Lisa Ornstein Quebecois workshop in February!

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Join us in February to meet the incredible Lisa Ornstein!  Here’s your chance to try a little Quebecois fiddling, taught by one of the most highly regarded Quebecois teachers around!  The free 2 hour workshop will be held Sunday, February 21, at 2 PM (Pacific time).

Lisa hails from Olympia, Washington, and has been teaching classes for years. Here’s her bio from her website:

“Fiddle virtuoso Lisa Ornstein is an outstanding interpreter of the traditional music of French Canada and Appalachia, blending compelling and inventive playing with impeccable tune choice. Befriended by North Carolina fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell while she was in her teens, Lisa quickly became an accomplished fiddler in the Round Peak style. A musical friendship with Franco-American fiddler Louis Beaudoin set her on a path to Quebec in 1978. When La Bottine Souriante — Quebec’s internationally renowned traditional supergroup — invited her to join the band, Lisa’s projected six-month stay began to stretch, eventually lasting twelve years. While in Quebec, Lisa spent countless hours visiting with older musicians and playing in kitchens and dance halls. She also squeezed in a master’s in folklore on the life and music of master fiddler Louis “Pitou” Boudreault. She has taught, concertized, and toured extensively in North America and Europe with some of Quebec’s finest musicians, and recorded for both Smithsonian Folkways and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her music appears on a number of La Bottine’s albums, and on critically acclaimed CDs with Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville and bandmates André Marchand and Normand Miron.”

For more information on Lisa, visit her website.  Please remember, we aim to support musicians during this challenging time when supporting oneself is difficult, and live performances are rare.  A virtual tip jar for Lisa will be made available.

This will be a Zoom workshop, and the link will be sent by email, on Saturday, February 20th. Be sure to write to (Marcia Thumma) at: to let us know you’re interested in attending, but not on our mailing list.


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