in Metis Beading, Finger-weaving, Metis Embroidery and Traditional Dances like: Drops of Brandy and the Duck Dance.
Thursday, August 8th and Friday, August 9th, 2013
Instructed by Fay MacKenzie
Never picked up a fiddle? Always wanted to try it? Here’s just the workshop for you. The Absolute Beginners Workshop will have fiddles available for you to use (but bring your own if you have one), and a qualified instructor to teach you the bare necessities: how to hold the fiddle, how to hold the bow, and finger placement. Try it out - what have you got to lose?
Metis and Old Time - Instructed by Desmond Lagace
Metis Style – Instructed by Daniel Gervais
Metis Style – Instructed by John Arcand
Metis/Old Time – Instructed by Patti Lamoureux
Celtic and Old Time – Instructed by Shamma Sabir
French Canadian/Old Time – Instructed by Rodney Krip
East Coast Style – Instructed by Gord Stobbe
Metis and Old Time – Instructed by Calvin Vollrath
If you’re a veteran player – here’s your chance to pick up some great new skills and new tunes. Calvin is an amazing instructor and teaches in a fun and entertaining way.
Friday, August 9, 2013
Learn the basics or if you’re already playing, get some advanced instruction. The Guitar workshops are set up to meet the demand of the students registering.
Beginner - Instructed by Shelia Pelletier
Intermediate - Instructed by Freddie Pelletier
Advanced - Instructed by Clinton Pelletier
TRADITIONAL RED RIVER JIGGING WORKSHOPS
Thursday, August 8th and Friday, August 9th
The John Arcand Fiddle Fest takes pride in the presentation of traditional Red River Jigging instruction. Beginner to Advanced, these workshops will educate you on the style and steps that are considered traditional, teach you the basics if you just want to try it for the first time or give you a refresher course if you’ve already taken some of these workshops in past years. Anyway you slice it - they’re educational and a lot of fun!
Instructors: Yvonne Chartrand and Raymond Shumi
Workshops will run Thursday thru Saturday – full schedule details for all classes will be posted soon.