Old Songs and Fiddling Demystified collaborate on a new French Accent Camp
August 17-21, 2009 - Voorheesville, NY

Learn the syncopated swing and twisted tunes of Québécois and Franco fiddle and accordion traditions and learn to sing, dance and play with that Northern "Je ne sais quoi".

Sneak north of the border with Québecois musicians and teachers:

Pascal Gemme - (from Genticorum) fiddle, chansons/songs, podorhythmie, composition, arranging, seated clogging.
Yann Falquet - (from Genticorum) guitar, songs, rhythms, composition, arranging, harmony singing.
Marie-Soleil Pilette - stepdance, social dances, integrating Québec step/percussive dance into contemporary dance.

They are joined by New England's:

Jeremiah McLane - piano and accordion, French-Canadian, French Musette, Tangos, Cajun.
Franco-American fiddle composer Daniel Boucher - fiddle, composition, turning rhythms into tunes.
Donna Hébert - fiddle, music of Franco fiddler Louis Beaudoin, waltz clogs and galoppes.

This week offers evening jam sessions Monday-Thursday at the hall with staff members. Classes begin Monday morning at 9 am and camp ends Friday at 4 pm.

Camp is held at the Old Songs Community Center in the village of Voorheesville, NY, just west of Albany. Registration opens now. There are only places for 30 campers and this will fill up fast, so pass the word to sign up early! Tuition is $475.

Please get in touch with Donna Hébert if you have questions about the teaching program. You can find the 2009 brochure here (sample schedule, registration form)

Camp page online. Or contact them at oldsongs at oldsongs.org for inquires about space available, food and lodging. We have arranged for a group rate at a local hotel so we can stay and jam together. There are also campgrounds nearby.

See you all there!

Donna Hébert
Beaudoin Legacy
Fiddling demystified


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