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Welcome to NAFCo 2008!

Watercolour by local luthier and artist, Rodney deVries

It's finally here and we're excited and pleased to welcome all of you the the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2008!

There is so much to see, hear and enjoy - come and learn how to "Run the Goat" at one of the Late Night Dances, participate in one of the amazing selection of workshops running all day from Monday to Friday. Enjoy one of the fabulous evening concerts we've lined up or how about "FLORENCE" by Louise Moyes, "SOUP and SCANDINAVIA" or "FRESH FIDDLES" in the daytime. It's a stellar lineup of artists and activities - and the first time ever in North America. So let's put on our dancing shoes and celebrate!
It's going to be a grand time - don't miss out!

TICKETS ARE ON SALEchristinas fiddle

(June 27, 2008)

An exciting lineup of music, dance and activities this summer await you! Some of the performers we are presenting are listed by country at side of this page. We will have the full schedule of public concerts, dances, events and workshops available on the website soon. Gold Passes and Concert Series passes and individual concert tickets are on sale NOW at the Arts and Culture Centre Box Office.

Call the Arts and Culture Centre Box Office at (709) 729-3900 or toll-free at: 1-800-663-9449 or visit them online by clicking on the link above.

A Bit About Us ...

An independent consortium of fiddlers, folklorists, and friends of traditional music are collaborating with Aberdeen University’s Elphinstone Institute to bring the third biennial North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) to St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador in the summer of 2008.

At the heart of the NAFCo idea is the synergy created by the combination of a performance celebration along with an international academic symposium.

This international event is a six-day festival, taking place from August 3-8, 2008 and showcasing traditional artists from countries around the North Atlantic rim, each representing distinct fiddle and dance traditions.

Highlights will include concerts, solo recitals, workshops (fiddle and dance), demonstrations, free performances, and scheduled sessions in various locations throughout St. John’s, and its environs.

North Atlantic Fiddle Convention promotional materialThe 2008 convention will provide an electric atmosphere for the cross-fertilization of a variety of music styles, among them Celtic fusion, Texas Swing, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and trad-rock, along with the traditional fiddle music of England, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Denmark, Norway, the Appalachians, the Southern United States, the Métis, Cape Breton Scots, Prince Edward Island, francophone, as well as those from our own province.

The convention will also provide a forum for experiencing the links between fiddle, dance, song, mouth music, accordion, piping, and other complementary traditions.

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Staying for a few extra days? You can experience some of the best in traditional music, song, spoken word, craft and dance at The 32nd Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. It runs from Friday evening, August 8th until Sunday night, August 10th. We'll be part of it and hope to see you there, too!

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Here is the link to the recent 2006 North Atlantic Fiddle Convention held in Aberdeen, Scotland.