WALDOBORO – To celebrate Maine’s musical legacy, the Waldo Theater, 916 Main St., is hosting a two-day, multi-site event, Maine Fall Fiddle Fest, on Friday and Saturday October 15-16.
This official Maine bicentennial event has been postponed from last fall. Accomplished Maine musicians Smokey McKeen and Ellen Gawler collaborated with The Waldo to create a multigenerational violin event, which includes performances and workshops at three locations in Waldoboro.
On Friday, October 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., McKeen is hosting a traditional music session at the Odd Alewives Farm Brewery, 99 Old Route One. The event is open and attendees can purchase pizza, farmhouse beers, and other food and drink while enjoying the music.
Saturday, October 16, begins at the Waldo Theater with a violin workshop with Erica Brown from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., followed by a guitar workshop with Matt Shipman from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. From 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m., fiddler Frank Ferrel offers a workshop at Broad Bay Church, 941 Main Street.
Saturday performances begin at 2 p.m. with a showcase for young fiddlers hosted by Gawler and the Pineland Fiddlers, and featuring Franklin County fiddlers led by Steve Muise and the Oyster Creek Fiddlers led by Kaity Newell. This paid event takes place at Broad Bay Church.
On Saturdays at 7 p.m., the Fiddle Fest presents a multigenerational concert at the Waldo. McKeen hosts this climactic event with Erica Brown of Darlin Corey and Matt Shimpan and Frank Farrell. The Pineland Fiddlers will open the show. This concert will also be broadcast live in real time.
McKeen, Gawler and Kate Fletcher, executive director of The Waldo, plan to make it an annual festival to bring music lovers together and bring more visitors to the Midcoast in the fall. “We are thrilled to bring together musicians from Maine and music lovers from across the region to celebrate the rich heritage of violin music in our state,” said Fletcher. “We are grateful to the Maine Bicentennial Commission for postponing the 2020 grants until we can meet again – safely masked. Thanks to Smokey and Ellen and all the performers who bring their talents to Waldoboro.
The Waldo keeps abreast of the CDC’s COVID-19 recommendations for Lincoln County. COVID-19 masks and vaccines are mandatory for members of the public, volunteers and staff.
The Maine Fall Fiddle Fest is funded in part by the Maine Bicentennial Commission. The sponsors present are First National Bank and First National Wealth Management. A grant from the Maine Community Foundation Lincoln County Fund makes it possible to broadcast this event live.
Concert tickets for the Saturday night show are $ 25 and workshop tickets are $ 10. Multi-event packages are available. Visit waldotheater.org/pages/fiddle-fest for all the details and waldotheater.org/pages/fiddle-fest-tickets to buy tickets.
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