Find a jam session near you.
317 Main Street Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine — Most of these happen at 317 Main Street Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine. We are also affiliated with Jon Cooper at Acoustic Artisans, located at One Forest Ave in Portland, Maine. Our banjo instructor, Carter Logan, also teaches at MFC. Musicians donate $5 to attend these fun and educational jams.
Here is the list of Jams 317 offers in Southern Maine:
Jug Band Jam-Tuesdays 12:15-1:30pm at 317, hosted by Matt Shipman
Bluegrass Jam-Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm at 317, hosted by Jason Phelps
Swingin’ Doors Jam-Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm at 317, hosted by Matt Shipman
Irish Session-Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm at 317, hosted by Melissa Bragdon
Bluegrass Jam-Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 at Acoustic Artisans, hosted by Joe Walsh
ARBORETUM JAM — The ARBORETUM JAM at Viles…and Pot luck at the Viles Arboretum in Augusta. All are welcomed, players and listeners. Come on out and enjoy the afternoon(3-6). Viles Arboretum in Augusta will be dedicating the second Sunday of every month to traditional fiddle music. We’ll be hosting the ARBORETUM JAM and pot luck every month at the Arboretum at 153 Hospital Street in Augusta from 3-6pm, the second Sunday of every month. The session is open to everyone, at any level of playing, and all listeners are welcomed. Lead instruments as well as rhythm instruments will be welcome to join in. We’ll start the first hour with a “slow jam” and after that hang on to your seats! We’ll be playing mostly traditional New England Contra Dance tunes. Come share your favorite tunes and learn some new ones. Call 626-7989 for more info.
Thanks, Will West & Michele Roy
Brattleboro, Vermont — is home to a number of longtime Maine Fiddle Campers and a few MFC staff as well. There is a nice local session culture that is friendly and welcoming to capable participants. Sessions are held at McNeill’s Brewery on Elliot Street. Contact listed person for more info on what to expect before attending; some of these sessions are more/less open to slower players than others. Listeners are encouraged, and all ages are welcome in the pub.
Belfast Bay Fiddlers — Every Sunday, 6:00-8:00 PM, Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast, Maine. We play traditional New England contra tunes, Maine Fiddle Camp tunes, as well as music from French and Atlantic Canada. Check out our website at www.belfastbayfiddlers.org.
Wiscasset area Jam (aka, DamJam) — DamJam is an intermediate-advanced level jam
held weekly on Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, at Morris Farm, 156 Gardiner Road, Wiscasset, ME,
(http://www.morrisfarm.org/. We play a mix of New England contradance, Quebecois, Irish,
Scottish, and old time tunes. Instruments usually or often present include fiddles, keyboard,
bass, guitar, flute/whistle, harmonica, and concertina. Players of other instruments come
occasionally–all are welcome. Come, listen, play what you can. $1/week donation (goes to
Fiddle Tune & Song Circle: Playing it by Ear — Sundays monthly 2-2:45 p.m.
In this relaxed session of sharing dance melodies and songs, musicians gather in a circle and take turns leading the group in simple tunes. The best melodies and songs for this group are ones that are easy to pick up by ear, offer accessible options for accompaniment, and are straightforward enough to readily create harmonies and bass lines. All ages and levels, with emphasis on listening skills and supportive improvised accompaniment. Hosted by fiddler/teacher Hope Hoffman at Free Grange Productions’ Studio in downtown Bowdoinham, on Center St. at corner of Main St., behind Fox Real Estate. Directions atwww.hopehoffman.org/studiobowdoinham.htm. Admission: Free. All donations go towards Maine Fiddle Camp scholarship fund. (Checks can be made out to Maine Fiddle Camp with a note that it is a donation. Maine Fiddle Camp is a 501(c)(3) organization.)
Quebecois Study Jam — meets monthly, September through May, in various locations
around mid-Maine in members’ homes. Playing and studying traditional Quebecois fiddle
music, discussions of technique and repertoire. Meetings usually include a potluck lunch or
Fiddle and Irish Music Session Group Starting!
We are looking to start a session group in the Sanford area. Join us for a multi generational session group that will play American, Irish, Canadian, and Scottish fiddle music. It is a great opportunity to learn new songs and beginners to learn from those who are more experienced. All instruments and voices are welcome! Songs can be played from memory or with music. If you are interested in participating, please contact us:
We hope you can join us!