Old Time Fiddle

Emily Smith playing fiddle

Emily Smith playing fiddle

Emily Smith will teach some Old-Time American fiddle tunes, breaking down each Tune phrase by phrase and focusing on the tunings, bowing patterns and inflections that make the unique sound of Old Time fiddle music.

This workshop is aimed at players who can already play their fiddle/violin at a basic level. The tunes will be taught by ear so you don’t need to read music.

These workshops will be timed to precede the Harrison’s regular Old time and Bluegrass session, hosted by the Trad Academy’s very own Ed Hicks. This will enable participants to stay on and try out their new tunes in an informal jamming environment.

Emily regularly performs with her partner Andy Quelch in A&E Oldtime String Band. Recent festivals include Didmarton Bluegrass Festival and Rhythms of the World in summer 2012, and regular bookings at London’s What’s Cookin’ and the Auld Shillelagh. In a different guise, she’s played with Bluegrass band Home Territory and Western Swing Band The Texas All Nite Toyboys. No stranger to an all-night jamming session, there’s nothing she likes more than belting out joyful fiddle tunes amongst friends.

This workshop has run as a one day specialist class at the Harrison Pub, Kings Cross.

Emily Smith teaching an old time fiddle workshop at the Harrison pub


Videos of old time fiddle

Here’s a great video of Tommy Jarrell playing some fiddle for a flatfoot dancer…

Here’s one of a friend of the Trad Academy and superb fiddler Chance McCoy with his Appalachian String Band

Another fantastic fiddler and friend of the Trad Academy (Aaron Jonah Lewis) playing with Trad Academy tutor (Ed Hicks)