American Roots Music

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Check out my lessons page- I'm giving both in-person and virtual lessons, and I still have some slots available.

It's been a busy late Spring! I finished recording a CD called Alone on the Wide Wide Sea: Solo Sailor Songs, and sent it off for mastering. I'm running a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the mastering and production costs through Kickstarter, and you can find it here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/fiddlecraig/alone-on-the-wide-wide-sea-solo-sailor-songsI was a featured performer at the new Connecticut Sea Music Festival in Essex, CT on June 10-12, which was a roaring success.

From August 27-September 2, I'll be on staff (both solo and with The Royal Boys) at Traditional Music and Dance camp, held at the Pinewoods folk music camp in Plymouth, MA. It's an extraordinary lineup of staff at a spectacular site, and there are a few spaces left- information here: www.tradmadcamp.org/

 

The next few weeks are packed with bookings at private outdoor events, a family wedding, and some travel, but I'll be at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV the last week of July into the first weekend of August. I'll also be opening for the Caleb Clauder and Reeb Willms Country Band at the Knickerbocker Music Center in Westerly, RI on August 17. Stay tuned for more info!

 

 

I taught fiddle at Banjo Camp North, a weekend-long music camp devoted to Old Time and Bluegrass bajno and fiddle music, held at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA on the last weekend of May, with a staff that included Bruce Molsky, Adam Hurt, and other great players and teachers. 

 

 June 15, 22,29 

Weekly Old Time Jam session at the Bayou BBQ and Grill, 221 Shaw Street, New London CT, 5:30-9pm Outdoors, sheltered from rain. 

 July 6, 13, 20

Aug 10, 24  

Wednesday Night Old Time Sessions at The Bayou Bar and Grill, 221 Shaw Street, New London CT, 5:30-9pm

​Every Wednesday night there's great Old Time String Band music at The Bayou Bar and Grill featuring local musicians and out-of-town guests. Fiddle, five-string banjo, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and other instruments play some of the best social music you've ever heard. Outdoors, but sheltered from rain, and the food is some of the best you'll ever taste! Come eat, drink, listen, dance, or bring an instrument and some tunes and throw down! (Not a slow jam- we play like the house just caught fire). 

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Sept.
20

I'll be interviewed later this month for a podcast on Sea Chanteys by the creators of the video game Assassin's Creed, which features numerous chanteys on its soundtrack.

Oct. 11
Stonington Farmer's Market at the Velvet Mill 
Saturdays-9am-12pm 

Listen to old time fiddle and banjo music as I play fiddle with A.J. Hocking's banjo while you do your week's grocery shopping​- outoor location for this great farmer's market at an old Velvet Mill filled with artists' studios, shops, a brew pub, and local farmers selling vegetables (including greenhouse grown greens, root vegetables, mushrooms, baked goods, poultry, beef, and pork, honey, hot sauce, and more. Catch up with friends and neighbors, check out the flea market and artisan shops, and support a wonderful community institution. https://www.facebook.com/Stonington-Village-Farmers-Market-163108413730842/