Jam Sessions

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

Ayer, Massachusetts — We have a traditional Irish session on Wednesday nights 7 – 10 PM at the Billiard Cafe  in Ayer Massachusetts.  We start with a slow to moderate speed session (depending on who shows up) and then things speed up to regular session speed after 8 or so.  We play in a back room of the Billiard Cafe, there is food and drink available, and the owner is happy to have us there on Wednesdays.  Contact and email address is:  John Edfors and he’s reached through email hidden; JavaScript is required.  We also have a website thegrotonsession.com.

Bath, Maine — Slow jam for beginners in the Bath area, all instruments welcome, traditional, Celtic, and some bluegrass tunes played very slowly. Every Wednesday 6:30-8pm. Call for details Christine Woodman 207- 446-3908 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required

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.

Quebecois Session ~ 1st Sundays 3-5 pm (contact Amanda Witman at email hidden; JavaScript is required) – hosted by Becky Tracy and Doug Creighton

Slow Jam ~ 2nd Tuesdays 6-8 pm (contact Louisa Engle at email hidden; JavaScript is required) – hosted by Louisa Engle and Amanda Witman

Irish Session ~ 2nd Wednesdays 7-10 pm (contact Randy Miller at email hidden; JavaScript is required) – hosted by Randy Miller, Dan Restivo, and Roger Kahle

Old Time Session ~ 3rd Tuesdays 6-9 pm (contact Larry Siegel at email hidden; JavaScript is required) – hosted by Larry Siegel and Nate Paine

Pub Sing ~ 4th Saturdays 3-5 pm (contact Amanda Witman at email hidden; JavaScript is required) – hosted by Tony Barrand and Amanda Witman

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
host venue). Contact: email email hidden; JavaScript is required

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.)

Penobscot Fiddles — Every Monday, 6:30-8:00 pm at the James F. Doughty Middle School located at 143 Fifth St., Bangor, Maine. For more information email to email hidden; JavaScript is required, visit:https://sites.google.com/site/penobscotfiddles/, visit Penobscot Fiddles on Facebook, or call Jeff Silverstein @ 659-8041. 

Phelps Family Jam — A monthly jam is starting at the Phelps family home in Waterville: First Friday each month, 7 – 9pm. The first one will be Friday, November 4, 2011. Bring tunes you like from Quebec, Cape Breton, Scotland, PEI, Shetland Islands, New England repertoire, etc. etc. 41 Prospect St., Waterville. For info and directions, contact Miranda or Roger, 873-0689 or e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required. Young players are very welcome! 

Portland Old-Time Jam — We have a weekly old time jam in the Portland area, and we’ve been meeting for many years. Currently, we meet weekly on Tuesday nights at 7 pm, mostly in each others’ homes. This is a friendly, welcoming group, and all instruments are welcome. Contact: Jim Atleson—- email hidden; JavaScript is required

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
supper. High intermediate-advanced level. Members have access to a private blog for news, notices of upcoming meetings and other events, articles of interest, on-site resources, and links to other relevant sites. New members welcome. Contact: email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Seacoast Celtic Slow Session — Every Monday at 7:00PM in Dover, NH. There is a celtic slow session here in the seacoast. The idea is to select common session tunes and learn them as a group, playing at slow speed at first with proper celtic rhythm and eventually building up to normal session speed. The tunes are mostly Irish along with some of the other celtic or appalachian origins. This is a fairly demanding style of music and requires some effort. Places to see this type of music played in irish sessions include the press room or rira’s in portsmouth and the barley house in concord, among others. We have been meeting at a house in Dover, on Mondays. Think of it as very informal group practice, or as a training ground for session or dance players, or as a place to play a less familiar instrument. Let me know if you might be interested. Thank you. For additional information, contact Jeff at email hidden; JavaScript is required

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:

Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Phone: 1-207-475-4679
We hope you can join us!
-Madelyn Morrell

If you would like to have your session included on this list, please contact Rick Fitzsimmons, 1-207-338-4245, or emailemail hidden; JavaScript is required.