Come and Strum at 70th annual NEFFA: New England Folk Festival

Bring a uke, lead a song, jump in and play along, hosted by the Common House Strummers: Dan Lynn Watt, Elaine Hawley and Molly Lynn Watt, 28-page play book provided.

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  • Molly Lynn W.

    Dan, Elaine, Penny and I had a great time strumming for an hour with the 16 folks who showed up, (two others from the Ukulele Union of Boston). The new book of 30 songs with start notes for singing and chord charts on each page were a huge success. It was an early hour, and a short time, but we were all happy campers and will offer a Uke Meet-up at NEFFA again next year, Thank you for posting this, and hopefully more uke players will put NEFFA on their schedule. There was another uke session on Sat by Ukulele Lade Evy Maier from NYC, So that's two. If you propose a session that gets accepted, the admission for the three days is free, a value of $80 if you enjoy the folk side of uke. (There was a Honkey Tonk session, too)

    1 · April 28, 2014

    • Joe H.

      I'm glad it went well. Wish I could have been there.

      1 · April 28, 2014

    • Molly Lynn W.

      next year!

      April 28, 2014

  • Daniel

    We had a great time strumming as a group of 16 at the NEFFA uke Meetup. I agree with Molly -- if you are at all into folk music, NEFFA is the biggest, most inclusive folk festival anywhere. Thousands of participants, many of whom lead sessions -- an all volunteer extravaganza. Think about strumming with us next year, and enjoying the amazing scene at NEFFA.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Joe H.

    I gotta bail tomorrow. because of the crappy weather, I booked a last minute gig (I make a living magician/juggler/balloon twister) tomorrow. An outdoor event, moved indoors and now they need entertainment. Sorry. While I'm happy to have a gig, I'm bummed I won't be able to attend the festival.

    April 26, 2014

    • Molly Lynn W.

      we'll miss you, a magician, how fun is that!

      1 · April 26, 2014

    • Joe H.

      yeah, it would have been fun :-( (but like I said, glad to have work)

      1 · April 26, 2014

  • Jeff B.

    I have numerous projects I'm preparing for tha that won't allow me to come. Looks like fun.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Molly Lynn W.

    It's tomorrow 10 am! We are ready! Maybe next year the Ukulele Union can put a proposal in in Septemeber and the people listed to lead it will get in free. Such a great festival, claw hammer banjo, meddles for mandolins, fiddling for violinists, so many song streams, Carter family, Huddie Leadbetter, Pete Seeger, Sacred Harp, etc etc etc, and many trad dances from a number of cultures, all volunteered lead, but selected from hundreds of proposals to be the leaders this year. See you all soon!

    April 26, 2014

  • Joe H.

    any heads up on what songs you're planning, (so I can get a jump and at least be familiar with them?)

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Daniel

      samples: Pop -- "For me and my Gal," "Hey Good Lookin;" "Take me out to the Ball Game", Pete Seeger songs: "If I had a Hammer", "Where have All the Flowers Gone?" "We Shall Overcome." "Get Up and Go." Carter Family: "Will the Circle be Unbroken;" "Storms are on the Ocean". These are just a sample.

      April 22, 2014

    • Molly Lynn W.

      2-7 chord songs, in keys of C, G & F plus some by-ear playing.

      April 25, 2014

  • Tim H.

    I see a $27 admission. will they be charging us to come in for the uke strum time period? I cannot spend the day, more of an strum and run? Anyone know?

    April 23, 2014

    • Daniel

      The NEFFA uke meetup is part of the larger festival. So they will charge for a day's admission. If you ask at the door someone might give you a deal if you are just coming for one event.

      April 24, 2014

  • Joe H.

    Thanks for the info everyone :-)

    April 22, 2014

  • Joe H.

    I actually have that morning available. I would like to come, but I've never really played with a group before, (other than workshops), and I don't want to mess things up. I am an advanced beginner, (in my estimation, but I tend to underestimate my skills) Do you think I would add anything or be a distraction ? I have thick skin, and don't get insulted easily, so don't worry about being honest LOL.

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Daniel

      Joe, we will have people at all levels. It will be fun! You can't mess things up.

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Daniel

    If you are coming and are NOT Familiar with NEFFA, it's an amazing 3-day festival at Mansfield High School, with a couple hundred separate events: dances, song swaps, concerts, jamming in the halls, instrument makers, lots of amazing crafts and international foods. Our workshop is at 10 AM Sunday. You will need to come early to find the room for our session -- High School 177. Check out the festival web site, www.NEFFA.org for a full schedule.

    WARNING: There is a $27 admission fee for the day on Sunday ($22 for seniors-65+, $20 for young adults - 18-24, $17 for youth - 9-17.) It's an incredible value. This fee gives you access to about 100 fabulous events during the day. The festival staff, performers, dance callers, workshop leaders, etc., are all volunteers. No one gets paid, which is why the cost is so low. This is the second year we have hosted a uke meetup. Last year about 25 strummers joined us and we had a great time.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Molly Lynn W.

    It will be fun, we have been strumming the songs all week, and can hardly wait to sing-a-long as we play together.

    April 22, 2014

  • Tim H.

    So happy to see this come up. I am way down here in the North Attleboro area and all the fun is up in Boston. Makes it hard to fit in with work days. Perhaps some day we'll have a Meetup down here in the southern part of the state. So, looking forward to this!

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Molly Lynn W.

    This is for fun, of course you would add by being there, hope you do come, we sing and strum and have a good time. This is not a solo event! Welcome!

    April 17, 2014

  • Molly Lynn W.

    FYI, this is a new and improved play book of all different songs than the one we prepared last year.

    April 17, 2014

  • Molly Lynn W.

    www.neffa.org/cgi-bin/public/showevent
    for more info about the festival.

    April 17, 2014

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