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Scandinavian Fiddle Workshop in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 PM to 3 PM

This workshop is for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, recorder players, and ukulele players. Music from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden will be featured. The sessions will be led by championship fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, and author, Deborah Greenblatt.

Each participant will receive a free copy of Greenblatt & Seay’s “Scandinavian Sampler for Two”. Musicians are encouraged to bring their recording gadgets to the workshop.

Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $20.00 per musician.

For more information, and to register, send an email to Debby at debby@greenblattandseay.com


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Harmonica Workshops

These popular workshops are conducted by David Seay who has been playing harmonica since 1973. Within the first few minutes participants (age 7 and up) will be playing actual folk songs on their very own harmonicas ($3.00 each).

David often includes a mini-workshop version as part of one of his Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau Programs. He also likes to feature harmonica workshops with one or more focus groups during a Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist in the Schools/Communities Residency.

These workshops may be individually contracted and tailored to fit your particular group and event.

Check out David’s Harmonica Workshop web page for more nitty-gritty details.

Beginning Contra and Round Dance

If you can walk then you can learn these fun, easy old-time dances. Debby and David teach the steps one at a time and then call the dances while playing the fiddle and guitar. These sessions generally start with a simple circle dance and conclude with a rousing Virginia Reel. Dance sessions in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse are held in an 830 sq. ft. classroom so they are limited to groups of 8 to 20 paticipants. (High heels not recommended!)

Songwriting Workshops

If you’ve got a group that definitely isn’t shy, and consists mostly of folks who are willing to raise their hands and contribute their ideas, then in collaboration with David and/or Debby workshop particpants can develop lyrics and a melody to create their own original composition.

Hands-on Workshops

These workshops are only available in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse. Individual participants get the opportunity to try out a variety of folk instruments such as banjo, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, upright bass, spoons, etc. with the help of coaches Debby and David. Hands-on sessions are limited to groups of up to 30ish paticipants but work best in groups of less than 10 so that most everyone is playing some instrument most of the time.



“Thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon and evening. Wow was that fun. I heard harmonica music from the trees (kids underneath) for the rest of Chautauqua. That was fun!!! Everyone enjoyed all of the instruments.”
...Committee Member
Grand Island Community Foundation Chautauqua 2013

“This presenter was awesome. He was very well prepared, enjoyable and interesting.”
...Harmonica workshop participant
W. Dale Clark - Omaha Public Library

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