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Caffe Lena

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47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
(518) 583-0022 www.caffelena.org

October 2020

Lost Radio Rounders Live from Caffe Lena

October 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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In the early days of radio, families would gather around the fancy tabletop Philco Cathedral on Saturday nights and tune in favorites from the Mississippi Delta, the Great Smoky Mountains or the plains of Texas. The big shows—like the Grand Ole Opry, the National Barn Dance and King Biscuit Time—brought music into every home from coast-to-coast. Revisit the bygone days of live radio with Lost Radio Rounders’ broad selection of favorites and re-discovered relics from across the spectrum. In addition…

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Guy Davis Live from Caffe Lena

October 9, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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He’s got some Blind Willie McTell and some Fats Waller, some Buddy Guy and some Taj Mahal. He’s got some Zora Neale Hurston and some Garrison Keillor. But most importantly—Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeate every corner of Davis’ creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original…

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Jazz for Peace with Rick DellaRatta

October 10, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Jazz pianist, vocalist and composer Rick DellaRatta is on a mission to unite the world in peace through jazz. Having performed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Paquito D' Rivera, DellaRatta is among the finest singer-pianists performing today. Reviewers have compared his playing and composing to Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk, while his signature vocal sound and style has been likened to Chet Baker and Billie Holiday. DellaRatta is also a visionary…

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TEOA Live from Caffe Lena

October 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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TEOA (The End of America) is a band of friends who met on the road and found a kindred spirit in one another. James Downes, Trevor Leonard and Brendon Thomas joined forces in 2010 to record their debut LP, Steep Bay (2010). TEOA released Shakey (2012) and the eponymous self-titled LP, The End of America, in 2016. TEOA has been recognized for “live performances that highlight their songwriting, harmonies and stage banter,” according to Stitched in Sound.

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Rick’s Picks Local Showcase: Greene Brothers & Heather Meaney

October 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Saratoga's beloved Rick Bolton has given a mic and an opportunity to hundreds and hundreds of aspiring musicians at his weekly Open Mics. He was among the first to spot the exciting potential in now-popular artists Sean Rowe, Ashley Sophia and Moriah Formica. With our Lena's open mic on pause due to the pandemic, we've asked Rick take over our stage each Monday to play some tunes and showcase two of his current favorites. Don't miss this chance to discover…

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JAZZ at Caffe Lena: Chuck Lamb Trio

October 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Over the past few years, Chuck has built these concerts, held on the second Tuesday of each month, into one of the most popular jazz series in the Capital Region. World class musicians like Diego Figuieredo and Chico Freeman, among many others, have joined Chuck and a rotating cast of top players in his trio for these shows. Chuck continues the series, now in live stream form, with his trio and a special guest.

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Blues Guitar with Guy Davis

October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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$140

Learn the blues from master blues player, Guy Davis in this four week online course. From the traditional to the contemporary, from the rural to the urban, Guy Davis’ mastery of the blues knows no limits. Guy will weave this workshop experience together with laughter, compelling story and song as well as clear instruction in technique. With his voice, his poetry, his tasteful playing and his song, Guy will provide students with an example of the sincere approach to music…

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Wild About Blue: Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Annual Fundraiser Featuring the Resonators

October 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Wild About Blue is Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park’s annual fundraiser. This year they are moving the event online for an entire weekend with the help of Caffe Lena! The weekend will kick-off on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm with a broadcast of the Resonators playing a set for the Blues for the Karner Blues. The music will be interspersed with short videos taken at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park to introduce viewers to the Saratoga Sandplains and its…

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Jeanne O’Connor Trio Live from Caffe Lena

October 16, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Masterful jazz vocalist Jeanne O’Connor delves deep into the heart of the Great American Songbook with swing, subtlety, and deep musicality. Her clear, expressive alto moves elegantly from jazz to pop, Latin and R&B, taking each genre and making it her own. For this special live streamed performance at Caffe Lena, Jeanne will be joined by Peg Delaney on keyboard and Pete Toigo on bass.

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Scott Sharrard Live from Caffe Lena

October 17, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Scott Sharrard as lead guitarist and bandleader for the late Gregg Allman. But his personal artistic journey – which includes singing, songwriting, producing and arranging – began long before he first teamed up with the rock icon. It’s a mission that resumes with “Saving Grace,” Sharrard’s fifth album -- and his first since Allman’s death. “Saving Grace,” with the blues at its core, bears a distinctly southern spirit, seamlessly assimilating the sounds of American roots music that Sharrard has long…

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Wild About Blue: Wilton Wildlife Preserve Annual Fundraiser featuring the Schroon River String Band

October 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Wild About Blue is Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park’s annual fundraiser. This year they are moving the event online for an entire weekend with the help of Caffe Lena! The weekend will wrap up on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 pm, with a broadcast of the Schroon River String Band playing a set for Bluegrass for the Karner Blues. Like the kick-off event, short videos about the Preserve & Park will play interspersed with the bluegrass music. The music will…

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Pousette-Dart Duo Live from Caffe Lena

October 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Jon Pousette-Dart is best known as an American Classic and Folk Rock songwriter, musician, and performing artist. Growing up in Suffern, NY with a household of artists, including his father, grandfather, and sister, he separated himself by picking up a guitar at the age of 10 and mapping out a life in music before he ever attended a little league game. Since then it’s been a long and well-traveled road in the world of music.

