Free Trad Day

Join us under the tent for Free Trad Day! Sunday, September 26

Sign up now to sample ensemble experiences led by some of the area’s most popular Celtic and American roots musicians and educators! Meet the teachers, learn about the programs, and bring your instrument to play along in a jam session. Attend one or more of the sessions!

Traditional Irish Session – 1:00-1:30 pm with Laurel Martin

Ukulele Club – 1:45-2:15 pm with Mark Femino

Old-Time Appalachian Music Jam – 2:30-3:00 pm with Ellie MacPhee

Traditional Multi-Genre Acoustic Jam – 3:15-3:45 pm with Bob Alessio

Current COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. More info.

Traditional Irish Session

1:00-1:30pm (for ages 12+)
Led by Laurel Martin


Come and play traditional Irish music! Open to players of fiddle, concertina, button accordion, mandolin, guitar, Irish flute, and whistle who have previous experience learning traditional Irish tunes by ear on their own. 

Ukulele Club

1:45-2:15pm (for adults ages 18+)
Led by Mark Femino


Bring your uke and have some fun! Ukulele Club covers basic instrument technique, including chords, strumming, and singing while playing. We play a wide variety of song material across many styles and eras of American popular music.

Old-Time Appalachian Music Jam

2:30-3pm (for ages 16+)
Led by Ellie MacPhee

Explore the roots of Southern Appalachian old-time folk music. We will learn a number of tunes that will be broken down by melody, rhythms, bowing patterns, and embellishments. Variations and improvisations will be studied, and students will be encouraged to make the music their own.

Traditional Multi-Genre Acoustic Jam

3:15-3:45pm (for ages 14+)
Led by Bob Alessio


Play your favorite songs and tunes spanning every genre of Traditional Acoustic Roots Music: Folk, Celtic, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Gospel, Appalachian/Old-Time, and more, not to mention Reels, Jigs, Waltzes, Polkas, and Airs. All instruments are welcome!

COVID Protocols for this event: Free Trad Day will be held outside under our tent. Masks are not required but we will observe current guidelines for social distancing based on instrument type. In the event of inclement weather Free Trad Day will be moved to our spacious Blackman Hall. Masks will be required inside our building. For complete details, visit our COVID Plan webpage