Minnesota Fiddlers

Physically Distanced (but socially intimate) SloJammers

June 20th  10 am – noon at the Wabun Picnic Area

(Weather permitting; Rain Date is Sunday, June 21, 10 am – noon).​

We are all ready for a peaceful, healing gathering. 

So, we are going to experiment with an outdoor jam at the Wabun Picnic Area next to Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis.​  Plan on bringing your own chair and mask– we’ll help people to circle up in small groups.  You need to bring your own water, and will only have access to porta-potties; so plan ahead.

The basic guidelines: 

1. Wear a mask​

​2. Practice physical distancing - 6 feet

3. Wash your hands/use hand sanitizer

4. Refrain from attending if you are ill or exhibit symptoms.​

​5. No singing.

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SOTR Zoom Jam

Every Thursday 7pm - ?

contact rbross@charter.net to get an invite

Upper Midwest Folk Fiddle Fest

​Saturday, Nov 7, 2020

​220 W Main Street, Cannon Falls, MN

​Contest workshop 10:30 am - Noon


​More workshops 2 pm - 4:15 pm

​pot luck dinner

​Concert 6:30 pm - 8 pm​

click here for flyer

Minnesota Fiddle Tunes Project

The MSFA SloJammers have transcribed and are still learning the tunes from the Minnesota Fiddle Tunes CD project. 

Click here access the sheet music to the Minnesota Fiddle Tunes

The transcribed tunes include the following favourites: 

Kettlescrubber, Flop-Eared Mule, Minnesota Waltz, Swedish Schottische 

Dick Halverson's Waltz, Sherburne's Polka, Reinlender etter Ringnesen 

Rangers Waltz, Medley - Old Red Barn/Steamboat Quickstep (Uncle Jim's) 

Knute's Waltz, The Girl I Left Behind Me, Stoltman's Dad's Waltz 

Click here to get a copy of the CD. 

For videos of many of these tunes, go to YouTube.com and find the JumpStart Your Fiddle

channel.  You can also like the Minnesota State Fiddle Association SloJammers on Facebook to get posts of sheet music, videos and upcoming events and jams. 

Click here to see Anabel Sanford Wirt teaching Steamboat Quickstep and Red Barn Jig .

On Sept 26, 2015

Larry Ungar and Audrey Knuth taught us a couple of tunes:

Sweet Briar (click here to hear it)

Echo Summit (click here to hear it)

Both tunes are compositions of Larry Ungar.

What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle?

A fiddle is a violin with attitude!

MSFA SloJammers 

Are you a beginning or intermediate fiddle player who wants to learn more about old-time music? The Minnesota State Fiddlers Association holds a monthly slow jam for fiddlers wanting to learn old-time, Irish, Scandinavian, Canadian, and hey, maybe even a Cajun tune or two.

Each month, a MSFA volunteer will teach a tune or two. The rest of the time is spent in a "circle" jam session with the tunes slowed down so that everyone can participate. Fiddlers are encouraged to bring recording devices. So if you've taken violin lessons and want to try your hand at fiddling or are accomplished in old-time/bluegrass/Irish in another instrument and want to work on your fiddling, come join us.

Guitar, mandolin and other non-fiddle players who want to benefit from the slower tempos to learn how to accompany fiddlers are more than welcome to join us.

To get onto the notification list, email: msfafiddlers@gmail.com 

Click here to see the SloJammer music repository

Upcoming SloJammer dates:​​