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Rick’s Picks Local Showcase: Rich Ortiz & Steve Candlen

October 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Saratoga's beloved Rick Bolton has given a mic and an opportunity to hundreds and hundreds of aspiring musicians at his weekly Open Mics. He was among the first to spot the exciting potential in now-popular artists Sean Rowe, Ashley Sophia and Moriah Formica. With our Lena's open mic on pause due to the pandemic, we've asked Rick take over our stage each Monday to play some tunes and showcase two of his current favorites. Don't miss this chance to discover…

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Bluegrass Night with the Pandemic Porch Pickers

October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Caffe Lena hosts a bluegrass jam on the third Wednesday of every month. This interactive live stream will feature the hosts of those jam sessions as a full quintet, with their new name: the Pandemic Pickers. They invite you to break out your instruments at home and play along! They will perform bluegrass standards that are popular requests at their jam sessions, and will announce the key for each song beforehand.

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Clawhammer Banjo Course with Bruce Molsky

October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 11, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A four week online course taught by renowned old-time musician Bruce Molsky. We’ll look at a couple of classic tunes and focus on the important elements, like phrasing and rhythm, and work on techniques such as pull-offs, drop thumbs and rolls. Solid time is the engine behind good banjo playing, and so we’ll come back to some of the right hand basics as well that give the drive we’re all looking for. Time: The course will take place on Wednesdays…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Old Time Fiddle Course with Bruce Molsky

October 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until November 12, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A four week online course taught by renowned fiddler Bruce Molsky. We’ll take a fun and intense hands-on approach in Bruce’s old time fiddle workshop. Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together. We'll dig into old-time music's unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc. The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we'll be playing! If enough folks are interested, we can also spend some time working on singing with the…

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Driftwood Live from Caffe Lena

October 23, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This massively popular Binghamton-based five-piece has climbed to the top of the Americana scene on the strength of killer live shows, never-ending tours, and a mutual trust that inspires courageous songwriting and explosive arrangements. Their fiddle-banjo-acoustic guitar-string bass instrumentation indicates bluegrass, but when you mix in their punk rock attitude, you get stringband rock that pulses with fiery, joyful passion. 2019 saw the release of Tree of Shade, their first album with a major producer. Working alongside Simone Felice, the…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Slide Guitar Workshop with Robin O’Herin

October 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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$40

Enjoy a dynamic slide guitar workshop with Delta and Piedmont Blues guitarist Robin O'Herin. Learn right and left hand technique, alternating bass lines, beginning slide guitar techniques, how to use open tunings--chord shapes, slide licks and runs, as well as repertoire by Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Fred McDowell and more. Students will need a guitar, capo, thumb pick (and finger picks if you like), a bottleneck that fits on your pinkie, just covering the top of your finger. Also,…

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Jake Brillhart & Alex Smith Live from Caffe Lena

October 24, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Jake Brillhart and Alex Smith is the duo project of fiddler Jake Brillhart and singer-songwriter Alex Smith. Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the rural heart of New York's Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and foremost to echo the people and culture of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today's most pressing issues with a style of honest and accurate observation often compared to songwriters…

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Rick’s Picks Local Showcase: Deena Chappell and Pete Pashoukos

October 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Saratoga's beloved Rick Bolton has given a mic and an opportunity to hundreds and hundreds of aspiring musicians at his weekly Open Mics. He was among the first to spot the exciting potential in now-popular artists Sean Rowe, Ashley Sophia and Moriah Formica. With our Lena's open mic on pause due to the pandemic, we've asked Rick take over our stage each Monday to play some tunes and showcase two of his current favorites. Don't miss this chance to discover…

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Storytelling Night with Karen Pillsworth, Alan McClintock, Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi

October 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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The fourth Tuesday of every month is storytelling night at Caffe Lena. Tonight's show will feature some of the finest storytellers from around the Capital Region who often serve as the featured artists for these monthly open mics. Tonight's features are Karen Pillsworth, Alan McClintock and Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi.

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Blues Night with the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society Featuring Perennial Unplugged and Bill Martin

October 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Every fourth Wednesday Caffè Lena and The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society team up for a great evening of acoustic blues performed by amateur and off-duty professional blues players from around the Capital District. Tonight's featured acts will be Perennial Unplugged and Bill Martin

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Mostly Modern Ensemble Presents Robert Paterson’s “In Real Life.”

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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World premiere chamber ensemble version of the song cycle In Real Life II, featuring Jorell Williams, Baritone, with In Real Life, featuring Marnie Breckenridge, Soprano, both written by Robert Paterson, with words by David Cote. STREAMED live with Music at Caffe Lena — CHAMBER MUSIC Exclusive Limited Seating • RSVP TODAY ARTISTS Marnie Breckenridge, soprano Jorell Williams, baritone Blair McMillen, piano Tune in on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRNEpyIlmsc

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Joanne Shenandoah Live from Caffe Lena

October 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Joanne Shenandoah, is one of Native America’s most celebrated musicians and lecturers. Coming from Oneida-Iroquois dissent, she carries beauty in her soul and voice but also through her interactions with diverse communities around the world. With dozens of accolades including a GRAMMY and an Emmy Nomination, Shenandoah is an Ambassador of peace who captures the hearts of audiences all over the world.

