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Join the string fellows at the London Fiddle Convention

22 February, 2019 — By Sebastian Taylor

Fiddlers of all shapes and sizes, ages and styles will be congregating at Cecil Sharp House, Primrose Hill, this Sunday for the 27th London Fiddle Convention.

It’s the most important date in every London fiddler’s calendar – a chance to meet friends, learn new tunes, see some amazing playing, buy some fiddle stuff.

Workshops play an important part in the festival. Basic and intermediate players can explore secrets of tuneful, rhythmic playing – and learn a great Irish polka (by ear) in the process. Beginner children with a minimum three months of regular lessons in any teaching method can join a fun fiddle workshop to enjoy making music together.

Traditional Balkan melodies are being explored in a workshop for cellists, inventing basslines from simple chords with plenty of freedom for embellishment and flair.

A jazz workshop will look at how to deal with a changing chord sequence using the tune All of Me. There’s lots more workshops to choose from: Russian Romani; Balkan/Middle East grooves; Medieval and Old Time among them.

• Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY, on Sunday February 24, from 12noon. www.cecilsharphouse.org/ www.londonfiddleconvention.org.uk

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