• Fiddle lore, music poetry, and blog with free lessons
• Download Donna’s CDs and fiddle books (mail order discontinued)
• Western Mass lessons, Skype lessons, & fiddle & guitar workshops
• Bands: Mist Covered Mountains, duo with Max Cohen, performances with Josée Vachon, Groovemama
Groovemama are coaching the Great Groove Band at three festivals this summer, beginning at Old Songs Festival, with a new program at Heart of the Arts in July and ending the summer at Philadelphia Folk Festival.
Mist Covered Mountains performs in MA, NY, & PA over the summer
Awa’ with the Faeries, Poetry & song of the Fey Folk, from Grimm to Happily Ever After. With author Jane Yolen, singer/songwriters Lui Collins, Donna Hébert, Max Cohen, Molly Hebert-Wilson and drummer Alex Bell. Debut performance Oct 22 at the Unitarian Church in Amherst MA.
Selling my violin . . .
I’m selling the fine NY-made violin I’ve used for the past 15 years. I recorded four CDs with it – from the 1999 CD “Big Boned Beauty” up through a Panache video in 2013 – and the fiddle has served me nicely. But sometimes our musical voices change, so I’m offering this for sale through Stamell Stringed Instruments, 18 Kellogg St, Amherst MA 01002. They have also interviewed me for their new “Musician’s Spotlight” feature on their website. Please contact Stamell’s directly about price and appraisal value: 413-256-0936. The instrument can also be shown at their Poughkeepsie NY shop. A bright soloist’s violin, this is a lovely, well-balanced instrument. Matt Stamell can fill you in on the violin’s pedigree since I purchased it from him.
Here’s a YouTube video where I’m playing this instrument unamplified in an ensemble. This was filmed at an impromptu performance jam at the Festival La Grande Rencontre at the Cathédral del Gesu in Montréal in 2014. The air is “Raven’s Wing,” which I wrote with Max Cohen for my father in 2008. Playing with me are (left to right) Bruce Molsky, Robin Bouliane, Pierre Schryer (fiddles) and Quinn Bachand (guitar). Bruce is the ONLY one of those guys who’d heard the tune before! Ask me why I love fiddling!