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The 10th Annual Whispering Bones: An Evening of Ghost Stories

October 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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This year we’ll be sending the spirit of Halloween straight to your living room! Dr. Erastus Betterov-Underhill hosts an evening of creepy and chilling tales told by some of the region’s best actors and storytellers. Whispering Bones is a great mix of classic legends, new stories, and whispered folktales that are spooky, eerie, and fantastical. For this special 10th Anniversary Edition of the popular regional event, actor Stephanie Moffett-Hynds will read Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s unsettling short story The Yellow Wallpaper.…

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November 2020

Caffè Lena School of Music: Beginning Clawhammer with Allison DeGroot

November 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 28, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Allison will work with you on technique and rhythm right off the bat, giving you a strong foundation to build your clawhammer skills. By the end of this course, the goal is to have you using bum-ditty and double thumbing, focusing on good technique and rhythm. You will learn a handful of tunes too!

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Irish Tunes for Clawhammer with Allison DeGroot

November 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 28, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Allison is a master clawhammer player who has adapted Irish jigs and reels to fit the mechanics of the instrument. In this course we will learn a repertoire of tunes, work on getting comfortable with the 6/8 feel, and develop a process for adapting tunes on your own. This class is designed for intermediate and advanced players and control of the drop thumb technique will be needed.

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Clawhammer Banjo Course with Bruce Molsky

November 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 11, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A four week online course taught by renowned old-time musician Bruce Molsky. We’ll look at a couple of classic tunes and focus on the important elements, like phrasing and rhythm, and work on techniques such as pull-offs, drop thumbs and rolls. Solid time is the engine behind good banjo playing, and so we’ll come back to some of the right hand basics as well that give the drive we’re all looking for. Time: The course will take place on Wednesdays…

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VCHC’s Annual Event, An Evening with and For Our Veterans

November 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Scheduled for Nov 11, 2020 7 - 9 pm LIVE STREAM: An Evening with and for our Veterans, hosted by the Veterans & Community Housing Coalition in place of our annual Veterans Ball fundraiser. The program will be streamed live from Caffe Lena, and will include performances by regional musicians, stories from the community, a tour of the Military Museum, and more! FOLLOW THIS LINK NOV 11th, 7 pm ! AUCTION will go LIVE Nov4th....and END Nov 18th. REGISTER to…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Old Time Fiddle Course with Bruce Molsky

November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until November 12, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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A four week online course taught by renowned fiddler Bruce Molsky. We’ll take a fun and intense hands-on approach in Bruce’s old time fiddle workshop. Tunes are taught a phrase at a time, first melody, then bowing, and then piecing things together. We'll dig into old-time music's unique phrasing, rhythm and syncopation, intonation, etc. The tune is the vehicle, so mostly we'll be playing! If enough folks are interested, we can also spend some time working on singing with the…

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Beginning Clawhammer with Allison DeGroot

November 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 28, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Allison will work with you on technique and rhythm right off the bat, giving you a strong foundation to build your clawhammer skills. By the end of this course, the goal is to have you using bum-ditty and double thumbing, focusing on good technique and rhythm. You will learn a handful of tunes too!

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Irish Tunes for Clawhammer with Allison DeGroot

November 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 28, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Allison is a master clawhammer player who has adapted Irish jigs and reels to fit the mechanics of the instrument. In this course we will learn a repertoire of tunes, work on getting comfortable with the 6/8 feel, and develop a process for adapting tunes on your own. This class is designed for intermediate and advanced players and control of the drop thumb technique will be needed.

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Beginning Clawhammer with Allison DeGroot

November 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 28, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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Allison will work with you on technique and rhythm right off the bat, giving you a strong foundation to build your clawhammer skills. By the end of this course, the goal is to have you using bum-ditty and double thumbing, focusing on good technique and rhythm. You will learn a handful of tunes too!

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Caffè Lena School of Music: Irish Tunes for Clawhammer with Allison DeGroot

November 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 28, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
+ Google Map

Allison is a master clawhammer player who has adapted Irish jigs and reels to fit the mechanics of the instrument. In this course we will learn a repertoire of tunes, work on getting comfortable with the 6/8 feel, and develop a process for adapting tunes on your own. This class is designed for intermediate and advanced players and control of the drop thumb technique will be needed.

Find out more »

Caffè Lena School of Music: Beginning Clawhammer with Allison DeGroot

November 28, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until November 28, 2020

Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
+ Google Map

Allison will work with you on technique and rhythm right off the bat, giving you a strong foundation to build your clawhammer skills. By the end of this course, the goal is to have you using bum-ditty and double thumbing, focusing on good technique and rhythm. You will learn a handful of tunes too!

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