Chateauguay Valley Online Fiddle Workshop with Laura Risk (April 25, 2020)

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Location: Online using Zoom (
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to play fiddle? If you have an internet connection, a fiddle, and a bit of spare time on your hands, then Brysonville Revisited and the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network invite you to a free online beginner fiddle workshop with renowned fiddler Laura Risk on April 25, 2020. Our goal is to help inspire the next generation of Chateauguay Valley fiddlers, an important part of our region’s cultural heritage. For over two decades, fiddler Laura Risk has been immersed in the fiddle music of Quebec and Scotland and has performed and taught at festivals and music camps all over North America as well as in Europe and Australia. She also holds a PhD in musicology from McGill and currently teaches at the University of Toronto. This workshop will be aimed at beginners who have some experience with the instrument but wish to hone their fiddle style. If you know how to hold the instrument and can play a few easy melodies, this workshop will be perfect for you. Laura will teach a few simple tunes used for local dances while focusing on bowing, timing, ornamentation, rhythm, and technique. This event will take place online with the popular and easy-to-use the Zoom video conference calling platform which can be accessed from laptops, smartphones, and tablets ( We will provide each participants instructions on how to connect to Zoom and join the online lesson.

During the mid-workshop break, we will be joined online by local fiddler and pianist, John and Connie Wilson who are steeped in the fiddle music of the Valley. They will share tunes played at old-time barn dances and the stories behind them.

Please Note: Participants must register beforehand and are expected to have a violin and bow in playable condition. Registration is limited to a maximum of eight students. To register call Bruce Barr at 905-984-1316 or email Glenn Patterson at

About: The event is part of a collaboration between the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and Brysonville Revisited as part of QAHN’s “A Different Tune” project. Generously funded by Canadian Heritage, this province-wide initiative is exploring, documenting, and strengthening musical heritage in Quebec’s English-speaking communities. We also with to thank the Chateauguay Valley Community Information Services for their assistance promoting this event.

Wilson’s Westernaires, led by First Concession fiddler, dairy farmer, and television repairman Ellis Wilson, were popular entertainers in the 1950s and 60s at barns throughout the Chateauguay Valley
John Wilson shows Ellis Wilson’s fiddle. January 2020

Published by Glenn Patterson

I'm a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. I'm currently back in Montreal doing research for the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network and their 2019-2020 project "A Different Tune: Musical Heritage in English-Speaking Quebec"

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