Flora Cummings at More Music at the Moore- March 16

Our very own Flora Cummings, member of the fiddle club since she could hold a fiddle (well, almost), will be one of the featured performers at this year’s More Music at the Moore. Flora auditioned and competed with over 90 musicians, up to 21 years old, and was selected for one of 12 spots! Way to go, Flora! The website describes the event as follows: The 17th annual More Music @ The Moore features exceptional young musicians mixing up diverse music styles. The performance celebrates the rich musical talent of youth in our community and provides musicians.

HOW TO GET TICKETS: This is very important, as Flora will actually get a percentage of the ticket sales, and you’ll pay no service fees. Use this special link: https://www.stgpresents.org/groups/participant  Also see below:


10th Scottish Fiddle and Cello Workshop a Success!

Here’s a few pictures, with many more on the way. 114 musicians, including fiddlers, cellists, violists, harpist, bass, vibraphone, guitar, and flute players! Nearly 300 people crowded into the auditorium for the Sunday afternoon concert- we had a standing room only situation on our hands!  We also had an amazing amount of volunteer support- enthusiastic folks volunteered to help with everything, thanks to recruitment efforts by Jasmin Faulk-Dickerson and Annie Barrett!

Dates for the 2019 workshop will be announced soon!

Sunday morning rehearsal. Learning a song, and then assembling the set! We left decorations up for the concert a few hours later.

Alasdair and Natalie trying out some options Sunday morning for “Sae Will We Yet”. Music below!

Our Sunday morning song- several vocalists sang verses with lovely instrumental choruses. The audience participation put it over the top- truly beautiful.

Friday night opening session – led by The Reds- who got their inspiration from this very workshop, 5 years ago.

Workshop Concert with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Jan. 14th-

Come join the NW Scottish Fiddlers and their workshop guests for an exhilarating concert featuring “cutting-edge fiddle and cello explorations of Scottish and global music”, according to the Boston Globe.

For more information on Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, who have played together for nearly twenty years,  visit their website.

To buy tickets in advance, go to Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are also available at the door the day of the concert.

Other concert questions may be directed to Marcia Thumma, by email, or at 425-334-7951.

See you there!!!

Amazing T-shirt Design for Upcoming Workshop

We’ve been hard at work to make this year’s workshop the best.  Among special treats, will be a t-shirt!

Many thanks to Maggie Neatherlin, from Olympia, for creating artwork for this year’s special 10th workshop celebration!

Price: $18. Shirt comes in 5 colors and various sizes.

ORDERS must be placed by Monday, Dec. 11th!

T-shirts are available via special link– PLEASE NOTE: we aren’t doing mail-order at this point, but if you can figure out how to get to a fiddle club meeting, or contact Marcia Thumma for help!

Workshop is Full!

It’s official.  We are at maximum capacity for the workshop! Registration is closed, but never fear!  You can get on the waitlist, and the sooner the better!  Just write to m.thumma@mac.com, and indicate if you need lodging and or meals.  We also need to know if you’re looking for one spot, or more.

The concert is also a great option if you don’t get in- Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door, on January 14th- Auditorium A, Casey Conference Center in Coupeville!

Just TEN short years ago- Alasdair and Natalie at our first Whidbey workshop.

Workshop Registration Opens Soon!

Announcing our 10th annual workshop!

Join  the Northwest Scottish Fiddlers, Alasdair Fraser, and Natalie Haas when they return to Whidbey Island, Jan. 12-14, 2018, for a workshop and a concert finale.

NEW this year: $25 Early bird discount! Discount available August 1st- 
through August 31st at 12pm PST.  Applications must be received by this time, or postmarked by this date.  Available only for participants choosing all meals and lodging. More details here.

Basic costs:
Registration & Workshop Fee: $180
(note:this includes participant ticket to concert!)
A minimum $50 deposit/registration will be required per registration.

Meals and Lodging:
All meals and lodging: $180
Lunches and dinners only, including lodging: $165

Meals only
All meals: $115
Lunch and dinners: $95

Go to the workshop page for all the details.  The FAQ page will give you the latest information, on other camp happenings!

To be included in our workshop emails and updates, write to Marcia Thumma, workshop coordinator and grand wizard.

2017-18 Meeting Dates Announced!

As we take the summer off from club meetings, many exciting things are happening behind the scenes, such as lining up guest instructors, co-ordinating with hosts and hostesses to make sure we have a place to meet, etc.

There are a few changes in the making for next year! We are moving our meeting date from the second Sunday of the month to the third Sunday!  You will also see that we will be making a big effort to allow for jam session time! We even have a volunteer who will be coordinating this effort!! Guest instructors will be announced once they’re booked.

The following dates have been approved for 2017-18:

Sept. 17-    Guest instructor and jam
Oct. 15 –    Review tunes learned and jam
Nov. 19-    Guest instructor, (sets for A-10), jam
Dec. 10* –   Review sets learned, (sets for A-10 ) and jam (note- this is the second Sunday!)
Jan. 7**    (Note 1st Sunday of the month!) same as Dec.
Feb. 18-    Review new A-10 set,  review other sets, jam
March 18  Guest instructor, review sets for library, and jam
April 15     Review sets for Library and jam
May 20      Review sets for Folklife if desired, and jam

Folklife 2017 – Gig Well Done!

What a difference a year can make! It was hard to believe we were on the same stage, and, that just one year ago we sought warmth from the stage lights. We had a great time as we shared some of our favorite sets with an appreciative crowd.  Judith Cummings did a splendid job introducing sets:  “The New Shetland Set”, followed by Vienna with her competition set , “The A-9 Set”, and “Keys to the Cellar/Cam Ye frae France”.

Susan Barkan and Judith Cummings- you deserve special mention because you were there, but you were hiding at the time of this picture!  Too busy playing, no doubt!

Performing on the Mural Amphitheater stage, without coats, jackets or sweaters, for once! Wonderful!