Fiddle Tunes offers up four concerts in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — Fiddle Tunes, a weeklong fiddle camp and workshop, kicks off Sunday at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way.

The community is invited to attend four public performances.

All performances will be located on park grounds at McCurdy Pavilion. Reserved seating costs between $16 and $30 for all performances, except “Square and Cajun Dances,” which costs $15. Tickets are available at centrum.org.

Here is the schedule for performances:

• Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. — “Fiddles on the Fourth.”

• Tuesday at 7 p.m. — “Fiddles and Fireworks.”

• Friday, July 7, at 1:30 p.m. — “Square and Cajun Dances.”

• Saturday, July 8, at 1:30 p.m. — “Fiddle Tunes Finale.”

Centrum’s camp through July 9 follows in the tradition of fiddle bearers from different regions of the world. It began as the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in 1977.

Throughout the course of the week, participants will engage in workshops, classes, band labs, tutorials, dances, concerts, singing, open jams and hat parties. The workshop aims to expand cultural understanding of music and forge lifelong relationships in the fiddle music community.

Of course, the fiddle is what brings this gathering together — but lessons will not exclusively focus on the fiddle.

They will also include daylong instruction on the banjo, guitar, button accordion, piano, keyboard accordion, singing, clogging, string bass, mandolin and social dance.

The workshop is still open for registration. Tuition costs $680 for adults and $360 for youths younger than 21. For information about scholarship opportunities, call Peter McCracken at 360-385-3102, ext. 127.

Room and board options vary.

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