groups and organizations
A loose group of those obsessed by, in thrall to or otherwise in love with fiddle music of ALL kinds - north-south-east and west!
Our Motto " if you do not play your ax with other people it will end up in the closet"
Who we are : The Pickoids
Not a band just a group of individual artists that do not have time to be in a band or perform very much live. We provide an outlet for your talents with:
Weekly Jam sessions (average 10 musicians)
Production of cds with our music on it.
Occasional live performances mostly for no money.
Web site to show our pictures, music and video
An emailing list ( Strings) to communicate with other musicians weekly
The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston is a non-profit organization of people interested in folk music: its traditional origins and sources and its current expressions. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone to make, enjoy, and support this music. Membership in the Folk Song Society offers you reduced admission to FSSGB concerts, attendance at singing parties and special events, a free subscription to the Folk Letter, and regular announcements of FSSGB events.
Community Guitar is a ten year old program in Northamption, MA (US) that teaches students how to play guitar in group settings rather than teaching them to play alone. If you want to play with others but don't yet have the nerve or the repertoire this is a way to start.
The OFGC sponsors area jams and lists them on their site, along with a host of other area information.
The Original Michigan Fiddlers Association was formed in 1976 with the goal of encouraging and bringing about a greater interest in fiddle music activities throughout the state of Michigan. The OMFA also encourages the collection and preservation of fiddle music along with an appreciation of our musical history. (from their site)
The PBHS runs several weekly jams in Vancouver, Canada. Visit their jams page for more information.
The SouthEastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA) has a very well done site that provides information on jam sessions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. They also have a very good database of festivals from around the country, forums, news on bluegrass music in their region and a links repository.
The California Traditional Music Society (CTMS) is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Folk Music, dance and related folk arts of America's diverse cultural heritage by broadening public involvement with Folk Music. (from their about page)
Looking for a little bluegrass picking in Scotland? Visit the web site of the Scottish Bluegrass Association, which exists to promote bluegrass musicians across Scotland. They list picking sessions in a few cities too, so do check out their listings.