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Playing Since: 1974
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Monday, September 17, 2012 @11:20:08 AM
On Sunday, October 14, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday Sessions for Continuing Fiddlers will present abluegrass fiddle workshop featuring local fiddler Peter McDonald. Fiddlers at any experience level are invited to participate in this special event at the Geneva Community Center (Art Room), 160 Carter Road, Geneva. After the workshop, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. there will be an open jam including other bluegrass musicians to share the real bluegrass experience. The cost is $25.00; pre-registration required by October 1 s t. Please e-mail Kit Fallon at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and put “Bluegrass Workshop” in the subject line.
Peter McDonald has bluegrass in his blood. Currently the fiddle player with Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads, a regional bluegrass band featuring his 18-year-old daughter Rebecca, Peter is also the president of the Finger Lakes Bluegrass Association, and hosts the annual Brantling Bluegrass Festival, held the first weekend in August in Sodus, NY.
Peter has been a lifelong musician, performing on stage and in bands with Randy Travis, Gene Watson, Doc Watson, Jack Lawrence, David Wills, Jonathan Edwards, Wayne Kemp, Narvel Felts, and John Hall among others. He started with classical violin and at 16, found bluegrass, and hasn't looked back since. Peter and his wife Shannon also run a 220 acre organic livestock farm in the Finger Lakes region of NY raising chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, pork and eggs...oh, and 9 children.
"There is no greater musical genre than bluegrass for passing on the enjoyment, history and musical spontaneity of music. This is definitely the original family music, learned on the front porches and in the living rooms of countless thousands of homes in America. These traditional tunes, in their original style gives a solid foundation of the history of our country, and there is no more musically approachable genre on the planet. Anyone, any time, at any age, can play and enjoy bluegrass, and as more progressive players come to the fore, the growth and popularity of bluegrass is even more exciting. I hope a number of folks will take the time to attend this workshop and learn a bit about how important the fiddle is to bluegrass, as well as learn some tips to make your fiddle playing better."
Sunday Sessions for Continuing Fiddlers is one of a series of fiddle classes offered by Kit Fallon, a local performing fiddler with over 35 years of experience sharing the joys and excitement of playing fiddle music. Sunday Sessions, Beginning Fiddle and Level 2 Fiddle classes are offered in September, January, and April.
For more information e-mail email@example.com or call 315-521-9630.
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