Hanneke Cassel's Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle Weekend

PDB 2019 is February 15 - 18, 2019. Now accepting applications!

What is it?

Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle Weekend started in 2007 as a small retreat/workshop for advanced fiddle players in the Scottish scene. It is the original vision of Hanneke Cassel, Jerry Bell, and Nancy Bell and has taken on a life of its own over the years. Hanneke remains as director and is surrounded by an incredible team of people who pretty much do everything.


PDB moved to the lovely and larger location of Grotonwood last year in Groton, MA, which allowed us to expand our scope and number of attendees. We still strive to make PDB an intimate and FUN weekend. 

There’s a pre-camp concert on Thursday, February 14 at Grotonwood OPEN TO ALL!

PDB 2019 Details

When

Camp: Friday, February 15 - Monday, February 18, 2019

Pre-Camp Concert: Thursday, February 14, 2019

With

  • HANNEKE CASSEL 
  • MAC (Ryan McKasson, Elias Alexander, Colin Cotter)
  • JEREMY KITTEL
  • NATALIE HAAS
  • LAURA RISK
  • KATIE MCNALLY
  • NEIL PEARLMAN
  • EAMON SEFTON 
  • and more!!!!!

Video

For FEE INFO and to APPLY

FAQ

IS PDB RIGHT FOR ME?

The goal of PDB is to encourage and inspire musicians to push the boundaries in their own playing – creatively, technically, and EMOTIONALLY.  We learn a lot of tricky tunes, we stay up all night jamming in the kitchen, and we get in LOTS of conversations.   


We have a designated slow jam time early in the morning and we have some classes that move at a slower pace labeled “I JUST WANNA CHILL!” Things move fast at PDB and there is an expectation that if something is out of your comfort level, you will embrace the opportunity to sit back, learn what you can, let some of it go, and be content to listen, dance, chat, or party in some other pure dead brilliant way while the notes whirl around you. 


The weekend operates in a spirit of generosity and collaboration.  IF YOU REALLY want to do something (like play tunes only in Eb for an hour or play only slow airs) and you don’t see it on the schedule, grab some friends, go find a room, and make it happen.

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE?

In the past, PDB has been geared towards advanced players who are at least 16 years old. We don’t have kid-specific activities, but we do have classes and jams for advanced students of ANY AGE. Attendees under 18 are required to have a guardian (a paid participant) with them at the weekend.  If you are under 16, email hanneke@hannekecassel.com and we’ll sort out if this is the right scene for you!

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC???

Scottish & Cape Breton fiddling is at the center of this scene. Other styles have been known to sneak in… YOU ARE ALLOWED to play Irish, Swedish, Finnish… even Old Time. But the music of Scotland holds our hearts and you will definitely get bonus points if you start an ALL STRATHSPEY JAM. Oh and also… no bluegrass.  Just kidding.  No actually we’re not.


PDB is a sheet-music free learning zone (If you ask for it, you will be forced into a small room with a bagpipe playing Road to Errogie in B major -- for minimum of 7 hours.)

WHAT KIND OF FOOD??

Glorious. Nancy Bell is in charge and the kitchen experience (the making, the eating, and the jamming while it’s being made) is... pure dead brilliant. FOOD is a central experience to the weekend, and there will be plenty of opportunities to help out if YOU WANT TO!

Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund of Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle Weekend, send a check PAYABLE TO HANNEKE CASSEL to:


HANNEKE BLOCK

PO BOX 442080

West Somerville, MA 02144


Donations over $350 are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE and can be made here:

https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=15332