Old-Time Music Jams
Music jam sessions are held on the several Saturdays each month, year-round. All jams are held at Firehouse Tea and Coffee Café, 1245 East State Blvd., Fort Wayne, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. The public is invited to attend and participate. You do not need to be a FWTMDS member to bring an instrument and play along. You are also welcome to come sit and listen to us – Firehouse serves wonderful drinks and pastries. These are ensemble jams, meaning we all play together without solos or improv. breaks.
Note for beginners: You are welcome to attend! While we don't give lessons, we do encourage new and budding musicians to join us. No one will mind if you sit in the back and squeak along. We ask only that you make an effort to learn the genre.
South Appalachian Old Time Jams First and Third Saturdays of every month, led by Matthew Katinsky. Front porch fiddle tunes in the style of Tommy Jarrell, William Stepp, Bruce Greene, Bruce Mulsky, Clyde Davenport, and others. This is neither bluegrass, country, nor gospel, but the traditional mountain music that predated them all. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, or harmonica and play along. In this tradition, we play and learn tunes by ear, but you are welcome to bring along sheet music. Click on http://graphicad1.com/OldTimeMusic/ to see the jam tune list page including links to YouTube videos.
Traditional Celtic Sessions Fourth Saturday of every month, led by Bill Reeder. Irish music from "across the pond," mostly instrumental. Bring your fiddle, pipe, whistle, bodhran, banjo, harp, squeezebox, guitar, or bouzouki. Sheet music for this session is available in PDF format at the links below:
Irish Polkas: graphicad1.com/OldTimeMusic/documents/sessionpolkas.pdf
For more information about any of our jam sessions, contact Matthew Katinsky at email@example.com.
Thanks to Phil Hudson for putting our sheet music and links online.