Fiddle club is a student-run, folk music group open to musicians both in and out of the conservatory, of any skill or experience level. Through weekly meetings, we teach each other fiddle tunes aurally and arrange parts through experimentation with background chords, creating harmonies, chopping, and improvisation. Past activities include performing in the Lawrence Viking Room and at LU-AROO (the campus-wide music festival featuring student bands and musical acts), participating in a workshop with fiddlers from McGuinness' Irish Pub before the Lawrence Swing Dancers’ Irish ceili event, and volunteering at the Building for Kids. In the future, we hope to have guest artists, visiting teachers, and Skype lessons with experienced fiddlers.
As I did not have much exposure beforehand, getting the opportunity to play the violin in different contexts has really opened up my perceptions of what music’s existence can mean to people. It is really fun to jam with friends and not be afraid of making mistakes, because messing up can turn into a fiddle tune in of itself!
People interested in joining or sitting in can contact Isabel Dammann (firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook). Participation is not limited to violinists; people have played on cello, banjo, guitar and flute! Typically, we meet on Friday evenings, and we have a Facebook group for communication.