Fiddle and back up instrument Workshops in Amherst NY!

The Sportsmen’s Foundation and the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Home of the 35th Annual

present…

Fiddle, Guitar, Dobro, Banjo and Piano Workshops and Jam Session
August 5th at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
featuring…

Mari Black – Multi-style Violinist
U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion | Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion of Scotland

Maritime Fiddle Champion | Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion

&

Mark and Chris Panfil – Multi-instrumentalists
Dobro, Banjo, Guitar and Piano

The Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation is sponsoring workshops and concert performance hosted by Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. The 75-minute workshops will run concurrently Monday evening in advance of the evening jam session.

Workshops – 5:00PM

Get Jammin’! – Fiddling for Classical and Other Note-Reading Players (Instructor – Mari Black)

Playing melodies and/or back up to Irish/Bluegrass tunes on 5 string banjo and dobro (Instructors – Mark and Chris Panfil)

Workshops – 6:30PM

Make It Your Own – Spiffy New Spins on Classic Tunes (Instructor – Mari Black)

Playing melodies and/or back up to Irish/Bluegrass tunes on piano and guitar (Instructors – Mark and Chris Panfil)

Jam Session – 8:00PM

Prices
Any single workshop – $25 / $20 for SAMF Members / $20 for BNHV members.

Any two workshops – $40 / $30 for SAMF Members / $30 for BNHV members.

Workshop prices includes admission to BNHV.

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About Mari Black

Called “One of the brightest fiddlers around today” by WGBH radio A Celtic Sojourn’s host Brian O’Donovan, multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK has been delighting audiences across the country and around the world with her energetic playing, sparkling stage presence, and dazzlingly virtuosic fiddling. Raised on a rich blend of traditional musical styles, Mari made her entrance onto the international stage when she became Scotland’s Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, 2-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and 2-time Canadian Maritime Fiddle champion, all within a three-year period. Ever since then, she has been spreading her love for dance-based music, performing as a featured artist at Celtic festivals, Scottish Highland Games, celebrated folk venues, world music concert series, and acclaimed classical concert venues including Carnegie Hall. Mari’s passion for traditional music extends far beyond the concert stage, as reflected in her work as a teacher, performance coach, dancer, competition judge, and musical ambassador dedicated to connecting people through music. Known as a master teacher with a playful and unconventional approach to helping students expand their horizons, Mari has taught workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering, the Acadia Trad School, the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, the Mark O’Connor fiddle camp, the Tanglewood Festival, the Yale School of Music, and more. Currently touring nationally with her trio, Mari’s favorite thing to do is sweep her audience away on a spirited musical adventure featuring dance music from around the globe: Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more!

About Mark Panfil
Mark Panfil is a multi-instrumentalist who has established himself in the Bluegrass world as an accomplished dobro player, solid banjo player and world-class harmonica player. Mark has been teaching dobro at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in Elkins WV on many levels beginner to advanced since the early 90’s. He has taught the class by himself and with some of the most well known players in the world of resonator guitars including Phil Leadbetter, Rob Ickes and Jerry Douglas. He has also performed on stage as a side man with such players as Bobby Hicks, Mac Wiseman, Chubby Wise and Vassar Clements on banjo and dobro. He has also played with many of the top players in bluegrass today including Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton and Sally Van Meter in workshop concerts. He has an instructional book available from Mel Bay publishing on “Jamming with a Dobro” and has a highly successful DVD on the Murphy Method label.

About Chris Panfil

Chris is a solo performer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Mandolin, fiddle, harmonica and various guitar styles are his palette. Writing and singing his Americana influenced songs are his passion. He can be found performing alone, along with his talented brother Mark in The Panfil Bros., as the 3rd member of neo-traditional City Fiddle with Gretchen and Phil Banaszak and with Mark, Phil and Rich Schaefer in the Bluegrass band and 35 year tradition known as Creekbend.

1st Session

Get Jammin’! – Fiddling for Classical and Other Note-Reading Players

Instructor – Mari Black
Always wanted to fiddle? Here’s your chance! This workshop will be an introduction to fiddling for classical musicians and anyone else who is used to primarily reading notes to make music. Mari will teach several new tunes and introduce strategies for bowing, fiddle ornamentation, and learning by ear. Even if you’ve never tried fiddling before, this workshop will have you hooked and equipped with tunes and skills to keep on jammin’!

Price: $25.00

Playing melodies and/or back up to Irish/Bluegrass tunes on 5 string banjo and dobro

Instructors – Mark and Chris Panfil
Bring your own instruments.
– All ages welcome!
– All levels welcome! The only requirement is that you are able to play three songs on your instrument (in any style; it doesn’t have to be three fiddle tunes).
– Bring a tape recorder (or other recording device)! All workshop participants will be given sheet music for the things we learn, but the tunes will be taught by ear, and it will be very helpful for you to go back and listen to them later.

Price: $25.00
2nd Session

Make It Your Own: Spiffy New Spins on Classic Tunes

Instructor – Mari Black
This workshop will look at some fun ways to take classic, often-played fiddle tunes and put a unique spin on them so you can start developing your own unique version. Mari will take a classic tune, teach it quickly so everyone is ready to go, and then show you how to spiff it up by creating variations, adding rhythmic accompaniment, building harmonies, and taking improvised solos — all the tools you need to elevate a simple tune into your own signature version! This class will be geared towards more experienced fiddlers and folks who are used to learning by ear, but anyone is welcome to participate. Bring your audio recorder to capture ideas!

Price: $25.00

Playing melodies and/or back up to Irish/Bluegrass tunes on piano and guitar

Instructors – Mark and Chris Panfil
Bring your own instruments. Piano players should bring a portable electronic keyboard.
– All ages welcome!
– All levels welcome! The only requirement is that you are able to play three songs on your instrument (in any style; it doesn’t have to be three fiddle tunes).
– Bring a tape recorder (or other recording device)! All workshop participants will be given sheet music for the things we learn, but the tunes will be taught by ear, and it will be very helpful for you to go back and listen to them later.

Price: $25.00
3rd Session

After Workshops Jam

All workshop participants are invited to sit in and play a few tunes with Mari and Mark or simply enjoy the music — no cost! All others are invited to come and listen for $5!

Price: $5.00

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