International Music Camp sets Old-Time Fiddle Weekend

44th Annual fiddle weekend to take place in June

International Music Camp has set the date for their Old-Time Fiddle Workshop and Contest. The workshop will be held June 6-7 with a concert that Friday with the contest to follow on June 8.

The weekend will consist of four workshops: fiddle, guitar, bass and 5-string banjo. The Fiddle Workshop will offer instruction in Beginning Fiddle, Intermediate Fiddle, Advanced Fiddle, Canadian Old-Time Fiddle, and Bluegrass Fiddle styles.

The Guitar Workshop will focus on flat-picking styles, the Bass Workshop will focus on fingerpicking accompaniment skills and the 5-String Banjo Workshop will focus on finger-picking styles. Both styles being taught are used in folk and bluegrass music and participants will learn new techniques to accompany old-time fiddling.

The workshops are open to all ages and all levels of players.

Workshop instructors will include fiddle players Eric Christopher, Jimmy Tengesdal and Jane Cory, 5-string banjo player Anthony Ihring, guitar player Mike Hedding and bass player Rich Casey.

The featured artist for the June 7 concert will be Jane Cory. Cory began classical violin lessons at the age of 5, discovering fiddle music at the age of 7. She has gone on to perform at countless events with styles such as Old Time, Celtic, French Canadian, Metis, Ottawa Valley, Jazz and Bluegrass.

Cory has collaborated on several studio albums and released her first solo album, “Road Between the Saints,” in 2014. Along with her busy teaching and performing schedule, she has also competed in numerous competitions across Canada. In 2018, Cory became the second Manitoban to win first place at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, the most prestigious fiddle competition in the country.

The International Old-Time Fiddlers contest will take place on June 8. The contest draws fiddlers from both sides of the border to compete in categories ranging from Small Fry to Seniors. Some of the best fiddlers around the region, on both sides of the border, will compete for cash prizes.

For the contest, admission is $12 for audience members and $20 for contestants. Workshop participants staying on to compete in the Fiddle Contest will be exempt from paying the Fiddle Contest entry fee.

The workshops cost $185 which includes tuition, meals and lodging for June 6 through June 7. For those who register before June 1, the price will be $170.

For more information, visit internationalmusiccamp.com/about/ news/fiddlers-weekend/

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