The fiddle has been a ubiquitous instrument in the music of many immigrant groups on the North American continent. Those that didn't bring it with them often adopted it from neighboring groups. This program will explore the music and some of the folklore associated with that most 'American' of instruments, the fiddle.
Attendees will hear examples of:
- Square dance music from Appalachia
- Ozark fiddling
- Pennsylvania old time fiddling
- Scottish fiddling from Nova Scotia
- French Canadian fiddling from Quebec and New Brunswick
- Cajun fiddling
- New England Contra dance music
- Irish music as played in the urban centers of America
- Metís music of Native American peoples of the Athabascan language group
- Music of the Thohono O' Odham people of the Southwest Desert
- Klezmer fiddling
- Mexican Conjunto fiddling
- Scandinavian fiddling
Kevin Carr has played fiddle for more than forty years, following the trail of traditional fiddle music across the US and to Ireland, Canada, Spain and Mexico. He loves to talk about the lore of the fiddle and was the recipient of an NEA grant to study Irish fiddling. As a member of the contradance band, The Hillbillies from Mars, he has played at hundreds of dances and dozens of dance camps across the country. Over the last three decades he has taught at many fiddle festivals in the US and abroad and has a deep grasp of a number of fiddle traditions.
Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. We are grateful for their generous support.
Need a ride?
The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741.
Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Tuesday, February 19
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall