No festival is complete without music jams and there will be plenty of opportunities for playing music with friends at the Lake Erie Folk Fest. Informal jams are welcome in the Shores Landing eating area (room 152), as well as in rooms 19, 204, 214, 254 and 255. In addition, community jams will offer guidance and structure in various genres.
All Day, Rooms 19, 152, 204, 214, 254 and 255
Start a jam or join one in session! Please be considerate of others and don’t block halls, stairways or exits.
Old-Time Shindig – Jam and Clogging
1 – 2:30pm, Room 241-242
Old Time Slow Jam led by Joel Specht (clawhammer banjo) and accompanied by Hannah Arnson (fiddle), Michael Morgan (fiddle), Leo Debevc (guitar), and Andrej Debevc (mandolin). The jam will go through the keys of G and D playing some of the old time workhorses: Big Scioty, Seneca Square Dance, Waynesboro, Shove that Pigs Foot, Nail that Catfish to a Tree, Winder Slide, Soldier’s Joy, Camp Meeting at the 4th of July, Arkansas Traveler, Yellow Rose of Texas, Mississippi Sawyer, and others. Cloggers are welcome to bring their shoes and trade steps as the room has a nice wooden floor. Musicians that join the jam are encouraged to make tune requests.
2 – 2:45pm, Band Room 158
This workshop will give you the opportunity to experience the power of song and community singing as well as give you the tools to start a singing tradition in your community. Song choice, song leading, and best practices will be modeled for the purpose of reminding us that singing is way too important to be left just to the professionals! The community sing will be led by Joanne Laessig of Folknet.
Irish Seisún with Mo Chairde
4 – 5:30pm, Room 258
Mo Chairde (Irish for “My Friends”) is Maureen Conway Reich and Mary Ann Beach from the Cleveland and Akron area. These long time friends are traditional Irish musicians who play a variety of instruments including flute, whistles, fiddle, tenor banjo and mandolin. When not playing with the Celtic Folk band Ballinloch, they bring talented friends together for performances of traditional Irish music. Mary Ann leads the area’s longest existing seisiun now being held at the UUC Church of Akron in Fairlawn. She takes great joy in teaching the tunes, and sharing with musicians who want to explore their Irish roots. Join Maureen and Mary Ann as they lead a traditional seisiun. Bring your instrument and play along, offer your favorite set of tunes, or sit back and enjoy listening to a great mix of Irish tunes including some rollicking reels and lively jigs! Want to practice up before the session? Click here for a list of tunes that might be played.