Old-Time Fiddle & Jam Weekend 2022

This year’s jam will be Saturday, June 11 through Sunday, June 12, 2022. 

Thanks to grant funding from Urbana Arts & Culture, we are able to expand our offering this year to include old-time jams, more clinics and workshops, plus free concerts and our first ever Fiddle Anti-Contest*!  Schedule and details below!

The festivities will all be held in Urbana, at C4A, Rose Bowl Tavern, and Meadowbrook Park.

This page is still under construction—please visit again. 5/13/22

SCHEDULE (as of 5/13/22) (see below for descriptions)

SATURDAY, JUNE 11–still under construction!

TimeFiddle OrchestraWorkshopsJams
9:30 amArrive time
10:00 amStart timeTraditional open jam
11:00 amBreakout sessions
12:00 pmLunch break
12:30 pmSession # 1
1:45 pmSession #2
3:00 pmSession # 3
4:15 pmSession #4
5:30 pm
7:00 pmPatt & Possum Concert at the Rose BowlPatt & Possum Concert at the Rose Bowl
9:00 pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 12–still under construction!

TimeFiddle OrchestraWorkshopsJams
7:00 amWhiskey Before Breakfast Jam!
10:00 amTraditional open jam
1:00 pmWarm-up and review
3:00 pmShowcase concert and Anti-ContestShowcase concert and Anti-ContestHead out to enjoy the showcase concert!

FIDDLE ORCHESTRA

  • For grade school through high school age string players.
  • Registration required. Online registration will be live soon. (5/3/22)
  • $5 fee to participate includes all materials, choice of Saturday workshops for periods #1 & #2 listed below, Saturday lunch, Sunday warmup and showcase performance. Scholarships available.
  • Grade school and high school age string players may attend just workshops and Sunday showcase performance.  You should still register using the link listed above. 

FIDDLE ANTI-CONTEST: Sunday at Meadowbrook Park pavilion off of Race Street.

The Fiddle Anti-Contest will give participants a chance to play a solo for an audience, and receive comments from our judges, but we think everyone who does this is a winner, and we prefer to support each other rather than competing, so we will not rank the performances!

  • You must pre-register to perform in the anti-contest. The online registration link will be live soon. (5/13/22)
  • The registration fee is $5. Scholarships are available in the case of financial need.
  • There is no charge to attend the anti-contest. Everyone is invited to come and watch the anti-contest and cheer on your special player!

WORKSHOPS: Saturday at C4A. Workshops are for learning about a specific style or technique. We are offering workshops suitable for a variety of interests and skill levels! We will offer multiple workshops during the same time slot–choose the one you want to attend! Please check above for the schedule, and below for details about workshop content.

Workshop period #1: Saturday at 12:30pm. 

  • Open to community members and participants of the Fiddle Orchestra.
  • Choose from the following options. Registration required. Online registration will be live soon. (5/13/22)
  • We’re still working out the schedule–stay tuned!

1:45 PM. Workshop period #2.

  • Open to community members and participants of the Fiddle Orchestra.
  • Choose from the following options. Registration required. Online registration will be live soon. (5/3/22)
  • We’re still working out the schedule–stay tuned!
  • We’re still working this out–stay tuned!
  • Registration required. Online registration will be live soon. (5/3/22)

3:00PM. Workshop period # 3 and Community jam TBA.

  • We’re still working this out–stay tuned!
  • Registration required for workshop; just drop in for the jam

4:30PM. Workshop period #4 and Community jam TBA.

  • We’re still working this out–stay tuned!
  • Registration required for workshop; just drop in for the jam

7:00 PM: Free concert by Patt & Possum!

  • Featuring Illinois state fiddle champ Charlie Walden and his trusty accompanist, Patricia Plunkett.
  • At Rosebowl Tavern
  • Time TBD: Slow Beginner Jam with Robin Kearton.
    • For people who can play their instrument but don’t play very fast, or are not used to playing by ear. Instruction will be offered as needed.
    • Especially for fiddle and guitar players, but all are welcome.
  • Time TBD: How to accompany fiddle tunes on piano with Patricia Plunkett.
    • For players with at least a few years experience
    • Registration required. Online registration will be live soon. (5/3/22)
  • Time TBD: Fiddle workshop TBD with Charlie Walden
    • Registration required. Online registration will be live soon. (5/3/22)
  • Time TBD: Cross-tuning fiddle workshop with Kathleen Everingham.
    • For fiddle players with at least a few years playing experience.
    • Registration required. Online registration will be live soon. (5/3/22)
  • Time TBD: Fiddle/Sax workshop with Brian & Jessie Stark.
    • For band instruments and fiddles with at least a few years of playing experience.
    • Registration required. Online registration will be live soon. (5/3/22)
  • Time TBD. Traditional Open Jam.
    • Everyone is welcome–we’ll play whatever we feel like!
    • For experienced jammers, but novices are welcome to come and pick along.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12

7:00 AM Whiskey Before Breakfast Jam led by TBA.

  • Coffee also available!
  • For experienced jammers.

1:00 PM Fiddle orchestra warmup and review

  • Must attend Saturday sessions to participate

3:00 PM Showcase concert & Fiddle Anti-Contest at Meadowbrook Park

  • Performances by local bands
  • Fiddle anti-contest* performances
  • Registration required to perform in the anti-contest. Online registration will be live soon. (5/3/22)

There is no charge to participate in any of these jams–just come on by! Join us if you play fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, or anything else that works in an old-time jam!  Most of us will be playing by ear, but there will be a limited supply of sheet music or chord charts. 

Online registration will be live soon! (5/3/22)

(If you’re coming from out of town drop us a line, and we can point you to lodging.)

If you don’t play you can still participate!  We’d love it if you’d volunteer to help out at the jam, especially feeding the musicians, and keeping the coffee pot stoked.

Want to play?  Want to volunteer? Want more information?  Email us!

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