New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble Starts Rehearsals, All Acoustic Instruments Welcome


TILTON — All acoustic musicians are invited to join the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble for an experience to learn music of various styles and play with others. The Ensemble, now in its fifth year, is comprised of people of all ages and abilities that play a variety of acoustic instruments. The purpose of the Ensemble is to provide a place for musicians to learn the basics of performing and musicianship, both in the traditional manner (learning by ear) and using sheet music. Ensemble participants will be able to choose from beginner or advanced music and they will learn to play a variety of tunes and sung songs: American; Irish; Scottish; Swing; Folk and Bluegrass.

There will be local practices a few times each month this winter in Tilton, Exeter, Sandwich, Conway and Somersworth. Rehearsals are coached by Ellen Carlson (Tilton, Exeter, Sandwich), by Shana Aisenberg (Mountain Top Music in Conway) and by Melissa Bragdon (Somersworth). Rehearsal dates for each location can be seen at Everyone from all five areas will participate together in the two dress rehearsals in Franklin (March 30 and April 6, 2014) and in the three final performances in Exeter on April 11, 2014, in Conway on April 12, 2014, in Franklin at the Franklin Opera House on April 13, 2014.

The registration fee for all sessions and performances for adults is $195 and the fee for children ages 8-13 is $125. There are some full and partial scholarships available. For more information contact Ellen Carlson, the organizer of the Ensemble at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To learn more about the Ensemble, visit for complete rehearsal and registration information and to see videos from the April 2013 performance.

Location: Tilton Senior Center, Fridays: 5-6:30 p.m.
January 3, 17, 31; Feb. 7, 21, arch 7, 21

Location: Benz Center, Wednesdays: 6:30- 8 p.m.

January 15 and 29; February 19; March 19
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-noon
January 4, February 8, March 8