World Fiddle Day Brings International Fun To New Bedford

Old Time Fiddle Session will be hosting a multi-cultural, interactive, traditional music event called “World Fiddle Day” at Southcoast Lessons in Hatch Street Studios, New Bedford on May 19th.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and includes open playing opportunities for musicians, children’s activities, vendors, workshops, dancing, and a full schedule of performances by traditional fiddle music acts.

In celebration of the world’s diverse fiddling traditions, featured performances include Old-Time American, Norwegian, Cape Verdean, Irish, Gypsy, and Norwegian offerings. A true spotlight on traditional music near and far, World Fiddle Day hosts Cape Verdean fiddler John Miranda and Australian fiddler Mark Russel as bearers of distant traditions. Meanwhile, a host of ensembles from New Bedford’s own Southcoast Lessons and Old Time Fiddle Session will be highlighting the rapidly growing traditional music and dance community of our region.

“Building community through traditional music is always the goal, and World Fiddle Day gives us an incentive to make that community as diverse as the city we call home. We have every inhabited continent represented,” says the organization’s founder, Jeff Angeley in a press release.

As such, interactive activities for children and adults that include traditional crafting from India and Guatemala round out the day’s offerings.

Some highlights of the programming include an instrument painting station, dancing activities and games, body art by Unravel Henna, Guatemalan kite making, and a selfie station with real instruments for props. Open Old Time, ukulele, guitar, Irish, and gypsy jazz jams will also run for the full length of the event. There will be food and craft vendors, raffles, and give-aways as well.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and $50 for family passes. Online sales are available at Eventbrite. In person sales at The Symphony Music Shop, and Southcoast Lessons.

About Old Time Fiddle Session & Southcoast Lessons

Old Time Fiddle Session and Community Gathering was founded in January of 2017. It’s mission is to provide traditional fiddle music programming for the Southcoast of Massachusetts in an interactive, community-based format. In addition to the annual “World Fiddle Day” event, the organization hosts free regular monthly sessions on 4th Saturdays, a festive “Breaking Up Christmas” celebration, and a large number of other workshop and performance opportunities for the area’s traditional string band musicians. Southcoast Lessons provides individual and group music instruction at Hatch Street Studios and hosts social programming as well. As recent recipient of New Bedford Arts and Culture’s “Wicked Cool Places” grant, they’ll be providing a free participatory dance, singing, & instrumental music series in 2019.