Dear Friends, Fiddlers and All Interested Parties,
We have decided to suspend the Festival of Fiddlers on the Green 2020 until further notice. Who knows how many months and weeks it will be before we can go out and play tunes again? Thanks to all of you who participated in and supported FOTG 2019. We almost made it!
Best wishes and Good Health to you all,
Jill and Laurie, May 14, 2020
The Festival of Fiddlers on the Green started as an effort to photo document a fiddler playing in every Vermont town in 2019. We reached 232 out of 251 towns in 2019, and have launched an effort to do even better in 2020.
Coronavirus Update: Circumstances have changed! We’re hoping now that fiddlers around the state will send us photos from their living rooms and back yards, from their porches or the front steps of their town buildings. Send us your “stay at home” photos, document the date, the town, the tune and the fiddler.
Violin-Building Fundraiser for Musician Aid
This fundraiser is a collaboration among Vermont violin maker, Jacob Brillhart, bow makers Eben Bodach-Turner and Evan Orman, and the Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon, VT. You can get all the information you need to support the project or to apply for assistance at https://www.sevenstarsarts.org/musicianaid.html. The project was launched March 25, when Jacob started live-streaming the creation of a $10,000 violin, the grand prize of the raffle, along with a bow by Eben and Evan.
We need at least one dated photo from each of the 251 towns in Vermont of a fiddler or fiddlers playing on the town green, at the Meeting House, a dance, the Farmers Market, Fire Station, Grange Hall, or just a fiddler playing in her/his own back yard. Photos may be of a planned event like a summer concert series or just a random happening. The purpose of this “festival” is to celebrate the organizations, bands, and people who keep the wonderful tradition of fiddling in Vermont alive.
How to Participate
Submit photos by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer, photos may be mailed to Fiddlers on the Green, PO Box 644, Townshend, VT, 05353. Include the date, town name, venue, fiddlers’ names, tune titles, and any other details you can supply. We’ll update our progress as frequently as we can!
We can link to videos if you upload them to Vimeo or YouTube. Restrictions on media make it hard for us to upload large files. Send us the link and we’ll happily include your videos.
An individual fiddler can send in photos taken in multiple towns, and a town page can have several fiddlers on it. We need the help of everyone, fiddlers and non fiddlers alike, so please spread the word, and tell people to check out this website.