World Fiddle Day 2023!

We are partnering with SLC Arts, TAUNY, and the Potsdam Public Library for a celebration of World Fiddle Day on May 21st at 2PM at the Potsdam Public Library. The Madstop Fiddlers, under the direction of Gretchen Koehler, will be kicking it off with a performance at 2:00 followed by a community play-along jam open to all acoustic musicians who want to join in. Bring your fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, concertina, tin whistle, harmonica, etc., and play along with us!

There will be two (optional) rehearsals ahead of World Fiddle Day (Potsdam Public Library, May 6, 4:00; TAUNY in Canton, May 12, 5:00) where you can learn or brush up on the tunes below. For any musicians who can’t make it in person, there will be an on-air rehearsal/jam session on North Country Public Radio’s “String Fever” from 4-5PM, May 11. Play along at home! You can also practice up ahead of time with recordings and sheet music of these tunes:

  • Devil’s Dream (A)
  • Liza Jane (A)
  • Old Joe Clark (A)
  • Boil ‘em Cabbage ‘down (A)
  • Road to Boston (D)
  • Golden Slippers (G/D)
  • Ashokan Farewell (D)
  • Jessica Waltz (D)
  • Gaspe Reel (D)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Angelina Baker (D)
  • Cindy (D)
  • Red Wing (G)
  • Down Yonder (G)
  • Black Velvet Waltz (C )
  • Westphalia Waltz (G)