Canadian Fiddle Tune Workshop with Charlie Walden

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Canadian Fiddle Tune Workshop with Charlie Walden


Date | Friday, May 11th, 2018

Doors Open | 6:00 P.M.

Workshop Time | 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. 

Location | San Francisco Folk Collective Studio (1515 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131)

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About the Workshop

For the past five years, Charlie Walden and Patt Plunkett have been venturing up into Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick exploring the fiddle traditions of the area at contests and sessions along the way. For Charlie, it’s been like getting in touch with my own history as my mother’s side of the family is all from Atlantic Canada – New Brunswick, PEI, and Cape Breton.

In the course of this they’ve met a lot of wonderful people and heard some great music. This past summer 2017 was an especially rich experience. They camped with a great community of musician friends in Quebec near Trois Rivieres, went to a tribute to a legendary fiddler Canadian fiddler Clayton Callahan in the small town of Charlo, NB, on the Atlantic coast, attended a private weekend party at a farm near Saint-Stanislas- de-Kostka, QC, got overloaded on fantastic highest-level- imaginable playing at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in Salaberry-du- Valleyfield, QC, and topped it all off with a week in Fiddle Park at Pembroke, ON, for the premiere fiddle and step dancing competition in all of Canada. Along the way they picked up a couple of new tunes. So in this two-hour workshop, Patt and Charlie will show you a few of these gems. There will be jigs, reels, waltzesand two-steps. Hope you can make it!

About Charlie Walden & Patt Plunkett

Charlie Walden has been called the major Missouri fiddle stylist of his generation. He learned his craft directly from the great Missouri fiddlers of the previous generation and cut his teeth at fiddle contests and square dances all over the state. His playing emphasizes clean noting, is highly melodic and uses a direct and driving approach to bowing to generate rhythm for dancing. Charlie’s latest “claim to fame” is to have been the last fiddler standing at the Pembroke, ON, Pure Laine competition, not once, but twice, and the only non-Canadian fiddler ever to finish.

Charlie will be ably assisted by his partner in music and life, Patt Plunkett, on keyboard. Patt is the “real” musician of the two. She has a master’s degree in vocal performance (that’s opera singing, by the way) and taught general music in Illinois public schools for almost 30 years. But traditional music is her real love having grown up hearing her grandfather playing the fiddle in rural Illinois. She’s led ceili bands, called square dances and accompanied fiddlers in contests, jam session and at dances.

Terms & Conditions: Please note that workshop attendee will be asked to present photo ID upon arrival to confirm registration, and that we are unable to issue refunds for workshops.